Faith under Fire: What the Middle East Conflict Has Taught Me about God

Faith under Fire: What the Middle East Conflict Has Taught Me about God

by Andrew White


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Faith under Fire: What the Middle East Conflict Has Taught Me about God by Andrew White

Daily encounters with danger and death lead to greater faith

As the minister of St George's Anglican Church, Baghdad, Andrew White encounters daily tragedy, yet he remains a man of profound faith. Under constant threat of death, shadowed by bodyguards, he builds and encourages and loves and consoles his beleaguered congregation.

In this candid book he squarely answers the questions that his circumstances force into the open. What happened to his faith, for example, when a young girl in his congregation died, after much hope and prayer? He is trusted by all sides in this tormented region, and has met the best and worst: articulate, agreeable imams and rabbis; Christian venality and dishonesty. What has kept him willing to see the best?

Every time he returns to Iraq, he may be saying goodbye to his family for the last time. What do they think? He suffers from MS. How does he remain cheerful despite his physical weakness, and its progression? What does he say to God, alone in his study, late at night? He has been caught up in momentous events. Can he see the hand of God? Looking ahead, can he be optimistic about the future? Where are his sources of spiritual energy? He solicits prayer: why?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781854249623
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Publication date: 05/09/2011
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Canon Andrew White, the vicar of St George's Church in Baghdad, has extensive experience of conflict mediation in Iraq and the wider Middle East. President and CEO of the Foundation for Reconciliation in the Middle East, launched in 2005, he has written extensively about conflict resolution and has been involved in many hostage negotiations.

Table of Contents

1 My Previous Life 7

2 Why Go Into the Fire? 23

3 The Nature of Faith 43

4 Faith Amidst Tragedy 57

5 Faith Under Attack 67

6 Loss and Gain 79

7 When My Body Fails 89

8 Bearing the Heat 97

9 The Presence of the Almighty 107

10 Moving Forward 123

11 Friends in the Fire 133

12 The Real Presence 141

Epilogue 149

Conclusion 153

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