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The rise of Sam Childers from violent, drug-addicted biker to a man willing to risk everything to rescue the orphans and child soldiers of Sudan ""All my life, from birth, it's been a fight. And it always seemed to be ""another man's war. I always seemed to be fighting for someone else. But it always came back to me. The Word says we're born into sin, and sin always comes b The rise of Sam Childers from violent, drug-addicted biker to a man willing to risk everything to rescue the orphans and child soldiers of Sudan ""All my life, from birth, it's been a fight. And it always seemed to be ""another man's war. I always seemed to be fighting for someone else. But it always came back to me. The Word says we're born into sin, and sin always comes back to war." --"Sam Childers Sam Childers has always been a fighter. Born to a violent father and a mother of great faith, his life was a contradiction. With an affinity for drugs and women, the angry young man grew into a drug-dealing biker. But that was then. Nowadays Sam--along with the cadre of Sudanese soldiers he employs--spends his time in the most dangerous parts of Sudan and Uganda rescuing the youngest victims of war, orphans and child-soldiers. His mission is simple: save the children, no matter the cost. Endorsements: "Another Man's War is about true terrorism . . . against more than 200,000 children in northern Uganda and Southern Sudan. Sam Childers--a fighter and a preacher (some call him a mercenary)--tirelessly leads a small militia into the jungle, daring to fight against a vicious army outnumbering him one thousand to one. One man can make a huge difference. Sam Childers certainly does." -- "Peter Fonda, actor/filmmaker, best known as star of "Easy Rider "The Reverend Sam Childers has been a very close friend to the government of South Sudan for many years and is a trusted friend." -- "President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan" "The Reverend Sam Childers is a long time devoted friend to our government and his courageous work is supported by us." -- "President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda" "Sam Childers is one of those rare men [who is] willing to do literally whatever it takes to promote the message of Jesus Christ and save children from the tyranny of evil men." -- "John Rich, lead singer and songwriter, Big & Rich"


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The rise of Sam Childers from violent, drug-addicted biker to a man willing to risk everything to rescue the orphans and child soldiers of Sudan ""All my life, from birth, it's been a fight. And it always seemed to be ""another man's war. I always seemed to be fighting for someone else. But it always came back to me. The Word says we're born into sin, and sin always comes b The rise of Sam Childers from violent, drug-addicted biker to a man willing to risk everything to rescue the orphans and child soldiers of Sudan ""All my life, from birth, it's been a fight. And it always seemed to be ""another man's war. I always seemed to be fighting for someone else. But it always came back to me. The Word says we're born into sin, and sin always comes back to war." --"Sam Childers Sam Childers has always been a fighter. Born to a violent father and a mother of great faith, his life was a contradiction. With an affinity for drugs and women, the angry young man grew into a drug-dealing biker. But that was then. Nowadays Sam--along with the cadre of Sudanese soldiers he employs--spends his time in the most dangerous parts of Sudan and Uganda rescuing the youngest victims of war, orphans and child-soldiers. His mission is simple: save the children, no matter the cost. Endorsements: "Another Man's War is about true terrorism . . . against more than 200,000 children in northern Uganda and Southern Sudan. Sam Childers--a fighter and a preacher (some call him a mercenary)--tirelessly leads a small militia into the jungle, daring to fight against a vicious army outnumbering him one thousand to one. One man can make a huge difference. Sam Childers certainly does." -- "Peter Fonda, actor/filmmaker, best known as star of "Easy Rider "The Reverend Sam Childers has been a very close friend to the government of South Sudan for many years and is a trusted friend." -- "President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan" "The Reverend Sam Childers is a long time devoted friend to our government and his courageous work is supported by us." -- "President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda" "Sam Childers is one of those rare men [who is] willing to do literally whatever it takes to promote the message of Jesus Christ and save children from the tyranny of evil men." -- "John Rich, lead singer and songwriter, Big & Rich"

