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Mama Maggie

The Untold Story of One Woman's Mission to Love the Forgotten Children of Egypt's Garbage Slums

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From marketing maven to angel of the garbage district—the inspiring authorized biography of Maggie Gobran, the “Mother Teresa of Egypt.”

From marketing maven to angel of the garbage district—the inspiring authorized biography of Maggie Gobran, the “Mother Teresa of Egypt.”

Since 1997, Maggie Gobran and her organization Stephen’s Children have been changing lives in Cairo’s notorious zabala, or garbage slums. Her innovative, transformational work has garnered worldwide fame and multiple Nobel Prize nominations, but her full story has remained untold—until now. 

Bestselling authors Martin Makary and Ellen Vaughn chronicle Mama Maggie’s surprising pilgrimage from privileged child to stylish businesswoman to college professor pondering God’s call to change. She answered that call by becoming the modest figure in white who daily navigates piles of stinking trash, bringing hope to the poorest of the poor. Smart and savvy, as tough as she is tender, Maggie Gobran is utterly surrendered to her mission to the “garbage people” who captured her heart. 

At her request, the book also spotlights the people she serves—the men, women, and children who prove every day what a little bit of help and a lot of love can do.

Contributor(s) Marty Makary
About the Contributor(s) Marty Makary

Dr. Marty Makary is a professor at Johns Hopkins University and New York Times best-selling author of Unaccountable. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Time, and Newsweek and is a frequent medical commentator of CNN and FOX News. He has led projects for the World Health Organization and is an advocate for quality and safety in healthcare. He lives in Washington, DC area.

ISBN-10 0718022033
ISBN-13 9780718022037
Release Date Mar 10, 2015
Weight (lbs) 1.0000
Height 9.30
Width 6.25
Length 256
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $24.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

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Review by Mama Muse Me
Overall Rating
I first learned about Mama Maggie when I had the opportunity to give an honest, unbiased review of this book for Book Look Bloggers.

The book gives a detailed portrait of Egyptian society and its complexities that I had never heard before. Religion plays such a huge role in the society that someone’s religion is literally printed on the person’s identification card, and a child’s religious heritage, whether Muslim or Coptic Christian, is intended to be part of the child’s education. Knowledge of the society helps the reader comprehend how many sacrifices and challenges Mama Maggie truly faced as she began to minister to the poor people living in the garbage slums of her country. Seeing the photos inside the book also adds a lot to the reader’s understanding of Mama Maggie. When I first saw the book cover, I was immediately drawn to the woman in white — a white head covering and t-shirt. I decided to read the book because I was hoping to learn more about a female Christian role model I had never heard about before, and I definitely was touched and inspired by her life.

I wrote more about Mama Maggie on my blog post at
(Posted on 4/7/2015)

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