What they meant for evil

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion leader


What they meant for evil


Rebecca Deng


Faith Words






282 pages


Rebecca Deng tells us her story from childhood on, written with the candor of a child. The attacks on her village, the escapes, the running, running, running and as a little girl, not really understanding what she was running from. There was so much more; hunger and thirst and incredible personal loss. Yet God intervened time and time again saving Rebecca’s life and bringing her here to the US and a loving foster family. But even when dark times came, Rebecca turned to God for comfort and peace.

Today Rebecca is a wife and mother, author and much requested public speaker. She gives the glory all to God. Read What they meant for evil to be inspired by her story.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Anyone interested in the Sudanese suffering in particular and injustice in general.

Christian Impact:

Rebecca’s story is inspiring-how she turned to God for peace and direction despite the terrible suffering in her life and that of her family.

Other Notes (Optional):

Also includes:

-How you can get involved

-About the authors

What They Meant for Evil: How a Lost Girl of Sudan Found Healing, Peace, and Purpose in the Midst of Suffering

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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