As a young woman growing up in Africa, 17-year-old Leymah Gbowee was crushed by a savage war when violence reached her native Monrovia, depriving her of the education she yearned for and claiming the lives of relatives and friends. As war continued to ravage Liberia, Gbowee’s bitterness turned to rage-fueled action as she realized that women bear the greatest burden in prolonged conflicts. Passionate and charismatic, Gbowee was instrumental in galvanizing hundreds, if not thousands, of women in Liberia in 2002 to force a peace in the region after 14 years of war. She began organizing Christian and Muslim women to demonstrate together, founding Liberian Mass Action for Peace, launching protests and even a sex strike.p>Gbowee’s memoir, Mighty Be Their Powers, chronicles the unthinkable violence she’s faced throughout her life and the peace she has helped broker by empowering hundreds of her countrywomen and others around the world to take action and takes listeners along on her continuing journey as she harnesses the power of women to bring her country peace, saves herself, and changes history.
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“Leymah bore witness to the worst of humanity and helped bring Liberia out of the dark. Her memoir is a captivating narrative that will stand in history as testament to the power of women, faith, and the spirit of our great country.” (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia)
Excellent book! Outstanding Narrator!! I can't say enough! It is a heartwarming story that a single, humble, person can effect so much change. And the voice of the narrator leads you into the story and won't let you go!
The book was so well written and well read, the attention to detail made it so raw and real. You cannot read this book and be unchanged, it is amazing to see the way some people in our planet live, it inspired me to stand up for human and woman's rights. It was encouraging, uplifting and incredibly inspirational, it left me proud to be a woman! I highly recommend this book!
This is a must read. No matter how educated we are as part of the free world, we do not fully understand our world. Human beings are capable of some horrible things but this book is a great example of the good in those who have the courage to change their destiny and that of a nation. This happened and how funny we do not have any idea it even happened.
This is a book all its own. You can't compare one woman's tale to another because there are so many similarities but vast differences as exemplified by Leyma Gbowee's story.
Leyma Gbowee, though I've heard Leyman's actual voice. I liked that Ms Scott didn't fake a Liberian accent.
A great moment to self evaluate after reading this.
will definitely listen over and over. Gbowee's story not only captures you with its'horrors and heroism, she teaches critically important lessons on making peace through healing and reconciliation. in a world wracked by violence, war and trauma, her book and the work she continues, shows us the way back to being compassionate and living in peace.
have not but would listen to her narration again. very good!
both. expect it. that is part of what makes it so powerful!
Madam Gbowee in every strugle there is peace to come, as i Arthur listening to your book on audiobook I cried as a 9 months old baby is it because your story is the same as mine.There is no fiction, false statement or editting to make it consummerable but a very true Liberian war story.I thank you for your hard work. Remember not anyone can be a Leader but the leader can come from anyone.
Cuz the violence against women must stop.
Keep up the fight never back down.
This is definitely not for those "readers" who like heroes in the abstract and put their idols on a pedestal. The book does a great job fleshing out Gbowee and those close to her, as well as their struggles. Interestingly enough, however, I had the feeling Gbowee was not completely at peace with the choices she made, and her explanations about why she made those choices oddly felt more like excuses rather than the objective analyses she clearly intended. But what is undeniable is how heroic her journey was, and if her story has brought her down to earth in my eyes, she is an inspiration for everyone. I hope Gbowee herself eventually comes to terms with her decisions.
The narration was competent enough, but the pronounced lisp did get on my nerves. As a longtime subscriber to Audible, I am still baffled by the low standards publishers have for the narrators.
An amazing account of a country's struggle to find peace. I was moved by the strength of Leymah and the women of Liberia. Their voices are one of peace, one of healing and reconciliation. I only hope I can be as courageous as these women are!
Inspiring story of an imperfect woman who sacrifices to lead African women in the fight for peace.
Now I need to watch the documentary.
I'd consider the audio version to be better because of the fantastic performance of the narrator. If not already an actor, she ought to quit her day job and hit the audition circuit. Her accent, if not Liberian, still reinforces the setting of being an African story. I saw one review mentioning a lisp. No idea what this person is hearing; perhaps the accent.
Yes, deep reactions; the author's experiences and stories are intense.
An amazingly powerful story and an amazingly inspirational woman/group of women.
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