- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (April 19, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1496411471
- ISBN-13: 978-1496411471
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East Hardcover – April 19, 2016
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For clearer insight into this purge of communities from their ancient homelands, we have journalist Mindy Belz to thank. They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East (Tyndale) [5 stars] contains reporting from her many trips to the region, during which she faced threats of being stoned, kidnapped, or murdered. . . . With her vivid personal accounts, Belz puts a human face on grim statistics. Some of these 21st-century martyrs were her friends. After reading They Say We Are Infidels, no one can deny their suffering. (Christianity Today)
Belz, senior editor of World Magazine, began covering international events at the end of the Cold War, and in the early 1990s she witnessed Islamic extremism rising to fill the vacuum left behind by the collapse of Communism and the vanished geopolitical influence of the U.S.S.R. That initial sense of a significant shift in the region’s power dynamics stuck with Belz, and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, she began exclusively covering the Middle East. This book relates her travels throughout the region, including insight on the political situation and on-the-ground reportage. Belz traveled multiple times to dangerous locations in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon to report firsthand how Christians were being driven from their homes, tortured, raped, and killed. She structures her account in chronological order, detailing the strangers who became friends and their harrowing escapes together that will leave readers alternately angry and frustrated at the international community for failing to take action on behalf of these displaced people. Belz’s journalistic style makes this weighty text palatable, as her own story is woven through each thread. With militant groups continuing to grow and wreak havoc throughout the Middle East, Belz’s account of life under siege is the latest in a chorus of voices rising up to demand an end to violence against the region’s Christians. (Publishers Weekly)
To be a Christian in Iraq and Syria is to live in mortal danger. Churches are bombed, pastors murdered, children kidnapped. Families whose ancestors have survived two thousand years in the region where Christ and his disciples walked now risk elimination by Islamic terrorists. Journalist Mindy Belz has spent more than a decade covering persecuted Christians in the Middle East. They Say We Are Infidels is her brilliantly reported account of what it means to be a follower of Jesus there. It is the harrowing and often inspiring story of men and women of unshakable faith. (Melanie Kirkpatrick, Author of Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad)
Mindy Belz’s book should be nominated for Book of the Year! The world cannot continue ignoring the genocide and persecution in the Middle East. Read this, then buy copies for all your friends. (Dr. Rick Warren, Author of The Purpose Driven Life)
This sensitive, informative, and beautifully written book possesses all the immediacy and emotional power of a novel. Yet it combines meticulous reporting of real people with an enormous knowledge of the contemporary Middle East. (Michael Cromartie, Vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC)
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A book every American should read, especially Christians.
Mindy Belz is a great storyteller. While this is written by a reporter, there is a bit of it that feels more like a novel. Thankfully, however, enough of the reporter side stays at the forefront so one isn't tempted to think that what's happening - indeed what HAS happened is a fictional story. It's painfully real. And, particularly in North America, we need to read books like this.
More specifically, if you're a bible believing Christian in the United States of America, you need to not just read this book for the rich and emotional history it contains, but, in some ways, as a potential warning of what can happen here.
Regardless of what you believe the future might hold, this is a great book to help you think of and pray for other Christians that are fighting their way through every day in the Middle East. I'm thankful it was written and I look forward to sharing it with other people.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for posting a review. I was not required to post a positive review nor was I compensated for posting this.
The start of the book was really intense and attention gripping; I could not stop myself from wanting to flip the page. However about halfway into the book, I was really puzzled as to how did all the content mesh with the title. It was only to the end of the book that ISIS came into discussion. So I'm not in favour of the rather misleading title, perhaps done to generate sales.
Towards the 200 page mark, I felt that the book had become rather too long, and laboured to finish reading. If I did not have to write a review, I'd probably put the book down much earlier. If in subsequent revisions the book became a 150 or 200 page title, which would mean keeping only the best content, then a larger audience could possibly be attracted. With the misleading title and longwindedness cleaned up, I would be easily persuaded to revise my rating from 3 to 5 stars.
I received this book from the Tyndale House Publishers' Blog Network Program for the purposes of providing an unbiased review. All views are my own.