Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time Hardcover – October 1, 2013
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Book recommendations, author interviews, editors' picks, and more. Read it now
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
From Publishers Weekly
“Jeremy Courtney weaves the compelling, true story of grace in the midst of violence! He and his colleagues risk touching the pain of Iraqi children plagued by heart defects and their families who scramble to get care for them. They all risk betrayal in order to achieve healing. In the process, they discover opportunities for releasing love and hope into a torn world.” —Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, founder of Nuns on the Bus (Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, founder of Nuns on the Bus)
“Preemptive Love is a beautiful and inspiring book about the power of love in a time of war, and the capacity of personal interactions, based on love, to break through all the geopolitical strategizing and local suspicions to build trust and, in the case of Jeremy and Jessica Courtney, to save lives.” —Joseph Lieberman, former US Senator, author of The Gift of Rest (Joseph Lieberman, former US Senator, author of The Gift of Rest)
“Jeremy Courtney's story, and that of the Preemptive Love Coalition, will help you redefine and reimagine what love really means. Preemptive Love will inspire you to dream of a love that risks everything. It is the kind of story and radical surrender the world is longing to see in those who profess to love like Jesus.” —Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice Conference, author of Pursuing Justice, president of Kilns College (Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice Conference, author of Pursuing Justice, president of Kilns College)
“Compelling! While the rest of us fold our arms and complain about the situation in the Middle East, Courtney proves that one family can begin an avalanche of change.” —Leigh Saxon, coordinator of Mission Waco/Mission World Health Clinic (Leigh Saxon, coordinator of Mission Waco/Mission World Health Clinic)
“I'm a cynic. I have to be in my line of work. But the world of cynicism isn't one in which Jeremy and Jessica inhabit. And Iraq's broken children are all the better for it. . . . I am also a die-hard agnostic. And while Courtney writes of his faith as a powerful motivating factor in what he does, he doesn't preach. This is just one man's journey, told from the heart. What Preemptive Love is, above all else, is a book of adventure, tragedy, suffering and hope, and the incredible and indomitable power of human compassion. . . . A thoroughly gripping and moving tale of what motivates one group of people to help the children who suffered the most in Iraq.” —Alex Hannaford, journalist (GQ, The Atlantic, Esquire); author, Last of the Rock Romantics (Alex Hannaford, journalist (GQ, The Atlantic, Esquire); author, Last of the Rock Romantics)
“In Preemptive Love, Courtney deftly chronicles his journey to help children obtain life-saving surgeries in battered regions where hospitals had long been gutted and clinics closed. In the process, he finds that his family’s strategy of defeating hate and prejudice with unconditional love heals hearts beyond the ones he set out to fix. Courtney’s moving story gives us some of the best news to come out of Iraq in ages.” —Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times (Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times)
“Jeremy Courtney is doing some of the most redemptive work on the planet, providing life-saving surgeries for Iraqi children. Their motto, ‘Love now, and ask questions later,’ is a brilliant critique of preemptive war. Jeremy has become a close friend over the years, and many of us have been waiting for this book like kids on Christmas morning. From TED talks,to megachurches, to Congress and the UN, Jeremy's message that 'Violence unmakes the world, and love remakes it' has been transforming hearts and minds. Now that message is in your hands. Share it with the world.” —Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and preemptive lover, www.thesimpleway (Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and preemptive lover, www.thesimpleway)
“Preemptive Love is a story of caring for and bringing healing to those who have suffered violence and war. Jeremy Courtney clearly identifies the need for compassion and forgiveness; spreading this message is his mission. He has shown his love and generosity to many of Iraq's neediest children. Jeremy is moved by faith and acts with grace and love.” —Imam Mohamed Magid, Imam of ADAMS Center Virginia and President of Islamic Society of North America (Imam Mohamed Magid, Imam of ADAMS Center Virginia and President of Islamic Society of North America)
“The story of Preemptive Love is so awe-inspiringly powerful it could rewrite the hardwiring that holds humanity hostage. Our perpetual fears and resulting violence stunt evolution; we are a primitive species, still. But Jeremy and his Preemptive Love cohorts are lights revealing humanity's greater, true self. As living, breathing examples of agape they raze the walls that blind and divide us.” —Greg Barrett, journalist and author (Greg Barrett, journalist and author)
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
That’s why I so admire what Jeremy Courtney and his colleagues at the Preemptive Love Coalition are up to in Iraq. After decades of war, Iraq has a backlog of children with life-threatening heart defects. Some of these medical conditions have been caused by malnutrition, but many others are the result of chemical weapons. The backlog is exacerbated by the country’s crippled infrastructure and destroyed healthcare system, further casualties of war that make life especially difficult for those who are poor and who live in remote parts of the country. In this context, the Preemptive Love Coalition provides life-saving heart surgeries to children in need, often bridging long-held ethnic and religious divides in the process.
Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time chronicles the journey Courtney has been on, along with his family and coworkers, to “love first and ask questions later.” Given the gravity of the problems Courtney and his team face every day, I was blown away by how inspiring the book really is. It’s not depressing at all, but neither is it detached from reality.
In addition to describing the coalition’s many achievements, it is refreshing and commendable that Courtney deals truthfully with his own failures—personal, relational, and organizational—and provides an honest account of the reality of life for those the coalition is seeking to serve. Also, by rendering ordinary Iraqis and Kurds, as well as Turkish and Israeli surgeons, as the real heroes of the story, he avoids feeding into the “white savior complex.” Courtney describes the long, slow work of gaining credibility and trust in a culture that has every reason to distrust outsiders, while receiving warm hospitality at each step along the way, despite fatwas and death threats from some in high places.
Courtney tells these stories in riveting fashion, and he succeeded at keeping me on the edge of my seat, but the book’s greatest contribution may well be its humanizing effect. Geopolitics, war, extreme poverty, and child mortality are scary, insidious realities, and Courtney touches on them all. But his focus remained unswervingly on specific people, like Mahdi, Khadeeja, and Danar. Iraq may be a foreign place for most of us, but Courtney’s weaving of whimsy and heartbreak on these pages truly humanizes the book’s subjects. That’s no small thing.
Another aspect of the book that struck me was his honest portrayal of the messiness of relationships, particularly in the context of a people-focused humanitarian organization in an especially volatile part of the world. While it is good to due diligence in deciding which nonprofits to support (which ought to go beyond questions of overhead, by the way), a book like this should give the armchair quarterbacks among us pause when it comes to passing judgment on nonprofits. Until one has walked a mile in someone’s shoes—deciphering fatwas, negotiating among adversaries, balancing budgets, hiring staff, cutting through red tape, experiencing betrayal, rebuilding trust—one should be careful when passing judgments. I consider that a reminder to myself, as one who writes about justice and development issues from a place not called Baghdad or Goma or Mogadishu.
What makes the story of the Preemptive Love Coalition so inspiring, in my view, is precisely what might make it more vulnerable and “less impressive” than other big NGOs. It’s the coalition’s commitment to relationships and reconciliation, while serving one child at a time.
Read this book to challenge your stereotypes of Iraq, Islam, and the Middle East more broadly. Read it to learn about Kurds. Read it for the sheer pleasure of Courtney’s stunning prose. Read it to be inspired by the notion that preemptive love is possible. Read it to remember what matters. Whatever you do, just read it.
- See more at: http://timhoiland.com/2013/11/book-review-preemptive-love/
But, if I could choose, I'd much rather people be impressed with the premise of the book than the book's events as the events are only meant to communicate the premise: preemptive love can change everything. Forays into Fallujah and life-threatening bomb threats and fatwas are certainly unique, but they aren't the point. The point, for Jeremy and for our team, is the radical, preemptive love of Jesus that jumps into the thick of it all to put lives back together. It's a love the cynical will sneer at and the practical will fear. But we're totally convinced that it has the power to remake the world.