Review: Little Princes

Why I picked it: I have been meaning to read/listen this book for a while, it's been on my ipod for months.  I think I had it on my ipod when I traveled to Australia earlier this year....

Earlier this year I wrote a post explaining that I'm trying to find a way to pay it forward, this memoir makes me realize I can do more. I can't pack up and move to Nepal but I can find a way to help. I will find a way.

Synopsis: One Person Can Make a Difference.  In search of adventure, twenty-nine-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children’s Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal.

Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children who would challenge and reward him in a way that he had never imagined. When Conor learned the unthinkable truth about their situation, he was stunned: The children were not orphans at all. Child traffickers were promising families in remote villages to protect their children from the civil war—for a huge fee—by taking them to safety. They would then abandon the children far from home, in the chaos of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.

For Conor, what began as a footloose adventure becomes a commitment to reunite the children he had grown to love with their families, but this would be no small task. He would risk his life on a journey through the legendary mountains of Nepal, facing the dangers of a bloody civil war and a debilitating injury. Waiting for Conor back in Kathmandu, and hopeful he would make it out before being trapped in by snow, was the woman who would eventually become his wife and share his life’s work.

Little Princes is a true story of families and children, and what one person is capable of when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. At turns tragic, joyful, and hilarious, Little Princes is a testament to the power of faith and the ability of love to carry us beyond our wildest expectations.

Type: Memoir

Quick Take: The author narrated the book and he made me want to keep walking/running, to hear more of his story. It's amazing to hear how one person can make a difference.  Grennan starts the book explaining why he wanted to volunteer, he didn't expect to have a connection to the children so quickly but they won him over.

This is a moving story about how one man is making a difference in the world.  Click here to learn more about Next Generation Nepal (photo source: NGN website).

It's heartbreaking to read how the children become orphans but if you haven't read this book, read it.  It's an important story that everyone should read.

Rating: 4/5 stars
Source: Audio (iTunes)
Country: Nepal
Challenge: Teresa's Audiobook Challange, Devourer of Books Friday Audio Meme