Sunday, September 27, 2009

BEEtween the Pages: "Kabul 24" by Henry O. Arnold and Ben Pearson

Kabul 24 chronicles the gripping story of 8 Western missionaries and their 16 Afghan coworkers imprisoned by the Taliban in 2001. About six weeks before the September 11th bombings of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, armed Taliban kidnapped 24 workers affiliated with Shelter Now International (SNI), a humanitarian organization providing aid to refugees in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This story recounts the eight missionaries' steadfast faith in God, their love for the Afghan people, and their resolve to stay together as they endured more than three terrifying months in captivity.

Kabul 24 is a page-turner and contains many valuable insights about the Afghan culture, the missionaries' unwavering faith in God, and God's unfailing love displayed through the many miracles described in this book. This book humanizes the ordinary people of Afghanistan and gave me a compassion for them. I was saddened when I read stories about the heinous circumstances many Afghans endured under the rule of the Taliban. But I was also encouraged by the faith, love, and loyalty shown by the missionaries, Afghan prisoners, and even some of the Taliban as this story unraveled. I highly recommend this book.

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Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it.

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