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In 1992, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow was enjoying a pint with his brother when he got an idea that would change his life – and radically change the lives of others. After watching a news bulletin about war-torn Bosnia, the two brothers agreed to take a week’s hiatus from work to help. What neither of them expected is that what began as a one-time road trip in a beaten-up Landro In 1992, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow was enjoying a pint with his brother when he got an idea that would change his life – and radically change the lives of others. After watching a news bulletin about war-torn Bosnia, the two brothers agreed to take a week’s hiatus from work to help. What neither of them expected is that what began as a one-time road trip in a beaten-up Landrover rapidly grew to become Magnus’s life’s work – leading him to leave his job, sell his house and direct all his efforts to feeding thousands of the world’s poorest children. Magnus retells how a series of miraculous circumstances and an overwhelming display of love from those around him led to the creation of Mary’s Meals; an organisation that could hold the key to eradicating child hunger altogether. This humble, heart-warming yet powerful story has never been more relevant in our society of plenty and privilege. It will open your eyes to the extraordinary impact that one person can make.


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In 1992, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow was enjoying a pint with his brother when he got an idea that would change his life – and radically change the lives of others. After watching a news bulletin about war-torn Bosnia, the two brothers agreed to take a week’s hiatus from work to help. What neither of them expected is that what began as a one-time road trip in a beaten-up Landro In 1992, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow was enjoying a pint with his brother when he got an idea that would change his life – and radically change the lives of others. After watching a news bulletin about war-torn Bosnia, the two brothers agreed to take a week’s hiatus from work to help. What neither of them expected is that what began as a one-time road trip in a beaten-up Landrover rapidly grew to become Magnus’s life’s work – leading him to leave his job, sell his house and direct all his efforts to feeding thousands of the world’s poorest children. Magnus retells how a series of miraculous circumstances and an overwhelming display of love from those around him led to the creation of Mary’s Meals; an organisation that could hold the key to eradicating child hunger altogether. This humble, heart-warming yet powerful story has never been more relevant in our society of plenty and privilege. It will open your eyes to the extraordinary impact that one person can make.

30 review for The Shed That Fed a Million Children: The Extraordinary Story of Mary’s Meals

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rhona

    I wouldn't normally write a review for a book, because I wouldn't normally know what to say. But I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read - a very engaging story, it is also hopeful, heartwarming and inspiring, but without a trace of saccharine. It seems to be written from the heart about amazing work done from the heart. You should read this! Mary's Meals has already changed the world for the better, hopefully this will help them do even more - you might even be inspired to I wouldn't normally write a review for a book, because I wouldn't normally know what to say. But I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read - a very engaging story, it is also hopeful, heartwarming and inspiring, but without a trace of saccharine. It seems to be written from the heart about amazing work done from the heart. You should read this! Mary's Meals has already changed the world for the better, hopefully this will help them do even more - you might even be inspired to be part of that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Giuseppina Carelli

    It is a remarkable book and well written. I really enjoyed reading it, it was like someone talking to me, telling me the worst and the best that can happen in life and the ways that people of good will manage to bring hope to the most hopeless situation. The author reflects on the core values of a life with dignity for each human being and finds a concrete opportunity for all to do something about it with Mary's meals. He tells the story with a vivid attention to detail , an immense compassion a It is a remarkable book and well written. I really enjoyed reading it, it was like someone talking to me, telling me the worst and the best that can happen in life and the ways that people of good will manage to bring hope to the most hopeless situation. The author reflects on the core values of a life with dignity for each human being and finds a concrete opportunity for all to do something about it with Mary's meals. He tells the story with a vivid attention to detail , an immense compassion and great humour It will make a great movie !

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Deal

    The incredible story of Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow's Mary's Meals charity cannot fail to inspire. The title says it all - a charity literally founded in a shed in a remote but beautiful part of the west of Scotland now feeds more than a million children in the developing world. This remarkable story was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990s when the writer - driven by his strong religious conscience - joined his brother for what was supposed to be a one-off aid mission. It was a trip with obvious The incredible story of Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow's Mary's Meals charity cannot fail to inspire. The title says it all - a charity literally founded in a shed in a remote but beautiful part of the west of Scotland now feeds more than a million children in the developing world. This remarkable story was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990s when the writer - driven by his strong religious conscience - joined his brother for what was supposed to be a one-off aid mission. It was a trip with obvious dangers, as the duo travelled to a region where once peaceful communities were being torn apart by ethnic hatred. But the brothers saw what a difference they could make and, inspired by the courageous people they met, both knew they wanted to do so much more. Magnus took the brave step of giving up his job and, supported by friends, family and church, explored fundraising initiatives to continue his chosen mission. In 2002, he visited Malawi - a country with many links to Scotland - and met a mother dying from Aids whose son said his dream was to have enough food to eat and to go to school. The rest, as they say, is history and Mary's Meals was born. The basic principle of wanting hungry children to enjoy at least one meal a day while at school is something all of us as humans can relate to and, such has been the charity's success, the writer was named last month as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. This book restores your faith in humanity. And, more importantly, it makes us realise that we can all make a difference.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sharman Russell

