Kabul 24: The Story of a Taliban Kidnapping and Unwavering Faith in the Face of True Terror
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Kabul 24: The Story of a Taliban Kidnapping and Unwavering Faith in the Face of True Terror

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You can't kidnap someone's hope.

They were teachers, engineers, nurses, students, and artists from around the world who answered God's call to help Afghan refugees rebuild their lives following decades of war. But as international tensions reached inferno levels in 2001, extremists set out to rid Afghanistan of anyone who posed a threat to Islam and the influence of the Tal...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published February 29th 2000)
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Kabul 24, by Ben Pearson and Henry Arnold, is about a group known as the “SNI Eight.” The SNI Eight are a group of westerners who work with Shelter Now International. These eight worked in a place called Kabul, located in the Middle East. However, the story is not just about them, it is about their families and the locals that they provided employment for. They are arrested and unjustly punished for only helping a people that desperately needed helping. Their story starts as they are arrested ba...more
Kabul 24 by Henry O. Arnold and Ben Pearson Foreward by Michael W. Smith

This book is about 24 men and women that worked for Shelter Now International in Afghanistan. They worked there for years and the main story happens to take place immediately before and following the World Trade Center Attack in 2001. Of these 24 workers, 8 of them were non Afghans and were imprisoned for their works and their alleged religious and political wrong doings.

Now, that being said, I must admit I do not generally...more
Dec 08, 2009 Headacheslayer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: pre-teens on up/history buffs
Recommended to Headacheslayer by: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Imagine yourself for 105 days in a foreign land where you may or may not speak the language, and you are suddenly yanked from your job, thrown into medieval prisons with no explanation, accused of crimes that can mean you execution at any moment: How would you survive every moment? Where would that faith of rescue come from?

For the 8 workers of Shelter Now International (SNI) and the 16 Afghanistan people who tried to help them, this is the hell they faced as the rule of the Taliban and al-Quaed...more
Melissa Stebbins

I read Kabul24 by Ben Pearson and Henry Arnold as part of Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Bloggers program. This is the story of the SNI aid workers held by the taliban in Afghanistan just before the 9/11 attacks. They were held for 105 days in horrid conditions and subjected to interrogations and intimidation. I remembered hearing their story in the media at the time and was very interested to read about it in more detail.

The actual story is very inspiring. The workers faith in God and his providen...more
Violet Crush
Rating: 3.75 out of 4

Kabul 24 is about 24 people taken hostages by the Taliban in 2001. Out of these 24, 8 were foreigners and were working for the Christian Organization Shelter Now International (SNI). The remaining 16 were Afghan employees of SNI.

These SNI workers were helping to rebuild war torn Afghanistan by building factories, schools, orphanages and such for the Afghani people. It was a time when Afghanistan was still under the Taliban rule and the situation was already very tense and fr...more
I kept going back and forth with this book. While I liked it, there were several things that threw me.

This book focuses on the activities and imprisonment of some Shelter Now International (SNI) employees by the Taliban army. The story in and of itself was sad and gave you a bird’s eye view of what it really means to be held in a prison with no real laws for 100 days. And while the experiences are something that very few people would have been able to endure, it felt like it was told as a shock...more
Chocolate & Croissants
Kabul 24 tells the story about the hellish nightmare eight Western aid workers and sixteen Afghanis endured during their captivity in Afghanistan by the Taliban. The workers came from around the world, Germany, Australia and the United States. They were men and women from different professions, nurses, teachers, engineers and artists all with a goal-helping the people of Afghanistan have a better life. The Westerners were all with a mission, Shelter Now.

One day, in the weeks leading up to 9/11 t...more
Kabul 24 tells the story of eight Westerners and their sixteen Muslim co-workers and their three-month long imprisonment by the Taliban in Afghanistan. For three months in 2001, the twenty-four members of Shelter Now International (SNI) are held hostage in the days leading up to the September 11th attacks. This book recounts their interrogations, the sham of a trial before the Taliban Supreme Court and their feelings of abandonment and isolation during their imprisonment. But more than that, thi...more
"Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1 KJV This verse from the Bible describes faith and "Kabul 24" tells the stories of people who lived their faith in modern times. Imagine this: suddenly, the semi-hostile country around you (a people you have come to help) becomes filled with fanatics and spies wishing you harm. Families you thought of as friends betray you. You are taken from your home, unable to convey to others what is happening, the...more
Title: Kabul24
Author: Henry O Arnold and Ben Pearson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Religion/Christian Ministry/Missions
Source: Thomas Nelson for Review

Synopsis: They were teachers, engineers, nurses, students, and artists from around the world who answered God’s call to help Afghan refugees rebuild their lives following decades of war. But as international tensions reached inferno levels in 2001, extremists set out to rid Afghanistan of anyone who posed a threat to Islam and the influence...more
Thomas Freeman
A great missionary biography along the lines of Corrie ten Boom's, "Hiding Place", Kabul24 details the modern times imprisonment of 8 western missionaries and their 16 Afghan employees. Taken just before the 9/11 bombings, they were probably being held as negotiation pieces in the event of retaliation. Until reading about their narrow escape, I was under the assumption that they were released through negotiations. Greater than the political circumstances is the "faith" seen in their lives.

The au...more
Catrina Bradley
The Taliban has taken control of Afghanistan, and they have targeted Shelter Now International as an infidel organization out to convert the Afghani people to Christianity. A trap is set; a trust is betrayed; and 24 SNI workers - eight Westerners and 16 Afghani employees - are taken prisoner.

Kabul24 is the true story of how faith and divine intervention sustained 24 innocent men and women as they suffered over three months of captivity at the hands of madmen.

This book offered an intimate look be...more
Charlene Amsden
August 2001, Kabul, Afghanistan: Eight relief workers from Shelter Now International -- German citizens George Taubmann, Katrin Jelinek, Margrit Stebner, and Silke Durrkopf; along with Australians Peter Bunch, and Diana Thomas; and two Americans Heather Mercer, and Dayna Curry -- were arrested by the Taliban. Officially they were never accused of any crimes yet were locked away, questioned and threatened daily, and subjected to living conditions horrific beyond comprehension. Despite their fear,...more
Sep 27, 2009 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
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The book begins with the story of one of the Afghan women, but quickly moves into the set-up and arrest of 8 foreigners and 16 Afghan workers with Shelter Now, an agency that provided care for Afghan orphans and sick and poor through a variety of programs. It is an honest story of the stresses and fears as well as the faith and faithfulness of God that kept them alive and sane through the 105 days of their captivity.

The book presents the Afghans in a realistic light - good people and bad people....more
Emily George
Riveting story, mediocre writing.
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