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Kabul 24: Book Review

December 12, 2009 — Leave a comment

Kabul 24:
The Story of a Taliban Kidnapping and Unwavering Faith in the Face of True Terror
By Ben Pearson & Henry Arnold

I got this book a month or so back from Thomas Nelson publishing and honestly did not know what to expect.

What I got was more than just a story about Taliban Kidnappings. What I read was a story of hope and of faith that never faltered ever.

Description: The story of the capture and imprisonment of eight Western aid workers in Afghanistan by the Taliban.

For three months in 2001, the desperate plight of aid workers kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan captured the attention of the world. With the growing specter of U.S. retaliation for 9/11, the Taliban and Osama bin Laden attempted to use their Western hostages as bargaining tools. What the captors did not count on was coming face-to-face with the enduring faith of people who know their only hope was in Christ.

Kabul 24 revisits their grueling interrogations, their sham trials before the Taliban Supreme Court, their peril during the bombing of Kabul, and the crushing sense that the world had abandoned them. It reveals not only the eight Westerners’ 105 days in captivity but also the gauntlet endured by their 16 Muslim coworkers who, after being taken to the notorious Pulicharki Prison, were beaten and tortured, having been accused by the Taliban of converting to Christianity.

I have known people in my life personally that have experiences like this.take from their families and homes. This true story about 8 western aids works getting kidnapped is absolutely amazing. I have read many testimonies similar, but for some reason I really connected with the people in this one.
It was amazing to see then much like Paul int the bible…they prayed and read the word and sometimes even sang in worship.

Overall it was a good read but very simple. The writing was a bit tedious at times and failed to capture my attention. I found myself identifying with the people and their plight but getting bored by the writing.

Sadly the writing style retracted from the inspiring story and at times made it a chore to read.

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl
Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World
By N.D. Wilson

“What is this place? Why is this place? Who approved it? Am I supposed to take it seriously?” What could such an outlandish, fantastical world say about its Creator?

In these sparkling chapters, Wilson gives an aesthetic examination of the ways in which humanity has tried to make sense of this overwhelming carnival ride of a world. He takes a whimsical, thought-provoking look at everything from the “magic” of quantum physics, to nature’s absurdities, to the problem of evil, evolution and hell.

As the author says, “Welcome to His poem. His play. His novel. His comedy. Let the pages flick your thumbs.”

I got this book in the mail from Thomas Nelson and was very excited to read it. I do have to say that I had a hard time doing so though. The book was very well written, very poetic and had amazing visuals, but lacked something. Maybe it was that it had too much.

The book is almost a stream of conciseness. While the writing and visuals were beautiful, abstract, enticing and even funny I found it all over the place.

I think overall this is a great book, but i would also say it’s a perfect book for somebody with literary ADD.

While the author is obviously a Christian and it deals much with God even a non believer would enjoy with poetic artistic pictures he paints of the universe.

If you Like Donald Miller you will love this book as well. Many stories almost like a blog in a book.

You Were Born For This

by: Bruce Wilkinson

Published Summary: His New York Times phenomenon The Prayer of Jabez changed how millions pray. Now Bruce Wilkinson wants to change what they do next.
Anyone can do a good deed, but some good works can only happen by a direct intervention from God. Around the world these acts are called miracles—not that even religious people expect to see one any time soon. But what would happen if millions of ordinary people walked out each morning expecting God to deliver a miracle through them to a person in need? You Were Born for This starts with the dramatic premise that everyone at all times is in need of a miracle, and that God is ready to meet those needs supernaturally through ordinary people who are willing to learn the “protocol of heaven.”
In the straightforward, story-driven, highly motivating style for which he is known, Wilkinson describes how anyone can be a “Delivery Guy” from heaven in such universally significant arenas of life as finances, practical help, relationships, purpose, and spiritual growth.

You Were Born for This will change how readers see their world, and what they expect God can do through them to meet real needs. They will master seven simple tools of service, and come to say with confidence, “I want to deliver a supernatural gift from God to someone in need today—and I expect to!”

My Thoughts:
I recieved this book in the mail a few weeks ago and I have to admit I read it with preconceived notions or judgments about what I would be reading. The title and little book blurbs caused great concern that what I was to read was The prayer of Jabez meets the Prosperity Gospel with a few words changed. I was completely floored when I got into that it was none of that.

This is a book that teaches you how to be open to God, how to listen for His prompts and or detours, and then most importantly how to act on it. So much of the Christian world these days is all talk and this book teaches you to take notice and the miracles God does and jump in and be a part of them.

I walked away from reading this excited and ready to be used by God.

I encourage everybody to read this book and read it with an open mind to what God has for you in your day to day.

Klampert’s Notes on the book: I recieved this book in the mail a few weeks ago to do review on it. Much to my surprise it was a book by a woman for women. So I passed it off to two women in my church who both devoured it. They were not able to get me reviews on it quick enough, but they both LOVED it. One of the women said “It’s almost like this lady lived my life…” They got a ton out of it and they have said they recommend it highly.

Book: Blue Like Play Dough
Author: Tricia Goyer
Purchase the book online:
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Jungle Jack’s The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World
By Jack Hanna

Have you ever seen a naked mole rat? Do you know what a binturong is? Do you know what kind of bird has a deadly kick? These are the world’s wackiest, wildest, and weirdest animals with expert and host Jungle Jack Hanna.

As a member of Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program 
http://brb.thomasnelson.com/ I received this book to review last week. The minute the box was opened my kids, 8, 4, and 19 months, all attacked the package to see what was in it. A kids book! My kids devoured it from cover to cover. 

Jungle Jack’s is a well written simple book on some crazy animals. It is colorful with it’s huge pictures and exciting design. The large format of the book makes it great for all sizes of hands.

The included DVD is a nice addition, but it could have been longer and with more animals.

The quality of this children’s book is really good. Most of the facts in the book are easily read by a child, but there are some paragraphs of info that encourage involvement by parents.

I think this book would be a great buy for any family with kids under 8 years old.