Ye­men: Heart­break and Hope

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Peter Crooks spent time as chap­lain to Christ Church, Aden, where he min­is­tered to an in­ter­na­tional con­gre­ga­tion that in­cluded refugees, aid work­ers and the di­rec­tor of two busy clin­ics. Be­fore that he served with his wife in Beirut and Te­heran where he was sup­ported by CMS. He has now drawn on his wide knowl­edge of the Mid­dle East to pro­duce

(avail­able from Al­though he fo­cuses on the Ye­men, telling of the joys and chal­lenges of min­is­ter­ing to So­mali refugees, be­ing held up at gun­point on the road to Sanaa and go­ing down with a life-threat­en­ing dis­ease on a re­mote is­land in the In­dian ocean, he also in­cludes chap­ters on Pales­tine/Is­rael and Iran. Chris­tians and Jews share the He­brew Bi­ble. Most Chris­tians read the books of what we call the Old Tes­ta­ment with the help of com­men­taries by fel­low-Chris­tians but it can be il­lu­mi­nat­ing to also see it through Jewish eyes. In

(SCM), Jonathan Magonet gives us short but stim­u­lat­ing stud­ies of pas­sages in the first five books of the Bi­ble that were orig­i­nally broad­cast over the ra­dio. He of­fers many un­ex­pected in­sights. Highly rec­om­mended. Andrew D May­ers is Ad­viser for Spir­i­tu­al­ity in the Dio­cese of Chich­ester. In (SPCK) he draws on his ex­pe­ri­ence of travel in the Mid­dle East to show how the Chris­tian life is a jour­ney into mys­tery. We leave fa­mil­iar land­marks and cer­tainty be­hind when we ac­cept Je­sus’ in­vi­ta­tion to fol­low him as dis­ci­ples. “The place of risk is the thresh­old of the divine.”

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