The Daring Heart of David Livingstone

51LdBeOS95L__SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The captivating, untold story of the great explorer, David Livingstone: his abiding faith and his heroic efforts to end the African slave trade

Saint? Missionary? Scientist? Explorer?

The titles given to David Livingstone since his death are varied enough to seem dubious—and with good reason. In view of the confessions in his own journals, saint is out of the question. Even missionary is tenuous, considering he made only one convert. And despite his fame as a scientist and explorer, Livingstone left his most indelible mark on Africa in an arena few have previously examined: slavery.

His impact on abolishing what he called “this awful slave-trade” has been shockingly overlooked as the centerpiece of his African mission.

Until now.

The Daring Heart of David Livingstone tells his story from the beginning of his time in Africa to the publicity stunt that saved millions after his death.

I had never heard about this very amazing man named David Livingston until I discovered this book. This man was truly one generations ahead of his time. I was really impressed with the immense amount of detail included that could only be a result of meticulous research.
I feel like I really learned a lot about history and especially African history. This would make an amazing gift for anyone who really loves history, African Studies, African Literature. I would recommend this especially to African history students and teachers.
It warmed my heart to see that it was endorsed by Jason Russell, co-founder of Invisible Children, An organization near and dear to my heart.



Thank you for your service-Remembering Vietnam

A few days ago I saw this video.

It stayed in my head just wouldn’t leave.

That is what happens when truth gets right up in your face and makes you watch and listen.

This video features a Vietnam Veteran.

Vietnam isn’t really talked about anymore, it isn’t really taught in schools. So many younger Americans may not understand this, so I will attempt to explain.

Vietnam ripped our country apart. The emotions about this war still run deep.

The man in this video represents Americans who were drafted in to the service. Not volunteered.

Think for a second if you can how unbelievably scared you might have been.

Many Americans were killed, injured or traumatized by the Vietnam war.

I have a brother who has served in Afghanistan. Walking around in his uniform, I have been amazed at how very many people have some so many  incredibly kind things. Little children have shyly asked for handshakes. Many “Thank you for your service.” and, “Because of you my children can sleep at night”. And countless other beautiful words.

Often my father is around to hear these things.

My father served during Vietnam.

Do you know what people called my father  at that age?


Never hero.

Many of us have  fathers and grandfathers who may have served.

Have we ever said “Thank you?”

Let us remember ALL of our troops. Past. Present. Future.

Thank you for your service.


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