This week’s review is Miracle on VooDoo Mountain: A Young Woman’s Remarkable Story of Pushing Back the Darkness for the Children of Haiti by Megan Boudreaux. One of my favorite ways to rest is by curling up with a good book. Like movies and music, all genres appeal to me, and I give all my books a shot. There are a few ways I find new books to read: Goodreads, my two book clubs, friends’ recommendations, and browsing the internet. My favorite author is Greg Iles, and the books I am most interested in reading are nonfiction books about the Holocaust.
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Miracle on VooDoo Mountain
It’s kinda funny how I came across this book and how long after finding it I actually read it. A neighbor was selling a batch of books individually and as a group. It was cheaper to buy the entire batch, so that is what I did. There were a few books that weren’t children books, so I set them aside. Sometime later, I went through the stack. Some I gave away, and a few I kept. Miracle on VooDoo Mountain was in the stack I kept. Putting the books next to my bed, I intended to read them in the weeks to come. A few months later, I got to Megan’s book, and I regretted having ever put off reading it.Listening to her heart, Megan forever changed the kids in Haiti. #respirehaiti Click To Tweet
What it’s about
Taken from the Amazon website:
“It took months of God waking me up in the middle of the night before I realized I was the one He was calling to leave my comfortable American life and move to Haiti.”
Miracle on Voodoo Mountain is the inspirational memoir of an accomplished and driven 24-year old who quit her job, sold everything, and moved to Haiti, by herself—all without a clear plan of action. Megan Boudreaux had visited Haiti on a few humanitarian trips but each trip multiplied the sense that someone needed to address the devastation—especially with the children, many of whom were kept as household slaves on the poverty-stricken and earthquake-devastated Caribbean island.
God guided her every step as she moved blindly to a foreign land without knowing the language, the people, or the future. From becoming the adoptive mother of former child slaves, to receiving the divine gift of the Haitian Creole language, to starting, building, and running a school for more than 500 children, “the amazingness of what God did after I made the choice to be obedient is incredible,” said Megan.
Three years later, six acres on Bellevue Mountain in Gressier is the home of the nonprofit Respire Haiti at the former site of voodoo worship, and in the area that many still come to make animal sacrifices, Megan and her staff of nearly 200 are transforming this community as they educate, feed, and address the needs.”
About the author
Taken from the Amazon page:
“Megan Boudreaux founded the nonprofit Respire Haiti to fight for the freedom of Haiti’s estimated 300,000 child slaves. Megan, at the age of twenty-four, followed God’s call to begin a feeding program and transform a barren hillside into a refuge and school for fi ve hundred children. Respire Haiti also has a sports complex and kitchen, where two meals a day are served. A medical clinic is nearing completion with future plans for a church, community center, and library. In 2012, Megan adopted two Haitian sisters. The following year she married her best friend, Josh Anderson, and together they have begun the adoption of another set of siblings. To learn more about Megan and Respire Haiti, please visit http://respirehaiti.org.”
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My thoughts on it
The only regret I have about this book is that I didn’t find it sooner. Megan’s story is a true testament to standing by what you believe in even if you are unsure of how to make that change you so desperately want.
I loved hearing Megan’s story and seeing all the changes God has made through her. Standing by your faith to the point of selling everything to move to another country for no other reason than God pushing you, takes an enormous amount of faith and trust.
She learned to persevere through each difficulty by praying and waiting for God’s direction. Megan’s story was an emotional read – sad, happy, and anger resonated throughout her story, but it was also encouraging for others.
The dedication Megan and the other volunteers have to making a difference to Haiti children is phenomenal and moving. Thank you, Megan, for listening to our Father and letting Him guide you to what you were called to do.
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