My dad had a book that was a collection of minibiographies (I wish I could remember the title). I read it when I was a kid. Those stories, particularl...moreMy dad had a book that was a collection of minibiographies (I wish I could remember the title). I read it when I was a kid. Those stories, particularly the one of athlete Babe Didrikson, stay with me. It was an easy read that introduced the reader to important people.
7 Men is a such a book. It introduces you to seven leaders who transformed their world by humbly following truth.
George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Karol Wojtyła and Chuck Colson. Maybe you know their stories. Maybe you recognize the name. Maybe some don't register at all.
These are true role models, men of courage and integrity.
Great gift for recent graduates or anyone wanting to know what a leader looks like(less)
The story of Mosab Hassan Yousef was one I'd been eager to read since I first heard about him. A member of terrorist organization Hamas works as a dou...moreThe story of Mosab Hassan Yousef was one I'd been eager to read since I first heard about him. A member of terrorist organization Hamas works as a double agent for the Israelis and finds Jesus in the process. The story is too preposterous for a fictional Hollywood script. It sounds just like the foolishness of God.
Still, my joyfulness at finally beginning the read faded as Yousef begins with his abusive arrest by Israel. It was a stark reminder that Israelis are as violently human as the rest of us. All of us fall short.
Even Muslim, Palestinian Yousef says he thought:
Why are you beating me like this? ... I felt a deep sadness before losing consciousness.
A must-have history lesson The book is ultimately Yousef's testimony of coming of know Jesus as his Lord and savior. Yousef is moved to act with mercy and kindness more and more as the story progresses because he is believing the words of Jesus more and more.
While testimonies of faith always encourage us, it is the history lesson and insight into the Muslim mind that makes this book even more valuable.
Yousef opens with this thought in the preface:
Peace in the Middle East has been the holy grail of diplomats, prime ministers, and presidents for more than five decades. Every new face on the world stage thinks he or she is going to be the one to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. And each one fails just as miserably and completely as those who have come before. The fact is, few Westerners can come close to understanding the complexities of the Middle East and its people.
The beauty is that Yousef understands the region and both sides, and he is eager to explain it to us. He breaks down the history of Hamas, which began with more peaceful attempts to use Islam to free the Palestinians. He sketches for us where the vision goes sideways into suicide bombings. He explains why the different Palestinian organizations -- Palestinian Liberation Organization, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and more -- don't get along (will probably never get along). If you read Middle East headlines and still can't make sense of them, let the Son of Hamas help you decode them.