30 review for Another Man's War: The True Story of One Man's Battle to Save Children in the Sudan

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hai Quan

    While common wisdom dictates that anything too good to be true, and perhaps it can be applied to Sam Childer 's fantastic story of rescuing children from the danger of South Sudan 's Lord Resistance Army, in the absence of existing conflicting report from the mass media, I am willing to accept ( some parts) of his memoirs and question other parts . The most serious problem with this Christian evangelist is his use of deathly weapons while performing his "mission" . Where in his bible, can he show While common wisdom dictates that anything too good to be true, and perhaps it can be applied to Sam Childer 's fantastic story of rescuing children from the danger of South Sudan 's Lord Resistance Army, in the absence of existing conflicting report from the mass media, I am willing to accept ( some parts) of his memoirs and question other parts . The most serious problem with this Christian evangelist is his use of deathly weapons while performing his "mission" . Where in his bible, can he show me the teaching of , instead of offering one's left cheek, producing a gun and shoot the one who slapped your right cheek? Obviously one can't just forgive and ignore and allow other to violate you, but you must DISTANCE YOUR killing even in self-defense to ANY religious edicts. Otherwise you corrupt and harm and dirty whatever religious teaching you want to propound Do help the Sudanese orphans, the hunted children as you have been doing, but keep out your Christian rhetoric in doing so . Millions and billions have been murdered in the name of God from time immomerial.No need to add your statistics. Other problems:..... ( A temporary pause, will come back... )

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hai Quan

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    This one is another to add to my favorites! I saw Machine Gun Preacher several months ago with Gerard Butler and I found out at the end there was a real Machine Gun Preacher named Sam Childers and he had a book I bought right way. Digging through my stacks of unread books I added it to my reading 2 to 3 at a time but I couldn't put this one down. This is another one everyone should read along with my 2 fav books of all time by Kent Nerburn. Neither Wolf Nor Dog and Wolf at Twilight. They are on This one is another to add to my favorites! I saw Machine Gun Preacher several months ago with Gerard Butler and I found out at the end there was a real Machine Gun Preacher named Sam Childers and he had a book I bought right way. Digging through my stacks of unread books I added it to my reading 2 to 3 at a time but I couldn't put this one down. This is another one everyone should read along with my 2 fav books of all time by Kent Nerburn. Neither Wolf Nor Dog and Wolf at Twilight. They are on my favorites list. Actually you should read any and all books on my favorites list:) This book was so moving and I have wanted to add his work to my charities I work with. There are so many evil things in this world that have been happening since we were created and it's so hard to realize there are still so many horrific things done to people, children and animals. They are there but by the Grace of God there are those out there that fight the good fight in any way, shape or form. We can all do something, somewhere, somehow.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Kovelan

