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Publisher's Summary

One couple's inspiring memoir of healing a Rwandan village, raising a family near the old killing fields, and building a restaurant named Heaven.

Newlyweds Josh and Alissa were at a party and received a challenge that shook them to the core: Do you think you can really make a difference? Especially in a place like Rwanda, where the scars of genocide linger and poverty is rampant?

While Josh worked hard bringing food and health care to the country's rural villages, Alissa was determined to put their foodie expertise to work. The couple opened Heaven, a gourmet restaurant overlooking Kigali, which became an instant success. Remarkably, they found that between helping youth marry their own local ingredients with gourmet recipes (and mix up "the best guacamole in Africa") and teaching them how to help themselves, they created much-needed jobs while showing that genocide's survivors really could work together.

While first a memoir of love, adventure, and family, A Thousand Hills to Heaven also provides a remarkable view of how, through health, jobs, and economic growth, our foreign aid programs can be quickly remodeled and work to end poverty worldwide.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Josh Ruxin (P)2014 Hachette

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  • Jennifer
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 03-27-17

Well worth a listen, if only to expand horizons

Josh Ruxin is clearly a wonderful human being. And he has done something that so many wish, but few actually try - to make a real difference in people's lives.

I really enjoyed most of this book. It opened my eyes to Rwanda, and made me wish to visit.

But.... The book often made me cringe. The author is regularly emphasises why it is important to impose Western values and norms on Rwanda. His attitude is often patronising and American-centric.

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  • Jordan
  • Tigard, Oregon, USA
  • 07-19-15

Great read!

I loved this book having dined @ Heaven while working in Kigali.

Josh is a creative author and is truly effective in his International relief programs.

I look forward to the next time I'm @ Heaven.

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Narration makes this almost impossible to enjoy.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance could have been improved by having the narrator read in complete sentences. He would pause in the middle of a sentence and then decide to finish the rest of the sentence later. It drove me almost crazy. He cannot seem to read more than three to five words at a time without stopping. The only time he didn't pause was when he was reading exact quotes. I can't believe someone didn't stop him from narrating this book after he got through the first page. Ugh. I wish I hadn't bought the audible version.