Monday, May 18, 2009

Refuge: A True Story of Faith and Civil War

Sometimes, to get to the good stuff, we have to go through the tough stuff...with God's help of course. That's the message that John and Bessie Gonleh, with Bruce Beakley, produce in their book Refuge: A True Story of Faith and Civil War. The Gonleh's went through a horrific experience that spanned years and years, but didn't lose their faith, didn't give up hope, and never stopped leaning on the Lord.

In 1989, the Gonleh's lived in Monrovia, Liberia. A war had broken out in their country and the family was forced to witness and experience death, disease, and terrible sights while attempting to flee the country. After almost 20 years, the family finally escaped to America, but not without heartache at the experiences they went through. You will be truly amazed at what this family was forced to deal with and the manner in which they experienced it. From taveling through the Liberian wilderness with their 6 children, looking for help, the death of children, and so much more. Such positivity and hope lay with the tragedy.

Reading like a thrilling fiction story, Refuge is anything but fiction. When you finish the last page, this one is definitely going to stick with you for quite some time.

To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon. There is also a website for the book

Refuge: A True Story of Faith and Civil War
John and Bessie Gonleh with Bruce Beakley
288 pages
Christian Non-fiction
Winepress Publishing
April 2009


Rawley said...

Wow, what a great review! What age group would you recommend this book for?

Amanda said...


This is definitely a mature young adult/adult read. Thanks for commenting!

Rob and Denise Miller said...

Thank you for the great review for this book. I look forward to reading it, as my husband and I have spent the better part of 2 years (2007 and 2008) in Liberia with the hospital ship, Africa Mercy. We have many friends in Liberia and most have lived through the devastating war, fled to the bush, or neighboring countries. You can read about some of this in our blog... We are currently in Benin so you'll need to go to the archives from May 2007 through the end of 2008.
God's blessings,

Anna said...

Sounds like an inspirational story. I don't know anything about the war there, so it would be interesting to read. Thanks for the review.

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