    PROS: it is an inspiring tale of redemption and of answering a calling greater than ones self. CONS: it is poorly written, education accounted for, and the religious and political agenda is clear. It is unfortunate that his message isolates itself within these constraints.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This memoir tells the story of Sam Childers and of the children of southern Sudan and northern Uganda. About half of the book describes Sam Childers' youth, including his years as a drug-using and -selling biker and how he left that life to become a Christian preacher called by God to minister in Africa. The rest of the book describes his ministry in Sudan and Uganda: first driving a mobile medical clinic to areas without access to medical services and now building and protecting a compound where This memoir tells the story of Sam Childers and of the children of southern Sudan and northern Uganda. About half of the book describes Sam Childers' youth, including his years as a drug-using and -selling biker and how he left that life to become a Christian preacher called by God to minister in Africa. The rest of the book describes his ministry in Sudan and Uganda: first driving a mobile medical clinic to areas without access to medical services and now building and protecting a compound where children left orphans by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) can grow up in safty. He describes what life is like in the areas the LRA (a rebel group led by Joseph Kony) terrorizes villagers, why children are kidnapped by the LRA, what happens to them when they are, and how they get free. He briefly describes the recent history of Sudan and Uganda. He also describes God's protection and provision of his work there. He describes rescues, going into danger areas, and the fighting. He describes in detail the Village/orphanage and what they provide for the children who live there. The book is interesting, well-written, and fast-paced. I would have liked to know more about how they help the children recover from what they've seen and experienced, though. For those who don't like gore and suffering, this book has few gory details. Personal accounts of what the children and villages suffer at the hands of the LRA are given briefly and with few details. Sam Childers is outspoken about his Christian faith in the book and gives credit for a number of miracles (mainly of protection and provision) to God, but he says that a lot of non-Christians are interested in and supportive of his work. So this book might be interesting to non-Christians despite the Christian content. If you're someone who believes there's never any justification for using violence, then I doubt you'll like this book. I'd recommend this book, especially to those who like incredible-but-true missionary stories, to soldiers who are Christians, and to those interested in what's being done to help the children in southern Sudan and northern Uganda.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    My husband told me about this guy - he is actually a "regular" in his Somerset, PA store (when he's in the states)! I'd never heard of him before, but I found his book in the library and was excited to read it. Sam Childers' story is totally fascinating. Not only the accounts of his dangerous and somewhat controversial work in the Sudan, but also his dramatic, life-changing conversion experience. I was really blown away. His story is what makes the book. You really do have to overlook the total la My husband told me about this guy - he is actually a "regular" in his Somerset, PA store (when he's in the states)! I'd never heard of him before, but I found his book in the library and was excited to read it. Sam Childers' story is totally fascinating. Not only the accounts of his dangerous and somewhat controversial work in the Sudan, but also his dramatic, life-changing conversion experience. I was really blown away. His story is what makes the book. You really do have to overlook the total lack of organization & "flow," the typos (I wasn't even looking for them and I found 3-4), and generally poor editing. Honestly, the story is so amazing, it's surprising how easy it is to overlook those things. I like to rate books on how long they stay in my mind. Some are totally forgettable; some stick with you. This is one that I wake up thinking about. I can't wait till my husband reads it so we can discuss it. If not for the terrible editing, I would have given it 5 stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jerusha McCarthy

    This is a fantastic book which I highly recommend. If you read it with an open mind it will resonate more as an inspiration to allow God complete rule over your life decisions and to completely trust Him no matter what He asks. If you're reading it for just a "good story" then you will get a good story, but I honestly don't think it will be an inspiration to you and you most likely will be perplexed as to its accuracy. I enjoyed this book because I seriously don't doubt the possibility of any of This is a fantastic book which I highly recommend. If you read it with an open mind it will resonate more as an inspiration to allow God complete rule over your life decisions and to completely trust Him no matter what He asks. If you're reading it for just a "good story" then you will get a good story, but I honestly don't think it will be an inspiration to you and you most likely will be perplexed as to its accuracy. I enjoyed this book because I seriously don't doubt the possibility of any of these circumstances happening in the life of someone that completely trusts God with their money, time, efforts, and safety such as Sam Childers did.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Doron

    Sam Childers journey was interesting , I feel that the book was a bit haphazard and could have benefitted greatly from an experienced editor. The delivery was a bit lacking and at times the book really gave off the impression that rather than being repentant on his earlier wrong doings he treated them like bragging points. I also found the miracles and stories about the devil a little theatrical for my personal taste. I am however not the target market for this book I believe that the stories ma Sam Childers journey was interesting , I feel that the book was a bit haphazard and could have benefitted greatly from an experienced editor. The delivery was a bit lacking and at times the book really gave off the impression that rather than being repentant on his earlier wrong doings he treated them like bragging points. I also found the miracles and stories about the devil a little theatrical for my personal taste. I am however not the target market for this book I believe that the stories may better serve a modern day Christian audience better.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Greg Stucky

