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I read a recommendation to read a biography of Helen Roseveare and so picked this up from the library. The story of this woman's experience was compelling and I read through it very quickly. However, the writing wasn't very good. You could tell a lot was being left out and the connections between parts of the story were quite hard to trace sometimes. Because it wasn't well tied together, it was a very dark book overall, with explicit description of atrocity committed against the women serving in ...more
Jul 31, 2015 Norma Nill rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Alan Burgess wrote this biography with such finesse that I didn't think about the writing at all, only about Dr. Helen Roseveare - her passion for whatever she set her mind and heart to, especially her medical work in the Belgian Congo (aka Zaire and DRC), her commitment to her patients, and her willingness to give up everything if necessary. How often do we see that kind of unselfishness today? I admit I was invested personally, because I also worked in Zaire. See more at
In 1953, Dr. Helen Roseveare arrived in the Belgin Congo as a medical missionary. This book tells of the danger, discomfort and the day rebel Simba warriors dragged her from her home and held her and dozens of other missionaries hostage. An inspiring portrait of woman of strength and dedication.