    Last fall I spent four weeks traveling through Malawi, a small and very poor country in southeastern Africa. There I visited the offices of Mary’s Meals, a nonprofit organization started in 2002 with the mission of giving children a single nutritious meal every day in an educational setting. One small program. Started by one young Scotsman, the author of this book. This is about the power of an idea. Mary’s Meals began with 22 kids and now serves almost 900,000, reaching over 25% of Malawi’s sch Last fall I spent four weeks traveling through Malawi, a small and very poor country in southeastern Africa. There I visited the offices of Mary’s Meals, a nonprofit organization started in 2002 with the mission of giving children a single nutritious meal every day in an educational setting. One small program. Started by one young Scotsman, the author of this book. This is about the power of an idea. Mary’s Meals began with 22 kids and now serves almost 900,000, reaching over 25% of Malawi’s schoolchildren with a lunch of fortified corn and soy blend porridge, as well as beans and vegetables. For some children—especially in Malawi’s current national food emergency—this is their only meal of the day. Hungry children start coming to school and then they stay in school. Importantly, the school lunch is a community project, with villagers committed to cooking the lunches, serving, and cleaning up. The community also agrees to provide the bricks and labor to build the school kitchen. I talked with the Malawians running this program, and Peter and I went around to the back of the offices to admire the low-tech, fuel-efficient “rocket stoves” that Mary’s Meals buys and gives to the schools. We also shook hands (a tradition in Malawi) with the men loading up a truck of backpacks filled with pencils and paper and other school supplies donated each year to Malawian children. A backpack like this is Christmas to a child. I could easily imagine the excitement of unpacking one. The Shed That Fed a Million Children tells this story in detail, a story also about the author’s Catholic faith and the joy he feels in being part of the larger human community on Earth. At the offices in Blantyre, however, the director emphasized that the program has no connection to any specific religion and serves every denomination. I can also attest that this was clearly an operation run by Malawians with efficiency and humility. You can donate to Mary’s Meals by googling that name and going to their website. So…if you want to feed a hungry child today, and if you want to help a child go to school…this is a wonderfully easy way to do that.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    A beautiful and inspiring read about the charity founded in a shed, that now feeds more than a million children all over the world. In 1992 Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow had an idea that would change his life and lives of many others. After hearing the news of war-torn Bosnia he decided to help. And helping soon turned into his life's work. This is his story. And the story of lots of courageous people he met, people who inspired him. It's a humble, heartwarming, powerful story. He shows us how a serie A beautiful and inspiring read about the charity founded in a shed, that now feeds more than a million children all over the world. In 1992 Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow had an idea that would change his life and lives of many others. After hearing the news of war-torn Bosnia he decided to help. And helping soon turned into his life's work. This is his story. And the story of lots of courageous people he met, people who inspired him. It's a humble, heartwarming, powerful story. He shows us how a series of miraculous circumstances led to the creation of Mary's Meals, a hard-working organisation feeding thousands of the world's poorest children, changing the world for the better. It's mind-blowing to hear about the impact one person can make and to realize how everyone of us can make a difference. The story of his charity is inspiring, the whole book engaging, well-written and informative, with attention to detail and lots of compassion and humor. He provides information on what they do, how they help and where, how troubled circumstances came to be in each region, how poverty causes hunger and hunger causes poverty because it's not that there is not enough food but people just can't afford it. Maybe I connected instantly to his story because it started with a trip to Bosnia in the early nineties, during the war that had such a big impact on the lives of my family. Or because he talks about Medugorje, a place I love to visit. But the whole thing just seems to be written from the heart. you can tell the joy he feels being part of this movement. And it's a joy to read about the amazing idea, the basic principle of providing children with at least one meal a day while offering opportunity to go to school and the incredible work that is being done, bringing hope to the most hopeless. Because the first thing a hungry child needs is food but education is what makes help effective. It broke my heart to read about a 14-year old boy, while watching his mother die, says that he has to take care of his siblings but his biggest wish would be to have enough food and the opportunity to go to school, like it was a bold dream. It's pretty clear that he's driven by his religious consciense but beyond this it's an amazing documentary of a selfless man wanting to change the world.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    The book is beautiful and incredibly well written. The story of Mary's Meals is a remarkable one and Magnus tells it with immense compassion and a gentle sense of humour. The idea of providing one daily meal to children in their place of education is so simple yet its impact is so profound, changing the lives of a million children and countless numbers of adults throughout the world. At times the world we live in seems like a very dark place and reading this book does the heart and soul good - i The book is beautiful and incredibly well written. The story of Mary's Meals is a remarkable one and Magnus tells it with immense compassion and a gentle sense of humour. The idea of providing one daily meal to children in their place of education is so simple yet its impact is so profound, changing the lives of a million children and countless numbers of adults throughout the world. At times the world we live in seems like a very dark place and reading this book does the heart and soul good - it's a wonderful reminder that there is so much good in the world and that we can make a difference through 'small acts of love'. It's simply the most inspiring book I've read in years and I can't recommend it highly enough.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Meiklejohn