    Sam Childers is an example of what happens when you mix a hardcore guy destined for an early death with the extremely powerful and amazing work that Jesus Christ likes to bring into our lives. Without giving too much detail, this story is absolutely marvelous in how bold and triumphant a powerful relationship with God can go.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    The book Another Man's war was a well in depth written book accounting events that had happened that Sam has experienced plus how he was before he became a fighter in South Sudan. The problem with the book is how much he thinks that God is a cause in events that happen. From him being able to not be shot or his doubt in god being relinquished. The book Another Man's war was a well in depth written book accounting events that had happened that Sam has experienced plus how he was before he became a fighter in South Sudan. The problem with the book is how much he thinks that God is a cause in events that happen. From him being able to not be shot or his doubt in god being relinquished.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Outrageous love and commitment! I am humbled and inspired. Thank you Sam Childers, may the Lord use you and as many as possible to save as many as possible. This book is hard to put down. It is gritty and tough to handle. The pain of Sam, his family and the children is palpable. I am so thankful to have read this.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Casey

    I met him at an event held at a church in my hometown. His past sent chills down my spine as someone who had done so much wrong. However, he has turned his life around and has inspired to help so many more people by choice. He was so friendly answering questions during QandA and after the presentation of the evening. Bringing people together this was a night I will never forget.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christopher R. Goforth

    Powerful story Sam Is a no nonsense guy that I could really relate too. As a Green Beret, I have seen many of the atrocities Sam speaks of in his book. As a Christian, it ha empowered my faith and left me with the question, who can I do more?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Bergner

    a very nice read. It tells the story about a troubled past kid change his life to help out the world. The stories were incredible. I didn’t like how it was in chronological order. I would recommend it

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jung

    Machine Gun Preacher portrayed by Gerard Butler.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Scotty Singh

    amazing sam childers is an amazing human being and he is an inspiration. Groups like the LRA need to be wiped off of this planet.

  17. 5 out of 5

    TJ Lawrie

    My heart goes out to the children in Africa. I'm not religious but I will still say a prayer for them. We all could do a little more to help each other. My heart goes out to the children in Africa. I'm not religious but I will still say a prayer for them. We all could do a little more to help each other.

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Ayer

    Good read. Most Christians don't think of Christ grabbing a weapon and going after people even though that is exactly what the Bible tells us he did in John. Good read. Most Christians don't think of Christ grabbing a weapon and going after people even though that is exactly what the Bible tells us he did in John.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen Jorgensen

    Powerful man, story and faith I had heard of Sam years ago and seen the documentary and movie of his life. After meeting and talking with Sam at a detergent I have even more respect for him and his ministry. May God continue to bless him and his ministry!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angus Mcfarlane

    Should I support a loud-mouthed gun-toting American preacher whose first words in public are 'I'm going to be asking you for money'? Sam Childers became involved in a mission to rescue kids from the lawless militia groups in southern Sudan after converting to Christianity from a life of sex, drugs and general thuggery. To get the job done, he has hooked up with the official army of southern Sudan, who provide additional protection to the personal weapons he carries himself. I don't think there i Should I support a loud-mouthed gun-toting American preacher whose first words in public are 'I'm going to be asking you for money'? Sam Childers became involved in a mission to rescue kids from the lawless militia groups in southern Sudan after converting to Christianity from a life of sex, drugs and general thuggery. To get the job done, he has hooked up with the official army of southern Sudan, who provide additional protection to the personal weapons he carries himself. I don't think there is any doubt that he is working in an area with significant need, and even greater personal danger. This alone makes the book worth reading (or the movie, although there is apparently some license taken that Sam begrudgingly allowed): it is a stark reminder that there are many in the world whose lives are far from what I am used to calling good. But does this justify my monetary support? Even if the intent is justified, are the means? I was particularly interested in finding out how Childers rationalized being a machine gun preacher. I resolved personally that to take up a weapon with the intent Ito kill was not something I could do in good conscience, and did not join the army reserve at university as a result. Philosophically, I can understand that a Christian could be part of the military, especially where national defense is involved. Voluntarily joining a quasi-Guerilla army with a willingness to kill opposition rebels seems another notch up in terms of ethical dilemmas. (Unfortunately, many of the rebels are also child soldiers, kidnapped and brainwashed at a young age with little understanding of what they are truly doing). In neither his talk, or his book, we are never really given an answer to this question, or at least we never know whether he has personally killed others in the course of his mission. The best we get seems to be that the rebel's leader is evil and he along with many of his followers more or less deserve death, and given the chance, Childers is willing to carry this out. This said, the book is not meant to address my questions, and the intention to tell in a simple manner, who he is and what his mission involves. A direct question in his talk along the lines of my interest was not directly answered. I am open to agreeing and somewhat more persuaded after reading the book than I was beforehand. Sam Childers is a rough and ready guy with a big heart and well intended and outspoken convictions. No doubt it is the actions that result from this that matter more to Sudanese kids than any opinion I have either way!

