Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Seeds of Turmoil by Bryant Wright

Full title is Seeds of Turmoil: The Biblical Roots of the Inevitable Crisis in the Middle East, Thomas Nelson Publishers.

What a thorough outline of the origins of the current chaos in the Middle East! Bryant Wright begins at the beginning with Abraham, the patriarch of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He includes extensive quotations from the Bible to tell the story of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Isaac, Ishmael, Jacob, Esau, and others who played lesser parts in the saga. Since Wright is a Christian pastor, he does approach the subject from the Christian point of view. He brings us through the rise of Christianity and later, Islam. Throughout the story, the Jews, Christians, and Muslims have had their ongoing disagreements. Passions such as jealousy, resentment, and pride play into the ongoing conflict that has lasted for literally thousands of years.

I expected the book to be scholarly and possibly even tedious. I was pleasantly surprised, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started reading. I'll admit I was a bit bored with all the Bible quotes that helped to tell the story, mainly because the stories are so familiar to me. However, I'm sure the writer wanted to be sure that those who were not familiar with the Bible stories would get all the information. And, it's possible that those of us who think we know the stories would benefit from a thorough re-reading.

I give Seeds of Turmoil five stars because I think it is well-written and deals with a timely topic. Whether you agree with his Christian worldview or not, you need to hear what Bryant Wright has to say.

Buy it on today.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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