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You'll never complain about your job again!
on 17 October 2012
If, like me, there is a downside to your job, then you probably moan about it. In my case it is inept management and poor location. But do I get shot, bombed, kidnapped, lose my friends, drive to work with an armed guard and simply have to *live* life one day at a time? No way. Well, that is Andrew White's experience.
When I bought this book I was inspired by his job. What I now know is that this is no accident, humanly or spiritually. He is a qualified operating surgery clinician with further degrees in Christian, Jewish and Islamic studies. He was worked across the Middle East and been an envoy of The Pope. And he is a vicar.
In Baghdad he took a 14-years-empty church and has transformed it into 1800 members and 500 children. Read that sentence again, and tell me the Christian Church is dead. Yes, dying in the fat, affluent West, but booming where bombs and bullets fly.
This isn't book for armchair liberals or socialists who like to support Obama or read The Groaniad. This man lives his life on the line every day and does so for Christ. And he does and has done more good than 99.999% of UK leftists who hate religious people. If you dare, read this book.
The top part that liberal intellectuals need to read is his bit on the need to find 'moderate Muslims.' There are, he says, no such thing. You are either a Muslim or you are an extremist; the bombers and killers are extremists. The idea of a liberal, moderate Muslim in a land where people live and die in their faith is as impossible as a Hollywood movie script. Andrew is as moderate in his faith as Mother Theresa or The Pope. He would die for his faith. But - and note this - he, and the overwhelming majority of other religious - would not kill for it.
This book offers the other side to the boring BBC inspired debates in the UK on religion. Read this book and learn what being religious means, and why it is far, far more important than anything Mr Dawkins and his noisy followers have ever written or done.