Dr. Omar Djoeandy

Executive Director, SIM Australia

Would you like to catch a glimpse of Africa beyond the wildlife, game parks, long distance runners and congested cities?  Broken Pottery: The Life of an African Girl will connect you with real people confronted with the contrasts of that vast continent.  Their world seems to be full of apparent contradictions.  Like railway tracks in parallel, they experience simultaneously, contentment in poverty and laughter in devastation. Rays of hope shine brightest in dark despair ... joy in the midst of sorrow.  

Jennifer Ann artfully and sensitively invites the reader to enter into a world that would seem alien to most of us. Rural Africa and the plight of a girl desperately caught in the whirlpool of injustice, poverty and disease.  Enter her world, not as a voyeur, but with an open heart and compassion.  The way Jennifer Ann poignantly paints scenes and people, and describes the sounds and smells, clearly demonstrate that she has lived in Africa.  She captivates us with amusing dialogue and outlandish situations and perspectives.  “You are fat” is a genuine compliment to women in that culture but one of the characters, an Australian woman, wonders how her self esteem will cope. 

Their world may be distant but we can all relate to their tender dreams and struggles. Just like them, we fear rejection, abuse and an incurable disease that became this girl’s nightmare reality. Be inspired by ordinary people who out of genuine compassion took courageous and costly steps to overcome injustice, hatred and prejudice.      

If you want to journey out of your world of suburbia and be moved, refreshed, and inspired, then this book is for you.  It will not cost you an international airfare but, who knows, you might catch the contagious vision that with love, courage and in community we can make a difference in the lives of the destitute.


Maxine Cook

A compelling read, this beautifully written story brings to life the colours and contrasts of cultures; the richness and poverty; beauty and ugliness; hope and despair. I couldn’t put this book down.


Jane Faase

Business Manager, Olive Tree Media, Pastors Wife

This beautifully descriptive narrative reflects Jenny’s love and passion for Africa and its people. It celebrates the difference medical science and God’s love can make in a person’s life. I was moved by Aisha’s story – although fiction, it speaks of the liberation and redemption real women are receiving through fistula surgery.