The Texan Christian attempts to vanquish the Muslim Straw man and fails.
I prayed to the Lord to help me finish this book. Once I heard his call to finish this terribly written ethnocentric account of a Audra's time in Yemen I knew I must complete it. Here are some quotes that made me wince and made it clear how horribly condescending Audra's world view is.
[her thoughts when seeing poor children selling fruit in the street] "Kevin and I grinned at each other "Yemeni entrepreneurs start young" Kevin said. "Yeah" I sighed, "but I bet they don't go to school. More Illiterate adults". She is missing the point completely. Those kids have no choice they live in some of the worst poverty in the world. It is telling of how little she understands the problems Yemen is suffering from.
She condenses the political turmoil of Yemen into one sentence "I had known that Yemen had once been two countries that had combined into one in 1990 and unified after a civil war in 1994" because hitting a history book to understand the people and country a little better was too much of a burden on her Christian mission.
Now here is the one that made realize there was no value in this book at all and its just a long way to be told that Christianity > Islam Jesus > Mohammed.
[At the wedding the women find out Audra is a Christian. They're of course scandalized and gang up on her to defend her beliefs.] "I had never before been treated as inferior because of my faith and nationality, especially by people of an impoverished country. Lord help! I prayed inwardly. Out loud I slowly responded "The way of Jesus is sweet. It is enough for me. Jesus is all that I need to walk with God."
Don't waste your time with this book, it adds nothing except demonstrate the vast ignorance of the author.
A really revolting book. The worst of American ethnocentricity and a complete disregard for one of the worlds oldest, most artistically rich religions.
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