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Don't Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees: The Adventures of an American Surgeon in Nepal [Paperback]

By Thomas Hale (Author)
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Item description for Don't Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees: The Adventures of an American Surgeon in Nepal by Thomas Hale...

Dr. Hale writes about being a missionary surgeon in the same delightful way James Herriot writes about being a Yorkshire veterinarian.

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Thomas Hale writes about being a missionary surgeon in the same delightful way James Herriot writes about being a country veterinarian. Dr. Hale's incredible experience in tiny, mountainous Nepal are surpassed only by his talent for telling about them. Imagine, for example, the culture shock of moving to a Hindu country under such rigid religious control that it is not only illegal to proselytize, but illegal to change religions as well. Imagine further the shock of moving to that country as a missionary doctor. Thomas Hale and his wife, Cynthia, also a physician, too on that awesome challenge in 1970. God wasted no time teaching tom the peculiarities of his new culture. But His unusual method left Tom wondering what God was up to. Here is how Tom tells about it: "These were not the phlegmatic, easy-going Nepalis described in books and orientation courses. Those who spoke gesticulated fiercely. Some looked around menacingly; others spat. One thing was certain, however: in the cause of their anger they were united. The word was out: the new doctor had killed a cow. My own sense of participation in the proceedings was intense. I was the new doctor."--Excerpt As Tom goes on to describe the events the preceded the angry scene in the Nepali village, the image of the spiritually superior missionary quickly evaporates. In a humorous, yet deeply insightful way, the author makes it clear that he is merely a servant, using his skills to the glory of God. Tom concludes this chapter with a thoughtful confession: "In the long run, that cow did much more for me that I did for it. The mild-mannered, uncritical beast made me see in myself those negative attributes I had always ascribed to other American surgeons. Facing two hundred angry men proved to be effective therapy for removing most traces of condescension with which I previously regarded them. It also improved my relations with missionary colleagues and with Nepali brothers and sisters in the church. I guess God had no gentler way of removing some of my imperfections. I only wish I could say, for His trouble, that He finished the job. But it was a start." -- Excerpt. Dr. Hale's book refused to be preachy or condescending. It presents missions as a "want" rather than an "ought." It is sensitive, warm, honest, incredibly funny, and filled with important truths illustrated from unusual and sometimes unimaginable situations.

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   266
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 14, 1986
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310213010  
ISBN13  9780310213017  
UPC  025986213015  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! In 1970, Thomas Hale and his wife, Cynthia, went to Nepal to work for their first twelve years at a rural mission hospital in the village of Amp Pipal. Subsequently they moved to Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city, where they have continued their work with the mission. Recently Cynthia took a position as an associate professor at Nepal's only medical school, and Tom has written a one-volume commentary on the New Testament, first in Nepali and subsequently in English for translation into other languages.

Thomas Hale was born in 1937.

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Comments on Book  May 29, 2010
If you want a book that takes off from the very first page and one you can't put down until you've read the last page, this is your book. The author shares their sruggles & successes of life in a foreign country. Outstanding. You won't regret buying the book.
Don't Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees  May 14, 2010
Wonderful book, I shared it with my church ladies group, and also put it into our church library.
Life as a Medical Missionary  Jul 12, 2009
A highly entertaining and informative account of years spent by the author and his family at a remote village in Nepal, where he and his wife served as doctors in a small mission hospital. The humor and frustrations of adjusting to life in a poor country without most of the things we take for granted in the U.S.
The utmost in self-righteousness  Mar 10, 2006
If there were a "zero" or a minus grade I could give this book, I would. The title sounded so intriguing but turned out to be nothing but a cheap ploy to attract potential buyers. The flora and fauna of Nepal do not feature in the book. The author, a "Christian" missionary physician, did not bother to study Hindu culture before going to Nepal and so commits serious offenses against the local population and their beliefs. He seems to feel no love whatsoever for the people he is claiming to take care of but expects them to say "thank you" at every turn. He looks at them and treats them with an attitude of condescension, smugness, and arrogance. In spite of being a physician, he turns down the patients that need him most desperately. I was outraged!!! He is one of the people that give Christians and missionaries in general a bad name.
Humerous, inspiring, sincere, excellent writing  Dec 30, 1999
I love the book from the start and I have bought it for many friends since my first reading 7 years ago. I love the candid portray of faith and the author's struggles of finding ways to introducing God to the Nepalese who were not introduced to the concept of mercy and unconditional love in Budhism. And above all, the author has a great sense of humor and, his faith in God is an inspiration to all. A refreshing reading for all.

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