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A Twist of Faith: An American Christian's Quest to Help Orphans in Africa

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American Christians, veteran reporter John Donnelly has discovered, are an ever-increasing source of aid in Africa, with some experts estimating that U.S. churches supply more resources to Africa than USAID. In A Twist of Faith, he tells the unlikely story of how faith and determination compelled one such American Christian to travel to Africa and open a school for childre ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Beacon Press (first published May 1st 2012)
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Aug 22, 2012 James rated it it was amazing
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Maybe it is the unknown. Or maybe it is the images we all have seen of starving children with their sunken eyes and distended bellies, but nothing seems to pull at the heartstrings of the Christian community more than the plight of orphans in Africa. This is especially true when you consider the reality of war, drought and an AIDS epidemic which is ravishing the continent. Many American do-gooders have gone to Africa, see the need, and feel compelled to take action. They send money, start ...more
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Jun 21, 2015 Jung Sun rated it really liked it
This is a very good headway of seeing mission trips and aiding orphans from a different angle. This is good considering how Africa is at the forefront of people's minds these days, whether it's for mission works or to adopt a child. Donnelly writes in a style of intermixing journalist facts and figures with the personal account of one American Christian who goes to Africa wanting to do some good. I found the book really informative. The mystery of behind-the-scenes of mission trips, or any good ...more
Aug 05, 2012 M_h_w rated it really liked it
Talk to anyone who identifies as a Christian and you’ll likely hear stories of travels to other places to help those in need (i.e., mission trips) and/or a desire to help others–particularly children who have no families to call their own. It’s the reason many people travel to other countries and spend time in orphanages–or send money to other countries to build an orphanage or a school or some other likely much needed outpost for a marginalized part of the population.

Those same people will have
Dave McNeely
The true story of David Nixon (Monroe, NC), a USAmerican Christian who felt called to help the poor of Malawi, and how his journey to help reflects the larger struggles of the developed world as they seek to help the developing world. A sympathetic and informative portrait of both one man's story and the larger issues that feed into his story and those of many Christians seeking to help others in diverse cultures.
Aug 08, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick read about an American as well as groups trying to give aid to Africa. What Africa really needs & what we as Americans think they need can be very different. The author covered strengths & weaknesses of various charities. He was even-handed in how he reported.
Feb 10, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it
Very interesting-certainly makes you think about how you want your money spent. I wish he had talked a bit more about efforts that are more helpful. Something about the tone of his writing rather made me a little depressed. Still, well worth reading-highly recommended.
Dec 15, 2012 Donald rated it really liked it
A good primer on some of the complications associated with trying to help AIDS orphans in Africa. Read more here:
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Interesting read about non-profits and how their money, etc affects Africa. Parts were slow reading at times.
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John Donnelly is a vice president and senior editor at Burness Communications, working on its global health and science team. He writes for a variety of publications in a variety of ways, producing everything blogs to books. He is the author of A Twist of Faith: An American Christian’s Quest to Help Orphans in Africa and he is a regularly contributor to GlobalPost. He was a staff writer for the ...more
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