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Warrior Princess: Fighting for Life with Courage and Hope
IVP Books / 2010 / Hardcover
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Life for Princess Kasune Zulu began in privileged Zambian family living by the shores of the majestic Victoria Falls. But a mystery illness claimed the lives of her parents, baby sister and brother. That illness would become known as AIDS, orphaning more than 15 million children around the world. When Princess learned at the age of twenty-one that she herself was HIV positive, she emerged as a champion for those at risk and affected by the virus. Her extraordinary journey has taken her from the dusty villages of Zambia to the global corridors of power, from the White House to the United Nations. Princess' courage, tenacity and passion have earned her international recognition as an ambassador for vulnerable children. Her story shows that while life is uncertain, we each have a role to play in brining healing and hope to our world.
Princess Kasune Zulu grew up in an Africa trying to make sense of the mystery illness claiming its people. As a child, she could not know the disease that claimed the lives of her parents and baby sister would go on to infect more than 100 million people. Left alone to care for her siblings, Princess later discovered she herself was HIV positive. But she heard a calling to become an advocate and ambassador for those affected by disease and poverty. From talking to truck drivers about AIDS to her providential work as a radio broadcaster, Princess has boldly stepped up to speak on behalf of the voiceless and forgotten. Princess's journey has taken her from the dusty villages of Zambia to the offices of world leaders from the White House to the United Nations. Her message is that we can now become the first generation to end extreme poverty, if only we have the will to do so. Her story shows that even though life is uncertain and our time may be short, we each have a role to play in bringing healing and hope to our world. A percentage of proceeds from the sale of this book will support children affected by AIDS.
Princess Kasune Zulu, a native of Zambia, is a world-renowned HIV/AIDS advocate, educator and activist. She speaks about the HIV/AIDS crisis and its impact on women and children, and she raises awareness about related issues such as poverty, education for girls, child labor, child soldiers, child prostitution, human rights, and gender and equality. Since learning her own positive HIV status, Zulu has been a tireless ambassador for others affected and infected by the virus. Across the developed world she has raised millions of dollars for the fight and has brought critical media attention to the virus. In her own country, she has been a fearless advocate on the issues of HIV/AIDS and poverty, as well as other related causes. She has worked to educate those at the frontline of the virus: African leaders, political leaders, traditional leaders, church leaders, teachers and traditional birth attendants, while also providing support to those infected and their children. From 2000 to 2005 Princess hosted a live talk-radio show, Positive Living. She has been profiled in leading media across the world, including in and (Australia). She has been an ambassador for World Vision's HIV and AIDS HOPE Initiative, and she is the founder of Fountain of Life in Zambia, later known Eternity Fountain, and cofounder of African Extended Family System Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (AFESS-OVC). April 24, 2004 was declared Princess Kasune Zulu Day in Chicago, where Princess currently lives with her husband, David, and daughters Joy and Faith Zulu. She is pursuing her masters degree at North Park University. To learn more, visit princesszulu.com. Belinda Collins, a native of Australia, is a speaker, author and communications specialist. She undertakes strategic projects and builds relationships between charitable organizations and the broader community. Belinda holds degrees in business and public relations from RMIT. She lives with her husband, Darren, and son, Samuel, in Melbourne.
Warrior Princess by Princess Kasune Zulu is timely, shocking, and provocative. Princess is not her title. It is her name, her identity. Warrior Princess is her testimony. Princess Kasune Zulu was born near Victoria Falls to a privileged Zambian family. At an early age, her parents, baby sister, and brother died from a mysterious illness that later become known as AIDS. In January, 1998, at age twenty-one, Princess learned that she was HIV-positive and had six months to live. At this point, Princess realized AIDS was Gods calling on her life. He gave her Psalm 118:17-18 for hope. From it she developed her mantra: I shall not die before I am dead. In Warrior Princess she, along with co-author Belinda Collins, describes how God prepared her for her calling and how she has pursued it even to the present.
Warrior Princess is a first-person narrative. It is well-written and captivating, most often reading like a novel. In it, Princess presents her case and explains her fight for the 15 million children orphaned by AIDSshe being one of them. You can hear her strong voice coming out of her writing. She does not keep secret even the unfortunate aspects of her life, but explains how God used everything for His glory. Against all odds, Princess is still fighting for the lives of millions, and through this book she asks us to fight with her. We can make the decision that on our watch as the custodians of our planet, we will no longer tolerate the pain and destruction Are you with me?
Most of the book is the story of her life. When she catches up with herself, she infuses the last few chapters with more details, goals, and hopes regarding what has already been accomplished and what is well within the capabilities of yet being accomplished. Some of the content is mature, but the message is for all ages.
