Sometimes reading the words on a screen is not enough; books have the power to compel you to reach out and help the people around you or even halfway around the world. Here, we take a look at one of the books that “make a difference.”

In 2005, Zainab Salbi, the founder of Women for Women International, discussed the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo on television. Because of the war, she said, millions of Congolese women were suffering rape, torture, and devastation on a regular basis. Lisa Shannon of Portland, OR, was watching and became so disturbed by the stories that she immediately wanted to help. Through Women for Women International, she sponsored two women in the Congo—then traveled there to meet them.

Shannon penned a book about her experiences. The award-winning story, A Thousand Sisters, was described by Time Magazine as “a harrowing true life tale.” The book looks at the world’s deadliest war with a personal and emotional perspective while showing that even one person can truly make a difference. The book, which has so far led to more than 1,900 Congolese women being sponsored, is a true inspiration. The women receive direct financial assistance, job skills training, small business assistance, leadership education, and the emotional support that comes with receiving letters and help from her sponsor.

Add A Thousand Sisters to your digital collection and encourage your customers to reach out and make a difference.  You can find this and other inspiring titles in Content Reserve.

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Brianne Carlon is a public relations specialist at OverDrive.


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