I am humbled today to receive this review from Ruth Hill, at MyDevotionalThoughts.  Not much more for me to say … only that I deeply appreciate how Ruth captured the essence of Ruby’s World.  Perhaps I should also apologize for my use of profanity …

Here is an excerpt from the review:   “My rating: 5 of 5 stars. What can you say about a memoir that touches you so deeply that you can’t stop thinking about it?  Such is this memoir by Karen Baldwin.  Before reading this book, I knew very little about modern-day South Africa. I used to work with a teacher who came out of the apartheid, but of course, that is all in the past, right?  I invite you to read the book to find out!

“Kudos to the author for capturing the Zulu people and their culture so well.  I kept saying that she had to take copious notes in order to share so much detail.  I have been on a missions trip to the country of Yemen, but I was in a “Western compound” so culture shock was no big deal. I was horrified and mesmerized as I read this book that is raw with emotion and real life.

“I will warn you.  There are adult topics and some profanity (but not much).  There are religious issues that will probably shock you and may even offend you.  But you cannot get away from this fact–it is real.  If you want to know how things really are in South Africa (or at least how they were back in 2008–I honestly doubt it has changed much) from an outsider’s eyewitness viewpoint, this is the book for you.

“As another side note, I have to say that reading this book when I did was perfect timing.  I completed it the day after the 2012 presidential election was decided.  I can’t tell you how often I found myself so grateful to be an American.  We may not have a perfect country, but we have worked on our democracy for over 200 years, and I wouldn’t wish to build my life anywhere else!”

You can read the entire review at MyDevotionalThoughts.  Yes, I filled 3 journals while I was in South Africa … conversations, events, feelings … never intending to write a book, just hoping to one day make sense of it all.

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