Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart At A Time  -     By: Jeremy Courtney
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Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart At A Time

Howard Books / 2013 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 6.00 X 9.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1476733465
ISBN-13: 9781476733463
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Publisher's Description

Preemptive Love invites you to walk alongside Jeremy Courtney and his family on their quest to pursue peace and mend hearts in a broken world, learning what it means to go beyond good intentions and risk everything for something more: a lifetime of tomorrows for children who were sentenced to death, relationships restored, and violence undone.

In Jeremy’s own words, “I no longer accept the zero-sum worldview that says we cannot simultaneously be on the side of the Democrats and Republicans; Americans, Israelis, and Ira­nians; Jews and Palestinians; Sunnis and Shias; Arabs, Kurds, and Turks. I choose them all. I don’t lean left or right. I lean in. I lean forward, because that’s where love lives.”

Violence unmakes the world. Preemptive love unmakes violence.

Author Bio

Jeremy Courtney is cofounder and executive director of the Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC), an international development organization based in Iraq that provides lifesaving heart surgeries to Iraqi children and trains local doctors and nurses. Jeremy resides in Iraq with his wife, two children, and an indispensable team of dear friends.

Editorial Reviews

“This is a wonderful book with a powerful, time-tested message: love wins. But Jeremy Courtney and his wife aren’t just writing about love in theory or theology. They are showing us all the power of God’s love in practice evidenced through the love of His people for others very different than themselves. As a former US diplomat and Ivy League professor I highly recommend this book. But more importantly, as a human being looking for God’s love in this war-torn and weary world, I thank God for this book.” —The Honorable Gregory W. Slayton, author of national bestseller Be a Better Dad Today
“Jeremy Courtney weaves the compelling, true story of grace in the midst of violence! He and his colleagues risk touching the pain of Iraqi children plagued by heart defects and their families who scramble to get care for them. They all risk betrayal in order to achieve healing. In the process, they discover opportunities for releasing love and hope into a torn world.” —Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, founder of Nuns on the Bus
"There’s enough intrigue, betrayal, death, bombings, and more to fill a blockbuster novel, but this is not fiction. It’s a 'warts and all' look at Christianity in action in the trenches, an honest, unflinching look at the cost of living out what you believe. Complacent Christians be warned: this is not just a book, it’s a wake-up call. How many of us are bold enough to 'Love first. Ask questions later'? That is the challenge of Preemptive Love." —
"Courtney gives an honest, and at times poignant, account of his efforts to establish the Preemptive Love Coalition in Iraq. Courtney relates his riveting story through the inner thoughts of both patients and adversaries, describing events like the chemical bombing of Halabja and the attack of a roadside bomber from a personal perspective. . . . powerfully inspiring, touching, and, unfortunately, urgently relevant." —Publishers Weekly
“I could not put this book down. Preemptive Love brings you to the streets of Iraq and into the hearts of children, shouting the powerful message that love has the capacity to remake our world.” —Peter Greer, President and CEO, HOPE International, and author, The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good
"Jeremy Courtney is a prophet who has undertaken the task of reminding those of us discouraged by the brokenness and fear of this world to choose something Greater. Courtney believes in a Real World, the kind of world God always intended for us, one that right now, in the midst of violence and hate, is being remade by Love. And, like a true prophet, he invites us to join him in the remaking." —Micha Boyett, author of Found: A Story of Questions, Grace and Everyday Prayer
“Preemptive Love is a beautiful and inspiring book about the power of love in a time of war, and the capacity of personal interactions, based on love, to break through all the geopolitical strategizing and local suspicions to build trust and, in the case of Jeremy and Jessica Courtney, to save lives.” —Joseph Lieberman, former US Senator, author of The Gift of Rest
“Jeremy Courtney's story, and that of the Preemptive Love Coalition, will help you redefine and reimagine what love really means. Preemptive Love will inspire you to dream of a love that risks everything. It is the kind of story and radical surrender the world is longing to see in those who profess to love like Jesus.” —Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice Conference, author of Pursuing Justice, president of Kilns College
“Compelling! While the rest of us fold our arms and complain about the situation in the Middle East, Courtney proves that one family can begin an avalanche of change.” —Leigh Saxon, coordinator of Mission Waco/Mission World Health Clinic
“I'm a cynic. I have to be in my line of work. But the world of cynicism isn't one in which Jeremy and Jessica inhabit. And Iraq's broken children are all the better for it. . . . I am also a die-hard agnostic. And while Courtney writes of his faith as a powerful motivating factor in what he does, he doesn't preach. This is just one man's journey, told from the heart. What Preemptive Love is, above all else, is a book of adventure, tragedy, suffering and hope, and the incredible and indomitable power of human compassion. . . . A thoroughly gripping and moving tale of what motivates one group of people to help the children who suffered the most in Iraq.” —Alex Hannaford, journalist (GQ, The Atlantic, Esquire); author, Last of the Rock Romantics
“In Preemptive Love, Courtney deftly chronicles his journey to help children obtain life-saving surgeries in battered regions where hospitals had long been gutted and clinics closed. In the process, he finds that his family’s strategy of defeating hate and prejudice with unconditional love heals hearts beyond the ones he set out to fix. Courtney’s moving story gives us some of the best news to come out of Iraq in ages.” —Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times
“Jeremy Courtney is doing some of the most redemptive work on the planet, providing life-saving surgeries for Iraqi children. Their motto, ‘Love now, and ask questions later,’ is a brilliant critique of preemptive war. Jeremy has become a close friend over the years, and many of us have been waiting for this book like kids on Christmas morning. From TED talks,to megachurches, to Congress and the UN, Jeremy's message that 'Violence unmakes the world, and love remakes it' has been transforming hearts and minds. Now that message is in your hands. Share it with the world.” —Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and preemptive lover, www.thesimpleway
“Preemptive Love is a story of caring for and bringing healing to those who have suffered violence and war. Jeremy Courtney clearly identifies the need for compassion and forgiveness; spreading this message is his mission. He has shown his love and generosity to many of Iraq's neediest children. Jeremy is moved by faith and acts with grace and love.” —Imam Mohamed Magid, Imam of ADAMS Center Virginia and President of Islamic Society of North America
“The story of Preemptive Love is so awe-inspiringly powerful it could rewrite the hardwiring that holds humanity hostage. Our perpetual fears and resulting violence stunt evolution; we are a primitive species, still. But Jeremy and his Preemptive Love cohorts are lights revealing humanity's greater, true self. As living, breathing examples of agape they raze the walls that blind and divide us.” —Greg Barrett, journalist and author

