Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The Miracle of the Kurds
The Remarkable Story of Hope Reborn in Northern Iraq
They are the largest people group in the world without a homeland of their own. Despised and persecuted the world over, they even call themselves “the people without a friend.” Sadaam Hussein tried to wipe them from the face of the earth, killing several hundred thousand of them in the attempt. Their sufferings have become legend.
They are the Kurds, descendants of the ancient Medes best known today from the pages of the Bible — inhabitants of what the world now calls Northern Iraq.
Yet today the Kurds are rebuilding so brilliantly from war and oppression that even their enemies call it a “miracle.” Six star hotels stand where bombs once fell, shopping malls and gleaming schools rise where massacres once occur. National Geographic and Conde Nast have listed modern “Kurdistan" as a “must-see” tourist destination.
My thoughts: I thought this book was interesting, since it gives a history of the Kurds, from the Bible times on down to the current time. One learns to appreciate these people who have been the brunt of some ugly episodes in history. I hadn't heard a whole lot about the Kurds before, so I felt like this book does a wonderful job of explaining who they are and how their history has made them the people they are today. Their story is incredible and is one that readers shouldn't miss!
I received this book from Worthy publishing in exchange for my honest review.
About the author: Stephen Mansfield is a writer and speaker best known for his groundbreaking books on the role of religion in history, leadership, and modern culture. He first came to international attention with The Faith of George W. Bush, the New York Times bestseller that influenced Oliver Stone’s film, W. His book The Faith of Barack Obama was another international bestseller. He has written celebrated biographies of Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, Winston Churchill, and Abraham Lincoln, among others. Stephen speaks around the world on topics of faith, leadership, and culture. He is also the founder of two firms: The Mansfield Group (MansfieldGroup.com) and Chartwell Literary Group (ChartwellLiterary.com). He lives in Nashville and in Washington, DC, with his wife, Beverly, who is an award-winning songwriter and producer.