Lamar on Life

From a Christian living in a Gulf country. The Middle East, Arabic, understanding Muslims, outreach to Muslims are to be addressed. In addition, thoughts, reflections, and book reviews will be posted.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

I've decided to stop writing about Peter Lord's quiz and move on. However, I do want to ask what people think of another proposition. You will notice that T/F question #7 for Lord was "We get closer to Christ through acts of righteousness." Instead of that question, I will ask a similar question. What do you think of this proposition? "We get closer to Christ through acts of worship." Please include any relavent scripture in your reponse.

And now for something completely different. A book review.

Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny Growing Up In the Shadow of Saddam
by Zainab Salbi and Laurie Becklund
This is a fascinating book by an Iraqi woman, Zainab Salbi. As a child Zainab was known as “the pilot’s daughter.“ By that title it was understood that her father was Saddam Hussein’s personal pilot. Early in her parents’ marriage, when Saddam was the vice president, Zainab’s parents unwittingly became part of Saddam’s social circle. Essentially he forced his friendship upon them because he wanted to socialize with some of the young sophisticated people of Bagdhad. If you don’t understand how such a friendship can be forced on someone, read the book. The story of living in Saddam’s shadow is told by Zainab. First through the eyes of a child and then as a young woman, you will see how the souls of her parents were taken hostage by fear, and how she struggled to climb towards the hope of freedom.

Zainab writes,
“I’m convinced if you understood the the way he managed the competition of his ”beloved ones” you would understand how he stayed in power for 35 years even though millions of his people hated him and there were ongoing domestic and international plots to assassinate him.”

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