    This is the story of Mary's Meals, a charity that gives kids free school meals to encourage them to go to school. The author is the founder of the charity and he tells his story with frankness, humour and humility. Were taken from the poorest neighbourhoods of Malawi and Haiti to the bright lights of Holywood as Magnus tries to help children and tries to raise awareness respectively. There is plenty to be amazed at, and a good story of an institution set up to help people doing just that.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I love books about grass roots philanthropic organizations. This one is especially compelling since it also is a testament of the founders faith. Moving and inspiring.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christin Angeliina

    As I read "The Shed That Fed A Million Children" I was moved deeply by the heartfelt vision of a man who came from a small village in Scotland and yet moved an entire world to see that we can make a difference with simple solutions. This story is so vividly told by the founder of Mary's Meals Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow that it captured me completely as it took me on a path of kindness, understanding, danger, smiles, tears and most of all love. Love for all human beings no matter where in the wor As I read "The Shed That Fed A Million Children" I was moved deeply by the heartfelt vision of a man who came from a small village in Scotland and yet moved an entire world to see that we can make a difference with simple solutions. This story is so vividly told by the founder of Mary's Meals Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow that it captured me completely as it took me on a path of kindness, understanding, danger, smiles, tears and most of all love. Love for all human beings no matter where in the world he meets them and a belief so strong that it moves mountains all over the world. A book that I can and will highly recommend to anyone as it is well written, easy read and leaves you with a feeling of joy, love and an urge to read more. The ShedThat Fed A Million Children

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Kirkland

    I have waited for the release of this book with much anticipation as I have been following the work of Mary's Meals for many years. As a final year university student it is my dream that I will one day be able to make a difference on even the fraction of the number of lives touched by Magnus and the Mary's Meals team. And reading this book as only given me more enthusiasm to do just that. The journey which Magnus takes us through is a unique and inspiring one filled with unfailing faith and hope I have waited for the release of this book with much anticipation as I have been following the work of Mary's Meals for many years. As a final year university student it is my dream that I will one day be able to make a difference on even the fraction of the number of lives touched by Magnus and the Mary's Meals team. And reading this book as only given me more enthusiasm to do just that. The journey which Magnus takes us through is a unique and inspiring one filled with unfailing faith and hope. As Magnus has been named one of Times 100 Most Influential people in the past weeks this book makes it all the more obvious why. I would not only recommend and encourage that everyone reads this book but I would make it compulsory!! It puts into perspective the lives of those born into poverty and how the smallest of gifts and gestures can play such an important role in their lives in ways unfathomable for us to imagine.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amie Rogers

    I finished reading this book about 2 weeks ago. It's hard to put into words what I felt & still feel. This book is a first-hand journey of how Mary's Meals came to be what it is today. I love and appreciate Magnus' candor and humor throughout, but also found in my laughter from one sentence, I would be choking back my tears in the next. I was passionate about Mary's Meals before reading this, but now, I cannot go back. I have to do more than what I was doing before. How can I "see" those villages I finished reading this book about 2 weeks ago. It's hard to put into words what I felt & still feel. This book is a first-hand journey of how Mary's Meals came to be what it is today. I love and appreciate Magnus' candor and humor throughout, but also found in my laughter from one sentence, I would be choking back my tears in the next. I was passionate about Mary's Meals before reading this, but now, I cannot go back. I have to do more than what I was doing before. How can I "see" those villages and those children and not try to do more? This shows how one person can truly be used by God to change someone's world!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Olsen

