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Paperback: 420 pages
Key Publishing House Inc.
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0978252640
ISBN-13: 978-0978252649

Chicago Tribune columnist Mera Kaine has overcome tremendous abuse and pain — experience that’s made her a passionate champion of human rights. But when her best friend’s religious ambition turns to violence, Mera is left with a dark secret that keeps her running — right into the war-ravaged villages of Southern Sudan where she uncovers an epic conspiracy at the hands of a militant government and its sponsoring energy consortium. Then, just as unexpected hope finds her, Mera must choose between the life she’s always dreamed of and a final, deadly act that could help liberate a people.

Praise for The Calling

“Nothing — and everything — is sacred in this powerfully scripted and ambitious novel. From geopolitics to pandemic suffering, religious calamity to personal piety, The Calling wrestles with issues that forever unite and divide humanity. With equal parts dignity and censure, Hankins captures the tragedies of Southern Sudan — a realm of deep concern to AIUSA — and uses story as a call to action and advocacy. The effect is a restored conviction that one life, one person, really can make a difference.” Lynn Fredriksson, Advocacy Director for Africa, Amnesty International, USA

“In this riveting and cinematic novel, Elizabeth Hankins explores the various forces people interpret as divine guidance, including motivations that remain half-hidden even to some who talk the loudest about heeding God’s will. She also introduces a courageous heroine who survives abuse to learn the true meaning of love and justice. The Calling casts dramatic light on immense human suffering that has unfolded in war-torn Sudan, the largest nation in Africa, largely out of the media spotlight. It is a well-written and fast-paced account of love, loss and resilience. It’s enlightening, entertaining and hard to put down.” Mark Bixler, author, The Lost Boys of Sudan: An American Story of the Refugee Experience

“Elizabeth Hankins combines a natural storyteller’s instincts with strong dialogue skills — and she enlists her writing ability in service of a storyline that is not only intriguing — it is truly important. I think The Calling is a novel that deserves to be published and widely read. It will enrich all who read it.” Brian McLaren, activist and author, A New Kind of Christian

“Elizabeth Hankins’ novel, The Calling, tells the story of a courageous young woman, the two men who most impact her life, and her growing awareness of the role she has to play in rewriting the history of an entire country. It’s a story that portrays the reality of good and evil — from church offices in Boston to oil fields in Southern Sudan, and it traces the disintegration of the moral compass in one man and in the whole world’s lack of response to the suffering and death of over two million people that continued unabated for more than two decades. Finally, Hankins poignantly captures the dignity, courage, and faith of the Southern Sudanese in a loving tribute to a people who should never be forgotten.”
Faith J. H. McDonnell, director, Religious Liberty Programs and Church Alliance for a New Sudan, Institute on Religion and Democracy

The Calling will indeed call the reader to reflect on and respond to a world in need of hope and justice — yet with reverence and respect. Hankins’ narrative is a voice for the voiceless that entertains, delights, saddens and provokes, hopefully to action for the forgotten. This book will awaken something in all of us.”
Joel Vestal, founder and president, ServLife International

The Calling will inform you about important developments in Sudan and this volatile region in Africa.  Most importantly, this novel will captivate your heart. You’ll be inspired to take action and make a difference. Elizabeth Hankins has done an outstanding job and I highly recommend this book.”
Dr. Jerry Wiles, president, Living Water International

“Elizabeth Hankins’ novel will take you on an unforgettable ride.  Pages fly by as you travel up, down and across mind-jarring landscapes where abuse and redemption meet, where religious hypocrisy confronts the power of authentic faith — and where staggering injustice is finally met by two people who embrace the call and courage to help change it all. Powerfully insightful into human nature and the high costs of social injustice, this book will leave you a different person.”    
John Burke, author, No Perfect People Allowed, senior pastor, Gateway Community Church, Austin, TX

The Calling is gripping, a compelling story with the captivating flair of great fiction set against a real-life backdrop that’s so unfathomable, it, too, seems fictional.  Yet in the age-old redux of art reflecting life, this book highlights decades-long tragedy and subsequent need in war-torn Sudan.  Powerful and moving, The Calling is the type of book you never forget having read.” 
Peter Swann, executive director, Aid Sudan

The Calling is a must-read, combining fascinating characters, tight plot and a redemptive message woven with real-life geopolitical events.  Kudos to Hankins for donating all proceeds of The Calling to relief and development efforts in the Sudan.  Read the book for the story, open your heart to the plight of the Sudan while supporting its recovery.  You can’t lose! 
Scott Harris, missions pastor, Brentwood Baptist Church, Franklin, TN

“It’s been said the best fiction depicts truth more accurately than any other form of writing.  Case in point is The Calling, a story that leaves behind perspective on truths of our time, deep truths that simultaneously engage the mind and burn the heart long after the book is closed.  Writing with a clear and compelling style, Hankins weaves a fascinating tale set in multiple locations while keeping a divergent cast of characters universally bound by the pains, dreams and longings that make us human.  As she does, she explores the ways so many claim the name of God as they serve the desire for power and privilege.  The Calling is a shrewd narrative that ultimately invites each of us to test the authenticity of our own motives, our own self-justifications, our own hearts.”  
Dr. Steve Wende, senior pastor, First United Methodist Church of Houston


All proceeds received by the author from The Calling are being donated to these organizations working to help aid, rebuild, repatriate and advocate southern Sudanese communties:

Aid Sudan, www.aidsudan.org
Amnesty International USA, www.aiusa.org
Living Water International, www.water.cc
ServLife International, www.servlife.org