A Gift From Darkness by Patience Ibrahim

A Gift From Darkness

The inspirational story of a pregnant young Nigerian woman and the horrors she endured to save her unborn child when she was kidnapped by Boko Haram.When she was nineteen, Patience Ibrahim's first husband was murdered by Boko Haram. She fled to the safety of her village and remarried several months later. Having prayed for a child for years, Patience is overjoyed when she discovers she is pregnant. But her joy is short-lived: Boko Haram soldiers ...

Details A Gift From Darkness

TitleA Gift From Darkness
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherOther PRess
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Cultural, Africa, Nonfiction, Biography

Reviews A Gift From Darkness

  • Jill Dobbe
    My first thought after reading this exceptional book was how it took me completely out of myself, and my own world. Patience, the protagonist, lived a life that no one could even imagine-twice abducted by Boko Haram, seeing her husband's decapitaded head laying on the ground, and giving birth alone, in the jungle. She survived all those horrendous events, and much more, ultimately being gifted with a beautiful daughter.The author, Andrea Hoffmann...
  • Mpho Bernadette
    One definitely needs therapy to read the horrific contents of this book. At some point I cried while reading and in some areas I almost vomited because I was literally sick to my stomach. This book is not for the faint hearted. That aside, I did not fully understand what the Chibok girls and all the women who were kidnapped by Boko Haram went through and are still going through until I read the book. I am still unable to grasp what type of a pers...
  • Barbara
    An amazing memoir of a survivor of Boko Haram and the journalist who tells her story. Brave, harrowing and sheds light on women's plight in the most dire of circumstances. The bravery and resilience of this young mother to be is inspiring. What a mother does for her child? Everything and anything.
  • Yibbie
    Hoffman has written an incredibly engrossing book. She tells the story of her journey to Nigeria and introduces us to Patience as she meets her. Then she lets her tell us her story. I knew when I requested this book that it was going to be hard, violent, and for a mature audience. I realized that horrendous, unspeakable things were done to her. I’ve read enough books about the Holocaust, the killing fields, and the Rwandan genocide to have been...
  • Aggie
    This is a profoundly sad book, triumphant in spirit but an incredible reminder of what we are ignoring across the globe. Patience wears her daughter in a traditional wrap much like the different ones I used on my three little ones. The opening where we meet them and the little girl reaches around for breast milk reminds me so much of mothering my own children, I immediately felt a warmth and connection to the story.While we have aid workers in th...
  • Jeanette Blain
    A Gift From Darkness is a vivid and straightforward nightmare in the land of Boko Haram. Journalist Andrea Hoffman travels to Maiduguri, Nigeria and talks to Patience Ibrahim, who gives a first-hand account of seeing family and neighbors murdered as terrorists attack and occupy the rural farming communities that she calls home. She herself is abducted twice and escapes twice, but cannot escape the fear and horror as the brutal group expands its t...
  • Karen Ashmore
    The horrific story of a young woman who was captured by Boko Haram, managed to escape, only to be re-captured by them. A tough story to read but something that definitely must be shared.
  • Cynthia
    Patience, a young Christian living in northern Nigeria, has experienced the kind of trauma that many of us could only read about. At times, her story made me so overcome with emotion that I didn't know if I could continue reading. In fact, several times I wanted to abandon the book, but quickly admonished myself as I realized that I had the privilege of distancing myself from these traumatic experiences, but she, and others like her, did not. I f...
  • Janet
    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - The inspirational story of a pregnant young Nigerian woman and the horrors she endured to save her unborn child when she was kidnapped by Boko Haram. When she was nineteen, Patience Ibrahim's first husband was murdered by Boko Haram. She fled to the safety of her village and remarried several months later. Having prayed for a child...
  • Jeanna Rodgers
    What an awful read. :( Awful because of the subject matter. I find it so hard to comprehend what some people have to deal with - through no fault of their own - and I am amazed that Patience even managed to survive - AND had a baby on her own too.Very thankful that I have never had to deal with any of the experiences that Patience deals with. I hope she manages to live to a decent age!
  • Renee Abisaad
  • Mary Tuttle
    At first, I thought this would be a book from one of "our girls," who were kidnapped from the school in Chibok in 2014. (Of the 276 kidnapped, 100 are still missing.) However, this is the story of a young wife, who, at the age of 19, had already lost one husband to Boko Haram's violence. She was remarried and newly pregnant when Boko Haram came to her new village and kidnapped her and other Christian women. She escaped, only to be recaptured days...
  • Robyn
    I like to enter Goodreads Giveaways for the chance to read books that I might not otherwise consider, for whatever reason: too dark, too heavy, too depressing. And yes, this book is at times difficult to read, with its honest and vivid portrayal of violence, but as a whole, it was worth it.Stories like Patience's need to be told in order to get even a glimmer of understanding what it's like living in fear of Boko Haram. You don't want to believe ...
  • Anne
    This is the story of Patience, who in her short life has experienced and witnessed things that no-one should be exposed to. This is not a fictional story, it is the account of a young girls life, told by Patience and is unthinkable.Patience and the author Andrea Hoffman, tell us the story of the Boko Haram and the atrocities carried out by them. This is not a tale of long ago. This is happening now.I would highly recommend this book and think eve...
  • Jennie