  21. 4 out of 5

    James Korsmo

    Another Man's War is pastor Sam Childers's account of his ministry in the battle-scarred regions of Southern Sudan. Childers, a former drug-dealer and criminal, recounts his own journey from his violent past to his current ministry with abused and orphaned children in Sudan. He and a group of Sudanese soldiers rescue children who have been caught in the battles between rebel and government forces, often in very dangerous conditions. I enjoyed and was challenged by Childers's story, but I must ad Another Man's War is pastor Sam Childers's account of his ministry in the battle-scarred regions of Southern Sudan. Childers, a former drug-dealer and criminal, recounts his own journey from his violent past to his current ministry with abused and orphaned children in Sudan. He and a group of Sudanese soldiers rescue children who have been caught in the battles between rebel and government forces, often in very dangerous conditions. I enjoyed and was challenged by Childers's story, but I must admit I was also dismayed by it. It's appalling to hear of the conditions faced by the people of Southern Sudan, with rebel militias murdering villagers and kidnapping children, and it is heartening to hear that people are stepping in to side with the abused and oppressed, but at the same time, it is also distressing to hear the comfort and confidence Childers has in guns and force. He and his group go in fully armed and guns blazing, proud of the impact they are making and of the fight they are bringing to the rebels. I am sure this is at least in some ways fitting to the context of his ministry, but it is distressing none the less to hear his bravado come through in the pages of the book. I am greatful for the children he saves, but hope and pray that there is a better way, and that he finds it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisse

    Sam Childers does not mince words. You will always know what he's thinking...my guess might be whether you like it or not. He lead a crazy first half of his life, involved in drugs, drinking, fighting and everything else that goes with those things. He honestly was no man I would've wanted anything to do with. But he turned himself around and now, with the skills he picked up in his former life, he protects the children of Uganda and Sudan. He is alive when he should probably not be, due to the Sam Childers does not mince words. You will always know what he's thinking...my guess might be whether you like it or not. He lead a crazy first half of his life, involved in drugs, drinking, fighting and everything else that goes with those things. He honestly was no man I would've wanted anything to do with. But he turned himself around and now, with the skills he picked up in his former life, he protects the children of Uganda and Sudan. He is alive when he should probably not be, due to the amount of times people have tried to kill him and the danger he is constantly in while over in Africa. I am impressed by all he has done. He relies on his love of fighting and lack of fear a bit more than I would like, but he lives a compeletly different life than mine, so I can't really judge that. He is doing good work and I know that this book and the movie made about him will help him continue that work by spreading the word of his ministry to save the children he so dearly loves and fights for in Africa.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michael Brown

