About The Book

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.

About the Authors

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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 health commentator for CNN and FOX News. He has led projects for the World Health Organization and is an advocate for transparency in healthcare. He lives in the Washington D.C. area.

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Ellen Vaughn is a best-selling author who has written or co-written more than twenty books. She collaborated on the #1 New York Times best-seller It’s All About Him with Denise Jackson, the NYT best-seller Choosing to SEE with Mary Beth Chapman, and eight books with Chuck Colson. She speaks frequently at retreats and conferences in the U.S. and abroad, and lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband, Lee.

Media Inquiries

For press inquiries regarding Mama Maggie please contact Emily Lineberger at Emily.Lineberger@HarperCollins.com