In the Land of Blue Burqas

In the Land of Blue Burqas

by Kate McCord
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In the Land of Blue Burqas by Kate McCord

“I lived in Afghanistan for five years. I learned the rules – I had to.”

Riveting and fast paced, In the Land of Blue Burqas depicts sharing the love and truth of Christ with women living in Afghanistan, which has been called "the world's most dangerous country in which to be born a woman." 

These stories are honest and true. The harsh reality of their lives is not sugar-coated, and that adds to the impact of this book. Through storytelling, the author shows how people who don't know Christ come to see Him, His truth, and His beauty. The stories provide insight into how a Jesus-follower brought Jesus' teachings of the Kingdom of God to Afghanistan. They reveal the splendor of Christ, the desire of human hearts, and that precious instance where the two meet.

All of the names of those involvedincluding Kate'splus the locations have been changed to protect the participants.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802408143
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 192,758
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

KATE MCCORD worked in Afghanistan for nine years after the fall of the Taliban. During her years in country, she worked as a humanitarian aid worker, delivering projects to benefit the people of Afghanistan. She also learned the local language and developed deep and lasting friendships with local Afghans. After evacuating from her home in Afghanistan, Ms. McCord transitioned into a mentoring, training, consulting and coaching role to other workers serving in the region. Prior to moving to Afghanistan, Ms. McCord worked in the international corporate community as a business process and strategy consultant.Currently, she serves Christ through writing, speaking, mentoring, and conducting workshops and seminars. She is the author of In the Land of Blue Burqas and Farewell Four Waters, both published by Moody Publishers.