Her closing message is, I simply hope that my story, a story that echoes millions of others, will inspire you to join the fight against poverty, HIV and AIDS, and preventable disease. Stephanie Warner, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Princess is her name, not her title. Yet Zulu brings almost regal strength, hope, and a sense of responsibility to this memoir. Born in Kabwe, Zambia, Zulu had little more than a ninth-grade education, learning more on Africas diverse streets. She tells of the toll AIDS took on her life, ripping away her parents before it came for her. With astounding perspective, Zulu happily claims her HIV-positive diagnosis as Gods mission. Against custom and her husbands wishes, Zulu speaks out about her status, risking divorce and excommunication. She bears Zambias burden by educating her countrymen about the disease, a journey that takes her from truck drivers on African roads all the way to Pennsylvania Avenue and the White House. In this book, she puts faces on the population of HIV-positive Africans. Death is so much more common in Africa, but does it hurt less?: Zulu demands respect for people with HIV and asks the world to be aware of Africas needs. Openly and tirelessly, she turns AIDS into an injury to the global body that readers wont be able to ignore. (Jan.)Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
"'Princess is emerging as one of the justly inspiring leaders of our time. Her faith and courage will challenge us to be the change we want in this world. This is a truly moving account of one woman's unique ability to find purpose in adversity."
"I prayed with Princess in the lobby of a hotel in Lusaka, Zambia. I walked beside her and watched the sun set over the village where she grew up. I listened to her 'preach' to community leaders in the beautiful Bemba language, and sang while she led worship. Princess Kasune Zulu is a woman of passion, strength and wisdom. She has challenged me to engage more deeply with my global sisters and to speak more clearly on their behalf. I am grateful for the example she has been to me and glad that this book will allow her story to inspire many others."
"This book is a compelling and inspiring story of suffering and hope that will motivate, empower and challenge you to believe that the impossible is possible in our lifetime--even in the face of poverty, HIV and AIDS. Warrior Princess is a must read for every person who wants to make a real difference in the world."
"This is a fascinating book about a compelling woman who, when faced with personal tragedy, chose not to succumb but to fight--and not just for herself, but for millions of other people affected by extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS. Princess Zulus story is a challenge to us all to focus less on our own worries and more on the opportunity we have, every day, to help others, in our families, communities and around the globe. It is also a reminder about what can be achieved when brave individuals speak out in the face of fear, injustice and stigma."
"This is the story of the life of Princess Kasune Zulu--from very humble and simple beginnings in a little village in Chibombo central Zambia, through early marriage, infection with HIV, fiery AIDS activism to meeting with the world's most powerful men and women--is a compelling story of a warrior woman's determination not to be defeated by a deadly virus. Princess says of her infection that the HIV running in her blood stream is a mere guest in her body and her life; she has refused to let the guest take over her life! This is the story of a Zambian woman who is positive about being positive. It is a story everyone must read."
"Princess Zulus story is one of significant suffering, profound courage and great hope. Princess is not willing to be conquered by death or disease, but instead holds onto the hope of a greater purpose. She is a warrior, one who has embraced her life completely. I am utterly amazed at the joy found in her story. Warrior Princess is deeply moving and inspiring, reminding us of the life-giving truth of the gospel and provoking each of us to live out our God-given purposes. Read expecting to be challenged and encouraged by Princessstory of hope and great joy."
" Warrior Princess is a beautifully written, powerfully moving story. As we follow Princess on her extraordinary journey from a poor Zambian village to the corridors of global power, we find ourselves learning a great deal about the critical issues of our time--how and why extreme poverty affects Africa, and what life is like for the worlds 15 million children orphaned by AIDS. The humbling lesson from Warrior Princess is that AIDS affects people just like you and me, who through an accident of latitude were born into the worlds poorest countries. AIDS affects mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, teachers, doctors and nurses with hopes and dreams and families of their own. The great moral question of our time is just how will we choose to respond?"
" Warrior Princess is the honest and engaging story of a courageous woman who turned a tragedy into positive living. It shows that AIDS in Africa is not only about doom and gloom, but also about resilience and many heroes."
"The first time I met Princess Zulu I was impressed by her physical beauty and her effervescent personality. But I was equally taken with her deeply spiritual, intensely personal relationship with God born out of suffering and difficult situations. She is an amazing woman! If we speak at the same event, I do my best to make sure I speak before her so that I dont have to live up to her ability to capture a crowd! Im proud to call her my friend and sister."
"Here is the story of an unlikely young woman who has changed the world. Orphaned in her teens in Zambia, her passion to be a voice for the voiceless in the midst of the AIDS pandemic took her from preaching to hardened truckers along the 'AIDS Highway' to churches across the United States and ultimately to the White House. Her story is a triumph of the human spirit that continues to inspire all who meet her. Read this book and be amazed at what God can do with even one person who is truly willing to serve him unconditionally."
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