Saturday, June 4, 2011

Freedom's Stand by J.M. Windle

     After the Taliban’s defeat in Afghanistan, the country struggles to find a new leader and a new government. Corruption and religious intolerance plague the nation’s leaders. Caught in the middle are three followers of Isa Masih, Jesus Christ: Jamil, a healer, who has found Jesus after a life of jihad; Amy, a US woman who is called to minister to women and children in Afghanistan; and Steve, a Special Forces agent. Will they find love and freedom in the middle of a political and religious battle?

     My thoughts: It took me a long time to read this book. The first 100 pages were dry and tedious to read. There was too much background information and irrelevant details. Once I waded through those first chapters, the storyline picked up, and I became interested in the book and its characters, which seemed underdeveloped for most of the book. The theme of religious persecution was a timely one as Christians around the world are persecuted for their faith.

     The most interesting part of the book for me was the idea of the West’s involvement in the Middle East’s affairs. While freedom is a noble and just cause, what happens after the people are free? How involved should the US government be in establishing a new government? Thinking about that made me sad for the women and children who were “freed” only to have a new corrupt government take the place of the old one. What a great reminder that we are only free when we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

I received this book free from Tyndale for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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