Monday, October 01, 2007

Light Force

I have just finished readng Light Force: A Stirring Account of the Church Caught in the Middle East Crossfire by Brother Andrew. Brother Andrew is bets known as God's Smuggler for his work in smuggling Bibles into countries where it was impossible to get Bibles.

The Middle East is a mess. A mess made worse by preconceived ideas and inaccurate views in the here in the west. Brother Andrew, takes us beyond simplistic, fundamentalist views of the Middle East. This is a book about the persecuted church (<2% of the people in Israel, West Bank and Gaza are Christians). It's a book well worth reading, and causes you to think about and pray for the Middle East in way that is not portrayed in most western media (including christian media).

From the back cover:
These are the stories you haven't heard on the news. These are the people you will never forget. In the midst of never-ending debates, protests, riots, suicide bombings, and broken peace initiatives, one man came to make a difference. Previously known for his determination to deliver Bibles behind the Iron Curtain, Brother Andrew has spent the last thirty years on a very different quest. Traveling to Lebanon, the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel, Brother Andrew has sought out church leaders and urged them not to flee the violence but to stay and strengthen their congregations to become a force for change. His mission: to bring hope to the believers caught in the crossfire of the most volatile region on earth. "This is a book that invites applause and criticism. It will edify and offend, fostering healthy and much-needed discussion and debate in the Western Church."-Randy Alcorn, author, Safely Home "This man's courage is not just a case of bravado on steroids."-Charisma magazine Brother Andrew began taking Bibles to Christians behind closed borders in 1955. That work has since developed into Open Doors International. He is the author and coauthor of numerous books, including God's Smuggler and The Narrow Road. Al Janssen has cowritten or authored more than twenty-five books. He is chairman of the board for Open Doors (USA) and is director of communications for Open Doors International.

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