Medad Birungi faced pain few imagine yet speaks of forgiveness all can experience.
'My story changed beyond all recognition. Everything that was made ugly by pain and anger was turned to beauty by one simple revolutionary thing - forgiveness'.
Medad Birungi was once a boy who begged to die by the side of the road, a teenager angry enough to kill, a man broken and searching, yet today he is a testimony of God's transforming power. In his life story, Tombstones and Banana Trees : A True Story of Revolutionary Forgiveness, Birungi charts his outrageous journey through suffering abuse, despair and revenge to unexpected forgiveness and healing.
Birungi grew up with a violent father in the war-torn country of Uganda in the 1960s. His childhood was scarred by extreme proverty, cruel suffering and unbearable sorrow that few of us can even imagine. yet from that trauma came the lesson that we can all appreciate: the impoverishment of life without Christ, the redemption of the cross and the revolutionary power of forgiveness. He story deals in nothing less than pure, God-given transformation.
Through his story of healing, Birungi calls readers to find healing for their own emotional scars. He reminds them that when they forgive others they are doing something truly radical - changing relationships, communities and countries. They are welcoming God into the hidden corners of the human soul, where real revolution begins, inspiring others to start again and work for reconciliation.
Tombstones and Banana Trees will take readers back to their own tombs and funerals and help them ask how God might turn them into a new births and celebrations. Their eyes will be opened to the revolutionary change that God Himself has in store for all.
Berungi will be available for phone interviews in July and he will also be travelling to the United States in October. Keep an eye on this spot for the review of Tombstones and Banana Trees.
Tombstones and Banana Trees is published by DavidCCook in July 2011. For more information, go to wwwdavidccook.com and http://www.worldshinefoundation.org/.