* When Courtney encountered an Iraqi girl with a a heart defect, he arranged for her to have lifesaving surgery. Then he discovered that thousands of Iraqi children needed similar operations. His firsthand account of providing urgent medical care to dying kids---in spite of fatwas, bombings, and imprisonment---offers hope that love that strikes first can transform a war-torn nation. Five CDs.
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 places 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 much-needed heart surgery.
From the front line of the struggle for peace, Jeremy 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.
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 training for local doctors and nurses, creating peace between communities at odds. Jeremy resides in Iraq with his wife, two children, and an indispensable team of dear friends.
Jeremy Courtney puts a human face on war as he skillfully narrates his own work about the effects of chemical warfare on Iraqi children. His clear and steady voice adds authenticity to his family's decision to move to Iraq to make a difference, to somehow counteract the violence of war with acts of love. With accomplished pacing, he recounts their adjustments and difficulties living in a foreign culture with their young children. His graphic descriptions of innocent youngsters suffering the effects of chemical warfare are emotionally charged and bring a reality of war few in America encounter. With crisp diction, he explains how homemade Iraqi shoes were sold to fund training for doctors and nurses and for children's life-saving heart surgeries, an effort that gave birth to the Preemptive Love Coalition. G.D.W. AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine
"A beautiful and inspiring book about the power of love in a time of war and the capacity of personal interactions to break through, build trust, and save lives."
Joseph Lieberman, former U.S. senator
Have a question about this product? Ask us here.