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Posted October 12, 2011
Gabby is fleeing a disintegrating marriage after years of fertility treatments and miscarriages. Heidi and her daughter Katie are hiding the secret of teen pregnancy that has ostracized them at home. Cassandra is a no-longer-up-and-coming reporter, hoping for the big story that will rejuvenate her career. The four of them end up on a missions trip to South Africa where they meet women whose faith and passion to help others transforms their lives.
I loved this book because the African women were like women I have met in my years living there. Liggett portrays them as heroes-women with strong faith in God who open their homes to orphans and children on the street, women who visit the sick and aren't afraid to talk out loud about AIDS, women who love their children as passionately as you or I.
Switches in point-of-view to introduce the various characters slowed down the beginning a little bit. And of course, three scenarios also necessitated three endings. (Fewer than Tolkien!) But once I knew these women, both American and African, I was committed to seeing their journey through.
Calling Mamelodi a "village" is probably intended to convey the idea of a supportive community, but I suspect most readers visualize a smaller, more rural setting than the sprawling, peri-urban community of nearly a million people that is the real Mamelodi. But in the end, "Mamelodi" is a just name. This story could have taken place anywhere in South Africa, urban or rural.
Beaded Hope is about women helping women-African women helping each other and reaching out with grace to their clueless American visitors. The Americans go home changed, and readers will be too.
Posted December 13, 2010
Follow four American women on a reluctant short-term mission trip to Africa. Each start off with a self-centered agenda, only to discover how God's agenda overrules.
Beaded Hope is contemporary fiction with a variety of characters, an exotic travel tale, and touching moments.
It wasn't the weepy cross-cultural sisterhood type of book I was expecting from the cover, nor was it heavy-handed with a hundred and one insights to life and womanhood.
The narrative flowed naturally. The characters grew as the story progressed. The complicated tangle of human relationships and impossible situations were resolved without leaving you feeling, "Huh? Just like that?" the way that it does when endings are abrupt and author-manipulated.
But with Africa for a backdrop, I was hoping for more picturesque descriptions, more interesting cultural nuggets. Instead, the novel stuck to the plot line and doggedly followed its characters till the end.
Overall, still an enjoyable read. The story gave me a renewed appreciation for the triumphant breaking down of barriers and rebuilding of lives. I recommend it to young adult readers who love travel, world-widening encounters, and real women characters--the ones who journey through life with extra baggage, in need of grace.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for the complimentary copy. My review is based solely on my own thoughts about the book.
Posted April 15, 2010
Beaded Hope is a moving story surrounding four women of different ages who travel to South Africa on a mission trip. All four women are running from something and really don't expect what they find in South Africa. Gabby, Cassandra, Heidi and Katie uncover more than just an AIDS ravaged society, they discover hope, love and an everlasting faith in God despite the devastating circumstances in which they live. Quite simply, their lives are forever changed by this trip.
This story wove its way into my heart and whispers encouragement to my soul to love others and not so many material things--no matter whether those things are lavish or not. When you have many things and someone across the globe has a tiny tin room they call a house, you begin to realize that things are NOT that important. To help support themselves and their children, a group of South African women embark on a beading project that is spearheaded by one of their own, Jaleela, and Beaded Hope is born.
The book is well written and is easy to read. The characters and story line are so believable and the writing so vivid that you feel as if you are viewing South Africa instead of reading a book about it. Well done, Cathy Liggett!
To top it off, Cathy Liggett answers questions in the back of the book and provides a discussion guide. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from every book sold will go to support Beaded Hope--a real organization. Awesome! To find out more about Beaded Hope, please visit http://www.beadedhope.com/.
This book was provided free of charge from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Posted March 17, 2010
Three women and one teenager, bound together by a mission trip to South Africa. Beaded Hope is a book inspired by a nonprofit organization by the same name.
Gabrielle, a children's minister at Graceview Church, a young woman with a deep love of children, who has struggled with infertility issues all of her married life.
Cassandra, an aging news anchor, desperate to keep her job and looking for a story that will be a heart grabber.
Heidi, a young widow and her teenage stepdaughter Katie, both struggling since their husband and dad passed away.
What could these women possibly have in common and how in the world did they end up on a mission trip to South Africa together?
Beaded Hope is a heartwarming story of the women and children of South Africa, who suffer from HIV and AIDS looking to serve the Lord and looking to make a living for themselves. Paired up with this unlikely mission team, they are quickly becoming friends and each team member, even the South Africans find themselves ministering to the other.
A wonderful story of love, hope and redemption, you will not want to put this book down till you finish it. I cried and laughed along as I read, most definitely a book to keep in your permanent library. 381 pages $12.99 US 5 stars
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
Posted March 12, 2010
There are some books that are life changing and there are some books that just waste paper. Thankfully, this book is one of those that doesn't waste any trees.
On a mission trip to South Africa, four ladies have a major life change. Each lady has their own personal struggles that become lost due to other ladies testimonies and challenges. They don't just find answers - they find a way to save lives, by who would have guessed, selling bead work.
This book encouraged me to works. I was moved with emotion and a desire to help others. It was written in a way, that just made you want to go to South Africa and experience the same things.
Would a recommend this book? A thousand times yes!
Blessings to you! You are loved!!!
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. I was not compensated for a "Good" Review.
Posted March 9, 2010
I love a good story. I especially love a good story that takes me to another place for several hours and opens my eyes to the beauty to be found in other cultures.
Beaded Hope is the story of four women who took a mission trip to South Africa, each of them taking her share of burdens with her. While they went to South Africa to help other women, it is their lives that are changed by the strength, courage, and tenacity of the South African women. In turn, the four Americans transform the lives of their South African sisters by enabling them to provide for themselves through beading.
I was deeply moved by Beaded Hope. The writing and characters were captivating, but I was especially touched by the fact that Beaded Hope is based on a very real story, one that you and I can play a part! Beaded Hope is an organization that supports the livelihood of (mostly) AIDS affected South African women through beautiful beading. On their website you can buy beautiful things handmade by these dear women on the other side of the globe. I loved browsing their unique creations and plan to buy a few things after my birthday.
Read this book. Let it touch your heart, but do not let that be the end. Do what you can to reach out to women just like the characters in Beaded Hope. As the organization's motto is: "Look good. Do good. Give hope."
This book was provided for review by Tyndale House Publishers.
Posted January 20, 2010
In Columbus Ohio, Gabrielle "Gabby" Philips, Heidi Martin, and Cassandra Albright have family issues that they must cope with. Still the trio and Heidi's daughter seventeen year old Katie are going on a missionary trip to help people in Mamelodi, South Africa. Complicating the trip at least for mother and daughter is Katie is pregnant.
In Mamelodi the quartet meet women suffering from AIDS. Their future is short, painful, and grim. Yet each one is upbeat and filled with faith while not wanting any help from the Americans. As the four Buckeyes admire their hosts, they want to do something for them without insulting these proud women who make them realize how minor their issues back home are. They may have found a way to help without stomping on pride with the incredible community beadwork, a skill handed down from one generation to the next.
Beaded Hope is a terrific inspirational tale as the visitors learn so much about what is truly giving and living once they stop being the know it all Ugly Americans. The plot also focuses on the African AIDs epidemic. Although issues' solutions are too simplified, fans will still cherish this fine tale as Nomvula and Tumi steal the hearts of Gabby and the readers.
Posted April 30, 2010
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