Beaded Hope

Beaded Hope

by Cathy Liggett


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2011 Carol Award winner for Women's Fiction from ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers)
Four American women, all with their own challenges, embark on a mission trip to South Africa. Their lives are changed as they encounter a group of South African women who suffer from AIDS yet demonstrate great joy and faith in the face of overwhelming adversity. When the Americans discover the amazing beadwork that has been taught to generations of women in the community, they uncover a way to help these proud people support their families by selling their craft.

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ISBN-13: 9781414332123
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.66(h) x 0.93(d)

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Beaded Hope 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
fredamans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a truly inspiring book. I knew from the moment I picked it up, that I would have a hard time putting it down. That's just what happened too! I finished it in a few hours!We often hear of such heartbreaking stories and wonder how people can be so good through so little, the answer is always LOVE. You learn that once again with this story of these women and their journey to South Africa. It makes you wish you had your own triumphant battle of overcoming the odds. Generally we are ordinary people. So we look up to the stories of extraordinary from little or nothing.Kudos to the author for sharing this story, adapted from their own experiences.
silenceiseverything on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received Beaded Hope as part of the First Reads program. Let me admit that had I known that this was classified as "Christian Fiction", I probably wouldn't have entered to win a copy. Not that there's anything wrong with Christian Fiction. It's just that I'm not a particularly religious person so I tend to shy away from anything with a religious slant to it (unless it's non-fiction or horror). Probably due to my preconceived notions of Christian fiction, Beaded Hope ended up exceeding my expectations. I thought that Beaded Hope was a great book. There was a bit of "The Lord will help you if you believe" type of praying, but I felt that was more about the characters personal problems and a part of what they did on their day-to-day life. I didn't feel like I was being beaten over the head with the preaching so that definitely made me enjoy the book more. I ended up liking all of the main characters. They were all extremely flawed women and I was interested in whether or not they were going to solve their problems. The supporting characters in this book were amazing! I found myself shedding tears from one of their storylines and inspired by the countless others. Some of the book was a bit predictable (mainly the end to Gabby's storyline), but it didn't dampen my enjoyment of this book or its characters (mainly Cassandra, who I found hilarious). So, in the end, I enjoyed reading Beaded Hope. It did drag a bit in the middle, it picked right back up after that. This was a great inspiring novel about the good of the human spirit and about what comes from helping one another. It's definitely recommended.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was amazingly put together. Four women, one goal, all with secrets. The suspense of that alone pulled me to the story. But once I sat down to read, I was immediately hooked from the first page. I wanted to keep on reading and reading until I got to the end to see what happened to these 4 new friends. This book has so many struggles that are dealt with, ranging from grief, to depression, to longing and hope. The four women in this story, set out on a journey to South Africa and are immediately met with people who have even bigger problems than their own, like AIDS and HIV. Through this book, I was actually able to feel as though I was on this mission trip with these ladies, feeling what they felt and seeing what they saw. I cried, I smiled, and I prayed. But most of all, I felt God's love through this story and to know that there is hope in matter how hard life may seem. This book has a little of something for everyone, from love, to friendship, to suspense, to God's loving grace. I highly recommend this wonderful read with a 5 star praise! This book was provided for review by Tyndale House Publishers.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
Whew! Talk about a passionate read! This one put me through a gambit of emotions. The characters learn about various reasons to devote your time to missions, and the sacrifices one makes and the rewards earned in doing so. Not only did the characters learn, but so did I—about the needs in Africa, the hardships, and the sacrifices made of those who aide. What a captivating read. The resolutions are a bit simplified, but the story is still meaningful, mind-growing, and inspirational. The pacing tended to slow down a bit in the middle, but kept my interest and built back up to a satisfying end. Quite an educational and emotional read.
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LeAnneH More than 1 year ago
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.
Molly_P More than 1 year ago
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.
Craisin93 More than 1 year ago
Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett was to say the least.. absolutely awe inspiring! To set the scene for you all, the book opens with a glimpse into the everyday lives of three women, and the teenage daughter of one of the women, who live in Ohio. They are all is facing some sort of conflict in their lives, and ironically, each of the women (including the teenage daughter of one of the women) decide to sign up for a two-week mission trip to South Africa. Cassandra, a highly acclaimed news reporter intends to turn in the story of her broadcast career when she returns to the states; Gabby hopes to escape the heartache that has turned her life upside-down; and Heidi and her daughter, Katie, who are still trying to get over the loss of their beloved husband and father are facing an adventure that could forever change their lives and the relationship that they have with each other. Once they arrive in South Africa, these women are informed that they will all be working as a team to provide support to a remote village where AIDS is ravaging the women and children. There are no men left in the village as they have either succumbed to the disease or have abandoned their families after being infected. The women and children are living in rancid conditions and in places that one could hardly call home. The four women are mortified by what they see and suddenly, their personal problems back in Ohio seem to be forgotten. The four women share a unit in a church compound, where the leader of the community, Mama Penny, welcomes them and informs them that she will be their guide for the next two weeks. They are introduced to an AIDS infected African American woman named Jaleela, who has come up with a way to help her community by selling beaded jewelry to people in the United States. It is a story about commitment, community, family, and about how God comes through even in the most incomprehensible situations. It is a very family friendly book and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in sitting down and cuddling up with a good book. I really hope that you guys choose to read/ review this book for yourselves; it was definitely worth it to me! I was provided with a complimentary copy of the book from Tyndale House Publishers and if you would like more information , please click on the link below:
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tiggerdaisy More than 1 year ago
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 This book was provided free of charge from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
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.
ilovemy5kids More than 1 year ago
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.
devasha More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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. Harriet Klausner