When Invisible Children Sing

Expecting to treat some mildly ill children from the streets of Bolivia on a quick service trip, an idealistic young medical student gets than he bargained for when he takes a year off from Harvard Medical School to work at an orphanage in La Paz As he comes to know the children, and sees how they live, Chi Huang is drawn deeper and deeper into their complex and deExpecting to treat some mildly ill children from the streets of Bolivia on a quick service trip, an idealistic young medical student gets than he bargained for when he takes a year off from Harvard Medical School to work at an orphanage in La Paz As he comes to know the children, and sees how they live, Chi Huang is drawn deeper and deeper into their complex and desperate lives The doctor soon realizes that to truly help these children, he will have to follow the example of Jesus live among them, love them in spite of their brokenness, and cling to his faith in God s goodness, even when it appears it is nowhere to be found A true story that will inspire and challenge readers to greater faith and action The book includes a Foreword by Harvard professor and world renowned expert on the moral and spiritual development of children, Dr Robert Coles.
When Invisible Children Sing Expecting to treat some mildly ill children from the streets of Bolivia on a quick service trip an idealistic young medical student gets than he bargained for when he takes a year off from Harvard Me

  • Title: When Invisible Children Sing
  • Author: Chi Cheng Huang Irwin Tang Robert Coles
  • ISBN: 9781414306162
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “When Invisible Children Sing”

    1. I really wanted to like this book and was quite excited about reading it when I read the cover. I thought it might be similar to my own experiences working with street children in the Philippines. In that respect there were a lot of similarities and a lot of shared mistakes and learning from them in the same way. The author gets off to a good start talking a bit about himself and his Christian faith. He doesn't go far enough really but at least he mentions that he is a Christian and a bit about [...]

    2. Chi Cheng Huang certainly knows how to write. When he describes the street children he tried to help in Bolivia, it feels like you're right there alongside him. The problems the street kids are facing are uncomfortably similar to the problems American foster children have. Dr. Huang wanted to save everyone he met and he learned, time and time again, that it doesn't work like that. But you can save a few people, one at a time.Other points of interest: He does describe his childhood and his sister [...]

    3. "All God’s children are created equal. But who really lives as if they believe this? One first world baby stuck at the bottom of a well generates more heartfelt anxiety than the 100 million children trapped on the streets of the developing world ever will.” pg. 232 This heart-wrenching first hand account of street children in Bolivia is a challenge to the reader's thinking about God, His love, and what love in Christ's name looks like.

    4. I read this book in order to learn about the street children of Bolivia, and I read to the end because I wanted to gain as much information as I could. Unfortunately, this book is less about the children, and more about the author's own life and journey. There are entire chapters about his childhood, and the book seems to focus more on his challenges and triumphs than it does on the children. I was also bothered by the fact that he was proud to be handing out Bible verses in addition to providin [...]

    5. You’ll need a box of Kleenex by your side while reading this book, it’s heart wrenching. Dr. Huang introduces readers to the life of street children living in Bolivia without holding anything back. His honest portrayal of the harsh realities of their lives is a call to action for anyone claiming to follow Christ. He shares the story of several children, giving readers an up close and personal perspective of what they face everyday. “Every month or two, they round up a bunch of street kids [...]

    6. Not sure if saying that I liked this book is appropriate - it is not a pleasant read, but it is honest and truthful about the realities of life for street children in Bolivia. And that is why I like it. I read it several months after the death of our baby boy Elijah. This author says that Christmas Day is a hard time for him, years after the death of his own sister. (she died suddenly on that morning) I felt that I could identify with him in this - as we found out that we were pregnant with Elij [...]

    7. The topic of this book is terribly hard, but Chi Cheng Huang has very important stories to tell. As I read through the hard stuff my thoughts went often to the 2 beautiful Bolivian girls we sponsor through Compassion International. I am so thankful for the work that Dr. Chi and Compassion are doing in Bolivia on behalf of impoverished children. Thankful also to get to be a part in it by sponsoring Laura and Angelica, and writing them letters.If you sponsor children, advocate for children, I enco [...]

    8. It's about as sad of a book as you might think from reading the jacket. I wish no one had to live on the street. I believe Bolivia is the poorest country in all of Central and South America, and this focuses on a few children on the streets of La Paz. I'm grateful for the author's efforts to help these children.