    Another Man’s War: The True Story of One Man’s Battle to Save Children in the Sudan is an amazing book. I really don’t know where to begin – other than this is a Must read. I picked up the book after a friend pointed it out to me. The book was and wasn’t what I expected it to be. It was actually way more. I expected to read about the horrors and what he had done to help the children of Sudan, but what I didn’t expect was the story of how his life was shaped and guided to where he is now. What I Another Man’s War: The True Story of One Man’s Battle to Save Children in the Sudan is an amazing book. I really don’t know where to begin – other than this is a Must read. I picked up the book after a friend pointed it out to me. The book was and wasn’t what I expected it to be. It was actually way more. I expected to read about the horrors and what he had done to help the children of Sudan, but what I didn’t expect was the story of how his life was shaped and guided to where he is now. What I mean is you see how God can use what we go through in life to prepare us for what is to come. This book is not for the faint of heart – it will cause you to rethink things and it will shock you no matter how hardcore you are. This book will not leave you unchanged. All the news reports will not prepare you. Sam Childers does an amazing job bring it all alive. I read this book in one day. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    Like most autobiographies, one should take this story with a grain of salt. I'm not saying I don't believe this story is real, I very much do, but I'm sure there are some parts that are perhaps embellished to give it a little something extra to create a book. It happens, whatever. I believe as a whole this guy is legit and I commend his dedication to aid several countries and it's people who desperately need it. This is not a story for the feint of heart, but one that must be told. The world ten Like most autobiographies, one should take this story with a grain of salt. I'm not saying I don't believe this story is real, I very much do, but I'm sure there are some parts that are perhaps embellished to give it a little something extra to create a book. It happens, whatever. I believe as a whole this guy is legit and I commend his dedication to aid several countries and it's people who desperately need it. This is not a story for the feint of heart, but one that must be told. The world tends to ignore the problems of others, especially when it's not staring them in the face. There are atrocities happening occurring constantly and it us being swept under the rug. The writing is a little jumpy and several stories were re-told. I get the guy is not a weirder and he admits to having an 11th grade education. However, it's still a great story and worth a read. I gave the book 3 stars simply because the book would have benefitted greatly with an editor.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    I watched Machine Gun Preacher for Gerard Butler and was quite surprised to learn what it was about. I had the book on my to read list until the pastor at church mentioned that Sam was coming to NZ later this year. Bought the book and read it the same day. So. It was a very quick read, and helped me to understand Sam's reasoning as to why he does what he does. He had some very valid points and it helped to clear up some of my prejudices. I would say though, that for maximum impact, you should rea I watched Machine Gun Preacher for Gerard Butler and was quite surprised to learn what it was about. I had the book on my to read list until the pastor at church mentioned that Sam was coming to NZ later this year. Bought the book and read it the same day. So. It was a very quick read, and helped me to understand Sam's reasoning as to why he does what he does. He had some very valid points and it helped to clear up some of my prejudices. I would say though, that for maximum impact, you should read the book AND watch the movie. I'm a very visual person, so seeing what goes on, as well as reading about it made it that much more real for me. Only criticism is about the movie-tie-in version of the book - half the photos are real, half are from the movie, with captions that consist of "hey watch this movie we made". Note: movie has lots of swearing and graphic stuff in it. Book is pretty much PG.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brie

