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The author speaks the local language and has interviewed and conversed with hundreds of Afghans, both men and women. She listened to their stories and lived among them. And in the midst of all of that, she found Kingdom responses to the beliefs Afghani Muslims hold to be true.

Riveting and fast paced, In the Land of Blue Burqas depicts sharing the love and truth of Christ with women living in Afghanistan which has been called "the world's most dangerous country in which to be born a woman." These stories are honest and true. The harsh reality of their lives is not sugar-coated and that adds to the impact of the book. Through storytelling the author shows how people who don't know Christ come to see Him, His truth and His beauty. The stories provide insight into how a Jesus-follower brought Jesus' teachings of the Kingdom of God to Afghanistan. They reveal the splendor of Christ, the desire of human hearts, and that precious instance where the two meet.

This is a collection of vignettes tethered together by the real danger that muslim women face in Afghanistan. These are firsthand accounts from the authors experience drawn from living among these women. The reader will see just how revolutionary Christ's message is today, and how radical it was during Christ's lifetime - the present day Afghan cultural attitudes are not unlike they were 2000 years ago. All of the names of those involved - including Kate's - plus the locations have been changed to protect the participants. Just take a few minutes and read the opening pages. You'll be hooked.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 312
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0802408141
ISBN-13: 9780802408143
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Publisher's Description

"I lived in Afghanistan for five years. I learned the rules – I had to."

Riveting and fast paced, In the Land of Blue Burqas depicts sharing the love and truth of Christ with women living in Afghanistan, which has been called "the world's most dangerous country in which to be born a woman." 

These stories are honest and true. The harsh reality of their lives is not sugar-coated, and that adds to the impact of this book. Through storytelling, the author shows how people who don't know Christ come to see Him, His truth, and His beauty. The stories provide insight into how a Jesus-follower brought Jesus' teachings of the Kingdom of God to Afghanistan. They reveal the splendor of Christ, the desire of human hearts, and that precious instance where the two meet.

All of the names of those involvedincluding Kate'splus the locations have been changed to protect the participants.

Author Bio

KATE MCCORD worked in Afghanistan for nine years after the fall of the Taliban. During her years in country, she worked as a humanitarian aid worker, delivering projects to benefit the people of Afghanistan. She also learned the local language and developed deep and lasting friendships with local Afghans. After evacuating from her home in Afghanistan, Ms. McCord transitioned into a mentoring, training, consulting and coaching role to other workers serving in the region. Prior to moving to Afghanistan, Ms. McCord worked in the international corporate community as a business process and strategy consultant.Currently, she serves Christ through writing, speaking, mentoring, and conducting workshops and seminars. She is the author of In the Land of Blue Burqas and Farewell Four Waters, both published by Moody Publishers.

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"The true and riveting story of a woman who spends five years in Afghan villages talking to the natives about her faith in Jesus, while being pressured to convert to Islam. The writing is powerful, the narrative is intriguing, and the author compellingly lifts up Jesus at every turn. An excellent introduction into the Muslim world and the mindset that marks it. Inspiring and educational."

-Outreach Magazine, March/April 2013

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  1. Pembroke, NC
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    Burqas
    September 24, 2015
    Miss Kim
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    informative, inspiring, and instructional. Living the gospel through loving well!!
  2. Middletown, OH
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    NanaKP
    Middletown, OH
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    Such an insightful read! Greatly enjoyed it & would definitely recommend reading this book! Not only did I learn about Islam but Kate shows how to show Jesus to those who do not know Him.
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    Reece
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    I have to say that I felt scared of Muslims before I read this book , because of what I've seen and heard about them so many times on the news. Now I have more understanding and compassion. This book really gives an inside look to their way of life and perspective. It also helps cement my own beliefs as a Christian.
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    Love, Story, Truth
    March 16, 2014
    Sufficient in Jesus
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    Gender: female
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    If you ask me what the book *In The land Of Blue Burqas* is about, I'll tell you that it's mostly about Love.

    It's about Jesus' Love for us, our love for our neighbor, and one woman's love for the women and men who make Afghanistan their home.

    Kate McCord went to Afghanistan as part of an NGO. She stayed because she became friend and family to so many people.

    And in this book, with names and details changed for protection, she tells us some of her stories.

    This book is a real reminder of several things. One is that we all share common feelings and basic experiences.

    From Afghanistan to American, from poor to rich, from Muslim to Christian: we all share our own humanity.

    That seems far too self-evident, but it isn't. To some extent, we are all taught to resent and fear somebody.

    When we encounter a stranger, we tend to look for a threat instead of a friend, especially when it's two whole cultures meeting.

    Kate reminds us that an Afghan woman fixing dinner in her mud courtyard while her children play around her and her husband does business in the marketplace is probably feeling the same things you feel at the end of a long day.

    Even when Kate's life was literally a world apart from her Afghan friends' lives, the women often rushed to empathize with her. They wanted to hear her story as much as she wanted to hear theirs. Sometimes, after hearing a story of a life scarred by war violence or forced marriage, Kate felt like her American story wasn't worth telling. The women wanted her to tell it anyway, and when she did they laughed, cried and connected. God moved in these intersections of life.

    And the second thing is that the answers aren't found predominately in America, and the best way isn't the American way. The answers are in Jesus and the best way is God's way. When the Afghan women would ask shining-eyed questions about American life and marriage, she would always try to draw them back to the Source of Real Life.

    Reminder number three is the power of Story. Possession of a Bible isn't exactly encouraged in Afghanistan, and Kate didn't quote verses and chapters to her listeners. Instead, when a spiritual concept was up for discussion- and that happened all the time- she would tell a story about Jesus. There was a great familiarity with OT stories in her audience, and a respect for Jesus as a Prophet. She would take that foundation and build from there, going higher and deeper through stories. As an American, I tend to forget that Jesus spoke to a culture that was far more Middle Eastern/Arabic than it was European/American. They understand the parables, the mindset, and the meanings of Jesus' words far better than I do sometimes. And when she gave them portions of the Gospel as stories, it laid bare Truth with great simplicity.

    Thank you Moody for my review copy.
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    October 3, 2013
    James Schreck
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    I had decent knowledge of Islam going into reading this book but it gave me a more in depth understanding of it and the problems it presents to Christianity especially in Afghanistan.
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