A Thousand Sisters

  • by Lisa J. Shannon
  • Narrated by Lisa J. Shannon
  • 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Moving story

I disagree with the previous reviewer. The book begins with the author's own story, but only to help us understand the motivation behind her later work for the women in the DRC. Her travels through Congo, her efforts to help women who have suffered unspeakable tragedies are framed in the context of one American woman's attempts to offer help when so much more is needed that she cannot hope to give.

The atrocities described in this book are heart-stopping, yet so commonplace in Congo that they come across as mundane. The stories of heroism and courage are striking. It's a tough book to get through, but you have the option of taking action. I've been a Women for Women International sponsor for many years. This book gave me a perspective on how my small donation every month helps.
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- Patricia "Can there be any better pasttime than reading? Audiobook, regular book, e-book - I have 1 of each going at all times."

Not What I Expected

I wouldn't recommend this. The ideal behind the book is inspiring, but it was poorly written and the narration was dull. It was very boring and difficult to stay interested in the story for what seemed to be most of the book. The author spent too much time on herself (the boring part) and not about the injustices occuring.
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- Gabrielle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-14-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios