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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Ray Norman spent most of his life living in far-flung corners of the globe, working on long-term development projects and living out his calling as a Christian professional. By the time he arrived in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania around the turn of the millennium, he was veteran of life as an expat, at home in countries and cultures not his own. But in 2001, the world was about to changeand so was Rays life.
In the aftermath of 9/11a time when tensions between Muslim and Western culture were peakingRay and his daughter, Hannah, made the short drive from their home to the Mauritanian beach. But instead of spending the afternoon enjoying the waves and the water, father and daughter found themselves hurtling back to the city, each with a bullet-hole pumping blood into the floorboards of their jeep.
Dangerous Love is an account of the Normans brush with violent extremismand of the familys unexpected return to Mauritania in the face of terrifying risks. This is the story of a call that could not be denied and of a familys refusal to give up on love.
ldesherl5 Stars Out Of 5An EducationJanuary 18, 2016ldesherlQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the memoir of the experiences of Western missionaries. The book opens with the heartrending tragedy that will define much of this book's narrative. Ray Norman tells his story, and his family's story, in 11 chapters. He ends in a postscript that updates the reader about what is going
on with him and his family. Norman ends it all with with ackknwledgments about those who made this book posdible. The very end of this book ends with his bio. This author was raised in rural West Africa. His own parents had been medical missionaries. After he finished schooling, he worked in Africa and the Middle East for over 15 years. In 1999, he jined World Vision International as the national Director for Mauritania, an Islamic nation. At one point, he returned to the U.S. so his children could finish their educations. He retuned to World Vision in various administrative roles. Currently, he and his wifeserve in villages and areas in the West. The rest of the time they travel. The author has two grown children.
This book is an education. It educates us on the unique challenges faced by missionary families. It educates us on the major challenges that Muslims face in their countries. The beginning re-enactment of the defining event of this entire book, drew me in right away. This book is fairly easy to read. But because this is set in a fifferent culture, I got lost in the narrative sometimes. As I read the recounting of the attack on the author and his daughter, I wondered, "Where was the wife/mother during all of this?" I didn't grasp until later in the text, that she had been traveling during this time. I was unclear as to why she went on that trip. I could not understand her cold response to her husband when she came back. She even seemed angry at him for "letting himself and our daughter" get attacked." I took a dislike to her ever since, though the author, her husband stressed that she had warned him to be careful of such attacks and had been traumatized herself. From the portrayal of the daughter, she seemed to be wise beyond her years. I found myself feeling a pang of envy for this family. This author testifies to how God moved unmistakably in his family and in the lives of many Muslims he and his family served. This family and Christians outside the West, are often richer than us in the West. They are richer in the ways that count. They have spiritual weath and are richer relationally. I liked the author's openness about his emotional struggles. He denies that he is a hero. I thought he was overly generous in taking more than his share of responsibility for situations he faced, including the attack on him and his daughter. This book made me yearn for a different Christianity than what is usually seen in the West.
I recommend this book for every person interested in overseas missionary work. This book will give you an accurate picture of what overseas missionary work is like, especially in hostile areas. This book will give you an honest view of the unique challenges and rewards of such involvement. You will see that while it is hard, it is worth it. I recommend this book for every pastor. It will not only bless them but also give them a realistic picture of what being an overseas missionary is like. They may appreciate betterthe unique challenges and rewards of their members who may be or want to be overseas missionaries. I recommend this book for another group who may be uncomfortable with its message. This is the many in Western Christendom who have come to confuse cultural Christianity with Biblical Christianity. This book will show you that the two are very different. THe author and his family had been outside the West for a long time. So their walks with Jesus were not influences by Western compromise. This book can be a wake-up call for many Christians.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give this book a favorable review.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Christian witness to Muslims fourteen years agoJanuary 13, 2016bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Norman comes from a missionary heritage. His parents were medical missionaries in Nigeria. Ray met his wife in the Niger Republic while conducting field research for his doctoral thesis. The couple worked in Middle Eastern countries until Norman joined World Vision in 1999. He worked in Mauritania for World Vision as their national director. In a country where Christian presence is restricted and open witness prohibited, World Vision worked with the government to fight rampant poverty.
While Norman's wife was in France completing studies, he took their ten year old daughter, Hannah, to the beach. It was October 17, 2001. Their van was attacked by a lone gunman. Both the father and daughter were shot. They survived and this book tells the journey of the years that followed.
Norman is really honest about the lessons he learned from this experience. There was an immediate stress on their marriage. Many people did not know how to minister to the Norman family, including some of their closest Christian friends. They were unsure of how to follow God's will for their future. They decided to move to the United States in the summer of 2002.
Before leaving Mauritania, Norman made a public statement of forgiving the gunman and they were able to visit the man in prison, giving their forgiveness in person. He recounts the impact of that act in their area and how it opened doors.
Norman has given us a very interesting view of missionary life in a Muslim state during 2001 and the U. S. invasion of Afghanistan. He gives us insights into the attitude Muslims have toward Jesus and Christians. Many Muslims regard Jesus as the prophet of love, and they readily expect true followers of Jesus to be people of love. (47) Because of this, he notes that initial inroads into the hearts of Muslims are best made through life and actions, rather than preaching.
I appreciated the general account of missionary experiences, such as sending older children to boarding school. Norman also emphasizes the importance of listening to people and valuing them, regardless of their religion.
This is a good book that reveals how Christians can live in a society that is hostile to them. The only drawback to this story is that it occurred fourteens years ago. During that time, some areas have seen Muslim faith and practice change dramatically. I do recommend it to those who want to understand more of how Christians can live within a Muslim state.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Icon Media for the purpose of an independent and honest review.