cover image Congo Dawn

Congo Dawn

Jeanette Windle. Tyndale House, $12.99 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-1-4143-7158-0

A number of Christian fiction authors have developed a broad worldview as children of missionaries living abroad. Raised by missionary parents in Colombia, Windle comes off a highly acclaimed pair of books on Afghanistan (Veiled Freedom, Freedom’s Stand) and moves into the jungles of the Congo. Robin Duncan, member of a global security force for a precious metals mine, learns she is meant for more than providing security for a multinational corporation. She must also overcome her personal grief and betrayal by Michael Stewart if, together, the two are to help liberate people oppressed in once-beautiful, smoldering rain forests that the government and corporate greed have laid to waste. The author doesn’t limit character development to Robin, but also deeply develops accessible and multidimensional African characters. Inverting the Heart of Darkness trope of self-discovery in the jungle, this story sheds light through a great faith struggle in Robin: “Am I so different from those rebels, from Governor Wamba or Jini, using the darkness as an excuse to turn from the light, wallowing in my own self-pity and self-absorption?” (Feb.)