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The Future by Gore

In the future, according to the former vice president, national governments will hold less sway than multinational corporations, there will be no privacy and all the world’s information will be freely available, we will struggle with basic strategic resources like topsoil and fresh water all the while we will try to change the genetic make-up of humanity (with possibly costly genetic failures) and continue to ruin our planet’s ecology and climate by the reckless use of greenhouse gasses. Yeah, the future looks a lot like Blade Runner.

The Future
By Al Gore
Random House
January 2013

The problem with Gore’s book? It’s right on. The changes that science fiction writers have seen and envisioned coming are coming and are even here. (Consider The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi for a recent, excellent novel with similar themes.)

Unlike Science Fiction, the Vice President breaks down the coming changes in deep, but easier to understand sections:

1) Earth, Inc. – the globalization of economic factors, the movement of labor from developed to developing countries and “robosourcing” (the movement of labor from humans to robots.
2) The Global Mind –the rise of the internet to connect all of mankind in network similar to the way a mind works with billions of bits of information travelling instantaneously around the globe and (frighteningly) the complete lack of privacy users can expect.
3) The change in power – from U.S. centric to global, from governments to corporations.
4) Strategic Resource Loss – the depletion of strategic resources like topsoil and fresh water due to the increase in the world’s population.
5) Future Science – the technology that is rapidly changing the way we practice medicine, how we have the power to manipulate DNA and the path of our genetic future along with new techs that will impact our world and lives.
6) Climate Change – (of course) the impact of manmade global warming and climate changes due to reckless use of greenhouse gases.

This book is so dense that the audio book is 18 hours long and filled with words that would make your average young adult reader grimace in lack of comprehension. There are some great call-outs, though, that everyone should be able to understand. (And some movies that warn of a similar issue, for those who do read at a young adult level 🙂

“When I became Vice President in 1993, there were on average four different offices representing the U.S. Department of Agriculture located within every one of the 3000 counties in the United States yet the percentage of total jobs represented by farm jobs had declined to 2%. In other words, a determined and expensive national policy to promote agriculture for a century and a half did little or nothing to prevent the massive loss of employment opportunities on farms. Although these policies arguably contributed to the massive increase in agricultural productivity. But the larger point is that many systemic technology driven changes are simply too powerful for any set of policies to hold back.”

The Vice President rightly points out that the changes are coming and will be more and more difficult to stop or slow if action isn’t taken now. Unlike the above situation, which Republicans would likely love to read out of context, we are still early on in the genetic modification of humans and need to get ahead of the curve by making changes to our DNA illegal now, before they become commonplace. (Ala, the Island or Gattaca.)

A theme that comes up over and again is the Vice President’s call to change accounting practices to count the costs of natural resources utilization and ecological impact: “The emergence of rapid unsustainable growth in population, cities, resources consumption, depletion of top soil, fresh water supplies and living species, pollution flows, and economic output that is measured and guided by an absurd and guided by a distorted set of universally accepted methods that blind us to the destructive consequences of self deceiving choices we are routinely making.”

Some may jump at that “self deceiving choices” phrase and go for the cheap shot about the Vice President selling his cable TV channel to Al Jazeera, the fact is that the future envisioned in the book is coming and no amount of character assault should distract us from quick choices and changes. (Also seen in Mad Max and every other post-apocalyptic movie about the fall of society based on a scarcity of natural resources).

The scariest section in my opinion was the section on the Global Mind and the lack of privacy we should expect. I immediately drew a connection between this book’s concerns and Arther C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter’s prophetic novel, the Light of Other Days, where characters wore privacy suits to hide their gender and keep private their DNA.

This book reads like a cautionary tale of what our society is coming to and the massively important decisions we need to make. To make them, though, we need to get past the arguments over global warming and climate change and the partisan politics (Gore hasn’t been in any elected office for 13 years!) I can’t see any logical reason to oppose the conclusion that man has negatively impacted global climate change and we need to make adjustments. Even if you don’t believe in climate change can’t we at least agree that less smog is good for us?