    9. This book was well written, and awe inspiring. The book is hard to read, in that it really paints the picture of the street children. It opened my eyes to a whole new world, and I will be forever grateful to Dr Huang for writing it.I gave it 5 stars because I could not put it down, and am planning on reading it again.

    10. Heartbreaking and inspiring for me, this memoir is about Huang's year-long (and now, lifelong) journey to Bolivia to treat street children in La Paz. He casts an unblinking yet compassionate eye at the struggles and triumphs of these forgotten children, telling the individual stories of several of the children he encounters. 4 1/2 to 5 stars. Unforgettable and will influence my future work.

    11. This book was a fairly quick read, but it was very emotional. It's subtitle really describes it well: "An idealistic young doctor, 5 street kids and their dangerous hope." I cried at about 3 differnt points, but if you ever want to have more hope in humanity then you should read this. It's quite inspirational, but be warned, it is not sugar coated at all.

    12. Deals with Dr. Chi's experiences while living in Bolivia. He meets the street children each night and treats them for their medical problems. He gets to know some of them very well. They share their personal stories with him about how they came to live on the streets. Some of the stories in this book will break your heart. Dr. Chi asks us to "see" his invisible children.

    13. This was a phenomenal book. Very well-written. TOUGH to process - it made my brain hurt to try and absorb the reality of life for so many children who live on the streets. It's the kind of book I try to read regularly to remind me that the world is much bigger than my own little circle. There are huge needs out there and this book is very eye-opening. I highly recommend it.

    14. It is good to know that sorrows that go on in the world, but it is hard for me to read. I gave this book a three because it was so disturbing and dark. I don't regret reading it. It made me want to help. It made me so grateful for my life and for the life my children have, but it was really hard to read.

    15. I just finished this book, and it is so beautiful and heartbreaking. Dr. Chi Huang writes about the poverty children face in Bolivia with complete candidness, and I love how he shows his raw self and his realistic reactions, thoughts, and feelings to the pain surrounding him. Note: the organization is now called Kaya Children International.

    16. The author has a passion for street children, and during his medical studies, asks for a year sabbatical to go to Bolivia. He connects with an orphanage as their doctor, but then goes to the streets to both treat the kids, and talk to them about options they have to get off the streets. He uses music, futbol, and constancy to gain their trust.

    17. A captivating yet heart-wrenching account of the lives of homeless children on the streets and a physician with a huge heart. It could have been twice as long and I would have kept right on reading!!!

    18. The travels of soon-to-be doctor to Bolivia. He works with the street children, befriending them, learning their pain and struggles.It's interwoven with his own story. A beautiful, and, at times, painful read about the reality of poverty and abuse among these neglected children.

    19. A very gripping memoir of a young american doctor who goes to Bolivia to work with street children. Made me cry and grew my compassion, so I absolutely recommend. At times heartbreaking though, and don't expect to come away from this read without being challenged or moved to some sort of action!

    20. Chi Huang travels to Bolivia to work with children living on the street during a break from medical school. This book is a heartbreaking account of these children. A worthwhile read to learn more about a forgotten people group, I just wish I enjoyed the style of writing more.

    21. I am in awe of people like Dr Chi--sacrificing everything to bring medical care to the street children of Bolivia. It was awful to learn of the lives of these kids, but I'm glad I read this book. I finished grateful and inspired.

    22. This book is written by a medical student who travels to Bolivia to help the street children. It was good, but sobering in many regards. It re-affirms your belief in good people who are trying to make a difference.

    23. What an amazing book. The author can speak from a place of authenticity, as he walked alongside these street children. He did not fear embracing their pain or entering into their suffering. I hope someday to help these children in meaningful ways.

    24. Great story about trying to help when sometimes people don't want help. Affirming to the dignity of humankind.

    25. This book was really sad to read what these kids go through but very interesting to see how they stick together and help each other out and become each others family when they have nobody else.

    26. This is a book we all should read as it shows the life of street kids in other countries. I would read again and again.

    27. Love this book! What an inspiration!! My heart hurts for these kids and all the kids that need love in their lives.

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