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samcivy More than 1 year ago
In the Land of Blue Burqas Kate McCord (pseudonym) ©2012 Moody Publishers ISBN 978-0-80240814-4 320 pp. (p-bk) This author spent five years in Afghani villages listening to natives so she could clearly understand their beliefs. She learned the language and how to relate her faith within the context of Afghani culture, often using parables they would understand and enjoy. She was in Afghanistan for a private humanitarian organization, and her life was often in danger. Constantly pressured to become Muslim, she easily conversed about faith, the most frequent subject of interest to people there. Her understanding of Jesus’ beauty grew during her talks with Muslims. She met Afgani’s ‘where they were’, sometimes teaching someone how to forgive or praying for their healing. These people usually related that they’d sensed God in a satisfying way. She was respected for being a person of prayer, as someone firm in her commitment to God and for her honesty. She presented God as loving and personal, a concept missing in Islam. She ‘spread seeds’ for God and often won the hearts of Afghani’s, the real way to a better life for them. Her methods of presenting Christian truths can be a model for all followers of Christ—using intelligent examples with a friendly manner to compare Islamic beliefs and Christianity. In the Land of Blue Burqas is valuable resource to understand both the goodness and the threats of Islam and to know effective way to converse with Muslims. The book is also an interesting, well-written account of lives in this far-away country
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying this book immensely. While I do see kate's deep christian spirituality, this book is very very deep anthropological asset providing the world with a look behind the walls and beneath the burkas. I feel that the author would not have been able to infiltrate the local homes without her deep spiritual insight and her assimilation to the culture and customs. Whether Kate meant to or not, she has planted the seeds of change within everyone she encountered. I am very interested to see what will transpire over the next few decades. I feel very strongly that anyone with any ties in Afghanistan should read this book. The general public here in America believes that with the fall of Taliban, the persecution of women and children has ceased. When I tell people that children are still married off as soon as they hit puberty, I am accused of lying. "the UN would never allow that!" is what I'm told. Both the UN as well as amnesty international would benefit from taking a look at this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read many books on the Nook and this is the first one I've felt compelled to review. I really enoyed reading about the author's time in Afghanistan and her efforts to "share stories" with the people there. Several of the illustrations she uses to make her points are beautiful, memorable and effective and I've already shared them with others. I highly recommend this book.
benjity More than 1 year ago
My husband grew up in a missionary family. His father was a medical doctor in Guatemala for 10 years of Patrick’s early life. When he was 15, they returned to the states.   Ever since we began dating, I’ve treasured the stories of his family’s experiences outside my little world. From their living conditions to the simple, satisfying food; from the rare but frightening stories of hostility to the warm recollections of friendships forged through the bond of mutual service, compassion and faith. Over the years, I began to detect a different tone when his mother relates the stories. Her voice holds longing, a hint of lost or distant identity. Longing...that is the tenor of Kate McCord’s, Farewell Four Waters. In this sequel to, In the Land of Blue Burqas, McCord unwinds the painful process of saying goodbye to her Afghan life—in truth, leaving her Afghan self. Deftly, she details the circumstances that led to her final decision to return to America.  In 2008, Marie, the author’s representation of herself, was working to develop a literacy program for women during a uniquely tumultuous time. Afghanistan conflict, she explains in the book, is almost always regional, and for years her beloved city of Shektan was calm and safe. But suddenly, at first with no explanation, violence erupted. Three people were killed within a span of a few days, one a female aid worker—gunned down right out in the open, two others by police.  A quiet tension, a sort of underlying panic ensued. That's difficult to understand from the North American cultural perspective of non-violent demonstrations that only occasionally devolve into street riots. Aid workers began a slow, steady exodus. Even Marie’s dear friend, roommate and architect of the literacy project, Carolyn, abandoned her post. Marie was left virtually alone.  But that’s what sets Marie’s story apart. Shored by her faith and willingly but warily dependent on the Afghan friends she’d come to love and trust, Marie refused to leave. She would stay until she had no other option. Farewell Four Waters is a delicious story. The narrative moves slowly, mirroring the progress of Marie’s choices, her endurance, longing and letting go. While the first half of the book is not laden with excitement, it does take an inexplicable grip on the reader, causing them to feel that if they don’t finish the story something in their own lives will remain unfinished.  I highly recommend this book. In addition to the pure joy of exploring a distant world, the reader will walk away with greater knowledge of the Afghan culture, a splinter of understanding of what it’s like to bear the mark of Jesus in a hostile environment and will fertilize the spiritual fruit of long-suffering in their own life. 
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
  If you ask me what the book *In The land Of Blue Burqas* is about, I'll tell you that it's mostly about Love.  It's about Jesus' Love for us, our love for our neighbor, and one woman's love for the women and men who make Afghanistan their home.  Kate McCord went to Afghanistan as part of an NGO. She stayed because she became friend and family to so many people.  And in this book, with names and details changed for protection, she tells us some of her stories.  This book is a real reminder of several things. One is that we all share common feelings and basic experiences. From Afghanistan to American, from poor to rich, from Muslim to Christian: we all share our own humanity.  That seems far too self-evident, but it isn't. To some extent, we are all taught to resent and fear somebody. When we encounter a stranger, we tend to look for a threat instead of a friend, especially when it's two whole cultures meeting.  Kate reminds us that an Afghan woman fixing dinner in her mud courtyard while her children play around her and her husband does business in the marketplace is probably feeling the same things you feel at the end of a long day.  Even when Kate's life was literally a world apart from her Afghan friends' lives, the women often rushed to empathize with her. They wanted to hear her story as much as she wanted to hear theirs. Sometimes, after hearing a story of a life scarred by war violence or forced marriage, Kate felt like her American story wasn't worth telling. The women wanted her to tell it anyway, and when she did they laughed, cried and connected. God moved in these intersections of life. And the second thing is that the answers aren't found predominately in America, and the best way isn't the American way. The answers are in Jesus and the best way is God's way. When the Afghan women would ask shining-eyed questions about American life and marriage, she would always try to draw them back to the Source of Real Life.  Reminder number three is the power of Story. Possession of a Bible isn't exactly encouraged in Afghanistan, and Kate didn't quote verses and chapters to her listeners. Instead, when a spiritual concept was up for discussion- and that happened all the time- she would tell a story about Jesus. There was a great familiarity with OT stories in her audience, and a respect for Jesus as a Prophet. She would take that foundation and build from there, going higher and deeper through stories. As an American, I tend to forget that Jesus spoke to a culture that was far more Middle Eastern/Arabic than it was European/American. They understand the parables, the mindset, and the meanings of Jesus' words far better than I do sometimes. And when she gave them portions of the Gospel as stories, it laid bare Truth with great simplicity.  Thank you Moody for my review copy. 
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Worth the read.
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