This post contains affiliate links. Cuddlebug and I settled in to read David Bussau by Janet & Geoff Benge, but several chapters into the book, I wondered why Bussau was chosen for a book. However, by the end of the book, I could clearly see how he is one of their featured Christian Heroes. We were both inspired by Bussau’s life.
About David Bussau by Janet & Geoff Benge
David Bussau had a hard scrable life growing up. His mother was an alcoholic who regularly had other alcoholics over to party at her house. David and his brother, Bruce, were at best ignored by this group. At worst, they were threatened. When David is 8 and his brother 6, their mother drops them off at a children’s home. Shortly thereafter she comes back to get them, but David refuses to go back with her.
He spends his youth in a children’s home. When he’s 15, he begins to run a rented hot dog stand. That is the first of many entreprenurial careers David has. By the time he’s in his mid-thirties, he’s financially comfortable and bored with being an entrepreneur.
While he is working in Bali, he offers a friend a loan so he can stop living hand-to-mouth and be in business for himself. This is the first of thousands of microloans that David will offer to help people trapped in poverty escape the cycle.
My Thoughts on the Book
I’ve noticed that in YWAM’s Christian Heroes: Then & Now series, there are two types of stories. One type of story is about people who are Christians, and their attempts to convert others is the majority of the story. Then, there are stories like David Bussau’s. In these stories, the individuals are Christians and they do try to talk to people about religion, but even more so, they try to help people through their actions. These are the stories I like best because I think actions always speak louder than words.
While I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone, I do have one small complaint. From the time David is a teenager, very little is said about his brother, Bruce. I wonder what happened to Bruce and would have liked that detail included in the story.
I give David Bussau by Janet & Geoff Benge 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.