28.3.08

Media That Informs Us

A short list of books and movies that at least some of us found enlightening, inspiring, or at least thought-provoking:

Books:
Africa:
No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
What is the What? by Dave Eggers
A Distant Grief, by F. Kefa Sempangi
Strength in What Remains, by Tracy Kidder
There is No Me Without You, by Melissa Fay Greene
Africa Friends and Money Matters, by David Maranz

Theology/Missions:
Eternity in Their Hearts, by Don Richardson
Peace Child, by Don Richardson
Don't Waste your Life, by John Piper
Miracle at Tenwek, by Gregg Lewis
Surprised by Hope, by N.T. Wright
Generous Justice, by Tim Keller

Medicine/Aid/Development:
The End of Poverty, by Jeffery Sachs
Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder
The White Man's Burden, by William Easterly
Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond
When Helping Hurts, by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett
Better, by Atul Gawande

Miscellaneous:
The Wycliffe Cookbook
The More With Less Cookbook
Wit, by Margaret Edson
The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom
Music by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, especially Paul Simon's "Graceland"
Article: "As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God" by Matthew Parris The Times, click here

Movies:
The Mission
Invisible Children
The Devil Came on Horseback
Amazing Grace
Yesterday
Blood Diamond
War Dance
The Ghost and the Darkness
The Constant Gardener
Hotel Rwanda
The Lion King (we'd be lying to say it didn't inform us)

Recommended but Minimal Relevancy to Africa:
Toto's "Africa"
The Gods Must Be Crazy (I and II)
David Wilcox's "Johnny's Camaro"
The Tawny, Scrawny Lion, by Tengreen
The awesome action sequence in Madagascar at the beginning of "Casino Royale"

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