From marketing maven to angel of the garbage district—the inspiring authorized biography of Maggie Gobran, the “Mother Teresa of Egypt.”
Since 1997, Maggie Gobran and her organization Stephen’s Children have been changing lives in Cairo’s notorious zabala, or garbage slums. Her innovative, transformational work has garnered worldwide fame and multiple Nobel Prize nominations, but her full story has remained untold—until now.
Bestselling authors Martin Makary and Ellen Vaughn chronicle Mama Maggie’s surprising pilgrimage from privileged child to stylish businesswoman to college professor pondering God’s call to change. She answered that call by becoming the modest figure in white who daily navigates piles of stinking trash, bringing hope to the poorest of the poor. Smart and savvy, as tough as she is tender, Maggie Gobran is utterly surrendered to her mission to the “garbage people” who captured her heart.
At her request, the book also spotlights the people she serves—the men, women, and children who prove every day what a little bit of help and a lot of love can do.
- Strange but good
This is a strange book, but I'm glad I read it. I call it strange because the chapters seemed to jump all over the place, and it was as much about the people and politics involved in creating and running a successful non-profit as it was about the stories of those who are helped by it.
I guess I was expecting something a lot more like "Love has a face" by Michele Perry and so I was frustrated with the book for the first few chapters. Honestly I found myself skipping some chapters as I was not overly interested in the politics of running a non-profit in Egypt, I just wanted to hear about Mama Maggie herself and the individual stories of the children she helps. Happily though, the book grew on me, and by the end I was quite glad I read it.
I would recommend it as long as you go in with the right expectations. Mama Maggie is truly an amazing Christ-like woman and her story is one worth hearing.
- Well worth purchasing.
An amazing and challenging story. Well read and easy to listen to.
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