They're Rugby Boys, Don't You Know?

Christian - Non-Fiction
150 Pages
Reviewed on 01/22/2015
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Reviewed by Valerie Rouse for Readers' Favorite

They’re Rugby Boys, Don’t You Know? is an inspiring story about youth evangelism. Author Natalie Vellacott gives an account of her encounter with boys who lived on the streets in an area called Subic Bay in the Philippines. Ms. Vellacott was a crew member on the Logos Hope ship which distributes Christian books and literature. After setting up a book table on the bridge in Subic Bay, she met these street boys who hung out around the bridge. They were called “rugby boys” because they regularly abused household glue known as rugby. Unfortunately, when inhaled, this solvent would suppress their hunger pangs. Inevitably, this could lead to permanent brain damage if left unchecked. Natalie grew to love the boys and did her best to rehabilitate them. Her hard work paid off and this outreach became her mission after her tenure on the Logos Hope was finished.

They’re Rugby Boys, Don’t You Know? is a true personal account of faith in action. Author Natalie Vellacott was a faithful steward of God in her outreach. I loved the fact that she thoroughly described the emotional impact of her actions. The highs and the lows she was experiencing as she bravely persevered really showcased her humane outlook. The language used in the book is semi-formal as it reflects the serious nature of drug abuse. It is quite ironic that, as an outsider, the author felt a kinship with the vulnerable youths, whereas the locals practically ignored them. This book really encourages us to look within. This touching novel does not need photos to create a lasting impact. It has the theme of good overcoming evil. The use of bold subheadings for the chapters spurs the reader on to galvanize his thoughts. I applaud the author for her sincerity and acts of good will. I recommend this book to all readers.