This followup to "Infidel" takes us further along Ali's journey - a journey which touches our own American shores. There are many things I loved aboutThis followup to "Infidel" takes us further along Ali's journey - a journey which touches our own American shores. There are many things I loved about this book, specifically, her great insight regarding the future effects of Islam (Sharia/dhimmi) in our own country. We are obviously blinded as to the effects of Islam in our own country because our unyielding desire to embrace all with equality sometimes clouds our vision from rational thought. Nomad clears the fog with reasonable observations that should be heeded. In this case, it is valuable to see through the eyes of someone holding a different worldview, and Nomad does just that. You can either be realistic or live in the fog. I prefer to be realistic.
I do not necessarily agree with her conclusion about the role of the Christian Church in addressing these issues socially. Ali is now an atheist, which is a conundrum to begin with. However, her journey is not over.
Her suggestion that the Christian church engage a radical, militant religion is not practical, nor possible. The church and the state are separate entities, for very good reasons. While it is true that the Christian Church is a great resource for understanding the core issues against Islam, I would no more want a christian nation to rule than an islamic one. Just which kind of Christian nation would you want to live under? A charismatic one? A Roman Catholic one?
You see, Islam IS a political system. You either participate or you are called an infidel. Infidels don't last very long in Islamic nations. While, as Christians, we can engage Muslims as we love our neighbor, we must be careful not to make the mission of the Christian church to be one of engaging militant Islamists. Rather, our secular gov't should recognize the threat of a political system which seeks to infiltrate our culture...step by step.
I would recommend this book to everyone. The times, they are a changin' and there is no reason to remain unaware....more
Sometimes it takes a heart-wrenching story to see the heartbreak living in each one of us. Sometimes books leave us hanging. Sometimes they resolve beSometimes it takes a heart-wrenching story to see the heartbreak living in each one of us. Sometimes books leave us hanging. Sometimes they resolve beautifully. Yet, the commonality we all share as human creatures, though complex and different, is very similar in regard to our shared struggles over eternal matters.
I loved this book for the emotions it made me live through and experience. I loved it because of the many ways I could personally relate to Kim's story. Our stories are very different yet there is a common thread running through both of our lives.
I was saddened by this book because I wasn't able to read the end of her story. I lament that she appears to still be struggling at the conclusion of her writing. Yet, this should not come as a surprise to any of us. As pilgrims living in a broken land, sometimes it can seem impossible to find sound answers to respond to the evil that exists in this world. We often look for hope in a broken world --when hope will not be found until a future one greets us. Those kind of struggles are hard to read about and process.
As a Christian, I was also grieved by the fact that after being rescued from the Korean orphanage of her youth, she was placed in a fundamentalist Christian family who did not understand God's grace at all -- whose works-based ideology is far from the real message of Christianity. In fact, those who sought to do a "good work" in her life ended up driving her away from Christianity because of their own ignorance about the Christian faith.
Yet, God is sovereign. Kim's life has not ended and her story is not complete. Hope has not vanished.
This book would be an excellent book for aspiring adoptive families to read in order to see what adoption looks like through the eyes of a child. Even though it is a tragic story, much can be learned from the unique way Kim writes about her childhood experiences for those wishing to adopt. Hopefully, it will not scare anyone away from adopting the children who so desperately need a home; hopefully, it will encourage them to see their role much differently. ...more
I truly wish this book were in every stocking this Christmas. The author of this book is the daughter of an Egyptian Army Lt. General, Mustafa Hafez,I truly wish this book were in every stocking this Christmas. The author of this book is the daughter of an Egyptian Army Lt. General, Mustafa Hafez, who was martyred in 1956 when serving under Nasser's administration. The first half of the book presents the history of conflict between Egypt, Gaza, Palestine (and the entire Middle East) -- I would venture to say, it is not the record of account that any of us learned in High School, which makes it so important to read. What we are experiencing today is nothing new and the history of this conflict must be understood in its historical perspective.
Darwish writes well and communicates her thoughts well. The second half of the book goes through her personal revelation -- the discovery that hate drives Islamic forces both in the Middle East, and now in America (and around the world.) She describes the difficulty of growing up as a Muslim from an important family -- being taught hate in elementary school, specifically against Israel and America. One thing in particular stood out to me; though this book was written in 2006, things she mentioned as frightening have come true today -- one of which was the fear of the Egyptian people that the Muslim Brotherhood would come into power.
As you follow her journey into freedom, she revels that in America, even pets have more freedom than people in Egypt. She thanks her understanding of capitalism for this freedom. That again is an astute observation on her part.
It was difficult to overcome that fact hate was taught to her -- and the atmosphere she grew up in was not what some Americans perceive it to be. She cautions Americans to understand what it going on right under our noses through the establishment of local mosques in our own community. In Islam, you are either a Muslim -- or an infidel. There is no other choice. God loves Muslims -- he hates the rest of us. It's something to understand that is crucial to the core of Islam. She also explains form of jihad most Americans know nothing about.
This is a very readable book. Don't overlook it. Her perspective is much needed in the current American politically-correct atmosphere. Facts, truth and real information are necessary when political correctness masks truth. I can't recommend this book enough to everyone. ...more
I wish everyone would read this book. The events experienced by this young woman in her homeland of Somalia during its recent uprising may come to ourI wish everyone would read this book. The events experienced by this young woman in her homeland of Somalia during its recent uprising may come to our shores one day. When you read the foundational reasons that conflict existed in Somalia, it is easy to see that no country is immune from the abuse of power.