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book as Magnus seemed to paint pictures with his words, captivating me from the start. When he was writing about Eastern Europe, I could see the children and feel the heartbreak he was feeling; when he reached Malawi in the book and the brilliant idea which became Mary's Meals came to him, I shared with him the joy he was feeling. It was a simple concept - provide a hot meal every day in a place of education. He knew it would work and a million children later, we can al I thoroughly enjoyed this book as Magnus seemed to paint pictures with his words, captivating me from the start. When he was writing about Eastern Europe, I could see the children and feel the heartbreak he was feeling; when he reached Malawi in the book and the brilliant idea which became Mary's Meals came to him, I shared with him the joy he was feeling. It was a simple concept - provide a hot meal every day in a place of education. He knew it would work and a million children later, we can all share his success by reading this book. I'll be recommending it to all my friends for sure.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Monica Kieftenbeld

    This book makes me feel as though I have led a small life. So many people are living their lives for the good of humanity. Perhaps this read has allowed me to see what we should be living for and has opened my eyes to the possibilities.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    Such an amazing project and an inspirational story! Donate! https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/ Such an amazing project and an inspirational story! Donate! https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brigid Gallagher

    "The Shed That Fed a Million Children" was once a garden shed that the author borrowed from his Dad back in 1992, to store donations after an appeal for aid for refugees in Bosnia- Herzegovina. The shed eventually became the office for the charity "Mary's Meals" and although it is now complemented by a purpose built timber office, Magnus has chosen to work in the old shed. In this memoir Magnus recounts how he and his siblings had traveled to Medugorje in 1983, after hearing of a group of visiona "The Shed That Fed a Million Children" was once a garden shed that the author borrowed from his Dad back in 1992, to store donations after an appeal for aid for refugees in Bosnia- Herzegovina. The shed eventually became the office for the charity "Mary's Meals" and although it is now complemented by a purpose built timber office, Magnus has chosen to work in the old shed. In this memoir Magnus recounts how he and his siblings had traveled to Medugorje in 1983, after hearing of a group of visionaries who were seeing The Virgin Mary since 24 June 1981. Soon after his parents made a similar pilgrimage, and as a result felt compelled to turn the family home and guest house into "a house of prayer." Magnus and his family continued to support those in need in other countries including Romania, Liberia... In 2002, " A spark that had ignited the already smouldering notion that became "Mary's Meals" came from a young boy called Edward aged just 14. He was the oldest of six children sitting beside his mother who was dying of AIDs in Malawi. Edward told Magnus: "I would like to have enough food to eat and I would like to be able to go to school one day." A photograph of Edward and his family hangs in the shed that is now headquarters to a charity that feeds more than a million children around the world. Each one of them is fed a hot meal in school.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amber McNeil

    What an incredible organization!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    I've loved Mary's Meals for a long time and after reading the story of how it came to be, I'm an even more devoted supporter! What a perfect model of helping others. The best way out of poverty: education. The fuel for education: food. That's what Mary's Meals aims to provide - one meal a day in a place of learning. The food is almost always locally grown. The volunteers who cook and distribute it are the local people. The paid staff of Mary's Meals - top to bottom - aims to keep their pay as lo I've loved Mary's Meals for a long time and after reading the story of how it came to be, I'm an even more devoted supporter! What a perfect model of helping others. The best way out of poverty: education. The fuel for education: food. That's what Mary's Meals aims to provide - one meal a day in a place of learning. The food is almost always locally grown. The volunteers who cook and distribute it are the local people. The paid staff of Mary's Meals - top to bottom - aims to keep their pay as low as possible so that more money can go to the children (unlike other charities whose executives earn high 6-, or even 7-, figure salaries! That's just wrong.) One opinion I had that may be true in some places at some times, but is not universally true, is that people are hungry because governments won't distribute the aid, and that war causes displacement and that leads to hunger. Those are true. But even more true is that people are hungry because they are poor. The food is there. They can't afford to buy it. Not every country has a welfare system like ours. So are we going to stand around and wait for corrupt and inefficient governments to create welfare programs? No! The children are dying of hunger and hunger-related diseases right NOW. Google "Child 31 movie" and see. Your money can't be better spent than to donate to Mary's Meals.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michael Kerr

