A great way to begin your next adventure with The Global Orphan Project begins with a few books. Here are a few of our favorites.

When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself
Brian Fikkert, Steve Corbett and John Perkins, 2009
“Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the use of strategies that so considerable harm to poor people and themselves…A must read for anyone who works with the poor or in missions…”

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World
Jacqueline Novogatz, 2010
“…inspiring story of a woman who left career in international banking to spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and to find powerful new ways of tackling it.”

Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles
Richard Dowden, 2010
“…one of the world’s finest African correspondents has penned a landmark book on life and death in modern Africa…is an attempt to explain why Africa is the way it is, and enables its readers to see and understand this miraculous continent as a place of inspiration and tremendous humanity.”

 Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Immaculee Ilibagiza, 2007
“…in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended in a bloody genocide…For 91 days, she and seven other women huddles silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them…”

Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda
Rosamond Halsey Carr, Ann Howard Halsey,  2000
“…thrilling memoir…a love affair with a country and a people…Following 1994’s Hutu-Tutsi genocide, Carr turned her plantation into a shelter for the lost and orphaned children…”

 A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man who Dreamed It
Stephen Kinzer, 2008
“…about President Kagame, who strives to make Rwanda the first middle-income country in Africa…”

Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village
Sarah Erdman, 2004
“…a place where electricity hasn’t yet arrived, where sorcerers still conjure magic, where the tok-tok sound of women pounding corn fills the morning air like a drumbeat…Sarah Erdman enters the social fold of the village as a  Peace Corps volunteer…”

Africans: The History of a Continent
John Iliffe, 2007
“…a vast and all embracing study of Africa, from the origins of mankind to the AIDS epidemic…”

Kisses From Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption
Katie Davis, Beth Clarke, 2011
“She found herself so moved by the people and children of Uganda… She has given up a relatively comfortable life—at a young age—to care for the less fortunate of this world…”

 A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman
Lisa Shannon, Zainab Salbi, 2010
“…her inspiring memoir.   What begins as grassroots activism forces Shannon to confront herself and her life, and learn lessons of survival, fear, gratitude and immense love from the women of Africa.”

Radical: Taking Back your Faith from the American Dream
David Platt, 2010
“…challenges you to consider how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences.  He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple—then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard…”

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
U.S. Center for World Mission
“…a dynamic 15-week course in which students discover what God is doing around the world and consider their part in His purposes…”     quoted from website

Season of Blood: A Rwandan Journey
Fergal Keane, 1997
“…a deeply personal and elucidating account of ordinary people caught in a nightmare of manipulation and massacre…”

 This Voice in My Heart: A Runner’s Memoir of Genocide, Faith and Forgiveness
Gilbert Tuhabonye, 2007
“…not only the horrific event itself, but…a catalyst for people to understand real forgiveness and the gift of faith in God.”