Read what others are saying about African Heartbeat:
My daughter read this book with her Sunday School class. When she got home, she was so inspired and wanted our family to sponsor a child too. Together, we found another little girl that was eight years old like her and living in India . 'Roshni' had the brightest smile in her photo. This young girl lives with her parents and has no siblings. Quickly Jaiden said with joy, "she has a sister now!" We are looking forward to learn all about her through our letters. My daughter is growing in her faith and generosity towards others. Thank you for writing this book!
- Maya Hivale
This book is wonderful! I begged my mom if we could also sponsor a child like Katie did. I was so happy when she said, "Sure". When I first saw Roshni's photo, I loved her beautiful, bright smile. She already had common things like me, such as playing with dolls and enjoying mathematics. That night, I could hardly sleep because of my excitement and joy in my heart. I felt a special blessing from Jesus. I hope to one day travel to India and visit Roshni in person. What an awesome adventure that will be!
- Jaiden Mrla (age 8)
Last night the kid’s bedtime reading was African Heartbeat. As Chloe read, Darnel jumped up with paper and pencil in hand and started writing his brother in Kenya. Chloe wouldn't stop talking about all the things she wants to send her sister in Sri Lanka.
One EXTREMELY nice touch to this book...page 33-34 where Barb gives information about the country of Malawi. Take notice on how she points out “how sponsorship changes everyday life: clothes went from rags to pretty dresses…a school is being built, etc. VERY, VERY nice touch. We sat and looked back and forth at the pages mentioned and pointed out all that changed.
I think this is a great story yet very educational for children.
Bravo Barb - Absolutely love it!!
What a tremendous privilege it was for my husband and I to be able to read your book to our grandson Grant's 4th grade classroom. We had a captive audience of 20 eager students as Jack talked about sponsorship, the country of Malawi, the challenges the children and their families face in their country, and the circumstances in which the children live.
It was fun reading the story as well as teaching the children the songs that you taught Katie. We sang it to the tune of 'Mama's Going to Buy You a Mocking Bird', and then the entire class enthusiastically sang it. What joy to see and hear them sing about love turning strangers into friends and being a family to one another!
Your book is absolutely endearing from word one to the end of the book. I appreciate how you interwove the two different worlds of Katie and Neema, and gradually narrowed their worlds down to "not being that much different" after all. We also appreciated the information for parents and educators at the end of the book to be able to read and implement. We definitely plan to teach and talk more about Neema's world as we hope to share the gift of generosity with all the students."
-Barbara and Jack Haney