Bilan's Journey Of Hope

April 22, 2021

During a violent uprising, a teenage girl named Bilan is forced to flee her country with her family, leaving everything behind. Afraid and armed with nothing but faith, Bilan struggles to protect her loved ones and find a safe place in the midst of chaos. Based on a true story during the 1991 Somali Civil War, 'Bilan's Journey of Hope' is an incredible story of survival, love for God and family, and hope.

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“An inherently riveting read from cover to cover, and all the more impressive when considering it to be the author's debut as a novelist, "Bilan's Journey of Hope" showcases Craig Biorn's genuine flair for the kind of narrative storytelling that immediately engages and entertains with the kind of impact that will linger in the mind and memory long after the novel itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf -- making it an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community library General Fiction collections.” James A. Cox Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review

 

"Craig Biorn has written a great story in Bilan’s Journey of Hope in which he tells us the adventures of Bilan as she flees war-torn Somalia. Somalia is beset with bombings, murder, massacres and all the horrors of a battle for control of the country. Even more interesting than the descriptions of the events in Bilan’s journey, is the view into her mind as she questions, prays, finds hope, experiences despair, and wonders if there will ever be an end to what she is going through. Craig Biorn has given us a wonderful view of the external chaos combined with the internal thoughts, hopes, and emotions of Bilan as she struggles through the mayhem but never gives up her hope for a reunited family in a place where peace can prevail. It’s a wonderful read!"  Drew Mattson

 

”One of the best reads I’ve read in years. This well written book gave me a glimpse into the struggles Bilan, her family and the people of Somalia had to combat. It educated me on Somali culture and the beautiful religion of Islam, all while connecting me to Bilan with her relatable family values and unfiltered thoughts of an adolescent girl. This family friendly book would be perfect for all ages, as it reminds you of the important things in life and teaches you gratitude for the simple things, which we often forget is a privilege. This book is inspiring, heartfelt, brave and truly touching, as it has given me an extra layer of respect for everything Bilan and her family has had to overcome.”  – Nicole Richman

 

Craig Biorn discusses Bilan's Journey Of Hope

 

Bilan's Journey Of Hope KDHL Interview