Our Witchdoctors are too Weak  -     By: Davey Jank, Marie Jank
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Our Witchdoctors are too Weak

Monarch Books / 2010 / Paperback

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When Davey Jank starts a new life in the Amazon jungle among the remote Wilo tribe, he enters a world where witchcraft is the trade of the powerful; where fear drives a timid, isolated society to acts of desperation and to despair.

Davey, Marie and the others who join them struggle to decipher and learn the tribe's unwritten tongue. Within a few years the Wilo are reading and writing in their own language. But they want more. They want to know what "God's Talk" says. They hope there is something more to life than the vicious cycle of fearing and appeasing the spirits.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Monarch Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0857210084
ISBN-13: 9780857210081

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A funny, inspirational account of Bible translation in the Amazon

When Davey Jank started a new life as a missionary among a remote tribe in the Amazon jungle, he entered a world most of us will never encounter: a world where witchcraft and shamanism are the trade of the powerful; where fear drives a timid and isolated society to acts of desperation and the brink of despair; where God's Word has not been heard.

Davey and his wife, Marie--and the others who later join in the mission--struggle to decipher and learn the unwritten language of the tribe. It takes years of comical and tragic misunderstandings, correction, and painstaking effort. Years in which the Wilo people, sometimes patiently and sometimes not so patiently, wait to learn what "God's Talk" says.

Our Witchdoctors Are Too Weak is Davey and Marie's honest and inspiring account of their more than ten years among the Wilos. Their modern-day miracle is sure to revitalize the reader's desire to spread God's Word to every corner of the world.

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  1. Ontario, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A New Favourite
    September 17, 2011
    Steph Blogging for Books
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A book about grammar, syntax, and an unwritten language. A book about missionaries in a far away jungle.

    Now, before you shake your head and say, "That's not for me," let me tell you why this book is now one of my favourites.

    From the first page, the author is all the things I admire most - not just in an author, but in a human being. Honest. Transparent. Real.

    On one hand, I'm willing to excuse mediocre writing if I really care about the characters. On the other, I'm willing to read a book in practically any genre if the writing carries me away. And then there are the rare and delightful finds, books with characters that draw me in and stories that transport me to another place. This is one of those books.

    I'm a visual learner, and the Janks paint a vivid picture. It's as if I'm sitting in my living room with them, watching a home movie of their adventures and hearing them tell me all about their lives among the Wilo people. Relationships are what life is all about, and I feel as if I've made two new friends.

    With candor and humour, Davey and Marie Jank demystify what it means to reach out with love and truth.
  2. BC, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Teaching 'God Talk'
    July 5, 2011
    BC, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Deep in the Amazon jungle, the Wilo people waited for a missionary to come teach them "God's Talk." They'd heard bits of it in Spanish and other tribal languages (which none of them spoke fluently) and they'd been asking for twenty-five years for someone to come explain it to them. Davey Jank was the answer to their request, and over time he was joined by several other people, including his wife, Marie, intent on learning the Wilo language and culture. There's no Rosetta Stone for Wilo! Davey and his partners had to learn it the hard way, and it took ten years before they understood well enough to begin teaching "God's Talk." New Tribes Mission advocates chronological teaching from Genesis onward, laying the groundwork for understanding what Jesus' sacrifice really means.

    The tribal people found the strangers to be extremely interesting and spent hours peering in the windows and doors. Early on, Davey records:

    "I was like a TV set for these tribal people, a window through which they could gaze upon a limitless amount of curious and foreign scenes. No doubt they would be ecstatic when my co-workers arrived, as it would provide them the option of changing channels."

    Davey and Marie's story, Our Witchdoctors are too Weak: The Rebirth of an Amazon Tribe, is told in an anecdotal style with a wry sense of humor. If you're interested in reading a contemporary tale of primitive people seeking truth, you will enjoy this true account.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A literary missions trip
    May 17, 2011
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Davey and Marie Jank bring the Amazon jungle to life in this quirky and fun book. The short chapters touch on so many aspects of jungle life and cross-cultural ministry, but the under-riding theme throughout the book is a people (the Wilo tribe) who have been longing for someone to unlock for them the message of God's Talk. What sort of people does it take to bring God's Word to a remote tribe? You might be surprised to find out.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderfully amazing
    April 14, 2011
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I was so amazed at the amount of sacrifice that our missionaries must endure to get a bible translated into another language.This book gave me great respect for their hard work to serve a people whom God loves.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book is a treasure!
    April 6, 2011
    Anita Draper
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I don't usually read non-fiction and yet I really enjoyed this book. The author is very humorous and writes in an entertaining style that enthralled me. Several times I laughed out loud at the descriptions presented on everything from housecleaning ants to the Wilos lack of a word for `no'. Steadfast in his faith, the author sets out to learn the language and customs of an Amazon tribe who requested missionaries to teach them about 'God's talk'. He faces witchcraft in action, tribal traditions and dangerous situations while struggling to learn the Wilo language.

    I wish the author had included more about his courtship with his coauthor since they met in the jungle and continued the work together, but perhaps that's a subject for another book.

    This book would interest anyone who ever wondered what a missionary's life is about. It entails some of the harsh decisions missionaries face while preparing people to receive God's Word and tells of the joys of salvation by a people who waited over 25 yrs to learn how much God loves them. Even if you've never had the urge to travel this foreign path, this book will bless you with hope in the knowledge that the Gospel is being spread.
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