Together we shared a mostly happy journey - facing and overcoming
obstacles, meeting fascinating people wherever we went while falling completely in love with the people of Kenya. This book is a tribute to my co-laborers and in
writing this book I hope to show that one does not need to be a hero to step out,
take risks and make the world a better, healthier and happier place.
An archbishop, an environmentalist and an AIDS activist are only a few of the heroes, who stood up against a ruthless dictator and corrupt government, in Jack O'Leary's My Road to Kenya.
My Road to Kenya shines a light on a group of everyday heroes who believe they were called to
make a difference in the lives of the people of Kenya. Fate and faith led them to the crossroads where their paths converged. Working together they have built and supplied hospitals, clinics, schools,
churches, and homes for hundreds of children-
many of whom were orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Through it all they asked for nothing for themselves. Yet in the end, the collaborations of these everyday heroes resulted in something invaluable - the forging of deep and long-lasting friendships.
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About the Author
JACK O'LEARY is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 1984, Jack, then corporate vice president of Burroughs Corporation, was approached to help launch International Imaging Materials, Inc. (IIMAK), which one decade later he took public.
He never intended to become involved in the lives of the people of Kenya, but having financed the education of several Kenyan students, he was invited to visit them. Soon he was refurbishing and building hospitals, clinics and orphanages, and undertaking other humanitarian projects.
Cover Design by Tina Ibañez / Cover photography Julia Lyons
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We are proud to announce that My Road to Kenya by Jack O'Leary is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth your time and money!
This is the personal accounts of both Jack O'Leary and Mary Lyons and their contribution to the people of Kenya. As many of you have probably seen I'm trying to read more non-fiction in 2013 so when I came across this one on NetGalley I had to give it a shot. I'm not too sure what I expected to get out of my reading from the book other than that I would learn a bit about two people who work very hard to give to the people of Kenya. While I did learn about the efforts of both Jack O'Leary and Mary Lyons I felt that the book lacked a bit more of a personal touch. For me, when I read a memoir like this I want to not only learn about their contributions to society but about them as individuals. In this memoir I felt that My Road to Kenya lacked a lot of the human aspect from the authors. While I really enjoyed their various stories about their time in Kenya and the good deeds they've done I know very little about Jack and Mary outside of their charitable contributions and that really bothered me. I completely understand that the author probably wanted the focus to be more on sharing their experiences but I felt that learning who Jack and Mary are would have gone a long way to understanding how and why the road they were on led them to become so involved with the people of Kenya. Despite this fact though, I thought that the book was well written and I enjoyed the fact that there was a certain lightness to it. It was not bogged down by dry writing but was written in a very easy to read manner. What I appreciated most was the humour with which both Jack and Mary told their numerous stories about their interactions with friends, family and strangers as well as how much passion they both have for what they do it is nothing short of inspirational. Overall, this was a good little memoir based on two peoples experiences in terms of their charitable contributions that are being used to better the lives of the people in Kenya. I would recommend this to everyone especially those readers who want to read a memoir but don't want one that is too long and too time consuming to read. * I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review. I was not compensated in anyway to give a positive review and all thoughts and opinions herein are my own.
Inspiring Book - Two People's Work in Kenya My Road to Kenya is an inspiring book full of images and details surrounding the work of two generous individuals. Jack W. O'Leary and Mary Clare Lyons have chronicled their time on a mission trip in Kenya. They describe their projects, the leaders, and the experiences. Great book on philanthropy, Christianity, and the human spirit. Highly Recommended Read!