Review: Tombstones and Banana Trees by Medad Birungi and Craig Borlase

tombstones and banana trees book coverDavid C Cook, ISBN 978-0781405027

Rating: 3 ~ It’s Okay

Medad Birungi grew up in a dysfunctional home in Uganda. His father was an abuser and drunkard who left his family by the side of the road. His sisters were raped and one of them was murdered. Bitter and filled with hatred after the murder of his sister, he made a list of 19 people he wanted to kill. These people had either been involved in the murder of his sister or were contributing factors to the hatred against his family. His plan was to join the army so that he could obtain a gun and kill those responsible for the death of his sister and the hatred against his family. This plan lasted until he found healing and forgiveness when he turned to Jesus.

This whole book is about forgiveness. Birungi interposed passages about forgiveness among his life stories. I found his story amazing. As someone who has gone through and is still going through the whole forgiveness process, Birungi definitely knows what he is writing about. I love the way he began the book: “Life is good and I laugh a lot”. The stories he tell a few pages later will leave the reader wondering how he can still laugh despite all he has gone through. This book is a quick read. It’s simple and consists mainly of Birungi’s life stories. It starts with him as a six-year old boy who, together with his family, was left by the roadside and it ends with him explaining about revolutionary forgiveness. I enjoyed the insights of life in Uganda that was given in the book. The description and portrayal of family, poverty, and lifestyle were very real. Overall, Tombstones and Banana Trees is an excellent memoir with close to the heart themes of forgiveness, healing, restoration, and love.

*One-time, nonexclusive English permission to use book quote given by David C Cook: Copyright 2011 Medad Birungi. Tombstones and Banana Trees published by David C Cook. Publisher permission required to reproduce. All rights reserved.


medad birungi authorMedad Birungi is a Bible teacher, lecturer, pastor, and founder of World Shine Foundation and World Shine Ministries, organizations that evangelize, disciple, intercede in prayer, and provide aid in Uganda and around the world. Medad and his wife, Connie, have five children. They live in Uganda. Visit World Shine Foundation’s website at and World Shine Ministries’ website at


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the advance reading copy of this book free from the author through The B&B Media Group book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted on August 10, 2011, in Book Reviews and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. it’s amazing what God is doing in that country! Thanks for such an excellent review 🙂

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