Review: Catching Ricebirds

27982781There are few things more inspiring than a well-written autobiography. This combination is not as easy to pull off as some might think, but when done successfully the results are nothing short of gripping. It is one thing to tell your story; it is another thing altogether to tell your story in such a way that the reader can connect with you on a personal level. Catching Ricebirds: A Story of Letting Vengeance Go by Marcus Doe has pulled off this combination masterfully.

Catching Ricebirds is a uniquely captivating story that has interwoven the gruesome reality of a young boy growing up amid the Liberian Civil War and the penetrating power of the gospel. Those in America have historically had little exposure to the events that took place at the turn of the century in Liberia. While I was only about ten years old at the time, I can’t even remember single media report covering these horrifying events. So, to enter into this world for the first time through the eyes of a young boy at the center of the conflict was quite an emotional experience.

Still, with the emotions aside, the most inspiring aspect of this book is the transparency of the author as he carries the reader into his journey of restoration and realization in the gospel. It is here that the reader will buckle at the knees with thanksgiving for the transforming power of grace and forgiveness.

Catching Ricebirds is an important story to be told in today’s politically-charged context. Marcus brings the reader into his world like a close friend. He introduces them to his family, transparently guides them through the pain and turmoil of his heart, and leads them to a place where he found restoration in the person and work of Jesus Christ. This is a book that will encourage your heart and ignite your soul to see the life-changing power of the gospel in an exciting and new way! It comes highly recommended!!


I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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