Empty Hands Memoir: One Woman’s Journey to Save Children Orphaned by AIDS in South Africa (Sacred Activism) by Sister Abegail Ntleko is truly inspiring. From the time I picked up and read an advanced copy for review, I was immediately sharing her amazing story with my husband, daughters and friends. Each chapter left me in amazement at the remarkable strength of this intelligent and compassionate lady. She has much wisdom that can be applied in the mission field, in local churches, in our communities and in our homes. Her philosophy is to “Meet people where they are in their lives and accept them.” She does this in the face of unimaginable adversity.
There are many cultural and religious experiences in her story. As you read the book you’ll be exposed to South Africa during poverty, apartheid, male dominance and AIDS. Sister Abegail Ntleko walks her readers through her own journey of faith, from numerous Christian churches, Buddhist friends, and Zulu traditions. If you try to put the author inside the parameters of conformity then you’ll be disappointed in your effort. She is a remarkable and unique woman with a passion and love that is unstoppable. She lives intentionally, purposefully and passionately to make the world a better place.
This book is so inspiring I intend to read it many times. It’s rich with a passion unseen in many people. The cultural aspects expose the reader to life beyond the American armchair. Half-way through the book I found myself searching for and sponsoring a young girl in South Africa through Compassion International. If I can help one young girl aspire and achieve her dreams just as Abegail has done, then my money is following my heart. This story has left a lasting imprint on my heart.
Pre-order the book so you’ll have a copy to read when it’s published! The book includes a foreword by Desmond Tutu and several photos of Sister Abegail.
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