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“Adolescents and young adults will live and die for perceived worthy causes and leaders. Youths need truthful mature adult leaders who provide noble ideals, worthy goals, and clear moral and spiritual values. An important corollary is that adults need to be admired by youths. Such admiration helps adults to imagine good things for their legacy, as well as the future leadership of the community. Altruistic adult leadership requires what Erik H. Erickson called generativity, which is an abiding concern for the development, wellbeing, and creative leadership of the next generation. It is largely spiritual in nature. For authentic ideals and values to endure, they must be taught by example, not preached at political speeches. They necessarily transcend the importance of a leader’s personal wealth , power, and prestige. They also high light the power and vulnerability of love as leadership. Democracy in America, will decline and fail without God’s grace and liberty-loving leaders like Abraham Lincoln, John Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Ronald Reagan. Their Christian faith shone through and beyond their speechifying. ” In my novel I attempt to explore the frightening psychological birth and development of homegrown terrorists. Adolescent and young adult homegrown terrorists like Mike and Troy are not monsters but their personal, spiritual and family conflicts and pain can spur their search for a radical Islamist identity. .I hope my book can .help in the early identification and prevention of homegrown terrorism.
Dr. Peter A. Olsson has, once again, written a captivating novel regarding Islamic terrorism that alerts us all, including the American Muslim community, about how a local grown terrorist can develop. Dr. Olsson has shown how even the most innocuous looking American can harbor resentment and how that weakness can be exploited by a local Imam who is bent on destroying Western civilization and all infidels. The plot is totally believable and most of us can see how easily disenchanted Americans can be persuaded to take up the reins of terrorism. The effect is devastating to all.
At the Boston Marathon of 2013 we saw the real life effects of two locally grown Islamic terrorists and just how easily and devastatingly cruel their unjust and exploitive actions can be. Dr. Olsson further points out how this is not isolated to just one case, but in his brilliantly conceived and expertly explained “Afterword” he goes into detail relating how Osama Bin Laden developed his deep seated hatred for Western Civilization. But, even more importantly, Dr. Olsson has given us a formula for discovering the warning signs of how homegrown terrorists develop and, most importantly, tells us his solution to combating this growing evil.
Simply put, this novel goes way beyond the bounds of a normal entertaining book. It gives clear and cogent guidance that should be required reading for all Americans and citizens of all countries. I fear Dr. Olsson may very well be a prophet but I pray he is not and that his dire and timely warning in this excellently written book serves as a wake-up call to all right thinking people.