Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett (Tyndale, February 15, 2010), 400 pages
Four women from Ohio embark on a mission trip to South Africa. The trip is nothing like any of them planned or envisioned, of course.
These women went into their mission trip unprepared. They had no idea what to expect, for starters, but they each also come weighted down with secrets and fears, doubts and hurts.
Since I’ve been on a trip to Africa (not South Africa, though), I knew I had to read this book. At a few points, especially early on but also later, the bottom fell out of me, as I was sure I knew what was going to happen next and I was disappointed. But, happily, I was wrong about that most of the time!
The women work with a group of South African women with HIV/AIDS who are making beaded jewelry to support themselves and their children. The book is based on a real-life nonprofit organization that works in this arena, Beaded Hope.
The women in the book who take this trip are transformed, of course, but they also make a difference in the lives of those they serve.
I’m sure this bracelet of mine isn’t the same as those produced by Beaded Hope — that organization is just in South Africa, it seems — but the concept is strikingly similar.
OK, back to the book. Beaded Hope was an emotionally stirring read for me. After I got past my initial feelings of dread (The cover? The concept? I’m not sure.) I enjoyed this story. I didn’t love this book, but at the same time, it was a book I couldn’t not read.
About the author
Cathy Liggett wrote Beaded Hope after traveling to South Africa on a mission trip like the one described in the book.
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