How far would you go if your husband has been killed and you are alone? This is really good book which shows the difference in Jesus' love for all people and the Muslims. However, there are many Muslims who want peace and all the things that any family would desire for their children. Don't put them all into the same basket. Just like Christians today there are vast differences in living it out.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It is really a book of good vs evil.
Buy the book and see what you think. It is a page-turner.
The Next Target was thought provoking, terrifying, and comforting all at the same time.
Thought provoking because I knew little of extremist Islam culture, or the incredible power wielded by the extremist imam (as portrayed in the story), and the real danger to those who try to minister to Muslims. In the story, the imam used the "tolerance" of the United States to his advantage and to promote the purpose of jihad.
Terrifying because of Austia's fear of asking for help from the police because she didn't know if any of the Muslims on the force were aligned with the imam. A real possibility.
Comforting because Austia recognized the battle for what is was - a spiritual battle. (And we all know how that turns out!) No matter how desperately they tried to destroy their enemies, through it all, God reigned supreme!
Her story could easily have been taken from the front page of our newspapers.
I love it when a novel impacts me deeply and challenges the way I think about my life, my faith, and my ideas. I also love it when a novel keeps me thinking about it long after I read the last page. This is such a novel. I understand the author has a ministry that helps Muslim women trapped in a culture that forbids them to deviate from their religion in the slightest. Her ministry and love for the Muslim people shines through in every page as we follow a nail-biting story of revenge, hatred, murder, intrigue, redemption, spiritual warfare, and romance. Yes, I said romance! Hard to believe with all the other things going on. But Ms. Arana pulls it off! Besides, the FBI-agent/spy/terrorist/hero is really cool and got my blood pumping more than once. This is a book you won't want to miss!
Critics say one sign of a talented writer is one's ability to tackle diverse topics.
Put Nikki Arana at the top of your list, folks!
"Next Target," Arana's latest work, possesses the same great writing you loved in the Winds of Sonoma series ("As I Have Loved You" stands proudly on my bookshelf) but delves into the horrific reality of life for Muslims who hear the voice of Jesus and long to explore the Holy Scripture but risk torture and/or death if they do so.
If you enjoy unexpected twists, lovable but flawed heroes and heroines, and 2011 application of fiction to your life, invest in "Next Target." This book will have you researching, praying, discussing. Yes, this book will leave you changed. Isn't that what great stories are all about?