Peoples of the West African Sahel
[amazon template=thumbnail right&asin=1850782997]The book that nearly killed me. A week after returning from West Africa I was stretchered out of my house wearing an oxygen mask and with my heartbeat over 200. I was three months off work and was left permanently disabled.
When I eventually finished the book, I had a story of:
- Remarkable people surviving against the odds.
- The way many African cultures are great at survival in extreme situations but less good at promoting economic growth.
- The unseen spiritual issues that are widely known among the people themselves, and widely ignored or ridiculed in the West.
- Compelling research by a worker named Larry Vanderaa, showing how responses among peoples in West Africa were dependent on when the first missionaries arrived. Always, some pioneering family needs to spend a lifetime serving among a people, often seeing little response to their message. The mass turning to Christ often happens among the next generation.