Miracle on Voodoo Mountain (Thomas Nelson, 2015) by Megan Boudreaux deals with "a young woman's remarkable story of pushing back the darkness for the children of Haiti." The beginning of the book tells the story of a young woman who felt God's prompting to move to Haiti. She had been there twice previously, though had recently settled into a new and enjoyable job. Seemingly against all logic, she obeyed the call to go.
She writes a compelling story about moving toward others, in this case the Haitian people, in the name of Jesus. Writing of her new determination, "Now I know what I can do. I can show these children love. I can show them joy. I can show them compassion. I can show each of these children Jesus. Fear will not affect Haiti. Politics will not have an impact on Haiti. Jesus will." (p. 31). Many who live there may disagree. Fear is prevalent. Political unrest is a constant presence. Yet, Boudreaux is right; Jesus is the answer.
Boudreaux evidences trust. Through difficult trials and circumstances, she continues to put one foot in front of the other in following Christ to overcome financial barriers, language barriers, and cultural barriers. With gripping language, she shares about the many trials and triumphs of life in Haiti.
If I had to pin down my takeaway message, it is that people matter. As God's image bearers, everyone has value. Megan Boudreaux brought that message to Haitians first to her daughter Michaelle and then to more.
On a personal note, I have deep appreciation for this book. I have been to Haiti twice as we attempt to complete our adoption. My wife and my eldest daughter Grace, who reminds me a lot of Megan, have been to Haiti 5 times, most recently having lived there for 7 weeks. This message is important. Read this book and be encouraged.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review from Thomas Nelson and the Book Look Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review of this book.