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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.
Number of Pages: 350
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Relief worker Amy Mallory is shocked by the changes in her organizationchanges 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 Kabuls upcoming election. He's looking for something that will give his life purpose but is confident that he wont 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.
Jamil has left behind the New Hope aid compound in order to spread the Gospel but now faces fear of persecution from his fellow Afghanis. He holds to the hope of the story in Daniel 3 which tells of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego's escape from the fiery furnace, but he can't remove from his mind the fear that if he faces his own furnace, he may not be saved. Amy Mallory, having just returned from the United States to her project at New Hope, has found that things have changed drastically in her absence and that some of her charges have been given away in arranged marriages. Frustrated with the restraints of the Afghani culture and her own limitations, Amy struggles to be strong while trying to help the people she loves. Special Forces veteran Steve Wilson is in Afghanistan as a favor to a friend, but when he finds himself surrounded by corruption and lies, he begins to look for some greater purpose for his life, something to hold to when everything else fails. All three individuals seek what is good and just; however, in the midst of the riots and demonstrations, their situations have gotten more precarious and the justice they seek may come at great cost.
Freedom's Stand is certainly an intriguing story: a mixture of love, fear, hope, and redemption tied up with the cultural and political issues surrounding the characters. The struggles the main characters face as they try to seek both justice and forgiveness are thought provoking, and the love they learn to understand is beautiful to see. I would recommend this novel to anyone who embraces a good story, the search for freedom, and the sense of hope Christ provides. Chelsea Molin, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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Located in: Lancaster, PA
Submitted: January 20, 2011
Tell us a little about yourself. As the child of missionary parents, I was raised in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. My husband Marty and I served as missionaries for 16 years in Bolivia before moving to Miami, then Lancaster, PA, where my husband heads a Christian ministry involved in more than 50 countries on five continents. I have currently lived in six countries and traveled in more than thirty, including Afghanistan. When not writing books, I head up a communications department and magazine for our ministry and mentor Christian writers in a number of countries around the world. I have fifteen books in print, including political/suspense best-seller CrossFire and 2010 Christian Book Award finalist and Christy Award finalist Veiled Freedom, to which Freedom's Stand is a sequel.
What was your motivation behind this project? If Veiled Freedom answered the question of what is true freedom (true freedom cannot be bestowed on another people through arms or an aid package, but only through individual hearts transformed by coming face to face with Jesus Christ), the question Freedom's Stand addresses follows inevitably. Once you've found true freedom in Isa Masih, Jesus Christ, how far will love carry you in sharing that freedom with others. In the context of Afghanistan, such a question is far from rhetorical. Even as Freedom's Stand goes to print, Red Cross therapist and war amputee Sayed Mossa is but one Afghan Isa-follower who finds himself on death row for his faith under the current Karzai regime. My motivation in writing this sequel to Veiled Freedom was not just to finish the story of Jamil, Amy, and Steve, but to raise a voice for my brothers and sisters in Christ behind bars or suffering unjust persecution for their faith, not only in Afghanistan but across this planet.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Above all, I want every reader to come face to face with the Person of Isa Masih, Jesus Christ, the only true Hope of lasting change and freedom for any people. But I would also like readers to close this book with a better understanding of Afghanistan and the Muslim worlds and how vital and interconnected events there, especially such issues as freedom of worship, speech, human rights, are to our own country's future and security. Even more so, to be challenged to raise their own voices on behalf of the persecuted church.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I can say honestly that Freedom's Stand has been the hardest book I've ever written, ripping out my heart and soul with its message of courage, faith, and sacrificial love. Above all because while fiction, this book is about real people in real situations. I remember while researching in Kabul talking about the future of Afghanistan with a humanitarian volunteer who both as a female and follower of Jesus Christ was facing escalating threats in her position. Did she see things as getting better? Would democracy and freedom eventually somehow ooze out of this mess on its own, as Western embassies fantasized? And what did the current deteriorating situation presage for the safety of volunteers like herself? I will never forget the look in her eyes as she paused for a long, silent moment before answering, "It's going to come to the shedding of blood." She paused again before adding calmly, quietly, "And I'm willing for that blood to be mine." Her courage, the Sayed Mossas and so many others who are quietly, facelessly impacting Afghanistan with the love of Isa Masih, Jesus Christ, inspired not only the writing of Veiled Freedom and Freedom's Stand, but indelibly impacted my own heart and life. I came away with a commitment to pray unceasingly for Afghanistan and the persecuted church, and a fresh understanding of the immeasurable depths of God's love and His unrelenting call to daily, living sacrifice on the part of His children.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Perhaps just one quote from Freedom's Stand: "Steve had once challenged Amy that change could only come to a culture when its own people were willing to change. And not only to change, but to lay down their own lives, instead of asking others--like, say, American soldiers--to bring about that change. An unlikely prospect, since what could possibly impel a hurting and bitter populace to change from rage to forgiveness, from violence to peace? Amy, John Atkins, Jamil himself had thrown the answer into Steves face until he could no longer dismiss it. Once again, love. Love of the Almighty Creator of the Universe stepping into a troubled planet in the human form of Isa Masih, Jesus Christ. Love of Christ-followers who would leave comfortable homes and lives to step into a troubled nation in some distant corner of the planet, pouring out their lives in service to a people who too often didnt even appreciate their sacrifice. Love that could transform a terrorist and would-be suicide bomber into an itinerant health care worker willing to risk freedom and wellbeing to offer relief in the name of Isa Masih. And then in the end to offer his life, no longer out of hate and vengeance, but in deliberate, willing sacrifice."