This is my book review of “Friendship” by Francis Mandewah.
This is a memoir that reads like an adventure story. It is written by a new author, Francis Mandewah, who writes about his life as a child in Africa, and how his life changed forever. He then covers his life up to the present.
This is a fascinating story!
I was delighted by the author’s description of how the people in his village received the news. They had no newspaper, no radio. They had a town crier, who would signal for attention, and as everyone stopped to listen, he announced the news for the entire village to hear!
I found myself uplifted by this story.
I wanted to cheer him on, and tell him, “Don’t give up”. Francis has a tenacity and hope that serve him well, but he needs some help, and finds it in surprising ways. He is helped by a nun and by a pilot from the United States. He accepts this help joyfully, even as he accepts the circumstances of a life in Africa, poor and fatherless. His father died while Francis was still an infant. To his mother’s credit, she finds ways for Francis to attend school. School is the step up he needed to have hope of a better future.
The author’s mother, needing a way to support her family without her husband, has a small farm where she grows coffee, cacao, bananas, kola nuts, cotton, pineapple, peppers, and okra. I was amazed at the variety of what she grew! She also had chickens for eggs. Breakfast was often several bananas. The family lived without electricity, without running water, using a stream for water, and a community latrine.
This is such an encouraging book.
By the end of the book, I was encouraged myself, to find ways to give to others, sharing the blessings I have had in my life. As a result, my husband and I added another child sponsorship to our giving. This child we have sponsored lives in Africa, too.
I say, “Thank you” to Francis Mandewah for writing this story about his life. It is encouraging to others, to hope for a better future, to accept their circumstances, but to look for and be ready for new opportunities. The author’s courage is evident as he travels alone, where he has never been before. Also evident in his story, is the importance of prayer in his life. He learned to pray in elementary school.
I hope you will read this book! It is a very interesting true story, that keeps your interest throughout. It will encourage you and surprise you.
I wrote to the author after I had started reading his book. I said to Francis, “God evidently had his eye on you, as well as the sparrow.”
You can see more about this book and purchase it in Kindle format or paperback at Amazon.com
I did receive a free copy of this book from Netgalley, so that I could do an honest review for you.