    While this might not be great literature, it certainly is a compelling narrative. After delivering aid to Bosnia in the 1990s, MacFarlane-Barrow began a career in development. While in Liberia, he asked a young boy what he most wanted - the answer being to have enough food and to go to school. This simple statement led to the brilliant idea of Mary's Meals: to provide a meal in the place of education so that the children of the extremely poor can attend (and stay in) school, without having to dr While this might not be great literature, it certainly is a compelling narrative. After delivering aid to Bosnia in the 1990s, MacFarlane-Barrow began a career in development. While in Liberia, he asked a young boy what he most wanted - the answer being to have enough food and to go to school. This simple statement led to the brilliant idea of Mary's Meals: to provide a meal in the place of education so that the children of the extremely poor can attend (and stay in) school, without having to drop out and scrabble for the next meal. Of course, having an education provides a way out of poverty, so the meal is both a short and long term solution. The author's catholicism is plainly a motivating factor, but the meals are provided to children of all faiths; the religious elements of the book somehow manage to avoid proselytizing, making it palatable even to an agnostic like myself.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    Interesting story but poor interpretation of what international development and poverty reduction is really about - and how to do this efficiently and with dignity. Requires much more thought on what sustainability means ie. giving power to the people to help themselves in the long term. Handing out potatoes etc might seem like a nice thing to do but a more considered approach is needed.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marija

    Absolutely amazing documentary of selfless man looking for the best way to change the world! It inspires you to be thankful for all the small "luxuriousness" in life, and be active in helping those who have nothing. www.marysmeals.org - be the change you want to see in this world Absolutely amazing documentary of selfless man looking for the best way to change the world! It inspires you to be thankful for all the small "luxuriousness" in life, and be active in helping those who have nothing. www.marysmeals.org - be the change you want to see in this world

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maddie Kampf

    Most inspiring story I've read in a long time!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    Totally inspiring and shows us how one person can make a huge impact in our world.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    It took me a while to get through this book. It wasn't a page turner by any means, and to be fair, I generally read mostly fiction. However, I feel this certainly has been beneficial if several respects....for one, it has caused me to have a new appreciation for how very much I have been blessed with. Even with all its problems, are nation is still blessed beyond measure. You can argue that this book deals with helping starving children in third world countries, what about those right here at ho It took me a while to get through this book. It wasn't a page turner by any means, and to be fair, I generally read mostly fiction. However, I feel this certainly has been beneficial if several respects....for one, it has caused me to have a new appreciation for how very much I have been blessed with. Even with all its problems, are nation is still blessed beyond measure. You can argue that this book deals with helping starving children in third world countries, what about those right here at home? I can't deny that we have hungry children here as well, and if that need speaks to your heart, then certainly follow the call! However, many of these other nations don't have programs in place to help and Mary's Meals, I believe, is truly an organization led by God to do what they do. A lot of the reading was slow because it explained how they got involved in helping in different countries, but then there would be a description of something they encountered that would bring me to tears. For example, the author told of visiting a hospital in Romania. The children there were abandoned and neglected. They faced living the rest of their lives there, and every week children were dying in their cots. It told of children, 9 and 10 years old who didn't know how to walk because they were never lifted out of their cots long enough to learn....and it told how they eventually got all the surviving children out of that place. It was depressing to read at times, but then, knowing what has been accomplished and continues to happen gives way to hope. The author is Scottish, so be prepared for a few words that differ from our english...nothing drastic, the main one that comes to mind that he used a lot that I found mildly annoying was "learnt", for learned. That is petty stuff though, when you consider the important content of this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Coriolan