    This is an inspiring true story about a man who made it his mission in life (or rather, God made it his mission in life) to rescue orphaned children in Africa. I couldn’t put this book down once I started reading it. Half way through the first chapter, I literally had chills. The story is simply awe inspiring. The only negative aspect about this book is that it’s written (as Sam Childers said himself) at an 11th grade level. I know his purpose for writing at this level is so that people everywhe This is an inspiring true story about a man who made it his mission in life (or rather, God made it his mission in life) to rescue orphaned children in Africa. I couldn’t put this book down once I started reading it. Half way through the first chapter, I literally had chills. The story is simply awe inspiring. The only negative aspect about this book is that it’s written (as Sam Childers said himself) at an 11th grade level. I know his purpose for writing at this level is so that people everywhere (of all educational levels and backgrounds) could and would read this book. He wasn’t trying to impress anyone with his writing talents. That being said, I finished the book in about 3-4 hours and was able to watch the movie immediately after (I read the book the same day the movie came out at RedBox). I recommend everyone read this book!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    When I call this book a "difficult and inspiring read," it's not because of the prose. The book is written in a matter-of-fact, conversational way and it flows well. No, the difficult part is the subject matter. Sam Childers pulls no punches about his past as a drug-dealer, a biker hoodlum, etc. He takes the same approach to his work as a Christian soldier fighting against the LRA in Southern Sudan, rescuing children abused and orphaned by the vicious militia. Make no mistake, this is a violent ta When I call this book a "difficult and inspiring read," it's not because of the prose. The book is written in a matter-of-fact, conversational way and it flows well. No, the difficult part is the subject matter. Sam Childers pulls no punches about his past as a drug-dealer, a biker hoodlum, etc. He takes the same approach to his work as a Christian soldier fighting against the LRA in Southern Sudan, rescuing children abused and orphaned by the vicious militia. Make no mistake, this is a violent tale ... in a violent place. Childers starts out helping roof a building for charity and winds up establishing an orphanage right int he middle of a war zone. He talks about his walk with God, his inspiration ... and the desperate need for funds. This book was the inspiration for an equally difficult and inspiring film, "Machine Gun Preacher." Both are highly recommended.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    True story of an incredibly brave and faith filled man who among other things runs a mobile Health Clinic, built some orphanages in South Sudan to save the children I had no idea that so many South Sudanese people (mostly Christian) were killed -2 million-by the North Sudanese over the past decade. Childers puts his life at great risk to do his work. What led me to this heart pounding exciting book was reading about the movie that is soon to come out about him: Machine Gun Preacher (starring Ger True story of an incredibly brave and faith filled man who among other things runs a mobile Health Clinic, built some orphanages in South Sudan to save the children I had no idea that so many South Sudanese people (mostly Christian) were killed -2 million-by the North Sudanese over the past decade. Childers puts his life at great risk to do his work. What led me to this heart pounding exciting book was reading about the movie that is soon to come out about him: Machine Gun Preacher (starring Gerard Butler). I started this May 3.(So now I am reading 2 books concurrently..this one and Spice). OK...finished it..wow! Some parts made me sick (the violence of the LRA). Sam Childers is one of my heroes now. What faith and courage and confidence! I will definitely re-read it in the future!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    This is an important story everyone should read. The author and main character is big departure from the 'average' Christian missionary; very controversial in his execution of his calling. When you read the stories of the children and tragic conditions he confronts, it is impossible to judge him. His story is compelling and left me with great admiration for his committment and selfless faithfulness to the work God has called him to. Be prepared to feel guilt and shame, to question your own goals This is an important story everyone should read. The author and main character is big departure from the 'average' Christian missionary; very controversial in his execution of his calling. When you read the stories of the children and tragic conditions he confronts, it is impossible to judge him. His story is compelling and left me with great admiration for his committment and selfless faithfulness to the work God has called him to. Be prepared to feel guilt and shame, to question your own goals. His own background is tortured and horrible but in God's 'economy' a fitting training ground to do the hard work he does. This is an example of God causing all things, even unhappy beginnings, to work for good for those who are called according to His purpose

  30. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    This is the memoir of the "machine gun preacher", who runs an orphanage in the Sudan for children kidnapped by the military, or separated in some way from their parents. He talks about his mission, but also about his life, the early portion of which was spent selling/taking drugs and fighting. He has an interesting take on Christianity, but if his story is to be believed, he has redeemed himself since with all his missionary work for the children of Sudan. And I guess that's why my review is jus This is the memoir of the "machine gun preacher", who runs an orphanage in the Sudan for children kidnapped by the military, or separated in some way from their parents. He talks about his mission, but also about his life, the early portion of which was spent selling/taking drugs and fighting. He has an interesting take on Christianity, but if his story is to be believed, he has redeemed himself since with all his missionary work for the children of Sudan. And I guess that's why my review is just "OK". I hate to be cynical, but it's hard to know what to believe. In any case it's a quick read, and you do find out more about politics in Sudan and Uganda.

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