mgondringer, August 30, 2008 (view all comments by mgondringer)
This is an inspiring book about the perseverance of a woman who undergoes many hardships on her walk with God. She is convicted to preserving God's earth in viable ways which she brings to her people in ways that are adaptable to them and understandable as well.
I would recommend this book to those who truly cherish sincerity.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Maathai, a 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, presents a matter-of-fact account of her rather exceptional life in Kenya. Born in 1940, Matthai attended primary school at a time when Kenyan girls were not educated; went on to earn a Ph.D. and became head of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Nairobi before founding Kenya's Green Belt Movement in 1977, which mobilized thousands of women to plant trees in an effort to restore the country's indigenous forests. Because Kenya's environmental degradation was largely due to the policies of a corrupt government, she then made the Green Belt Movement part of a broader campaign for democracy. Maathai endured personal attacks by the ruling powers-President Moi denounced her as a 'wayward' woman-and engaged in political activities that landed her in jail several times. When a new government came into power in 2002, she was elected to Parliament and appointed assistant minister in the Ministry for Environment and Natural Resources. Despite workmanlike prose, this memoir (after The Green Belt Movement) documents the remarkable achievements of an influential environmentalist and activist. Photos not seen by PW." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day"
by Jan Cottingham, Ms. Magazine,
"This clear-eyed memoir describes three acts in the ongoing drama of the great woman's life: innocence and education, heartache and determination, and, ultimately, triumph....In her memoir, but more importantly in her life, [Maathai] makes the case that persistence is courage. She renounces self-pity and embraces hope, and in the process has lifted many from despair to dignity." (read the entire Ms. Magazine review)
by Booklist (Starred Review),
"Maathai has restored humankind's innate if nearly lost knowledge of the intrinsic connection between thriving, wisely managed ecosystems and health, justice, and peace."
by Bill Clinton,
"What is impressive and important about what Wangari and the Green Belt Movement have done is that they work on the environment in a way that ties it to economic empowerment — lifting people out of poverty. Such creative solutions need our support."
by Nelson Mandela,
"Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement demonstrate the intimate connection between sustainable management of Africa's rich natural resources, democracy, good governance and peace. Such are the solutions that will bring new light to Africa. I hope the world will support her vision of hope."
by Alexandra Fuller,
"My time with Wangari Maathai made me feel as if I had been given new eyes and an awakened soul....To exude a sense of empowered peace...with historic brilliance and heroism while raising three children as a single mother in a country hostile to strong women is almost unimaginable...She should be the most celebrated woman in the world."
by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
"Maathai's prose is spare and simple. But her passion comes through clearly."
In this inspiring memoir, Wangari Maathai, the winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, recounts her life as a political activist, feminist, and environmentalist in Kenya. Includes 16 pages of photos.
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