Faith Under Fire : What the Middle East Conflict Has Taught Me About God, Paperback Book

Faith Under Fire : What the Middle East Conflict Has Taught Me About God Paperback

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The 'Vicar of Baghdad' encounters daily tragedy. What happened to his faith when a young girl in his congregation died, after much hope and prayer? He has met the best and worst: articulate, agreeable imams and rabbis; Christian venality and dishonesty. What has kept him willing to see the best? Every time he returns to Iraq he may be saying goodbye to his family for the last time. What do they think? He suffers from MS. How does he remain cheerful despite his physical weakness, and its progression? What does he say to God, alone in his study, late at night?

He has been caught up in momentous events. Can he see the hand of God? Looking ahead, can he be optimistic about the future?

Where are his sources of spiritual energy? He solicits prayer: why? 'Not everything God calls us to do is painless,' he comments. 'Much of my work is simply about showing love to the unlovely.'


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This book was not exactly what I expected. I didn't expect an Anglican priest to be so evangelical or familiar with signs and wonders. It was an easy short read, but I appreciated it.I appreciated--especially coming an Anglican--his insistance on the importance of maintaining an intimate communication with God.I appreciated his combination of that insistence with a focus on reconciliation, aid, and interreligious dialogue ("social" Gospel). I appreciated his robust theology of suffering with hope.I appreciated his very humble emphasis on signs and wonders, without being oppressive.

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