The Greatest Gift: The Courageous Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang

The Greatest Gift: The Courageous Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang

by Binka Le Breton

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In 1966, Sister Dorothy Stang went to Brazil as a missionary, and in 1982 she moved to a small town in the Amazon to work with an organization to protect poor farmers and their land from loggers and land-developers who stop at nothing—including murder—in pursuit of profits. After testifying at a government panel investigating illegal incursions into protected areas, Sister Dorothy was denounced as a “terrorist” by powerful companies and began receiving death threats. Refusing to be intimidated, she continued her work—until two gunmen shot her six times on a rural Amazon road.

THE GREATEST GIFT is the first biography of this extraordinary woman and her mission. Written by a mainstream journalist who has spent many years in Brazil, it exposes the entrenched collusion between government officials and commercial interests and celebrates the profound courage of Sister Dorothy and others fighting to protect the Amazon jungles and the people eking out a life there.

Inspired by deep religious conviction, Dorothy Stang gave of herself generously. A book that will resonate with readers of Sister Helen Prejean’s Dead Man Walking, THE GREATEST GIFT presents not only the story of Sister Dorothy’s tragic death, but the powerful and beautiful lessons of her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385525510
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

BINKA Le BRETON is a British journalist and the author of A Land to Die For, Trapped: Modern Day Slavery in the Brazilian Amazon, Voices of the Amazon, and Rain Forests. She is also an award-winning writer, environmental and human rights activist, and non-profit director who lives and works in the Brazilian rainforest.

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The Greatest Gift: The Courageous Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
LivelyLady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Life of Sr. Dorothy who was killed in 2005 in her mid 70s after dedicating much of her religious life to helping the people of Brazil become independent. Her murder was planned with a bounty on her head. I found this to be bogged down in the politics du jour while I would have preferred more about her, from her, in her own words. I do understand that the posthumous-ness of this made that difficult if not impossible. But it was good and inspirational to read about someone involved in something bigger than themself.
tloeffler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sister Dorothy Stang spent over half her life working with the poor in Brazil's Amazon region. She fought for the rights ot fhe small farmers against the loggers, ranchers, and speculators, for which she was murdered in 2005 at the age of 73.This book is a history of her life, told in an odd form of interviews and stories. It is an interesting history, but the format was like reading a newspaper story, and it was distracting to me. It was interesting to learn about an area of the world that I have not known much about, and, although my (probably blasphemous) opinion about most martyrs is "What good did it do for you to die?" it appears that Sister Dorothy's death did rally the forces that needed rallying. Sometimes, that's what it takes.
Delsie More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because a guest speaker was coming to my daughters school. So I thought I would step out of my "normal" comfort zone and read this book to be prepared for the speaker. What a wonderful surprise! We should all be as deadicated as she was. How inspiring.