Lisa J. Shannon had a good life: a successful business, a fiance, a home, and security. Then, one day in 2005, an episode of Oprah changed all that. The show focused on women in Congo, the worst place on earth to be a woman. She was awakened to the atrocities there - millions dead, women raped and tortured daily, and children dying in shocking numbers. Shannon felt called to do something. And she did. A Thousand Sisters is her inspiring memoir.
Shannon raised money to sponsor Congolese women, beginning with one solo 30-mile run, and then founded a national organization, Run for Congo Women. This book chronicles her journey to the Congo to meet the women her run sponsored, and shares their incredible stories. What begins as grassroots activism forces Shannon to confront herself and her life, and learn lessons of survival, fear, gratitude, and immense love from the women of Africa.
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The Congolese women are suffering
I believe the story was heartfelt and real. It showed a lot about what the author was going through at the time of her discovery of what others were going through, which was far worse than she could ever imagine. She found a way to help others best that she could and was able to meet many women and learn their stories for herself.
It reminds me of Passport through Darkness by Kimberely Smith. She also went to Africa to an area where children hid in fear of being killed and where women were being raped. It was a story about human trafficking and war as well and her personal progress of going there. I liked that one more though....
It was good that the author read her book, but she sounded monotone and as if she had to clear her throat the whole time but didn't. I had a really ahrd time adjusting to her voice. She had a lack of expression in how she read it. I didn't feel the emotion that she said she had there because her voice just stayed the same the whole time. I believe I would have enjoyed this more if I read it instead of listened to it.
It actually has inspired me to want to run. I already sponsor a child in the Congo and have for a couple years and I also work for an anti-trafficking organization that talks about the Congo and other places. I really was inspired though that she wasn't really much of a runner and used it for a big difference. I wonder if in time I could do something like that for trafficking victims.
It is very important to try to seek out news of oppression around the world that the media barely mentions. Do some research and continue to help others.