Yemen Heartbreak & Hope
Paperback, 206 Pages
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This is a brave, passionate and timely book. In it the author deftly weaves together history, accounts of his own travels and experience, and reflection. While largely told against the backdrop of Aden, it includes chapters on Israel/Palestine and Iran, where he and his wife have also lived and worked. It challenges some popular caricatures of Muslims and Islam, Iran, the Palestinians, Israel and Israelis. And whether the author is describing the plight of Somali refugees, being held up at gunpoint with friends on the road to Sanaa or being suddenly struck down by a life-threatening sickness on a remote island in the Indian Ocean , he tells the story with humour, warmth and hope.
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Jun 11, 2013By recounting some of their daily varied encounters Peter introduces us to some remarkable individuals from among the international, Yemeni and refugee community in Aden. And through their stories we are gently made aware of the complexities of life in the Middle East, the problems of daily life, the plight of refugees, and the resilience of the human spirit. Their meetings with Muslim friends take issue with the stereotypes of Muslims and Islam and affirm the value of practical Christian presence among them. There is much spiritual wisdom and insight shared through these stories Although set against the backdrop of Aden the book includes four important chapters on their time in Iran in 2002 introducing us to the isolated Iranian Episcopal Church and some remarkable Christians. Drawing from their experience in Jerusalem and the Levant Peter provides a reflection on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict challenging popular views of Palestinians and Israelis. Their service was at times... More > demanding and his accounts of being held up at gunpoint on the road to Sanaa, the threats against their lives that led to their rapid departure and the report of the life-threatening illness that struck him down on the remote island of Socotra are reminders of the challenges they faced. Review by John Clark (Chairman of The Jerusalem and East Mission Trust) published in the JMECA Bible Lands magazine www.jmeca.org.uk Shared by Shirley Eason (JMECA Secretary)< Less
Mar 7, 2013As sent to author by Younis: 'The author's humanity and insight into the everyday life and beat of the Yemeni character is heartfelt...diverse ideas, tolerance and intelligent debate is one sure way of strengthening ties between countries. This book does it, and in a way that is funny, sometimes sad, but intelligently insightful and very uplifting...a unique knowledge few in the world have experienced is plainly visible in 'Heartbreak and Hope'. I highly recommend this important read.' Also from reader, 'Kip': 'Looks with love and affection in its descriptions of people, buildings, ships and even old cars. There are sentences full of irony and humour that bubbles up again and again...an amazing story.'
Feb 14, 2013Beautifully observed, elegantly written, moving and thought provoking. A very good read.
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- Peter Crooks (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Peter Crooks
- January 28, 2013
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.8 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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