Freedom's StandFreedom's Stand
Jeanette Windle
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Jamil renounced a life of jihad when he encountered the life-changing message of Jesus Christ, but villagers and authorities in the hills of Afghanistan respond with skepticism . . . and even violence.

Relief worker Amy Mallory is shocked by the changes in her organization-changes with dire implications for the women and children under her care. And concern for her former assistant, Jamil, weighs heavily on her heart.

Former Special Forces veteran Steve Wilson faces off against the riots and corruption of Kabul's upcoming election. He's looking for something that will give his life purpose but is confident that he won't find it in Afghanistan.All three are searching for love and freedom in a country where political and religious injustice runs rampant. But when religious freedom becomes a matter of life and death, they discover that the cost of following Jesus may require the ultimate sacrifice.


 Freedom's Stand Discussion Questions: Jeanette Windle


1.    In Veiled Freedom, where we first meet Freedom's Stand protagonists Jamil, Steve, and Amy, each is involved in a quest for freedom. Having found true freedom in Isa Masih [Jesus Christ], Jamil feels impelled to share this good news. Does it prove as simple as he expected?



2.    The humanitarian code dictates not getting personally involved. Amy finds herself balking at this. Is she right or wrong?



3.    When Steve finally finds a mission he can believe in, it requires laying aside his own future hopes and ambitions. What does the phrase 'living sacrifice' come to mean to Steve? To you?



4.     The life story of Amy's young protégé Farah gradually unfolds throughout Freedom's Stand. How does her story--and its reality for millions of women under Islamic totalitarian regimes--make you feel?



5.    In chapter 13, Amy struggles with seeing the Afghan children she loves leaving to an unknown future. How does she find peace to let them go? Into whose care does she find she can release them?



6.    In Freedom’s Stand, Steve starts off thinking aid work is just throwing away material resources. What changes his mind?



7.    In chapter 20, Jamil's hopes that the teachings of Isa [Jesus Christ] will transform his people have been dashed. What does Amy remind him is the only true way transformation can come to a people or nation?



8.    In chapter 32, Steve forcefully makes a point on his embassy's stand regarding freedom of faith in Afghanistan: "What won’t happen is that the ‘free West’ can keep enjoying forever their own freedoms while tacitly conceding those are now considered optional for the rest of this planet." Do you agree with him or disagree? Is freedom of faith simply a cultural distinctive Western nations happen to enjoy or a basic human right?



9.    How do other freedoms--whether of thought, speech, media, assembly, action--hinge on the fundamental right to choose freely one's own personal beliefs of heart and mind? Can a society really enjoy these other freedoms while prohibiting freedom of faith?



10.    In reading of Isa Masih's voluntary death on the cross, Jamil ponders what could motivate any person to such willing martyrdom. In chapter 47, what does he finally recognize as the only true motivation?



11.    In what different ways is love portrayed in this novel? Which aspects of love speak most directly to your life?



12.    By the end of Freedom's Stand, Jamil, Amy, and Steve must each in turn make a stand involving sacrifice and love. What is the cost to each of these protagonists? The reward? In the end, which outweighs the other?



13.    Jamil literally risks his life for the truth he has found. What causes or truths are you willing to take a stand for?



14.    What can you do to raise a voice on freedom of faith issues. What should you do? On an individual level? A church level? A government level?




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