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4 Stars Out Of 5
September 27, 2013
This is a good read and it's exciting to watch the journey of a News Reporter and how he befriends a young Iraqi girl, Rafraf, who also works for the News Network as an Iraqi/English language translator. Their reporting on the news during a time of war and traveling with in war zones will keep you on the edge of your seat. Learning about some of the Iraqi customs was interesting. It gives the Americans a better understanding of things in the East. It was exciting to read about Rafraf's visit to America and the miracles God performed to get her here and keep her here. I wish the book would have given more information on Rafraf's spiritual journey and how she came to faith in Christ. It would have been nice to read about some of the specific links in the chain of events that led up to her conversion. And, is she still in America? And, how is her relationship with her family after her conversion? There's a lot of unanswered questions in the mind of the reader and a sequel to this book would be most helpful!
Saved By Her Enemy completely had me hooked from the beginning. It was captivating, funny, uplifting, and really made me feel like I was there experiencing the story along with Don and RafRaf. I was engrossed from start to finish and finished the book with a new perspective and understanding of life in Iraq and what it really means to be free. Saved By Her Enemy begins with Don and RafRaf together in a car as they flee a school bombing in Iraq. The book then jumps back to tell the backstories of both Don as an NBC News Correspondent and RafRaf as a young woman growing up in Iraq. Later in the book the two meet when RafRaf is hired by NBC as a translator. Even though I knew the ending before I read the book, I was completely on the edge of my seat as Don and RafRaf were doing everything they could to get her out of Iraq and out of the imminent danger she was in. It's not every day that you get to see what life is like in either of these areas (as a journalist or as an Iraqi) and the perspective that Saved By Her Enemy offered was just incredible. Saved By Her Enemy is definitely a must-read book that I would highly recommend to anyone.
If you've been a viewer of network news over the past decade, you're more than likely familiar with the reporting of Don Teague. He's currently a correspondent for CBS News.This interesting book tells the amazing story of Rafraf Barrak, born in Baghdad, Iraq. She was employed by NBC as a translator. Mr. Teague worked with her when he was assigned as a war correspondent in 2004. Rafraf and Don developed a strong bond after they survived a bomb attack at a school in Baghdad on 2/16/04. One of the bombs detonated; the one nearest them had a faulty detonator sparing their lives.Mr. Teague interprets the events of that day this way:I supposed it could have been luck, but to me the incident at the school had Gods fingerprints all over it. I believe he can and does intervene in human events. I dont pretend to understand his timing or his ways, but I believe God allows some things for a purpose.But what purpose? I thought to myself. (p. 174)Don promised Rafraf that he would do what he could do to help Rafraf gain entry into the USA. She ultimately did arrive in the US, & was welcomed into the Teague home as a member of their family by Don & his wife Kiki and their daughters, Rachael & Madison. They truly exemplified the love of Christ to this young Muslim woman who'd been indoctrinated by the Iraqi culture to think of Americans as being evil and vengeful toward her people. I was amazed & intrigued by this book for several reasons. I was so happy to see that Don Teague, with his high profile, is so open about his faith in Jesus Christ. And I'm grateful that Rafraf discovered the ultimate truth, love & salvation of Jesus Christ; His Holy Spirit met her right where she was! If we never have the opportunity to meet on this earth, I look forward to rejoicing with them in heaven! This book was provided to me by Howard Books for review purposes.Reviewed by Andrea Schultz Ponderings by Andrea