Tuesday, February 19, 2013
In the Land of Blue Burqas
This excellent book, written by (pseudonym) Kate McCord, is an accounting of an American Christian woman's work in Afghanistan as she lived in the country and ran a NGO (nongovernmental organization) to provide humanitarian aid within the country.
This book is wonderful. The author tells about many interactions she had with the Afghan people, men and women. She speaks about how she had to live/dress/act in order to function safely within the country. Things we would not know, nor ever even imagine. The author explains many aspects of Islam and how interwoven and formative it is to Afghan society.
The lives of the women were so different from our lives in America; so filled with sadness, fear, despair, violence, dictated by male family members and their interpretation of their holy book. The author, from America, formed relationships of differing lengths with so many women and interacted with them. She listened and she talked. So many times when she was asked about how certain things are done in America she changed the conversation with her answer, not about how things are done in the US, but rather how God wants things to be done according to His Word in the Bible.
I feel that this review does not do justice to this book. It is a powerful book, one which will open your eyes to many different aspects of life in another culture, one entrenched in Islam.
I would highly recommend this book. It is well-written, it is interesting, it is eye-opening, and it is a window into another culture, so very different from ours.
The book can be found here at Moody Press as well as at Amazon and most other book retailers.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review; I was not required to write a positive review.
Posted by Sheila at 4:21 PM