Books on Liberia

Here's a list of books on Liberia I recommend.

The House on Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood, by Helene Cooper.

Helene Cooper, the daughter of two high class, wealthy Liberians descended from freed slaves, recounts her idilic life that is forever changed in the horrors of the Liberian civil war.

Missionary Nancy Sheppard chronicles her spiritual journey through the difficulties of missionary work in Liberia with her family. The Liberian civil war changes the course of their lives and Nancy struggles through the difficulties of refugee work, obeying God's Word, foster care, and women's ministries. Through her journey she sees how much God loves her and the deep joy and purpose in giving your life one hundred percent to God.

When William Powers went to Liberia as a fresh-faced aid worker in 1999, he was given the mandate to "fight poverty and save the rainforest." It wasn't long before Powers saw how many obstacles lay in the way, discovering first-hand how Liberia has become a "black hole in the international system"--poor, environmentally looted, scarred by violence, and barely governed. Blue Clay People is an absorbing blend of humor, compassion, and rigorous moral questioning, arguing convincingly that the fate of endangered places such as Liberia must matter to all of us. (Overview from Amazon). 

In This Place, by Kim Abernethy

Missionary Kim Abernethy moves to Liberia with her young family and struggles with her flesh and through difficult circumstances as she seeks to minister to the Liberian people. A great example of what missionary life was like in Liberia 25 years ago.

Cracking the Code: The Confused Traveler's Guide to Liberian English, by John-Mark Sheppard

John-Mark Sheppard grew up on West Africa with the Liberian people and  later returned to Liberia as a missionary. Through his experiences and natural gift with languages he has put together an amazing book that offers a history of Liberia and Liberia's unique English, a cultural guide, and an extensive dictionary of Liberian English words and their pronuciations. It is a must have book for anyone planning to travel or work in Liberia.

Tears of the Rain, by Ruth Ann Stelfox

Written in journal style, Ruth Ann Stelfox shares of her family's two years in Liberia from 2002-2004. She relates the heartbreaking accounts of dying war orphans, desperate refugees, and people affected by witchcraft and cannibalism.
"In the midst of this darkness, they found joy, love, lasting friendships, and hearts open to the light of God's love. They saw beauty in the scarred landscape around then, and the tears of Heaven in the torrential African rains. As they worked to help change the loves of those around them, their own lives were changed, and the miracles they witnessed increased their awe of the God they had gone to Africa to serve." (From Amazon).

The Stelfox family was involved with fostering Liberian orphans and assisted in the very first wave of international adoptions out of Liberia after the war.

I'll be sharing more books as I read them!