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My Father, Maker of the Trees

Author Eric Irivuzumugabe & Tracey Lawrence
Narrator Dion Graham
Runtime 4.8 hrs - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date February 7, 2009
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In 1994, 16-year-old Eric Irivuzumugabe climbed a cypress tree and remained there for 15 days without food or water. He wasn't trying to win a bet with his friends--he was attempting to save his life. Eric is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that claimed the lives of 800,000 people in just 100 days.

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In 1994, 16-year-old Eric Irivuzumugabe climbed a cypress tree and remained there for 15 days without food or water. He wasn't trying to win a bet with his friends--he was attempting to save his life. Eric is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that claimed the lives of 800,000 people in just 100 days. In the midst of indescribable loss, and without a job, a home, or an education, Eric was determined to start a new life for himself and his two surviving brothers. My Father, Maker of the Trees is the story not only of his physical survival, it is the story of his spiritual rebirth and the role he is playing in the healing and redemption of his land and people. His incredible account will show readers the reality of evil in the world as well as the power of hope. Eric's message of God's relentless love through our darkest circumstances will encourage and inspire.

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Recommended
Interest level: 4. Great storyline through truly inconceivable difficulties.

Spiritual content: 4. The forgiveness, and treating with love those who have wronged you, after the fact, are well on display.

Content: I had a difficult time deciding between giving it 4 stars or 5. In the end, it got four, primarily because it doesn't leave you with the same connection with the author/book as a Brother Andrew or Corrie ten Boom does. And it doesn't drive me forward spiritually as much as some. But overall a very good book.

Narration: 5. Well done.
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Review by / (Posted on 2/7/2018)
Surprising!
I was surprised by this book on many accounts. I was surprised by the depths of depravity that is possible in the human heart, and the way that humans can be have when operating out of that depravity. I was surprised by the courage and determination of the survivors, and those being hunted down and slaughtered for no other reason that the families they were born into. I was surprised by the desperate measures that needed to be taken, on a daily or hourly basis, just to remain alive.

But most of all I was surprised by the way God has worked through the people who have endured these horrors, the comfort and closeness that they now experience with God, and the fresh grace of God (like the green shoots pushing up through the ashes after a bush fire) that is present in their lives and that empowers them to carry a message of hope to their hurting nations.

The narrator does a great job with expressing the feeling of this book, it seems that he has the same accent as I would imagine the author to have, and this adds to the authenticity of the listening experience
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Review by / (Posted on 12/15/2011)
We listened to this audio as...
We listened to this audio as a family. Our boys, ages 11 and 13 were able to listen to My Father, Maker of the Trees and learn so much about God's restoration and the forgiveness a human being who loves Jesus is capable of. This was an excellent audio. It was moving, at times rivetting, and a real learning experience. I highly recommend it. Allow your middle-school and up children to listen to this with you. You'll be glad you did!

I received a copy of this audio in exchange for this review. Read my entire review at www.homeschoolblogger.com/lorilynn/781262
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Review by / (Posted on 5/4/2010)
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