Thursday, March 4, 2010

Book Review: Beaded Hope

Beaded Hope is a work of fiction, but it is filled with truth. Author Cathy Liggett wrote this book after her own mission trip to Africa, sharing with us the beauty and despair of life there. It is a story of three women, each with a huge personal need, who for selfish reasons agree to go on a mission trip to Mamelodi, South Africa, where families suffer from the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Gabby is struggling with personal loss and marriage problems. Heidi is coping with the loss of her husband and a rebellious teenager. Cassandra fears losing her job as news anchor as she ages. As they embarked on this mission journey, all were more concerned about their own concerns than the needs of the people of Africa. They never expected the impact the African people, with their appreciation of life in the midst of unbelievable hardship, would have on their hearts and lives.

This is a must-read for anyone, especially women, who desire to make a difference in the world. Anyone who prays, "Open the eyes of my heart, Lord," will definitely want to read this book. It will leave a lasting impression on anyone who reads it.