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My Country Wept Paperback – 2 Mar 2018
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Jess Komanapalli has written an important work that should be read by everyone. When love overcomes the violence and hate of war, a story of redemption, salvation and hope remains. This story is an extraordinary journey of survival through faith, challenges overcome and the small, unexpected moments of grace that allow us to hold onto our faith in the midst of the horrors of war. Theo faced death at every turn as he navigated the civil war raging through his home. He survived to tell his tale. Through his telling, may you find the courage to see God s almighty presence in every trial you face. This book is the story of how one young man looked to God to save him, teach him, and had the courage and passion to save others. It is in this great hope the understanding that we are all called to forgive and serve, have the patience to allow the process to unfold and the fortitude to endure it that the Lord will shine his light to a weary world. I highly recommend the reading of My Country Wept. --Scott Norling, International Consultant Asia Director, Joyce Meyer Ministries
A breathtaking sweep through the eyes of a man who has been saved by grace multiple times amid enduring and generational mess in East Africa. This book takes your breath away, it s written with such gritty reality and reflects ultimately on the Saviour whom Theo loves and follows. Inspirational, and everyone who seeks to understand how to engage across cultures in missional life and work needs to read this book. --Andy Dipper, Principal & Chief Executive, All Nations Christian College
Theo s story is deeply moving and powerful. He tells of some of the sorrows and sufferings of his beloved and beautiful nation, Burundi. His life s journey reveals both the amazing rescue and calling of God without avoiding the hard question of why he has stayed alive whilst others have tragically died. I was moved deeply by his honesty and by the mercy of God at work in him. This book will inspire and help all readers discover more of God in Jesus Christ. It will also help readers understand more of the history and shaping of the nation that is both beautiful and tragic Burundi. --Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham
About the Author
Jess Komanapalli is a freelance writer and journalist, with past experience working on UK national women's magazines. She currently resides in India with herhusband and three daughters, and has recently taken on the role of Principal for a Christian primary school.
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It tells the amazing life of Theo Mbazumutima, a Berundian refugee, who despite unimaginable hardship & despair was determined to have an education & do something good with his life. His faith, although questioned at times, stayed strong & guided him through the most horrific experiences to finally carry out the work God
had planned for him all along.
Jess Komanapalli’s writing is easy to read & so visual; I could so easily imagine the sights, smells & people he met along his way. I felt some of the pain & anguish he suffered as well as the dreadful fear he felt daily. It is a book hard to put down.
Even now, a week after I completed reading it, I still can’t get it out of my mind. When I relax in a hot bath or enjoy a healthy meal, I seem to appreciate it all the more & imagine how life must have been in the refugee camp without either. It made me feel very humble.
I strongly recommend this book & defy anyone who reads it without being moved.
Jess Komanapalli has a promising future as an author . I await her next book with anticipation.
The events in this traumatic account of genocide served to enhance compassion rather than bitterness in the life of Theodore Mbazumutima. There is vulnerability and there is a fighting hopefulness.
It is a remarkable story which I highly recommend.