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"The true and riveting story of a woman who spends five years in Afghan villages talking to the natives about her faith in Jesus, while being pressured to convert to Islam. The writing is powerful, the narrative is intriguing, and the author compellingly lifts up Jesus at every turn. An excellent introduction into the Muslim world and the mindset that marks it. Inspiring and educational."

-Outreach Magazine, March/April 2013

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"I lived in Afghanistan for five years. I learned the rules - I had to."

The gray-bearded and black-bearded men in the back of the rickshaw eyed me. The gray-bearded man asked me, "Are you a Muslim?"

 For him, the word Muslim had a very clear definition. He did not just mean, "Are you submitted to God?" To which I could have said, "Yes, of course." He meant something much more precise: "Do you submit to the laws of the Prophet Muhammad as recorded in the Holy Quran and Hadith and as taught by the mullahs?" Whatever true response I could give would not be welcome.

Still, I could give a true response. I answered the gray-beaded man's question softly without arrogance or apology. "No, I am not a Muslim. I am a follower of the Honorable Jesus Messiah."

The black-bearded man scowled, brows furrowed. He leaned too close to my face and glared directly into my averted eyes. His words came out as a command, short and abrupt: "You should become a Muslim. It would be better for you in this life and the next."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802408141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802408143
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By easterntraveler on May 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Having read a number of books about this part of the world and Islam, I found that this book really captures the thinking and worldview of the people. Many books focus on what people believe academically, but this author focuses on what people believe on a heart level. And it's very compelling stuff! I found my own faith encouraged and stretched as I saw God's kingdom worked out in a culture much different than my own. I would highly recommend this book!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Geni J. White on May 2, 2012
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This author spent five years in Afghani villages listening to natives so she could clearly understand their beliefs. She learned the language and how to relate her faith within the context of Afghani culture, often using parables they would understand and enjoy.

She was in Afghanistan for a private humanitarian organization, and her life was often in danger. Constantly pressured to become Muslim, she easily conversed about faith, the most frequent subject of interest to people there. Her understanding of Jesus' beauty grew during her talks with Muslims.

She met Afgani's `where they were', sometimes teaching someone how to forgive or praying for their healing. These people usually related that they'd sensed God in a satisfying way.

She was respected for being a person of prayer, as someone firm in her commitment to God and for her honesty. She presented God as loving and personal, a concept missing in Islam. She `spread seeds' for God and often won the hearts of Afghani's, the real way to a better life for them.

Her methods of presenting Christian truths can be a model for all followers of Christ--using intelligent examples with a friendly manner to compare Islamic beliefs and Christianity
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ted on July 7, 2012
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This book is a treasure. Excellent insights. Courageous. Strategies are applicable to other Muslim settings. Solid theology. Profound contextualization. Amazing grasp of language. Beautifully written.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eric Gokcen on September 16, 2012
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This is an excellent read. I highly recommend it. Kate's experiences are shared in such a way that you feel as if you are in the stories. But best of all is the manner in which she dissects Muslim culture and thought. In light of today's worldwide violence from Muslims, this book provides a clear understanding of why they react with violence. And she also presents the only solution to the violence of Islam - the love of God.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carole Jarvis on January 10, 2013
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In the Land of Blue Burqas by Kate McCord (not her real name) is a collection of vignettes tethered together by the real danger that Muslim women face in Afghanistan. Kate is a single female missionary who worked for an NGO (non-governmental organization) in Afghanistan for five years, with the goal of helping Afghani women.

Afghanistan has been called "the most dangerous place to be born a woman." Kate McCord decided to live in Afghanistan, visiting women in their homes and getting to know those who usually remained hidden behind their blue burqas. She listened to their stories and lived among them. And in the midst of all of that, she found Kingdom responses to the beliefs Afghani Muslims hold to be true.

My attention was immediately caught as the book opened with a tense scene of Kate riding in a rickshaw with two Muslim mullahs, who attempt to convert her on the spot. As she diplomatically but firmly declines to convert, her physical safety becomes at risk. "You should become a Muslim. It would be better for you in this life and the next."

Faith is foundational to the culture in Afghanistan, but I was surprised at how eager and willing the women were to talk. Faith "motivates and defines virtually every aspect of Afghan life, so we talk about it, often." But the greatest topic of conversation is different for men and women. Kate writes: "For men, the most interesting conversation is about government and war. For women, the first most interesting conversation is marriage and family. But the second great conversation is always about our faith and our practice."

There is so much rich material in this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paper Tiger on June 28, 2012
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This book is written in first person by a woman who immersed herself into Afghanistan's life and culture. She did not live in a "safe" compound, but everyday lived, worked and traveled in public transportation with a heart of love for them. By doing so, she learned and experienced the true heart language of the people. It is a MUST read if you ever hope to understand why the Muslim world looks at the west the way it does. The author found and brings out the world-life view of Afghan people. Well written. Many nuggets of truth that will help you understand the world of Islam. Your heart will be broken many times for the Afghan people; especially the women and young girls.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Virginia L. Douglas on January 11, 2013
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Kate writes in such a way to carry the reader into another world and that is the enchantment
of books. Kate writes as a follower of the Honorable Jesus and that is the teaching of books. Kate explains the culture we have found impenetrable and horrific and that opens the possibility of loving our enemies and blessing those who spitefully use us and that is deeply humbling. I have loved traveling with Kate. I will miss the time we shared as reader and author. Love you Kate. Thank you for loving in word and deed.
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