Thursday, October 29, 2009

Escape from Slavery - Book Review

Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity--and My Journey to Freedom in America
by Francis Bok

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Francis Bok spent his early childhood as a happy member of a Sudanese Dinka family. He took great pride that his father felt he would someday grow up and do great things. At the age of 7, Francis was allowed for the first time to go to the market to sell his family's goods. Little did he know that this would be the last time he would ever see his family again. He was captured at the market and was bound in slavery for the next ten years. Now, he's on an incredible mission that may change how we all look at slavery.

This book is a fascinating read. It left me speechless and mortified to know that so much slavery still goes on all over the world. Francis put up with tremendous abuse and and survived it, astounding me that anyone, let alone a child, could have so much faith and not be broken. This is truly an incredible story of faith, hope and resilience. A must read for everyone!

This book was required reading for my son when he started at the university this autumn. He was lucky enough to hear Francis speak and meet him after the seminar.

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