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The Last Christians: Stories of Persecution, Flight, and Resilience in the Middle East

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A Westerner's travels among the persecuted and displaced Christian remnant in Iraq and Syria teach him much about faith under fire.

Gold Medal Winner, 2018 IPPY Book of the Year Award
Silver Medal Winner, 2018 Benjamin Franklin Award
Finalist, 2018 ECPA Christian Book Award

Inside Syria and Iraq, and even along the refugee trail, they're a religious minority persecuted for
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Paperback, 233 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Plough Publishing House
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Rama
Living in a state of terror

Jews, Christians, Yezidis and other religious minorities have been ill-treated in the Muslim nations of Iraq and Syria for many centuries. Their plight became more visible and excruciating when the Islamic terror group, ISIS captured many towns and cities and systematically tortured and brutalized non-Muslim communities. In the mountain village of Maaloula that lies 34 miles from Syria's capital, Damascus, important religious buildings such as the looming Greek
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Joan
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We read the headlines of Islamist terrorists taking over a city in Iraq. What that means for Christians in Iraq became a reality for Knapp when he began to get to know Iraqi refugees who had moved into his Leipzig neighborhood beginning in 2014. He shares here the stories of many as well as his own visit to Ankawa and the refugee camp.

I was shocked,as was Knapp, when he heard the stories of those having to flee Mosul. Terrorists overran the city in June of 2014. Christians were given an
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Debbie
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The Last Christians" is about Syriac Orthodox Christians and other Christian groups that have existed in the Middle East long before Islam. The author is a German priest who came in contact with Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria. In 2015, he traveled to the Kurdish region of northern Iraq and collected the stories of those he met (most of whom fled Mosul when Islamic State fighters took over). He also helps Christian refugees in Germany. He relates their stories, plus stories about similar ...more
Amy Leigh
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is about Syriac Orthodox Christians. What the believe, how they live and the unique language they speak. They are being persecuted and hunted in the Middle East by ISIS. This is a tough read but I highly recommend anyone who is able to read this. We are losing human lives, history and an entire language.
Liebes Buch
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dieses Buch gibt denen eine Stimme, die keine haben. Als ich vor Jahren in der Kirche hörte, dass Christen verfolgt werden, und das weitererzählte, wurde mir vorgeworfen, ich sei ein Rassist, der gegen Muslime hetzt. Und obwohl die Verfolgung der Christen dieses Jahr auch offiziell als Genozid anerkannt wurde, ist es in Deutschland einfach nicht opportun, dieses Verbrechen zu thematisieren. Um nicht als Nazis dazustehen, schauen wir weg und schweigen- irgendwie eine absurde Situation. Vor dem ...more
Stars In Her Eye
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
In The Last Christians: Stories of Persecution, Flight and Resilience in the Middle East, Andreas Knapp delves into the lives of those Christians whose home is control by the radical Islamic State and the struggles that they must endue to be true to their faith.
Every American Christian should read this book. We cry persecution and throw a fit about the color of a Christmas cup while there are people still being excommunicated from their homes and even killed! This is what Christian persecution
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Diane Perry
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is an eye opening account of what the persecuted Christians go through in Iraq and Syria. Knapp brought out things I had no idea about. His account is raw, heart breaking and an absolute must read. We need this better understanding of what is happening.
Tammy
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was very eye-opening to the atrocities that are committed against Christians in the Middle East. It was inspiring to hear stories of how people's faith endured even under the hardest conditions. Worthwhile book to read, but not for the faint of heart.
Allen Patterson
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am thankful that I won this book from Goodreads. As soon as I got it in the mail I dropped everything else I was reading and read this book. The author is a RC Priest. I am a Baptist. To say I have disagreements with Catholic teachings would be an understatement. The author definitely weaves his Catholic beliefs into this book. If you're Catholic you probably won't have a problem with it. But even if you are not, I would still recommend this book. Why? Because he does do a great job of ...more
Julius
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Christian Knapp's The Last Christians: Stories of Persecution, Flight, Resilience in the Middle East gives voice to some of the West's most neglected stories about Christian persecution in the land of Christian origins: Northern Iraq and Syria. A German priest who works with Christian refugees, Knapp captures the exasperation and desperation that these brothers and sisters in Christ share as a result of religious persecution. The rise of ISIS and the heightened violence between Islamic sects has ...more
Amanda Bennett
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This book is such an important read for everyone - regardless of religious or spiritual practices and beliefs. Andreas Knapp brings to light the struggles of Christians in the Middle East, a concept that gets little to no media coverage in the West. Knapp shares the heartbreaking stories of Iraqi and Syrian refugees in Germany, and we get a glimpse into the loss, the fear, and the hopefulness for their dying Christian heritage.

This was a hard read for me, and I had to take it in small doses.
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Barbara Tsipouras
It is a shame that the Western churches constantly forget about their Eastern brothers and Sisters. Christianity in Syria and Iraq is just as old as it it is in Greece and much older than in Northern Europe. But it are these Christians who over the last 2000 years suffer persecution again and again and are forced to seek refuge somewhere else. Some of them still speak Aramaen, just as Jesus did.
This book tells us about the situation in 2015, when Mosul and Aleppo were under the rule of ISIS,
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Jody
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book I intend to pass around church. American Christians know so little about real persecution that we tend to think it's the end of times when gas prices go up or the line at the store is too long. This book will open your eyes to what people go through only because of their faith in Christ. It will make you question the strength of your own faith and cause you to wonder if you could hold up under the same
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Darrin Niday
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, history
A very eye opening book, for us here in the US. we don't realize what is happening in other parts of the world. If you are a Christian, to see what is happening to Christians in the Mid east is a real shocker. Plus the History we don't know is facinating and scary. A must read.
Judith
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith-matters
I am currently reading this book by a priest who offers support to a Aramean Christian who has had to flee from Syria under persecution as a result of the IS take-over. The priest provides a personal eyewitness testimony of the suffering of these Christians who still speak the language of Jesus time and who are faithful to Christ despite losing everything. The devastation of their loses is heartbreaking but until I read this book I only new what I heard here and there or on the news which was ...more
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