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Jesus, Overcoming Hardship, Africa, Grace, Hope, Stories, Inspirational

These Beautiful People
Real Stories. Relentless Hope
by Twila Erb

“Africa’s real beauty—her greatest treasure—is her people.” — Twila 

Stories are powerful.

Stories tear down walls that keep us from each other.

Stories set us free from the prisons we live in by suffering in silence.


These Beautiful People is a collection of life stories and lessons from the author’s travels through East and Southern Africa. Raw and poignant, these inspiring stories explore the lives of individuals who overcame overwhelming challenges to find hope and purpose. From a prisoner of war turned foster mother to a cancer survivor raising support for medical equipment, each deeply personal story connects us to our shared humanity and to universal themes of redemption and identity. These Beautiful People takes an unflinching look at the cultural, social, and spiritual landscape of Africa through a lens of hope and the saving power of Jesus.

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Twila currently resides in Elmira, Canada, after volunteering for several years around the world. Since returning in 2015 from a two-year internship in East and Southern Africa, she has spent most of her time working in construction, running (slowly), drinking coffee (excessively), and writing this book.


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