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  • Apr 27, 2009
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This memoir tells the story of Sam Childers and of the children of southern Sudan and northern Uganda. About half of the book describes Sam Childers' youth, including his years as a drug-using and -selling biker and how he left that life to become a Christian preacher called by God to minister in Africa.

The rest of the book describes his ministry in Sudan and Uganda: first driving a mobile medical clinic to areas without access to medical services and now building and protecting a compound where children left orphans by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) can grow up in safty. He describes what life is like in the areas the LRA (a rebel group led by Joseph Kony) terrorizes villagers, why children are kidnapped by the LRA, what happens to them when they are, and how they get free.

He briefly describes the recent history of Sudan and Uganda. He also describes God's protection and provision of his work there. He describes rescues, going into danger areas, and the fighting. He describes in detail the Village/orphanage and what they provide for the children who live there.

The book is interesting, well-written, and fast-paced. I would have liked to know more about how they help the children recover from what they've seen and experienced, though. For those who don't like gore and suffering, this book has few gory details. Personal accounts of what the children and villages suffer at the hands of the LRA are given briefly and with few details.

Sam Childers is outspoken about his Christian faith in the book and gives credit for a number of miracles (mainly of protection and provision) to God, but he says that a lot of non-Christians are interested in and supportive of his work. So this book might be interesting to non-Christians despite the Christian content. If you're someone who believes there's never any justification for using violence, then I doubt you'll like this book.

I'd recommend this book, especially to those who like incredible-but-true missionary stories, to soldiers who are Christians, and to those interested in what's being done to help the children in southern Sudan and northern Uganda.


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September 03, 2010
Very detailed review! I can tell from your writing how much you really enjoyed it. Thanks so much for sharing!
 
September 02, 2010
Sam Childers believes that while in Sudan and Uganda he must treat the LRA as an enemy: if they've got pistols, he's got assault rifles; if they've got assault rifles, he's got a machine gun. Hence, he's known as the Machine Gun Preacher. With limited funds he's doing what he can through his organization, the Angels of East Africa, to not only rescue orphans and give them a safe place to live, learn and grow; but also fight malaria and starvation in the surrounding villages where the people are denied access from fresh water and food sources by the LRA and enemy tribes.

In August 2010, Sam and his soldiers and a two-man film crew ventured north into the Darfur region to establish a presence and scout situations where he and the AOEA can help. He estimated there were 100 orphans in the villages he visited, which had no clean water and little food. His next venture out from the Children's Village orphanage will be to rescue children.

You don't have to be a Christian or religious at all to be amazed at what one man did and appreciate that all humanitarian efforts can start with just one person.
 
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Sam Childers believes that while in Sudan and Uganda he must treat the LRA as an enemy: if they've got pistols, he's got assault rifles; if they've got assault rifles, he's got a machine gun. Hence, he's known as the Machine Gun Preacher. With limited funds he's doing what he can through his organization, the Angels of East Africa, to not only rescue orphans and give them a safe place to live, learn and grow; but also fight malaria and starvation in the surrounding villages …
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The rise of Sam Childers from violent, drug-addicted biker to a man willing to risk everything to rescue the orphans and child soldiers of Sudan

"All my life, from birth, it's been a fight. And it always seemed to be another man's war. I always seemed to be fighting for someone else. But it always came back to me. The Word says we're born into sin, and sin always comes back to war." -Sam Childers

Sam Childers has always been a fighter. Born to a violent father and a mother of great faith, his life was a contradiction. With an affinity for drugs and women, the angry young man grew into a drug-dealing biker. But that was then. Nowadays Sam-along with the cadre of Sudanese soldiers he employs-spends his time in the most dangerous parts of Sudan and Uganda rescuing the youngest victims of war, orphans and child-soldiers. His mission is simple: save the children, no matter the cost.

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"Another Man's War is about true terrorism . . . against more than 200,000 children in northern Uganda and Southern Sudan. Sam Childers-a fighter and a preacher (some call him a mercenary)-tirelessly leads a small militia into the jungle, daring to fight against a vicious army outnumbering him one thousand to one. One man can make a huge difference. Sam Childers certainly does." -- Peter Fonda, actor/filmmaker, best known as star of Easy Rider

"The Reverend Sam Childers has been a very close friend to the government of South Sudan for many years and is a trusted friend."  -- President ...

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ISBN-10: 159555162X
ISBN-13: 978-1595551627
Author: Sam Childers
Genre: History
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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