Book Description: In Honduras' ''wild west'' mountain jungles, Amanda Madrid found her calling as a medical doctor to poor farmers.
When Amanda's father rejects her dream to be a doctor, eighteen-year-old Amanda strikes out alone and enters medical school in Tegucigalpa.
Her work as a medical officer, public health consultant, and director of an international holistic Christian ministry called Predisan could have resulted in prestigious luxury for her. Instead these experiences led Dr. Madrid to the mountains on horseback and prepared her for the biggest challenge of her life.
When illegal drug trafficking and murders lead to closing medical clinics, Dr. Madrid goes toe to toe with cartel mercenaries, the unarmed doctor in her signature red high heels against men in combat boots armed with AK-47s.
This is the story about the life of a Honduran doctor heartbroken about the many killings and bad medicine of cartels. Can the same kind of love and prayer she gives her patients also cause these violent men to lay down their guns?
My Thoughts: The title of this book caught my attention, Lay Down Your Guns: One Doctor's Battle for Hope and Healing Honduras, because when I think of a doctor I don't think of guns. I think of healing, getting well and of helping. And this is the true fascinating story of one doctor's will with prayer and faith in God not to give up. Meet Amanda aka. Dr. Madrid.
Amanda sets out against all odds to become a doctor. After finishing school, Amanda could have "settled" for wealth and luxury but she chose instead to work at a clinic.
Being a woman doctor in a land filled with drug dealers, cartels and those who love money more than life makes quite a hardship for Dr. Madrid. But she does not give in, No! she does not give up! When the medical clinics begin to close up because of these drug dealers and murderers, Dr. Madrid stands toe.to.toe, head.to.head, and eye.to.eye with these ungodly ruffians.
One of the funniest moments in my minds eye is the description of a young woman doctor in red high heels as she confronts these rough men in their combat boots. Red for courage? or because red means business? Gotta love a lady doctor in her red high heels!
This is ONE of the best nonfiction reads I have read! There is excitement and adventure.
This is a short, fast paced, faith filled read!
*This book was provided for review by ACU Press*
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