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“From Ashes to Africa” Review

Ashes to africa

I had the privilege of writing the foreword for Josh and Amy's  memoir, From Ashes to Africa.

Ashes is a poignant journey through dating, love, marriage, infertility, adoption, and redemption itself. Each of those deserves its own book. Somehow, Josh and Amy condense these everyday realities into one cohesive story.

Josh and Amy wrote the book together, alternating between their voices and perspectives. It's like having a conversation with two people who play well off each other.


Ashes takes you to the bitter heart of infertility in a way that will bring tears to your eyes. They don't dwell there long, and eventually bring you face-to-face with the biological mother of Silas–the boy they adopt from Ethiopia. 

The book is so full of gems like this, you will find you've finished the book almost before it's started. Fortunately for their readers, both the Bottomlys are blogggers, and Amy runs an online sponsorship community to sponsor children in Ethiopia for Children's HopeChest. They are both amazing people who are living out what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of their book and get connected to their blog . Get your copy of the book here.

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Jamie Arpin-Ricci

posted August 4, 2009 at 8:23 am

Wow, thanks Tom! I really need to find this book. Not being sold by yet. Grr…

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Amy Ivey

posted August 4, 2009 at 10:46 am

Thanks for the review Tom. Josh & Amy’s book is so well written and a blessing indeed. With joy, Amy in OR

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