Monday, August 2, 2010

Girl Soldier

by Faith J. H. McDonnell and Grace Akallo
Chosen Books
2007 / 240 pages

Girl Soldier shows both just how sinful man is in the real world of civil-war-torn Uganda after the fall of the dictator Idi Amin and how God’s grace healed the psychological and spiritual trauma of children kidnapped to fight for rebel forces at that time. Grace Akallo herself was conscripted into the grotesquely misnamed Lord's Resistance Army, and chapters telling of her ordeal and miraculous escape alternate with chapters by McDonnell telling of the rise of the Lord's Resistance Army in the midst of Uganda's political conflict and spiritual possession by demonic religion. 

By the end of the book, you will be both horrified and inspired to know more about how you can help the child soldiers of Uganda and elsewhere.

If you like Girl Soldier, you may also appreciate Hitler's Youth, about the hundreds of thousands of German children who were conscripted into the Nazi dictator's ideological cult. 

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