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If the Rains Don't Cleanse

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This magnificent book with an extraordinary story based on Johnson's own family is a must-read for anyone who wants not only to understand Africa but who wants one hell of a good read.--David Mixner, civil rights advocate and author of "Stranger Among Friends."
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published June 3rd 2009 by Havenhurst Books
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Ruby
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
A very nice surprise!

I stumbled upon this book completely by accident. I usually hear about a great book from my girlfriends (and my mom is also a great source!), but a FB ad caught my eye one day and I took a chance on If the Rains Don't Cleanse.

I had never heard of the author (Ben Patrick Johnson) and did not know what to expect. I certainly did not expect to be drawn into this American woman's amazing story based (mainly) in Africa. The ending is a whiz banger - a real shocker - and worth get
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Jenny
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
If the Rains Don't Cleanse is fictionalized account of the author's mother's story as a young missionary with her husband in the 1950s Belgian Congo. Freshly married and out of college, Eva and her husband Richard decide to spend their lives serving the Lord and they set out for Africa, primarily to work among black people. Despite their dedicated enthusiasm, the couple faces many trials and tribulations as they grow accustomed to working in a totally different culture with relatively unsupporti ...more
Nick Manix
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
One of the best novels I've read in a long time. It has the heart and soul of The Color Purple and The House of the Spirits. I had the pleasure of sitting with Mr. Johnson at his home in the Hollywood Hills and interview him. This is the type of novel that Hollywood should be beating dowm his door to make into a movie.
Based in part on Johnson's family and their work in the Congo, it is a true work of art.
I can't stress enough...get this book!
Kelly Lynch
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! Amazing story about missionaries in the Congo right around 1957. I couldn't put it down and read it in about 2 days. Excellent read about a subject I don't know much about.
Sasha Airesse
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazing
Oh I will say more about this awesome book when I have the time. Right now, I just want to say that I loved it. Everyone should read this book by Ben Patrick Johnson. ♥
Winnie
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I came across this book on FB and wanted to give it a try. It turned out way better than I expected. Would love to read Ben Patrick Johnson's other publish
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Ben Patrick Johnson began writing at the age of five. His first essays were printed on a mimeograph machine in a church basement in St. Paul, MN and performed for his parents and whichever neighbor children he could get to sit still and listen for a few minutes. Johnson went on to pursue a career in media (after barely finishing high school) and fooled enough people in the business that, at 22, he ...more