Book giveaway: The Last Hunger Season

Today I’m giving away two copies of an intriguing book called The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change.  This book tells the story of a group of Kenyan women who are trying to improve their lives by working with an aid organization called One Acre Fund.  I read the book in two days and was  fascinated by the look into the lives of these four farmers.

Though I don’t agree with all its politics, overall this is exactly my kind of book.  As an advocate for orphans, I believe that there is not ONE single solution for the orphan crisis in Africa, but I believe that a variety of ideas could be partial solutions.  International adoption only helps a few children. Good healthcare would help more families stay intact.  In-country adoption programs like Bring Love In have exciting potential.  But an adequate food supply is absolutely a crucial part of keeping more mommas alive so that they can raise their own kids.

If you’d like to win one of the two copies of this book that I’m giving away, comment below and tell me why this books sounds interesting to you.  For a second entry, go like One Acre Fund on facebook, then come back and tell me that you’ve done so.  I’ll pick two winners of this giveaway early next week.


  1. its just such a heart breaking issue with all those little ones needing a mama & a daddy – would love to read this book!

  2. I read “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger” when I was in college. The book had a profound impact on me and since then my passion has been to do whatever I can to feed people who are hungry. I would live to read this book to gain more insight.

  3. It sounds interesting because I would really like it to be THE LAST hunger season.

  4. Hunger is such a horrible thing…I would love to read this book. Thanks so much for your blog, Mary.

  5. Wow, I wasn’t aware of this organization, but I’m really intrigued. Poverty is such a huge problem, it’s hard to know how to help – great to hear about an organization that is empowering women to better feed their families. Would love to read this book.

  6. I’d like to read this!

  7. I have also liked One Acre Fund on FB.

  8. I enjoy reading books that make you think about how to improve difficult situations. I really enjoyed Half the Sky.

  9. I would love to read this…

  10. I just want to say overall that I love reading your blog. I’m 26 years old and just starting out my family, and I always find you have inspirational ways to be gospel centered, frugal, wise, creative with recipes, and such a good parent. I just love your parenting ideas. I hope to be able to push my kids to work really hard. I know this comment is a dime a dozen, but just thought I’d let you know!

  11. Kristy B says:

    I would love to read this – as a mom, when I think about these women trying to provide for their families my heart breaks! Honestly, if I don’t win a copy, I will be ordering one from Amazon.

  12. My family has had the opportunity the last few years to host children from Rwanda and Burundi that are part of the Asante Childrens Choir (which is currently in Idaho!). The most recent chaperone shared with us her story where hunger played a huge roll. So heart breaking amd humbling. I’d love to learn more.

  13. I’m fascinated and moved by ways to help orphans that include and/or focus on family preservation.

  14. I would love to learn more about the hunger issues in Africa- I’ve been aware of them since the 80s and I’m sure there are multiple reasons and I just want to learn more. I’d love to read this book and then share with others.

  15. I liked One Acre Fun on FB

  16. Jennifer says:

    Adoption is in our future. It may be a distant future at this point, but it’s definitely there…

  17. I have a hard time justifying our lifestyle here in America when there are those who are hungry every single day. I agree there is not one single solution. Would love to have my own horizons expanded.

  18. Liked One Acre Fund on Facebook.

  19. I just helped host a 5K race today to raise money for an orphanage destroyed when the Mitumba slum in Kenya was bulldozed. I know the issues of hunger & poverty are complex and sometimes our good intentions end up backfiring. I would love to read more about this approach and see how it benefits the women involved!

  20. Susan Park says:

    This is exactly the kind of book I like to read! I’m reminded of your post a while back where you talked about books that follow someone and you learn about a subject like weaving, book binding, etc. during the story. I love those kinds of books too, and this sounds like one of them!

  21. Janey B says:

    A few of reasons: as a teenager I thought I would one day be a missionary to Africa, I currently have friends in South Africa starting their 7th year of ministry, I love friends’ children adopted from Africa, I care deeply about adoption, I have family that has close relations in Ghana.

  22. Amy Mac says:

    I love non-fiction & women improving the lives of their families.

  23. I love reading books on women that rise above their difficult circumstances

  24. Oh I hope I win. I love reading and learning more about Africa. Right now I’m reading There’s No Me Without You. Love it!

  25. PS. I liked the Once Acre Fund

  26. jay miller says:

    intriguing- and its good to read of a partial solution to a complex problem. I often think all problems arent explained by one sweeping solution.

  27. dori vittetoe says:

    I would love to read this book! My two boys are adopted from Guatemala which has its share of malnutrition, so I’m always interested in the lives of children in other parts of the world. I also teach a world cultures class to middle schoolers and think this book might be an eye-opener to my students. Thanks for letting us know about such an important book!

  28. Suerene says:

    My husband went to Africa for three weeks on a mission trip while we were dating and I’ve been interested in it ever sense. I hope to get to go one day. So thus book would help me to understand it a little more.

  29. Suerene says:

    I went to their Facebook page. Beautiful pictures.

  30. The Lord has put the orphan crisis on my heart, and I love to have book recommendations on this subject from people I trust and respect.

  31. We are farmers and also have internationally adopted children so this book would really interest me. As well, we are involved in a couple of foundations, Children’s Bridge Foundatiin and the Foodgrains Bank. It is always of iinterest to me to find out more about in-country programs that are working on challenges such as food supply and orphans as we work on other programs out of country that address the same issues. I would definitely be interested in reading this book. Thanks for bringing this book to our attention!

  32. I would be interested in reading this because adoption is something we feel God may be calling us to do in the future but we still want to be engaged in helping our fellow humans around the world right now.

  33. I would love to read this book!
    I, too, have children that were born in Africa. Visiting Ethiopia and knowing these children makes us feel deeply connected to Africa – all of its beauty as well as its struggles. I love any story about real life service to others,

  34. After being to Africa twice and working with an NGO in CAR and DRC dealing with issues of clean water, AIDS awareness, orphan-care and hunger, I can’t ever get enough info on this issue.

  35. The concept of teaching farming and building infrastructure from the ground up is near to my husband and my heart. He has talked about how God might use him somewhere like Africa in this way. I would really like to read this book!

  36. I would like to read this book because I love learning about innovative approaches to helping communities help themselves.

  37. This would be a fascinating read for my family. You see, of my six girls–five of them have been to South Africa with three there at different times but for 13 months each volunteering at Rocklands Bible Centre.
    One daughter helps a family support four girls and put them through school in Africa. She is also involved in making quilts for the needy of the country.

  38. Charlie says:

    would LOVE to read this!

  39. This sounds like an interesting read. I’ve just begun supporting a child who is living in a Watoto Village in Uganda. Rather than putting children in orphanages they build villages where there are 10-12 children to a home run by a house mother. They learn to be self sufficient, are given an education and up to 9 people sponsor each child.

  40. The Hunger crisis is, I believe humanity’s greatest shame. The inequality of food availability and and agricultural technology and/or skills across the world is something that continues to baffle me. I love to read about how communities overcome this issue. I feel that with more knowledge of these solutions we can all move closer to a time when no child goes to sleep again.

  41. Morgan Marks says:

    Not sure if you’ve chosen winners yet, but I’ve been following One Acre Fund for quite some time now and they’re one of my ‘dream’ organizations to work for. I’d love to continue learning about their work and what they do. Thank you for the chance! Great, positive and impact oriented giveaway!

  42. I work with an organization that gives aid to the poorest of the poor. This book looks really interesting. I would love a copy.

  43. Laura Marshall says:

    Liked them on facebook :’)


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