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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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Miss McCord's book is beautifully written. Her accounts of daily life, personal relationships, conversations, and her own journey of understanding are vivid. I enjoyed the glimpse into the aoulis (the family compounds) and into the living rooms of so many of her friends. I found myself almost wanting to sit on a cushion with nuts and dates in front of me, a glass of tea in my hand. Kate's descriptions are interwoven with learning. She learns the rules of what to do and not to do. She learns by successes and failures.
This book is a fascinating look into a culture that to Americans would seem more than foreign. Kate has learned the culture, the religious beliefs, and has respected both without compromising her own deep faith in Jesus Christ. I love how she uses her knowledge of Islam as a starting block for telling Bible stories about the God who loves, the God who is good, the God who sacrificed to save them.
This is a rich book that will help you understand the women of Afghanistan, the tenets of Islam, and the courage and wisdom of one who lived among them. I give it five stars for the excellent writing, the amazing content, and to the author for her love of the Afghan people. I can heartily recommend In the Land of the Blue Burqas to anyone.
I came away with a better understanding of Islam and a simpler approach to sharing my beliefs in a respectful and loving way. Her stories from the five years she lived in Afghanistan brought you into the lives and culture of their time and left you with a greater capacity to love because of the lessons Jesus taught and shared by the author on what it means to love your neighbor.
I would highly recommend this book.
to tell people about Jesus in a way they can understand.
The culture of Afghanistan is deeply steeped in tradition,
rules, and religion. Learning to navigate this mine field is
key to unlocking the mind and heart of the people. They can
either accept a new way of seeing or not. But being able to
present a new thought ,with respect and gentleness, made me
smile and know there was hope for a dear people who God loves.
Kate McCord (not her real name) worked for an NGO in Afghanistan, giving her access to the women confined to their homes by the Taliban. She discovers that they are very curious about her faith as a Christian, so she uses that opportunity to share the Jesus she knows to the Jesus that appears in the Quran. The answers that God provides for her to give to the Afghani women will amaze Christians and strengthen their own faith that God loves even the Muslims and is working to reach them.