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Book Review of Spirit of the Rainforest

Spirit of the Rainforest: A Yanomamo Shaman’s Story. By Mark Andrew Ritchie. Island Lake, IL: Island Lake Press, 2000. 288 pp.

Mark Andrew Ritchie group up in poverty in Afghanistan, South Texas, and Oregon. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity International University (1980). In addition to Spirit of the Rainforest he is the author of God in the Pits. After 20 years of working in the financial services industry, Ritchie turned his attention to Divinity studies and authoring two books.

Book Review of Spirit of the Rainforest

Written in first person narrative, Spirit of the Rainforest describes the life of the Yanomamo people according to a powerful shaman called “Jungleman.” It should be noted that the Yanomamo people do not use names. In the beginning of the book Jungleman says, “I have lots of names—all us Yanomamo do. But we almost never speak them” (p. 21). The book focuses on telling the story of approximately 32 years of life in the Amazon from the way they lived before the “nabas” arrived and told them of the great spirit, “Yai-Pada.” Perhaps the book is best described by Richie’s own words in the author’s addendum, “Dignity prohibits a complete description of Jungleman’s talent. Deleewa, a person of considerable humility and piety, struggled in vain to translate Jungleman into palatable English while I asked myself, ‘How am I going to write this? No matter how much I tone this man down, I still can hear the critics: “Too much sex—too much violence—too degrading of women”” (p. 239). This book is a gripping account of the wild life in the Amazon.

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Review of Building Leaders by Aubrey Malphurs and Will Mancini

In today’s blog post I am providing a review of the book, Building Leaders: Blueprints for Developing Leaders at Every Level of Your Church by Aubrey Malphurs and Will Mancini.

Building Leaders is a great resource for any leader who wants to develop and grow a team of leaders.

Review of Building Leaders by Aubrey Malphurs and Will Mancini

One of the things I have found most helpful from this book is the distinction it makes between discipleship and leadership. Malphurs and Mancini define these terms this way:

Discipleship development is a much broader concept than leadership development since it involves everyone (p. 33).