I highly recommend this book. And if you enjoy audio books, I recommend the audio book version of this even more than the print version. The Vice President reads it himself, and while he can come across as the long winded professor who’s lecture we all doodled through in High School, when he get’s passionate about the subject you can hear it and frankly that helps with some who may doubt the veracity of Mr. Gore. This should build empathy; a great starting point for discussion and positive change.

A note to my Christian friends: why are you against climate change? Is it only because you are Republican and this is a Democrat issue? Have we looked at the research or just the Facebook timeline pictures with the snarky bumper sticker phrases? Taking care of the environment IS a Christian virtue and responsibility.


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he turns real life into stupid cartoons, writes on Christianity, Zombies, and whatever else he wants and posts Bible studies from his classes at church.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Almond Tree Michelle by Corasanti

This is a tragically touching story about how a Palestinian family learns to cope with having to start over during the Israeli occupation of the Gaza strip and how two people learn to get along despite the history their people’s suffered at the hands of one another.

The Almond Tree
By Michelle Cohen Corasanti
Garnet Publishing
September 2012

One is a young Palestinian man and the other an older, wiser Israeli teacher. Each grew up hating each other for what had transpired between their countries. They reluctantly end up working together and do so for 40 years with amazing results.

I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend this to others.


Shelley Walling is a 43 year male who is on disability retirement from complications from brain surgery. He was an Electrical Dispatcher for 11 years until the surgeries, he now enjoys spending time with his wife and two girls who are still at home along with four grown boys as well. He and his wife have an interest in sustainable and off-grid living and hope to live off-grid one day. He likes to read books about nutrition and medicine, Christian fiction and end times theology.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Twilight’s Last Gleaming by Robert Jeffress

To be upfront with you, I asked to review this book because I have strong and mostly negative views of Christian leaders who use their pulpits for political influence and based on what I’d seen of Pastor Jeffress in the news and the title of the book I was seeing red flags. After reading the book, though, most of the alarms were false.

Twilight’s Last Gleaming
How America’s Last Days Can Be Your Best Days
by Pastor Robert Jeffress
Worthy
March 2012

Christian leaders who set aside their faith for political expediency and influence are more than a pet peeve for me – they are a hindrance to the Gospel of Christ. For instance, when Christian leaders, so-called champions of “Family Values,” endorse Newt Gingrich, an admitted adulterer who has been married three times instead of others in the primary who also claim to be Christian and happen to have been married to the same wife for decades like Ron Paul or Rick Santorum something smells bad. And the non-Christians out there see the hypocrisy and see nothing in Christianity worth their time.

In the news, all I’d seen from Pastor Jeffress were his comments about Muslims and Mitt Romney’s Mormonism tied to his endorsement of Rick Perry. Frankly, he was portrayed as an attention grabbing, right winger. I admit that I bought into that a bit because of my preconception that most pastors, when they step out on to the national stage and start talking politics, are focused more on politics than God. Along with a title talking up the end of America, all the evidence seemed to put the pastor squarely into that same box. But what I found – and this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise – is that the media has not been fair at all to the pastor. And, possibly, pastor Jeffress hasn’t been very fair to himself either.

The book is not about the end of America, but actually a call for Christians to take up our God given role as salt and light in the world. The pastor sees our calling as salt as a calling to preserve culture as long as we can by working to pass laws that are in line with the moral precepts of the Bible. So the call to be salt is fulfilled by a calling to be “culture warriors” for Christian values in America.

He makes compelling arguments. A favorite section for me was Pastor Jeffress’ passages on what “true tolerance” and what passes for tolerance today. To have true tolerance for something, he says, you have to disagree with it. Brilliant and right. But in today’s America tolerance is completely misunderstood as agreement. Christians can be salt by remembering and practicing true tolerance.

