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The Vicar of Baghdad: Fighting for Peace in the Middle East [Kindle Edition]

Andrew White
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"I live with a price on my head … The kind of people that I spend my time engaging with are not usually very nice. On the whole nice people do not cause wars." Andrew White is one of a tiny handful of people trusted by virtually every side in the complex Middle East. Political and military solutions constantly fail. Andrew offers a different approach, speaking as a man of faith to men of faith. Compasssionate and shrewd, gfted in human relationships, he has been deeply involved in the rebuidling of Iraq. His first hand connections and profound insights make this a fascinating document.

About the Author

Canon Andrew White qualified as an anaesthetist before ordination. The vicar of St George's Church in Baghdad, he has extensive experience of conflict mediation in Iraq and the wider Middle East. President and CEO of the Foundation for Reconciliation in the Middle East , launched in 2005, he has written extensively about conflict resolution and has been involved in many hostage negotiations.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 634 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0825462843
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (18 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00505QW3E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary 12 April 2010
Format:Paperback
An absolutely extraordinary account of Andrew White who works with Muslims, Jews, and Christians in the Middle East, seeking peace and understanding.

White is the Vicar of an Anglican church in Baghdad, he meets with Sunni and Shia clerics, cites Muslims and Jews as his best friends, has had various high ranking officials come to secret meetings, is working and has worked for the release of people kidnapped, has been beaten up, detained, railroaded, has lost close friends to violence, despairs at the length of time to get anything done, and yet hopes beyond hope that there will be peace and seems to work every minute of every day toward it. Phew!

With so much being talked about conflict in Iraq and Jerusalem, here's someone who's working for peace and reconciliation between all faiths and none, and doing an extraordinary job. Some incredible stories.

Highly recommended.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 12 April 2009
Format:Paperback
Fascinating insight into life in the Middle East through the eyes of a mediator. It is written by a courageous man struggling against illness while at the same time endeavouring to maintain the trust of opposing factions. The situation was always volatile and danger close at hand.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the vicar of baghdad 9 July 2009
By flossy
Format:Paperback
One of the best written books on life in Iarq I have read
excellent and thought provoking read
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book 2 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A personal, God filled and very real account of what Andrew has been involved with. Whether you are really interested in the topic areas covered or just have a mild curiosity it is a great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book... even for non-believers 15 Mar 2012
By Magic Lemur VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
'Vicar!'

For some reason the word instantly brings up associations with long, droning sermons by people who have a captive audience and want to tell you all the ways in which your life is at fault. Not that this is a problem (as we are all in need of perfecting), it's just books by vicars can often be a case of 'those who say the most have the least to say'.

But what is refreshing about this book is that the author has true humility. Andrew White doesn't preach, he doesn't ramble on at length and yet he imparts excellent lessons on the Middle East and how to bring peace (which he admits has no rhyme, reason or formula).

What's more, the book is a true reflection of the man himself. Having had the honour of seeing him preach, it is fair to say that he has a compelling quirkiness which can be often lost in writing but here his easy charm and extraordinary bravery come across well.

And all this is within 200 pages - a neat, short book that is easy to read and yet also has a great deal of economy of language in conveying the full story of his times as Vicar of Baghdad. Furthermore there are no unnecessary diversions, and yet there are still a number of interesting stories, such as his meeting with an Al Qaeda leader who enigmatically told him "Those who cure you, will kill you" (the meaning of which is explained in the book).

So, even if you've been put off books with 'Vicar' in the title and don't consider yourself religious, this book is still a fascinating read. White himself does admit that Religion is responsible for a lot of the violence in the Middle East, but also that there is no possibility of understanding the Middle East (or bringing Peace) without it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the direct line of fire 23 Sep 2011
By Sheila
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I enjoy biographies and this one is brilliant, a story of courage and determination and the power of the Holy Spirit at work today bringing peace and reconcilliation in one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Where else does an Anglican vicar have an armed guard?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vicar of baghdad 4 Dec 2011
By DAWN
Format:Paperback
FASCINATING WORTH READING INSPIRATIONAL AND EASY TO READ.THIS BOOK COMES HIGHLY RECOMMENDED I WOULDNT HESITATE TO BUY ANOTHER ONE OF HIS BOOKS.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vicar Of Baghdad 1 April 2009
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book about a very brave and Christ-like man who is doing amazing things in the Middle East. It is an inspiration. Here is someone who is clearly following God's call on his life. A highly recommended read for anyone interested in Iraq and Israel/Palestine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great life story
Published 13 days ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insights leading to greater understanding
Fascinating insights leading to greater understanding and an easy read. Andrew gives us an overview of his life from his early years connected with the Baptist/Pentecostal church... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Puffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 29 days ago by Peter Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly impressive and challenging.
A brilliant account of a truly courageous and faithful man of God and man of reconciliation.
Published 2 months ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring
Canon White is an inspirational man, determined to follow God's calling regardless of his own personal safety. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs ReadALot
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant
Published 4 months ago by geoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story
What an eye-opener about life in the Middle East this book is. His account of the Church life in Baghdad made me wish I was there.
Published 5 months ago by Ms. Jean K. Mccloughry
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
The story of Andrew's ministry in the middle east will challenge your faith, make you think twice about "pew filling" and above all bring home to you the reality of what is... Read more
Published 5 months ago by naturalmum
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the 3rd book I brought for my mum
And this is about his life a peacemaker and my mum really enjoyed reading this as she did the other two. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ally Sally
3.0 out of 5 stars Great bloke...some reservations about his style though.
As per title. He's a star but, as I noted in my short review of his other book, I felt that modesty was a little lacking (a bit of name dropping etc). Read more
Published 6 months ago by K
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