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This remarkable autobiography is a journey from terror, violence, and despair into freedom, peace, and joy. Catching Ricebirds: A Story of Letting Vengeance Go is Marcus Doe's true story as a Liberian refugee who lost his family and fled his country, and ultimately learns to forgive and find peace again.

In this gripping autobiography, a refugee recounts his journey from fear, violence, and despair into freedom, peace, and forgiveness. Marcus Doe was born in Liberia, West Africa, in 1979. Affectionately nicknamed "Jungle Boy" by his family, he reveled in his childhood life and was hardly aware of the dangerous political climate swirling around him. But by mid-July 1990, a violent civil war erupted and Liberia was thrown into a time of fear, starvation, and death. Separated from his family, Marcus embarked on a remarkable journey to escape the war-ravaged country he loves and the wounds that he carried in his memory. But God's light reached him in this darkness. Where he had been filled with hatred, Marcus slowly learned to forgive. Now his mission is to bring the hope and the peace of Christ to others.

Marcus's life unfolds in four movements: first as a young boy living in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, during a period of growing unrest; second as a refugee fleeing from rebel forces that would kill him and his family without a second thought; third as a wanderer in foreign countries - Ghana, the United States - unable to return to his childhood home; and finally as an adult, coming to grips with the loss he experienced and longing to see his own healing extend to others still haunted by Liberia's suffering.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 250
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1619708256
ISBN-13: 9781619708259

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"A captivating story that moves from war, loss, and revenge to peace, hope, and forgiveness. Marcus Doe's journey from war-torn Liberia to reconciliation with God and with perceived enemies is compelling and heart-warming. Today Marcus has emerged as a servant-leader with a vision for holistic healing in his country of origin."
-Dennis P. Hollinger, Ph.D., President, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics

"Catching Ricebirdsis a gripping firsthand account of one person's struggle to survive unfathomable tragedy and dislocation. If this were not a true story, we would find it hard to believe. This is more than a fascinating story of a boy who survived unthinkable trauma; it offers hope and inspiration...a clarion call to hunt down those who have earned our hate and offer them our greatest blessing."
-Dr. Carter Crockett, Co-founder, Karisimbi Business Partners and Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Gordon College

"For most of us in the USA, the news we read about refugees might provoke prayer or a donation, but they fail to take us into the pain, loss and long-term suffering of the people involved. Catching Ricebirds takes us there, but not to create despair but rather hope - that God can take us through the deepest hurts and bring us to joy and forgiveness. Marcus Doe's testimony challenges any reader who lives imprisoned in bitterness to understand the forgiveness of Jesus and find release."
-Paul Borthwick, Senior Consultant, Development Associates International

Author Bio

Marcus Doe came to the United States from Liberia, West Africa, in 1993. He currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Annie, where he earned a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His calling is to see his own healing extend to his fellow Liberians around the world.

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  1. N.Noel
    5 Stars Out Of 5
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    May 21, 2016
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    Catching Ricebirds is an authentic narrative on life as a refugee, the brutal reality of war, cross cultural experiences, and the power of God. The reader dives into a world where family, culture, and everything that is familiar are turned upside down as civil war ravages Liberia. Every choice becomes one that dictates not only surviving the present, but also the future. What began as a youth navigating his way through childhood by school, family, friends, and football, turned into a story of survival and transitions from place to place, culture to culture. But through the pain and conflict God's love is tangible. Marcus Doe brings the reader down a road that leads to genuine forgiveness and the power behind it.
  2. John M Kight
    Michigan
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A book that will encourage your heart and ignite your soul to see the life-changing power of the gospel!!
    May 11, 2016
    John M Kight
    Michigan
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    There are few things more inspiring than a well-written autobiography. This combination is not as easy to pull off as some might think, but when done successfully the results are nothing short of gripping. It is one thing to tell your story; it is another thing altogether to tell your story in such a way that the reader can connect with you on a personal level. Catching Ricebirds: A Story of Letting Vengeance Go by Marcus Doe has pulled off this combination masterfully.

    Catching Ricebirds is a uniquely captivating story that has interwoven the gruesome reality of a young boy growing up amid the Liberian Civil War and the penetrating power of the gospel. Those in America have historically had little exposure to the events that took place at the turn of the century in Liberia. While I was only about ten years old at the time, I cant even remember single media report covering these horrifying events. So, to enter into this world for the first time through the eyes of a young boy at the center of the conflict was quite an emotional experience.

    Still, with the emotions aside, the most inspiring aspect of this book is the transparency of the author as he carries the reader into his journey of restoration and realization in the gospel. It is here that the reader will buckle at the knees with thanksgiving for the transforming power of grace and forgiveness.

    Catching Ricebirds is an important story to be told in todays politically-charged context. Marcus brings the reader into his world like a close friend. He introduces them to his family, transparently guides them through the pain and turmoil of his heart, and leads them to a place where he found restoration in the person and work of Jesus Christ. This is a book that will encourage your heart and ignite your soul to see the life-changing power of the gospel in an exciting and new way! It comes highly recommended!!

    I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. Hannah Ru
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must-Read about the Problem of Evil and Hope found in Christ
    May 1, 2016
    Hannah Ru
    Quality: 5
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    When we hear about terrorist attacks and crimes that harm innocent people, we ask questions: How do we respond to such evils? How could God exist, nevertheless allow, such atrocities to happen? Like us, Marcus Doe has grappled with the problem of evil. Unlike many of us, including myself, Marcus has looked evil in the eye. In Catching Ricebirds, he shares his journey: from a child experiencing the carefree joys of life in West Africa, to a boy trying to stay alive in war-torn Liberia, to a refugee first in Ghana then in the United States, to a young man desiring to avenge his past, to a man compelled to forgive his worst enemy. I am grateful that Marcus Doe has courageously reflected on his experience and shared his journey in this narrative. This book is a must-read for anyone who has ever wrestled with the problem of evil or struggled to forgive. It is a must read for those who care about refugees. It is a must read for those in need of hope in a broken world. Please, read this book let us not ignore evil but rather face it courageously as Marcus has.
  4. Judith P. Scott
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    Catching Ricebirds
    April 24, 2016
    Judith P. Scott
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Once I started reading Catching Ricebirds, I could not put the book down. Marcus Doe has written a riveting autobiography. His story had extra meaning for me since Marcus was one of my former students. He was one of those students that I always remembered by name years after he graduated. I was stunned to learn so much about his life when I was teaching him through this book and wish I had known some of his struggles during our brief interaction in his life. I highly recommend this book to all educators. The book will open your eyes to some of your students struggles that are probably in your classroom today and maybe you will better understand some students and be able to meet their needs in your classroom. Thank you Marcus for having the courage to share your story.
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