Wednesday, March 16, 2016

YBC Book Review - "Dangerous Love" by Ray Norman

The world around us today is filled with uncertainty and fear.  From local crime, to violent protests, to threats from ISIS, it's enough to cause a body to stay in their home and lock the doors.
But, that is not what God called us to do.
We are called to be a light to the world.  And in this story, you will see how the Norman family (and us) are just that...a light.
And that brings us to today's book review...

Dangerous Love by Ray Norman

"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 change—and so was Ray’s life.
In the aftermath of 9/11—a time when tensions between Muslim and Western culture were peaking—Ray 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 extremism—and of the family’s 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 family’s refusal to give up on love."
I found the beginning of this book somewhat hard to follow, but once it got going, the story was good.  There were different times in the story that it kind of dragged, but overall, I found it to be very well written.  Ray uses great imagery to make you feel what they felt as far as living in Africa.  The heat, the sand, and the people.  But it was the stories of the family's emotional struggles that kept me reading.  It always amazes me, and it probably shouldn't, how God uses EVERY situation and EVERY person and EVERY season in our lives, not just for us, but for the peoples whose lives we touch, EVERY day.  We can not extend His forgiveness, or His Love, without Him living inside of us.  And it is His life inside of us that is THE witness we need to show the world.
I'm not going to spoil the story by telling you what happened, but I do recommend you get this book for yourself.  And then share it with others.
Until next time,
Be blessed,
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review.

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