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  1. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    what one family committed to love has done
    October 1, 2013
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Why would someone take his whole family, pack them up, and move from their small town in Texas to Iraq? Jeremy was concerned about the targeted killing of Christians in Iraq, the Kurdish-Arab tension and the Sunni-Shia civil war. But could one family make a difference?

    He was focused on helping war widows, concentrating largely on writing grant proposals, when he was asked to help a little Kurdish girl get a needed heart operation. He did what he could, passing on the paperwork. And then he saw that file on top of a stack of others. Children were dying, waiting in line for surgery. That event changed his life.

    He stepped out on a long journey of loving first and asking questions later. He tells the stories of others who joined his efforts. They began generating funds by selling klash, the handmade shoes of the Kurds. He created a web site and their business boomed. The money went to pay for heart surgeries. (The business was eventually rolled into the Preemptive Love organization.)

    But all was not well. A fatwa was issued against them and their (they were sending kids to Israel for surgery). Families of the children needing surgery were intimidated. They were later able to send children to Turkey but that also caused discontent as Turkey had not helped the Kurds during the 1988 genocide by Saddam. (They were eventually able to bring a surgery team into Iraq.) They were blindsided by a naive funding move. There was a fellow who came into their office with a bag who they later found out was probably planning to blow them up with the bomb in the bag. The office and their home were bugged and subsequent accusations made against them (that they were "missionaries"). One of his team was arrested and threatened.

    Jeremy and his team persevered. It is estimated that congenital heart defects are eight times there what they are in the U.S. They have come to the place of being the leading organization in Iraq for children needing heart surgery, having been able to establish surgery training programs in Basra, Najaf and Nasiriyah.

    This is an incredible story of one American family making a difference in Iraq, one heart at a time. I really liked the way Jeremy tells the story through his personal experiences - the successes and the struggles.

    Jeremy writes that his experiences have exposed how far they are from being the people they want to be. They can only rely on God's love to overcome the hate and help them give out preemptive love.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
  2. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 30, 2013
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Love first. Ask questions later.

    In the middle of the Iraq War, Jeremy and Jessica Courtney found themselves with their two children caught up in the turmoil, just hoping to make a difference. After an encounter with a father whose little girl was dying from a heart defect, they began to investigate options for helping and learned that untold thousands of children across Iraq were in similar need, waiting in line for heart surgery in a country without a qualified heart surgeon.

    With the help of their closest friends, they dived in to save the lives of as many as they could, but sending children abroad proved to be expensive and cumbersome, and it failed to make an impact on the systemic needs of Iraqi hospitals—the place where these children really should be saved. Despite fatwas, death threats, bombings, imprisonments, and intense living conditions, Jeremy and his team persevered to overcome years of hostilities and distrust in an effort to eradicate the backlog of thousands upon thousands of Iraqi children waiting in line for lifesaving heart surgery.

    From the front line of the struggle for peace, Courtney writes a firsthand account of lifesaving and peacemaking in the world's most notorious war-torn country. In the heart of conflict, there is only one kind of love big enough to change a nation: a love that strikes first.

    My Review:

    This was an amazing book. My eyes were opened to so many things, and prejudices I didn't even know I had fell away. Jeremy Courtney and his wife showed that "And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:2. Loving others who are different than we are is harder than I ever thought possible. But Jesus ate with the lowliest of sinners and did not turn anyone away. If we would take that stance with other peoples and nations, what kind of shape could our war-torn world be like?

    I was really encouraged to know that grace in the midst of violence really does exist. Courtney reimagined and redefined what love really means, and that is sometimes costs us more than our prideful hearts are willing to give. But once given, what blessings can come of following Jesus's example! While I sit here in the comfort of my home and rant and rave about the problems we have as a country in the Middle East, Courtney shows that change is possible, and can be accomplished. A recommended read for anyone who aware of the Middle East and our dealings with them, and for anyone who wants to learn more. An uplifting read!

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
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