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Song of the Nightingale

Helen Berhane
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Song of the Nightingale

Helen Berhane

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An inspirational and challenging true story of one woman's faith, so strong it could not be broken even in the face of imprisonment and torture.

Song of the Nightingale is the true story of Helen
Berhane, held captive for over two years in appalling conditions in her native Eritrea. Her crime? Sharing her faith in Jesus, and refusing, even though horrendously tortured, to deny him.

A sobering, painful, heart-rending account of true faith in the face of evil, this book makes for uncomfortable
and yet inspirational reading. Helen says, 'I want to give a message to those of you who are Christians and live in the free world: You must not take your freedom for granted. If I could sing in prison, imagine what you can do for God's glory with your freedom.' A real challenge for the church in the West.

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An inspirational and challenging true story of one woman's faith, so strong it could not be broken even in the face of imprisonment and torture.

Song of the Nightingale is the true story of Helen
Berhane, held captive for over two years in appalling conditions in her native Eritrea. Her crime? Sharing her faith in Jesus, and refusing, even though horrendously tortured, to deny him.

A sobering, painful, heart-rending account of true faith in the face of evil, this book makes for uncomfortable
and yet inspirational reading. Helen says, 'I want to give a message to those of you who are Christians and live in the free world: You must not take your freedom for granted. If I could sing in prison, imagine what you can do for God's glory with your freedom.' A real challenge for the church in the West.

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Meet the Author

Helen Berhane

Helen Berhane (born c. 1975) is a Christian Gospel singer who was a prisoner in Eritrea.</br> </br> Berhane is a member of the Rema church, one of several minority Evangelical Christian churches not officially recognized by the state of Eritrea and heavily persecuted. She was arrested on 13 May 2004, shortly after she released an album of Christian music, after refusing to sign a document pledging to end all participation in Evangelical activities, which included her music. She was detained at Mai Serwa military camp, north of the capital Asmara. She had no possibility of contact with her family and was denied legal representation or medical care.</br> Berhane was released from prison in late October 2006.[1] She and her daughter Eva were granted asylum in Denmark after fleeing to the Sudanese capital of Khartoum for refuge</br> </br> Berhane's 2003 album, T' Kebaeku (I Am Anointed), was re-released in Europe in June 2006.</br> </br>

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Thought-provoking and challenging!
4 stars By Diane Mangan, Copywriter, West Ryde, Aug 16 2010
"...Eritrea is in the top 10 countries for human rights abuses, I [Helen] always thought that it should be number one. Around 10% of Christians in Eritrea are in prison at any one time, but in fact more than 50% of us have been in prison at some time in our lives. It is worse, It think, than the death penalty, and more than that, it is a death of dignity, hopes and dreams." 

This is the deeply moving story of Helen Burhane, imprisoned for over two years for refusing to give up singing and preaching the gospel - in the community, and under arrest.  Helen was cruelly imprisoned in a cramped shipping container with only a paperback size slit for ventilation, often with 18 or more other women, on the desolate outskirts of Eritrea. Sanitation was a bucket during the night and open desert during the day (under the prying eyes of the guards), and the nutritionless food included water with a few lentils thrown on top, some bread and a cup of tea. She was also eventually deprived of any visits from her young daughter and family. Helen was tortured and brutally beaten repeatedly in an attempt to stop her teaching about Jesus and to repudiate her faith, until finally after 31 months, battered and seriously injured she was hospitalised - (only because the medics were punished if a prisoner died from beatings) 

Helen's story is one of faith, courage and strength in the face of despicable evil. Her stance of forgiveness and non-retaliation parallels the life of Jesus, her resilience and strong convictions under such perilous conditions amazed the guards, particularly the brutal interrogators and made them wonder.  Helen's response to their incredulity says it all: 

"I cannot abandon my faith. If you puncture a sack of grain the only thing that pours out is the type of grain that was in the sack; it is the same with me I can only say what is inside me, everything that is in my heart must come out of my mouth." 

You have to ask yourself the question - what would come out of my mouth if my sack was repeatedly punctured? It's a challenging question - one that none of us here in the west will probably ever have to face -  but if you did...?  "Religious freedom should never be taken for granted!" (Helen Berhane) It has a high value and its easy and painfree opportunitues for spreading the gospel should be fervently seized and never underestimated. 

This incredibly confronting and moving book will encourage you to pray for Eritrea and those currently imprisoned there, and for those countries with no religious freedom and where religious persection is rife. 

Well worth reading, I highly recommend it.

 


 

 

 

 

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  • Catalogue Code 302314
  • Product Code 9781850788645
  • ISBN 1850788642
  • EAN 9781850788645
  • Pages 128
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Authentic Media
  • Publication Date Jun 2010
  • Sales Rank #15917
  • Dimensions 130 x 197 x 10 mm
  • Weight 0.069kg

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