Item description for Angels Everwatching: One family's testimony of God's protection and mercy by Robert Baghurst...
"Liberia's motto has always intrigued me... 'For the Love of Liberty brought us here.' It has always been their boast to be the first African nation that was free, all the others having first been colonised. Actually this has been to their disadvantage since they had no strong Western influence to educate, support, and give them a good basis from which to work and grow. To the contrary, they have always been a poor nation, proud to be free, but wholly enslaved to the animistic traditions which they tenaciously hold." The Liberian civil war erupted in December 1989, when the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), a military force led by Charles Ghankay Taylor, a former official of the Liberian government, invaded Liberia from the Ivory Coast. He received the assistance of mercenaries from other nations, with many recruits from the Mano and Gio ethnic groups. The Baghurst family found themselves in the path of this force and for a time found themselves captives. During their experience they learned that the "angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them" (Psalm 34:7). This is that story.
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An unexpectedly touching read! Mar 2, 2006
There are many places and experiences in the world that do not ordinarily touch our lives. Or the lives of our whole family at one time, for that matter. This slim little book recounts the experience of one family, through the words of each of them. What they lived through was frightening and serious. What we learn from the book is how they survived and became stronger because of it.
Imagine taking two young children to Liberia to work as a missionary family and finding yourselves in the middle of a war, being taken prisoner, and yet remaining firm and resolute in your purpose. That takes strength. That takes the support of each other. And for this family, it took a strong unshakeable faith.
The book is well-written--factual and not maudlin. The voice of each family member is clear and unique. Reading of this experience from all viewpoints helps bring it alive. Each personality brings its own memories, feelings and perspectives.
I can recommend this book to those interested in the missionary life, the history and politics of Liberia, and those wanting (or needing) to see how faith can sustain a family during adversity. I was touched and moved by their story and am happy they chose to recount it in this book.
This book is suitable for Young Adult readers, or younger, should a parent want to read and explain anything not understood.