Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Our Witchdoctors Are Too Weak
Our Witchdoctors Are Too Weak by Davey and Marie Jank was published in 2010 by Monarch Books. It is a detailed and witty account of how Davey and his team moved into the Wilo tribe (a small tribe in the Amazon jungle), began to learn their language and customs and created a written language. All this was done so that the Wilo people could read and understand the word of God.
This delightful book is written from Davey’s perspective, beginning when he was dropped off in the jungle and ending when the Wilo’s finally heard the Good News; a time encompassing more than ten years. The chapters are short and poignant and crammed full of amusing, heartbreaking and even hilarious stories about Davey’s experiences in the village and beyond. They have also included many of their pictures which help the reader visualize the Wilo's and their daily life.
Their writing is easy to read and extremely vivid. From the very first page I was transported to another world. I felt like I was in the jungle with them, swatting at pesky gnats and feeling very uncertain when snakes or alligators were around. I’m so impressed with Davey and Marie for their patience and endurance during this long process. I cannot begin to explain how inspired I feel after reading Our Witchdoctors Are Too Weak.
This story is certainly about God’s timing, provision and goodness to His children. It shows how only God can stir hearts for Him but it also introduces the reader to far away worlds and different cultures. Stories of adventurous hikes and encounters with bugs, rats, snakes and various other jungle creatures abound. It touches on the complexity involved in creating a written language and it does all this with the most humorous, witty and even sarcastic writing.
This is such a fun and insightful book!
You can order a copy of Our Witchdoctors Are Too Weak here.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.