holiday reading

2012-09-22 Jaala Spain 007

Too Small to Ignore

This book combines the story of Wess Stafford, who grew up in Africa and also happens to be former President and CEO of Compassion International, with compelling reasons to embrace the children in our lives and around the world. It encourages you to turn your good, loving intentions into strategic actions and empowers you to help change the world–and the future–forever: one child at a time.

Half the Sky

The book argues that the oppression of women worldwide is “the paramount moral challenge” of the present era, much as the fight against slavery was in the past. It focuses on sex trafficking, maternal mortality, sexual violence, microfinance and girls’ education. Carolyn See, the book critic of The Washington Post, said in her review: “‘Half the Sky’ is a call to arms, a call for help, a call for contributions, but also a call for volunteers. It asks us to open our eyes to this enormous humanitarian issue. It does so with exquisitely crafted prose and sensationally interesting material….I really do think this is one of the most important books I have ever reviewed.”

Kisses from Katie

You don’t have to be old to change someone’s world. At age nineteen Katie moved from her privileged American life to Uganda and ended up adopting thirteen children and starting a non-profit, which today supports hundreds more where she still lives. This is a beautiful story, not only of a girl’s selfless choices, but of God’s grace to her and those she loves and lives with.

And if you’d prefer a book about the Camino de Santiago, there is a long discussion of the merits (and otherwise) of many English publications right here.

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