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Innocent: A Spirit of Resilience

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Opwonya Innocent was born three years after unrest started in northern Uganda and three years before the formation of the anti-government Lord's Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony. Death came to his village when he was only seven, and soon his parents required him to sleep miles away from home for safety. At ten he was abducted by Kony's army and taken to a training camp f ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published November 6th 2016 by Archway Publishing
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Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A rare 'more than' five stars read--I took this on a trip to read in preparation for having the author visit my library--along with his co-author and subject of the book (via Skype from Germany). I was transported to Uganda and saw clearly through the eyes of Innocent--I could see his family, his village, and the palpable fear caused by the rebel army in that place. Innocent is kidnapped from his home and forced to be a soldier at the age of 10. How he manages to survive, train, and escape after ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing

5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy reading books about the lives of people from all ..., February 18, 2017
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I enjoy reading books about the lives of people from all over the world so when my friend was given, "Innocent: A Spirit of Resilience," as a gift she called me right away to tell me about it. I couldn't wait to start reading. This book is well-written and left me with multiple emotions every ti
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Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The whole time I was reading I kept having to remind myself just how young Innocent was during so much of this story. I'd be reading about the abuse he suffered, the decisions he had to make, or the atrocities he witnessed and I would think "My lord, this was a child experiencing all of this."

It is remarkable the man Innocent has become. This is a story of hope overcoming enormous obstacles, of how even in the darkest times of our lives there is a way forward if we can dare to grasp it. The pass
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After a heartbreakingly short spell of true childhood, our hero Innocent is pulled headfirst into the atrocities of war as a child soldier at the tender age of 10. He grows up fast. From the moment the author meets Innocent, many years later, we're left working to reconcile a seeming contradiction. How can a boy go through such hell, yet grow into a young man with such compassion? How does such an experience breed not cynicism and victimhood but drive and fortitude? Through hardship after hardsh ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A story much larger unfolds around one man's account of life as a child soldier–one that shocks, entertains, inspires and ultimately confronts readers with their own resilience. More surprising than the violent and traumatizing events of Innocent's early life, and the frequency with which they occurred, is his reaction to them.

His story offers a powerful lens on perspective, core values and adaptability. With survival and success as proof of an individual's power in changing and directing the c
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