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Facing Terror: The True Story of How An American Couple Paid the Ultimate Price Because of Their Love of Muslim People - eBook
Thomas Nelson / 2005 / ePub
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March 15, 2004: Carrie and David McDonnall had just spent the day surveying refugee camps. They were in a hurry to reach the safety of their home before nightfall. Suddenly the crowded street they were on became eerily silent. And the, out of nowhere came an explosion of bullets and shrapnel...
Within hours, their tragedy was all over the news. But who was this couple? And what motivated them to risk their lives working in a land torn apart by centuries of conflict? Here is Carrie and David's captivating story of falling in love with God, with each other-and with the Arab Muslims they were called to serve.
Facing Terror by Carrie McDonnall with Kristin Billerbeck is the twenty-first century's Through Gates of Splendor, celebrating David McDonnall's exuberant life and his commitment to the Lord, to Carrie, and to the Arab people. Warm, poignant, funny, and heartbreaking, this book will inspire you and touch you.
On March 15, 2004, terrorists surrounded the vehicle that David, Carrie, and three other missionaries were traveling in through Mosul, Iraq. They opened fire with automatic weapons. Larry and Jean Elliott and Karen Watson died within minutes. Carrie was wounded twenty-two times by bullets and shrapnel, but David seemed relatively uninjured though he had been driving. Without the help of 911 services, he managed to get Carrie into the hospital through the help of kind Arabs and a taxi. Then David's condition worsened.
With just the right touch to keep the book from becoming morbid or self-centered, Carrie tells of their work with Journeymen in the Mideast before they met, their meeting, their courtship, and their short marriage. The story glows with the young couple's love for the Lord, each other, and the Arab people.
Carries story is written in the first person in a warm, intimate style that makes you get to know her and David. You feel David's death with an ache, but Carrie does not question God's will. This young woman in her prologue says, "I will never be the same, but I believe, by the grace of God, that I will be better." So will everyone else who reads Facing Terror.
The foreword by Beth Moore sets the tone immediately so that you know you are reading a book of spiritual depth. Carrie and Kristin carry that tone all through the book to the final word of the epilogue. This is a must-read book, one particularly important for young people to see demonstrated a total commitment to Christ and a godly love between a man and a woman. All of us living in a shallow culture can benefit from such spiritual commitment.
Maps and photographs would enhance the reading experience, but the writing is well done. Facing Terror concludes with a song that God allowed Carrie to hear in her mind during her long, difficult recovery, titled Lord I Praise You.
Shortly before the fateful encounter between the missionaries and the terrorists, David wrote in his journal: Yes, it's dangerous. Yes, we could die, but Paul faced the exact same dangers, and he faced them boldly, keeping his eyes on finishing his race with joy and being obedient to his call to share the Gospel. This kind of boldness is exactly what I need. Lord, give me the boldness to carry Your name to those who may wish to do me harm. Give me wisdom, but more than that, give me courage, strength and boldness to simply be obedient to hear your call. (p.191) -- Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
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