There is much Americans and Westerners can learn from Ali's story. We tend to stick our heads into the sand, pretending we are immune from this kind of conflict. Yet, there is a commonality all humans share - we are a fallen, corrupt mankind in need of a Savior. This is not a "Christian" book -- it is a biography which exposes the corruption of humankind.
I recommend this book for an awareness of social concerns regarding women living in the clutches of Islam. I recommend it for those who need to understand that a religion like Islam isn't just a religion -- it is a extremist political system which sees only two entities: Islam and Infidel. You are either one of the other. One is inclusive, the other is a reason for war.
This book exposes that these conflicts are not about the color of one's skin. For instance, in Somalia, Rwanda and Liberia -- the skin color of warring factions was the same, yet war raged. This book will help the reader to understand human conflict from a a foundational perspective.
This book is also an easy read-- not easy in its content, but easy in that the book flows easily. It is a book you do not want to put down, yet you must take a break in order to mentally process the extremity of what this young woman has experienced.
Truly, this is a must read for every person -- especially young adults -- because this is a world they will be touched by -- in ways they may not even imagine. ...more
This was my first Joel Rosenberg book and I enjoyed it tremendously as a work of fiction. Woven throughout the fictional story was a lot of stark realThis was my first Joel Rosenberg book and I enjoyed it tremendously as a work of fiction. Woven throughout the fictional story was a lot of stark reality: reality of world conflict between Islam and Christianity. His research has obviously been thorough and his perspective on the conflict is balanced and true to the nature of the conflict and through the voice of the characters, we can easily seen how a conflict that has existed for thousands of years will continue in our generation and beyond.
My only real negative for the book is that I don't fall into his theological camp, which appears to be dispensationalism. As a believer in Covenant Theology, I simply chose to overlook those parts which point to a theology I don't believe is quite true to scripture.
But the point? Islam is a real and dangerous threat today with its never-ending focus on jihad. This book (and the following ones) are worth a read just to open your eyes to conflict that is serious and will eventually touch our shores.
The story is an easy read and flows well. The characters were crafted with excellence....more
I enjoyed this book because of its simplicity and common sense approach to a skill that must be redeveloped in this generation. Our churches are not tI enjoyed this book because of its simplicity and common sense approach to a skill that must be redeveloped in this generation. Our churches are not teaching their children well. In our world (Reformed) we still catechize our children, but in the evangelical world I came from, it was non-existent. It has been the burden of my heart for many years that my own children were not catechized because I knew nothing about its benefits when they were small.
For anyone that has children, heed the sound counsel in this book and take its suggestions. It will help your heart escape regret and give your children a solid foundation on which to stand as adults. I highly recommend this book....more
If you want a fun, frolicking read, you just might enjoy this political satire by Christopher Buckley. Poking fun at everyone in a non-offensive way jIf you want a fun, frolicking read, you just might enjoy this political satire by Christopher Buckley. Poking fun at everyone in a non-offensive way just has a way of making you laugh, no matter what your political persuasion. There is no doubt he has a lot of political insight due to his previous role in various Presidential administrations. You catch yourself wondering just who he is depicting in this fictional satire. Surely, there are bits of truth tucked behind the fiction. :)
I especially liked the context of the story-line, which is set in the Middle East and addresses the issues of women's rights -- and abuses they experience in the world of Islam.
It's a fast read and it's just the right book to pick up if you want to have a little fun....more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Brooks is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary fiction writers because of her eloquent prose, creative stoI thoroughly enjoyed this book. Brooks is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary fiction writers because of her eloquent prose, creative story-telling and character development. She has a way of keeping the story moving without sacrificing content and depth. That's a rare gift.
Having said that, like some of the others mentioned, the ending left me wanting to know more. I was unsettled in my heart to where the main character was taken, especially spiritually....though I realize the difficulties of life often take us on these twists and turns. I would have liked a different, more lengthy ending to satisfy both my curiosity and my heart.
The history in this book is something everyone needs to be exposed to. We live in a protected world in many ways and it is good and necessary to see what can and does occur in real life....more
What a great book for kids/youth to read! Even as an adult, I enjoyed the quick read. Perhaps my favorite thing about the book is the worldview a chilWhat a great book for kids/youth to read! Even as an adult, I enjoyed the quick read. Perhaps my favorite thing about the book is the worldview a child would be able to see - a worldview quite different than their own. By glimpsing into another world, a devastating world full of war, cruelty and extreme hardship, the reader is able to gain an appreciation for the blessings and gifts in their own life. In addition, it helps to create a focus on loving others more than self. Those attributes are valuable for not only the developing child, but the adult, as well....more
I enjoyed Little Green Men for its whit, non-politically correct banter and it's silliness. Sometimes you just need to laugh at politicians and WashinI enjoyed Little Green Men for its whit, non-politically correct banter and it's silliness. Sometimes you just need to laugh at politicians and Washington. This book allows you to do just that.
It's a quick read -- nothing in depth. Just right for a moment when you don't want to think to hard.
My favorite part? Trying to see who Buckley was really writing about as each character was revealed. Knowing his insider privilege, there were some jewels tucked under the surface, creating a mystery to be solved by the reader.