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God Grew Tired of Us
     

God Grew Tired of Us

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by John Bul Dau
 

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This unforgettable book is the first-person account of a miracle—indeed, a whole series of miracles. A tale of suffering, tragedy, and sorrow redeemed by indomitable resolve and a stubborn refusal to despair, it's set in a Sudan shadowed by unrelenting war and ruthless violence, yet illuminated by faith, generosity, and steadfast commitment to the human

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This unforgettable book is the first-person account of a miracle—indeed, a whole series of miracles. A tale of suffering, tragedy, and sorrow redeemed by indomitable resolve and a stubborn refusal to despair, it's set in a Sudan shadowed by unrelenting war and ruthless violence, yet illuminated by faith, generosity, and steadfast commitment to the human spirit's finest instincts. It's also the eloquently plain-spoken self-portrait of a young man who has looked death in the face many times and come away with an inner strength as impressive as it is modest and a wisdom as inspiring as it is matter of fact.

One of the uprooted youngsters known as the Lost Boys of Sudan, John Bul Dau was 12 years old when civil war ravaged his village and shattered its age-old society, a life of herding and agriculture marked by dignity, respect, and the simple virtues of Dinka tribal tradition. As tracer bullets split the night and mortar shells exploded around him, John fled into the darkness—the first terrified moments of a journey that would lead him thousands of miles into an exile that was to last many years.

John's memoir of his Dinka childhood shows African life and values at their best, while his searing account of hardship, famine, and war also testifies to human resilience and kindness. In an era of cultural clashes, his often humorous stories of adapting to life in the United States offer proof that we can bridge our differences peacefully. John Bul Dau's quiet pride, true humility, deep seriousness, compassionate courage, and remarkable achievements will take every reader’s breath away.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426201141
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
01/16/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.11(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

John Bul Dau is a Dinka from Southern Sudan and one of thousands of Lost Boys who fled their homeland during Sudanese civil war. He found shelter at refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya before coming to Syracuse, New York, where he now lives with his wife and his daughter.

Michael S. Sweeney is a professor of journalism at Utah State University. He is the author of the acclaimed book Secrets of Victory, which was named 2001 Book of the Year by the American Journalism Historians Association.

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God Grew Tired of Us 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Shelby21 More than 1 year ago
You will definitely think twice about pitying yourself after reading this. I never wanted to stop reading it, and it was a pretty fast and easy read. It WILL change you, recommend.
hannah1028 More than 1 year ago
This non-fiction novel is one that is sure to bring one insight and inspiration. The hardships described in the book that were delt with by those who suffered and/or died during this time are events that you could not believe have been overcome by those few "Lost Boys." The "Lost Boys" are some of the most inspiring people that I have ever read about. The tales of John Bul Dau are phenomenal. I was truly inspired and recommend that everyone reads this book at least once in their lifetime.
ChariK More than 1 year ago
Amazing story of what this boy and thousands of others experienced in Sudan. Their faith in God is truly inspiring. You cannot read this book and not be changed.
Aggie2010 More than 1 year ago
John Bul Dau's story of his journey as a Lost Boy and his life in America is a deeply moving, heartwarming and inspirational story. Although he endured many hardships, suffering horrors that I cannot even begin to imagine, he overcame all those obstacles and has done absolutely amazing things with his life. His optimism and outlook on life are so beautiful. His words are very profound. You come away viewing life differently and appreciating the life we have been given that is often taken for granted. Despite the despair, his message is one of hope. My favorite part of the book: "I am a Lost Boy of Sudan. I have seen my share of death. When I lived in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, the hyenas came at night to feed on the bodies of the friends I had buried during the day. I have seen my village burned by armed invaders. I have been so hungry and thirsty in the dusty plains of Africa that I consumed things I would rather forget. I spend many nights wondering whether my family was alive or dead. I have crossed a crocodile-infested river while being shelled and shot at. I have walked until I thought I could walk no more and surely would die. But I am still here. I have a job, an apartment, and a wonderful new country to call home. I am sitting here in a classroom in Syracuse, New York, and life is good. They say I am a Lost Boy, but God has found me. Do not give up hope when times are bad. Hope is never lost." I can only hope to be half the person he is. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly inspiring!! A must read for anyone interested in learning about the struggle of less fortunate people who have to deal daily with unimaginable circumstances. I felt an enormous admiration for John Bul Dau. He is a man who even in the bleakest of circumstances could find humor, courage and hope. We see through his eyes the misfortune and injustice of his country and learn from him, how fortunate we are as Americans.
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Really?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So i had to read this book for language arts class. To me it was very boring at the beginning and confung but it ot better as the story proressed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank u for tapping. U r awesome! I saw the movie of this book. It was really good and sa too though as well.
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I have no clue wat this story is about <: P
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Samuel Gonzalez More than 1 year ago
its a very emotional book
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Once I began reading this book, I could not put it down. The hardships faced by John Dau are tremendous. This book makes one proud to be an American and extremely appreciative for our lives. The lost boys are truly brave and most certainly fit the definition of a hero. I hope John Dau's dream of building the first clinic in Duk County are fulfilled, but more than anything else I pray for peace in Africa.