Saturday, April 30, 2016
They Say We are Infidels
"Everywhere militants were blowing up Christians, their churches, their shops. They threatened them with kidnapping. They promised to take their children. The message to these 'infidels' You have no place in Iraq. Pay a penalty to stay, leave, or be killed."Sweeping from Syria into Iraq, Islamic State fighters (ISIS) have been brutalizing and annihilating Christians. How? Why? Where did the terrorists come from, and what can be done to stop them? For more than a decade, journalist Mindy Belz has reported on the ground from the Middle East, giving her unparalleled access to the story no one wants to believe. In "They Say We Are Infidels," she brings the stark reality of this escalating genocide to light, tracking the stories of real-life Christians who refuse to abandon their faith--even in the face of losing everything, including their lives.As "Reading Lolita in Tehran" did for Iran and "We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families" did for Rwanda, "They Say We Are Infidels" shines light into the Middle East through the stories of everyday heroes and heroines who will not be silenced. A must-read for anyone seeking a firmer grasp on the complex dynamics at play in war-torn Iraq and Syria, "They Say We Are Infidels" is the eye-opening and revelatory testimony of a journalist who heads into a war zone--and is forever changed by the people she encounters there.
My thoughts: This book is an excellent resource that shows the recent history of Christians in the Middle East and how ISIS has targeted them with the Arabic N (for Nazarene or to show they are a believer in Jesus Christ) to attack. While at times, it was a lot of information, I really appreciated Belz writing about her personal experiences to open the eyes of Christians around the world to the problem of ISIS and how it has evolved over the years. This is an important book to help us focus our prayers for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Whether you are into politics or not, this is an excellent resource to read.
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.