The story is told by a young Jewish boy that experienced the Holocaust first hand, but what is so amazing about this book is how the young man faces several life threatening events only to inspire him to discover God’s Amazing Grace, while it teaches Joel the compassion to forgive also and that good can triumph over evil.
Joel found out that Barafu is the Swahili word for ice. Feeling the bitter cold clinging to his body, Joel had no doubt the locals knew what they were talking about. As they were hiking closer to the summit, the air was definitely chilly and thinner. When Joel decides to take a chance to climb the majestic mountain Kilimanjaro in Tanzania Africa, he encounters all kinds of challenges, wild animals, harsh weather conditions, but mostly fear! Through each hardship, though Joel finds courage and strength. A courage that can only be found when one has a relationship with Jesus Christ.