This remarkable autobiography is a journey from terror, violence, and despair into freedom, peace, and joy. Catching Ricebirds: A Story of Letting Vengeance Go is Marcus Doe’s true story as a Liberian refugee who lost his family and fled his country, and ultimately learns to forgive and find peace again.
In this gripping autobiography, a refugee recounts his journey from fear, violence, and despair into freedom, peace, and forgiveness. Marcus Doe was born in Liberia, West Africa, in 1979. Affectionately nicknamed “Jungle Boy” by his family, he reveled in his childhood life and was hardly aware of the dangerous political climate swirling around him. But by mid-July 1990, a violent civil war erupted and Liberia was thrown into a time of fear, starvation, and death. Separated from his family, Marcus embarked on a remarkable journey to escape the war-ravaged country he loves and the wounds that he carried in his memory. But God’s light reached him in this darkness. Where he had been filled with hatred, Marcus slowly learned to forgive. Now his mission is to bring the hope and the peace of Christ to others.
Marcus’s life unfolds in four movements: first as a young boy living in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, during a period of growing unrest; second as a refugee fleeing from rebel forces that would kill him and his family without a second thought; third as a wanderer in foreign countries—Ghana, the United States—unable to return to his childhood home; and finally as an adult, coming to grips with the loss he experienced and longing to see his own healing extend to others still haunted by Liberia’s suffering.
Fans of the New York Times bestseller Unbroken about Louis Zamperini will love this story as well, as it has similar themes of one man’s struggle to find redemption in the face of incredible hardship.
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About the Author
Marcus Doe came to the United States from Liberia, West Africa, in 1993. He currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Annie, where he earned a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His calling is to see his own healing extend to his fellow Liberians around the world.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Jonah Speaks 1
Chapter 1 Land of Liberty 11
Chapter 2 Family Life 25
Chapter 3 Through a Child's Eyes 36
Chapter 4 Death Enters 53
Chapter 5 A Family Falling Apart 62
Chapter 6 A Country Falling Apart 72
Chapter 7 The War Arrives 84
Chapter 8 Entrenched in War 96
Chapter 9 Life behind Rebel Lines 108
Chapter 10 Imperfect Liberation 123
Chapter 11 The Decision to Get Out 132
Chapter 12 The Refugee Boat 145
Chapter 13 Freedom's Sky 153
Chapter 14 Assimilating in Ghana 169
Chapter 15 News from Home 183
Chapter 16 Going to America 190
Chapter 17 Drifting Alone 201
Chapter 18 Jolted Awake 215
Chapter 19 Facing Home 226
Chapter 20 What the Years Took Away 241
Chapter 21 Jonah to Joseph 248
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I just finished reading Catching Ricebirds and I am caught between heart wrenching pain for what Marcus went through and joy for the transformation that takes place in this incredible story. This book honors the memories of family lost in the war. It brings you along with Marcus to experience his pain and clearly shows why he would want to take revenge for the atrocities he witnessed. But there is so much hope in how God does a powerful work in his life, bringing healing.