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  1. Hi, I would love to find out how to submit a book to you for review consideration. Thank you.

    RayBarnett.com

    I would like to introduce you to Ray Barnett, founder of The African Children’s Choir.

    The Irish-born minister and humanitarian had many challenges facing him in his early life, including loss, abuse, rejection and an undiagnosed learning disability.

    His upcoming autobiography, Don’t Tell Me It Can’t Be Done,” explores his journey from childhood during wartime, to forming Friends in the West in the 1960s, an organization that secured the release of hostages and imprisoned Christians in the former Soviet Union. While he was discovering his faith, Ray negotiated behind-the scenes to release many international hostages including Georgi Vins, David Jacobsen, Terry Anderson and Terry Waite.

    He worked behind the Iron Curtain, traveled to Mozambique, met with Hezbollah leaders and helped locate the Lost Boys, amongst many other dire situations and locales.

    Later, in the aftermath of the Idi Amin regime, which left thousands of African children orphaned, Ray was inspired by one little boy’s singing and this lead to Music for Life, the home of The African Children’s Choir. In 1984, Ray brought the very first children’s choir from Uganda to Canada and the US, highlighting the dignity and hope that he witnessed during their struggle for survival.

    The African Children’s Choir is still going strong and has helped provide an education to more than 52,000 vulnerable children and a pathway out of poverty for thousands more.

    Ray has received numerous honors and recognition for his work including the prestigious “Cross of Nails” award issued by the Coventry Cathedral in England as well as the “Heart of Gold” award bestowed by Esther Ranson at BBC. In early 2019, he was crowned Maasai Elder in Kenya in honor of his contributions to Maasai children. His lifelong work has also been spotlighted in Daddy Ray, a documentary produced by acclaimed BBC producer Desmond Wilcox.

    Ray’s mission continues today. Thank you for considering coverage.

    • Hi Lydia,

      That sounds like a very inspirational story and thank you for sharing! I currently have a lot on my plate so I won’t be able to take on any book recommendations at this time but I appreciate you reaching out to me.

      God Bless,
      James

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