    This is a great book for anyone attracted to the life of poverty-alleviation emergency response, and NGOs. There isn't necessarily an explicit narrative in this book; the story bounces from country to country describing numerous challenges and the blessings that allowed Mary's Meals to prosper. The needs in Malawi are different from those in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The success in Liberia is not the same as success in Haiti. I enjoyed the choice of chapters as I didn't need to read a step-by-step This is a great book for anyone attracted to the life of poverty-alleviation emergency response, and NGOs. There isn't necessarily an explicit narrative in this book; the story bounces from country to country describing numerous challenges and the blessings that allowed Mary's Meals to prosper. The needs in Malawi are different from those in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The success in Liberia is not the same as success in Haiti. I enjoyed the choice of chapters as I didn't need to read a step-by-step description of how Mary's Meals came about. This is not a spiritual book, but I am so grateful for MacFarlane-Barrow's openness to the importance of his faith to this incredible story. The author partners with priests, nuns, and other religious. He prays the rosary. And of course, the Virgin Mary plays a big part. However, this book can be read by people of any or no faith. The story of the shed is mainly about the potential that we all possess to make a difference in the lives of children across the world. Another aspect that I found important was MacFarlane-Barrow's humble and honest writing style. He will himself point out the criticisms of Mary's Meals. However I love this quote from him when he says, "The first imperative is the hungry child in front of us. They need food today, not in ten years." Mary's Meals is serving a million children, allowing them education, and empowering communities. This book is a great artifact from this great ministry.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    I have to be honest, I found the opening chapters of this book rather hard going. In it, the author, as a teenager I think or at least a very young man has a religious experience that he believes was a visitation from the Virgin Mary. I’m a total cynic, and initially I found the book hard going. However, whatever motivated the author to do the things he eventually does is not something even a devout religiophobe like me could let get in the way of what he and the charitable organisation he sets I have to be honest, I found the opening chapters of this book rather hard going. In it, the author, as a teenager I think or at least a very young man has a religious experience that he believes was a visitation from the Virgin Mary. I’m a total cynic, and initially I found the book hard going. However, whatever motivated the author to do the things he eventually does is not something even a devout religiophobe like me could let get in the way of what he and the charitable organisation he sets up, Mary’s Meals, have achieved. I had vaguely heard of them before I read the book but the difference they have made in some parts of the world is incredible. I had no idea they were doing this on such a scale - they now feed over a million children at school in poor countries every day, and they have having a profound effect on those communities, and they seem to do it in a way that makes the locals run it for themselves. I was impressed by the drive of these people, even if I am still baffled that, in this modern day, they can genuinely believe that they were visited by the Virgin Mary. But in the end my cynicism is irrelevant, what they have done is amazing and even I can see through my lack of faith to recognise that these are smart, passionate and motivated people that have truly made a difference. An interesting and informative book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow has devoted his life to ensuring that all children receive one meal a day at their place of education. His work began during the Bosnian war in the 1990s, but, during a trip to Africa in 2002, he met a child named Edward who said all he wanted was to go to school and be fed. Thus, Mary's Meals, MacFarlane-Barrow's charity, was born. The book details the back story of this incredibly effective charity, which now feeds more than 1 million children every day around the worl Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow has devoted his life to ensuring that all children receive one meal a day at their place of education. His work began during the Bosnian war in the 1990s, but, during a trip to Africa in 2002, he met a child named Edward who said all he wanted was to go to school and be fed. Thus, Mary's Meals, MacFarlane-Barrow's charity, was born. The book details the back story of this incredibly effective charity, which now feeds more than 1 million children every day around the world. $19.50 will feed a child for an entire year!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ramindu Thivanka

    It's not about the writing, but his concept and the work that must be more than five stars. Starting with a small general concept of helping the needy and finally ended with providing meals to a million children world wide. That must be heck of a feeling and must be truly admirable. I'll say you one thing that already Anne Lennox has told Magnus. " It's not rocket science but Magnus has done it" Truly amazing. If someone knows any internet link to donate them please mention. I'd love to help them It's not about the writing, but his concept and the work that must be more than five stars. Starting with a small general concept of helping the needy and finally ended with providing meals to a million children world wide. That must be heck of a feeling and must be truly admirable. I'll say you one thing that already Anne Lennox has told Magnus. " It's not rocket science but Magnus has done it" Truly amazing. If someone knows any internet link to donate them please mention. I'd love to help them.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Beck

    This book was a wonderful gift to me by my mother, who was able to see Magnus and hear his speech at a Catholic Women's Conference. I love the mission of Mary's Meals and understand that receiving an education can be the pathway out of a dark place. The creation of Mary's Meals and the ongoing need is a daunting task. Magnus told the story of Mary's Meals in such a fascinating and informative way that truly touched your heart.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Bruemmer

    Wow ..... so glad Bridget told me to read this one Thank You !! It's hard to understand why some are given so much and others so little. Let's share the wealth What food and education can do is true. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has yet to come. we have only today. let us begin. Mother Teresa

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Nicholson

    This book is an awesome journey from the start of Mary's Meals, as a one-time trip to Bosnia to deliver aid, to the international grassroots charity it is today. It's inspiring and heartwarming, with a good splash of Magnus' humor.

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