Each story attempts to show hope through the human-spirit after the civil war in Liberia. The characters may make you laugh or cry, but it’s sure to make every reader experience the human side when faced with life’s challenges. Each story stirs the reader to a realization of the opportunities God’s providence may bring to the weakest of the weak.
In Good Father (Lofa County), you will see the role of three men in the life of a young man’s realization of his dream; a coach who recognizes the boy’s potential, a father, whose molding of his son is threatened by what he considers an empty dream and a grandfather, whose voice of wisdom evokes reasoning. Tamba Sawie wants to be a football star. However, Kallon would rather his son acquire farming skills to be a good provider for his family. Oldman Galakpai believes his grandson does not have a lazy spirit, which the boy’s father is convinced of, just a different one.
A moral lesson pervades the story in Firestone (Margibi County) when the instrument of deliverance is unconditional love. Empathy is least expected when a 15-year-old boy is elevated from a life of crime to a normal life where opportunity awaits him. Firestone is caught breaking and entering the Bah’s home. Rather than taking him to prison, his victim is offering a different path.
Although Sweet Mother (Montserrado County) is a pure work of fiction, I wanted to write a story that would be impossible to forget, and in doing so, honor Liberians that lost everything during the civil war—life, dignity, hopes and dreams. The real life occurrences these characters face, one cannot conceive a more dramatic, surprising series of events. The fate of two strangers collides when a rape victim of the war, Sundaymah Boye, with no desire to improve her life, and Nick Anderson, a thirty-something-year-old African-American who is losing his life to cancer, meet. What each has to offer the other is priceless.
Finally, in Believe (Maryland County), the Almighty humbles the proud and exalts him when he begins to trust. The providence of faith in God is strikingly displayed as divine power is united with human effort—the means used is human; the deliverance is divine.