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  • By Kindle Customer on May 9, 2015

    A slow to warm up baby, I only learned of Sr. Dorothy 10 years after her murder, via a great documentary, COWSPIRACY, about the perils of the meat industry...they mention her, and being vegan and Catholic, I had to investigate immediately. I wish I had read this much earlier because she is one inspiring woman! I'm glad I learned of her and her amazing accomplishments. I believe all young people, specifically women should read this biography! There is also a discussion section for classroom use.

  • By Theresa Hoffman on February 23, 2013

    The story of Sister Dorothy Stang is quite humbling - it really challenges what most of us think is being "good enough." She went far beyond "good enough."

  • By Don Neff on March 5, 2014

    Good, but considering I read Martyr of the Amazon ... it fell a little flat. But again, a great story which needs to be told.

  • By Nancy Tomkovick on November 1, 2014

    Michele Murdock's "A Journey Of Courage" is a well crafted and highly readable account of the life of Sister Dorothy Stang and her tragic death in Brazil in 2005. It is not too often that one gets to learn about the life of a modern martyr, because there simply aren't any. So Ms. Murdock's intimate, vivid telling of Sister Stang's life, a life of true meaning and purpose, became a very special book for someone like me, who reads hundreds each year. Here is a book that answers the question, "What is the meaning of life? eloquently. A meaningful life is a life of service and compassion. Thank you Michele for opening my mind and making me care so deeply for "Dot" that I could not believe anyone could or would actually kill her. Because of Michele and Dorothy, my life has been changed for the better, and that is a very, very good thing. Jack Tomkovick

  • By Joanne Gard Marshall on January 27, 2010

    As a professor in a school of library and information science I am always looking for examples of high quality literature that would be suitable for library collections. Michele Murdock's book about Sister Dorothy Stang definitely fits the bill. Dorothy was a truly amazing missionary, martyr and environmental activist. She was a fierce believer in the dignity and right of every human being - young and old - to be have their basic needs fulfilled and to live in a safe and secure community. As a tribute to her bravery, Dorothy received the 2008 Human Rights Prize from the United Nations.Dorothy's story should be in every library in this country and abroad. Here's why: while this biography is written at a level appropriate for high school students, adults will also enjoy the story and come to understand the global socio-economic and political forces that are affecting Brazil today. It becomes clear that there is a need for a better system of justice in Brazil as well as in many other emerging countries that are being affected by globalization. The book would be very appropriate for students who are writing papers on contemporary issues as well as anyone who is seeking an easy-to-read, uplifting story of the the triumph of the human spirit.Believers and non-believers will come to understand the appeal and motivation that inspired an adventuresome and caring young woman like Dorothy Stang to spend a lifetime helping the underserved find their personal and collective voices. Social justice advocates will love this book. I find that I am recommending Michele Murdock's book not only to librarians and students but also to friends who are looking for an inspirational read that they will long remember. I know everyone will enjoy this book as much as I did.

  • By Victoria Niemer on January 12, 2010

    I had the privilege of meeting Michele Murdock during our stay in Chapel Hill (NC) last year. She told me she had written a book about Sister Dorothy Stang, that was to be published soon. Her book was a tribute to Sister Dorothy Stang, five years after her assassination. She had read the news of her tragic death in 2005 and it had gripped her. Asking her what had motivated her to write the book, she told me: "If I can't be like Sister Dorothy Stang, then at least I can write a book about her'. Michele's enthusiasm was so contagious!`A Journey of Courage, The Amazing Story of Sister Dorothy Stang' is a book that reads very easily and draws you immediately and entirely into the life of this amazing woman of flesh and blood, so much that you don't want to stop reading it till the very end. It tells the true life story of an independent, down to earth, deeply motivated and warmhearted sister, who is a community builder and committed to helping the poorest of all people in the Amazon as well as preserving the Amazon itself, courageously fighting - with everything within her means - against the rich and greedy people, who selfishly tried to exploit and eradicate man and nature for their own benefit and wealth, which in the end cost Sister Dorothy her life.I was struck by the sincerity and courage of Sister Dorothy Stang and the honest and lively way Michele Murdock portrayed her, drawing on information from letters Sister Dorothy had sent to her family and to the sisters of Notre Dame in Ohio, her convent, as well as her profound investigation in Brazil, where she spoke to many people who had known Sister Dorothy and loved her.I found Michele's book remarkably thorough, lively and inspiring: she has succeeded in instilling in me admiration and love for this awesome woman, Dorothy Stang, who was an example for others and a true martyr! I highly and sincerely recommend everyone to read this book, that is 100% accessible for all ages, young and old! At the end, the book has a list of questions, that can be used by Book Clubs and school kids. Buy it and read it - you won't be [email protected]


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