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FRIENDSHIP: A True Story of Adventure, Goodwill, and Endurance by [Mandewah, Francis]
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Length: 212 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The remarkable life journey of an African boy from the region made famous by the movie "BLOOD DIAMOND," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which was nominated for five Academy Awards.

That movie brought attention to a rebel war in West Africa in which "blood" diamonds, also known as "conflict" diamonds, were used to finance warlords and their activities.

Two decades before the rebel war Thomas Johnson, a pilot from Minnesota, was employed to fly boxes of gems and alluvial diamonds in Sierra Leone from Yengema to Freetown, where a British Airways jet would fly the gemstones to London. This pilot met and befriended young Francis Mandewah, an impoverished Sierra Leonean boy, and gave him generous support that opened a new life of opportunity, which would eventually take Francis to America.

Along the way Francis had many harrowing experiences, including crossing the Sahara Desert, which almost cost him his life. His challenges continued in Italy, Greece, and finally in America. In the end, Francis became aware that his real voice that has emerged through all his trials and tribulations is one of deep faith, and gratitude.

· "The Story of Francis Mandewah Is One of Those Few Stories that Will Stay with Me Forever"-Newspaper Editor/Amazon Review

· "Out of Africa: A Memoir that Reads Like An Adventure Story"-Janet Kirk, Faith Counts Blog

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3382 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (26 March 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DHEL7S4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of faith and perseverance! 28 January 2017
By Francine - Published on
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Friendship is the touching story of a young Sierra Leonean boy, Francis Mandewah, and the American helicopter pilot he meets who ends up changing his life forever. All Francis wanted was to be able to go to school but because of extreme poverty his mother had to send him to live with a family member so that he could attend an affordable school. Here he was treated like a slave and beaten often. Then one day, due to the mysterious workings of God as Francis believes, he met American Tom Johnson, a helicopter pilot who transported blood diamonds. Tom paid for Francis to move to a new place where he wouldn’t be abused and be able to attend a better school. Eventually, in adulthood, he went to America and built a new life, all with Tom’s help. Throughout the book, Francis’s belief and trust in God help him overcome many obstacles and his spirituality shines through. This is not a “feel-good” book that preaches religion and positive thinking. Mr. Mandewah takes the reader on a journey across the continents as he travels to Sicily, Greece, London and other places, always recounting the good and the bad in a factual and entertaining manner. The writing is not just good, it’s really good. He manages to recount events that had to have been difficult to for him but he doesn’t become hung up on emotion and lose the focus of his story. He provides an equal amount of information about events in his life and the details about the area he is writing about. I found his years in Africa to be fascinating. The way he lived would be very difficult for those of us in the Western world but was normal for him. I know that, for myself, I could never live without all of the amenities I have now or even without Western medicine. Mr. Mandewah never complains. In fact he makes it clear how much he cherished family time even during the hardships. These things are what makes this book such a great read. He keeps the pace moving so it’s a very fast and easy book to finish. The pictures at the back of the book provide a look at where Mr. Mandewah was born and the cover has a charming picture of Tom and him. The author writes that he would “never make a general negative statement based on whiteness” and that has really hit home with me. This formatted well to my ereader and is truly a wonderful read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a pretty amazing tale and journey that Francis Mandewah sets out on 21 January 2017
By Jenifer Lindstedt - Published on
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This is the life story of Francis Mandewah. A poor boy in Africa who is full of drive and big dreams but absolutely no way to move forward from his small spot in life. His town is small even by African standards. Add that to being the only male left in his family his future is pretty set in stone. That is until he meets Tom who is going to change his entire life forever just by being his friend.

I really enjoyed reading about Francis's life and travels. The beginning of the book was a little slow for me and I didn't really get into it until about the middle. After that point, this book had my full attention and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next or how Francis was going to manage the next big step of his life and where Tom fit into all of this. '

It's a pretty amazing tale and journey that Francis Mandewah sets out on and all the accomplishments he managed. You definitely start to appreciate your spot in life more as you get to look at society from a different set of eyes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honesty - Bravery - Love 25 September 2016
By Marcus and Paula - Published on
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I just finished reading FRIENDSHIP: A True Story of Adventure, Goodwill, and Endurance, and if you enjoy honesty, bravery, and love, then this is a book for you. This is a brutally honest story of a young African boy's daily struggle to survive and succeed in an extremely poverty stricken village in Africa. This talented writer truly moved me both emotionally and psychologically with his in your face honesty. I found the direct absolute truth both shocking and refreshing living in a culture that wastes words and avoids direct communication. It was an honor to be allowed a glimpse into the tribal culture of Africa and be taken along on the journey of adventure and true FAITH in God, the power of prayer, and trust. The author's perceptions of life are from standing on the bottom and looking up at the rest of the world. Thanks to the talented presentation of this beautiful story I was humbled as I'm sure that other readers will surely be. Although I found the simplicity and ambiguity of the cover a bit underwhelming for one of the most powerful and insightful reads that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Thorough and precise proofing and editing throughout this book make for a smooth read. One of the most eloquent descriptors in the story that I will never forget is, "she work the sadness draped across her shoulders." Thank you for the education and entertainment that you gave with this great story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The overall bones of a great story is definitely here and can be appreciated 24 September 2016
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Friendship is an account of a young mans journey from Sierra Leone to America for his education. He meets his benefactor Tom while selling oranges one day in his village. The story itself is one of perseverance in the face of struggle and poverty, which is quite inspiring. The problem I had was one of the writing itself. The story is told in such a way that all of the action is taken out of the story. Even conversations are told in the past tense and lose their immediacy, which in turn lose the readers connection to the story. There are a few conversations that take place in the present tense which moves the book and the story along. The other form of writing makes a very exciting passage, such as crossing the Sahara desert, into a plodding, uninteresting section that should have been tense and breathtaking. Unfortunately, the whole book was written in this manner and what should have been an incredible story was made mediocre by writing style. The overall bones of a great story is definitely here and can be appreciated, all that needs is a final rewrite to take it out of all explaining what happened, translating into actionable passages that will make people want to read, and not be able to put down.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent, Soul Filled Memoir 24 January 2017
By Andris Mitt - Published on
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Friendship is a very well written, soul filled memoir. Throughout the book, the author details the many struggles he overcame not only in Africa, but in both Europe and the United States also. For me, the most interesting aspects of the book were the rich tales Mr. Mandewah told about his native Sierra Leone, which made that country come alive in ways I did not expect. Furthermore, the goodwill that he was shown by his American pilot friend was a lasting source of inspiration. Moreover, the unending impact that said friendship had in helping the author to conquer continual adversity was especially heartening. Finally, the book's best quality by far, is the general uplifting feeling one has at nearly every point of it.
So, if you would like to read a great memoir or just to be inspired, you should read this book. You will only feel better afterwards.