Reviews

 

"Driving the Birds" is a treat for any reader as it portrays the life of a woman in the traditional African society or otherwise known as the "bush". Author Russell Traughber is an endearing friend and inspiration person not just by his books but also his actions.

The book provides a detailed account of a lady's passion to not only become a woman but to do so outside of the traditional norms for which she found herself in. As a reader you will find yourself in tears by the treatment to Jabonkah, you will rejuvenate seeing her grow to a young lady, and even memorized by the transformation while living with a missionary.

 

If I make it sound like this book has it all it is because it does. This book is a classic where classics might not exist anymore. I commend Mr. Traughber and look forward to his journey of sharing the beauty of joy and life

 

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If you're thinking this doesn't sound like your kind of book (as I did when my book club chose it), READ IT ANYWAY! To try to describe this book is merely to share snippets of plot detail, and that does not do justice to this amazing story. In telling Jabonkah's story, Russ Traughber gives voice to the purity of the human heart. You will turn the last page feeling inspired and humbled.

 

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This book is a true story about a courageous woman who grew up in the bush in Liberia and her personal struggles living in a place where the 'Man Ruled'. Very inspiring story! The author did a great job writing about Jabonkah's life and telling her story.

 

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Within the pages of Driving the Birds, written by American author Russell Traughber, our own personal struggles naturally find an adorable, heroic and true friend in Jabonkah Sackey. She is a poster child for those of us around the world who have faced the harsh realities of life. Within her story Jabonkah is in constant struggle with her surroundings to find her purpose, and a deeper sense of meaning in life. When her faith finally takes hold of her the reader is wisped away in a fairytale like adventure to the United States of America, the land of the free.
God bless Jabonkah Sackey and God bless us all!

 

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The book was written in a way I truly felt that Jabonkah was telling me her story. In a life that could have destroyed her Jabonkah found inner courage and triumph and survived to tell her story. I was amazed that you found no poor me why did this happen to me but found her joy in life.

 

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Driving the Birds is about the childhood of an African woman who grew up in the bush of Liberia. It is heartfelt, touching, and painful; but ultimately inspiring true story of her struggles. The writing style is clear and concise, and the point of view is so realistically portrayed I felt like I was inside this little girl's head experiencing her experiences with her.
This story will leave a lasting impression, and the book will have a permanent spot on your bookshelf.

 

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Driving the Birds is an amazing story that will captivate you from beginning to end . . . and at the end you will find yourself wanting to know more. What an honor for Russell Traughber to be chosen by Jabonkah to share her story for the first time! The book is beautifully written; it pulls you in and puts you right there with Jabonkah in the African bush amidst all the sensations. I see a movie on the horizon!

This review is from: Driving the Birds (Paperback)

This is an amazing story that will tug on your heart strings and draw you in to want more. Very well written. Look forward to more by Traughber!

 

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This is a book like no other I've read and I highly recommend it. It is the real life story of a young girl, Jabonkah, living in the bush in Liberia struggling with life, meaning and purpose. I had to stop from time to time to allow myself to absorb the experiences as they were recounted from her point of view. This story is so raw, so real, so painful, yet so innocently hopeful for a better tomorrow. From the love of her young mother to the deep hatred Jabonkah developed for her abusive father, she continued to press on to be the best that she could be in a world where 'Man Ruled'. She was so tenacious and courageous that I found myself wanting to hold her, comfort her and make everything better for the vulnerable child in her. She persevered through extreme trials that are incomprehensible to our modern civilized society. But giving up was never an option for her.

 

Russell Traughber has written a truly captivating and compelling account of the life of Jabonkah Sackey--told through Jabonkah's voice as a young girl. My hat is off to Russell for the sensitivity and care with which he crafted Jabonkah's story. I am also grateful to Jabonkah for allowing her story to be told, and the courage it must have taken on her part to do so. Neither Russell nor Jabonkah shy away from conveying some of the more harrowing moments of her life--and there are many. But, again, these are handled with care and dignity. At the end of Russell's account of Jabonkah's ordeal as a young girl, I found myself wondering what happened next in her life. We are brought to a hopeful moment in her journey at the end of the book, but I found myself yearning for a sequel so I could learn what happened to her as she set out on the next chapter of her life. Maybe a sequel is in the works. I hope so!

 

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An extra special thank you goes to the author Russell Traughber for capturing this story in a way that is truthful and honoring of such an amazing girl. I can understand why it took four years to write this. And to Jabonkah, we love you and are so glad you found your way home.

Through 'Driving the Birds' Jabonkah has strengthened my own spirit and resolve to be the best that I can be. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 

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Driving the Birds, which took more than four years in the writing, was worth the wait. The author and subject give a heart-rending and heartwarming picture of the life of a woman in tribal Africa. It is a graphic picture, so bring your supply of courage with you to the reading and a good-sized box of tissue. Your reward will be great in the end.

 

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Driving the Birds is fantastic ! It captures your heart in the first chapter and you will not want to put it down. Jabonka is truly a person we want to rescue from her painful childhood. This is going to be a best seller one day and I know that anyone who reads it will be talking about it and telling others. The author is gifted as a storyteller.....and we are emotionally invested in this amazing true story.

 

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Jabonka, you are fearless for sharing your story with us. Perhaps it took 50 years to reach the right vantage point for a retrospective that sings with truth, clarity, and vivid images. I am so sorry for what you endured and yet so pleased by your courage and the wisdom you have gained, which we glimpse here and there as you reach back and comment on your unfolding life. May all women one day reach the peace and freedom you worked so hard to find.


Russell Traughber has authored Jabonka's true story, Driving the Birds, with artful transparency. You will feel you are there, watching a young girl's walk through a strange world that is both wonderful and shockingly different. I highly recommend this book as a significant and well-told story, one that provides rare insight into the life of girls and women in the African Bush of the 1950's and 60's.

 

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In vivid, concise prose, DRIVING THE BIRDS, tells the true story of a young girl growing up in an African village with an abusive father and the brutality of female circumcision. I have never read a move moving account. Young girls taken at night in the back of a truck deep into the jungle for this terrifying ritual carried out by their own mothers and grandmothers. Yet, DRIVING THE BIRDS is also a story of grit and triumph as Jabonkah is determined to endure and eventually escape to a better life. How could a woman not be haunted by such a past? Perhaps the triumph and healing comes from knowing her story has been told so well.

 

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In this modern day and age, it's hard to imagine that someone could go through what Jabonka went through in a different part of the world. It certainly makes me appreciative of the society that I live in, and more understanding of people who suffer a very different lifestyle. It's really to Jabonka's credit that she was able to accomplish what she has as an adult when she experienced such a difficult childhood. Hearing the story "in her own voice" makes it very real and lets the reader empathize with her predicament.

 

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I found Driving the Birds to be a story I couldn't put down.! The story of this woman's journey from abuse, slavery, and cruelty to a chance of a new life is amazing. It was thoughtfully written from the view of a young African girl trying to understand the abusive world around her and searching for her sense of self-worth.I recommend this moving book.