Another argument made by the pastor I found persuasive is his argument that as Americans – with a right, and responsibility to vote – have a responsibility to vote our conscience based on our faith. Many people, Pastor Jeffress points out, believe that we cannot or are not allowed to make Christian faith a litmus test for people we vote for because of “Separation of Church and State.” Pastor Jeffress shatters this myth by pointing out that everyone has a litmus test, or bias, to vote for those who would best represent our beliefs and he also makes the argument that excluding faith in decision making is not a part of the law or a prescription that the founders would have understood or agreed to. He makes this case primarily based on the writings of the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who basically says that we should vote for Christians because of the superiority of Biblical values.

But I didn’t find myself agreeing with everything the pastor said. For instance, I think some of Pastor Jeffress’ complaints are short sighted. Say that it was a bad idea to take prayer out of public schools, which he argues is Explosion #1 in the implosion of the United States. If we put prayer back in, won’t the prayer time have to be pluralistic or give equal time to non-Christian beliefs since it was being done in public school? (The answer is, “yes.”) As much as I like the idea of kids praying, I don’t want a Muslim or Hindu or Atheist leading prayer/ meditation time at my child’s school – something that would happen in our pluralistic country. And, as so many church marquees show, “As long as there are tests, there will always be prayer in school.”

Pastor Jeffress is right to call out abortion as Explosion #2 and sheds light on the pro-abortion agenda by quoting arguments made before the Supreme Court that clearly show that abortionists know that they are killing a human but find it less relevant than the mother’s choice. But Explosion #3, legalizing gay sex in Texas, is much less clear and represents the struggles of Christians over this topic of salting the culture around them.

Should the government keep laws about sexuality in the privacy of a home? Pastor Jeffress makes the argument that the government does make laws about what can happen in the bedroom all the time. For instance, it is illegal to have sexual relations with your daughter or son, or with animals. The question is always where the line is drawn. Many Christians will take a libertarian view that it isn’t our business whether two men have sex in their home. Jeffress argues that it is our business because it is dangerous to the men, because it’s an unnatural act (and sin), and because the government makes rules prohibiting these kinds of acts all the time. In fact, the current debate over Gay Marriage comes down to not the question of whether the government should legislate morality in the bedroom, but where the government should draw the line. I’m not a fan of everything Molotov Mitchell does, but this video on Drawing the Line shows that, when you get right down to it, everyone draws the line somewhere. Jeffress is making a case for drawing it prior to legalizing homosexual sex.

While I don’t agree with everything that Pastor Jeffress says I did come to respect his opinions and believe that he has a Biblically informed world view. One of the greatest parts of being the Body of Christ is that God has given us different roles and different methods to accomplish His plans. If Pastor Jeffress is able to help in the battle to overturn Roe v. Wade then God bless him! On the other hand, if he never succeeds in some of the goals he may have, which I consider secondary non-essentials like prayer in school, then that’s fine too. For me, I will respect and love my brother who fights the way that he believes God has called him to and pray for him to ensure that he truly is sticking to the things God asks and not indulging his personal goals.

And then I’ll pray that I do the same.

A great read with excellent incite by an author who does a very good job justifying his actions through his faith in God. Highly recommended.


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he cartoons and writes on Christianity, Zombies, and anything else he wants to.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Back to Work by Bill Clinton

In America today, we suffer from high unemployment, two wars and a couple of non-war war-like engagements, the looming threat of Iran and a Middle East filled with unrest, an economy that is stagnant and threatening to tumble down again, and two political parties that seem to believe that their only job is to thwart each other. Where are those who can speak calm into this storm with ideas instead of complaints and finger pointing? Apparently, only former Presidents.

Back to Work
Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy
By Bill Clinton
Random House Audio / Knopf
November 2011

The book is separated into two main sections starting with the situation we are in, then moving into some ideas on how we can get out of the malaise. The first section is the most obviously leftist section of the book as he unashamedly defends some of President Obama’s actions over the last three years. But he doesn’t dwell there and quickly moves into ideas and a call to work together. It is in this section that the book shines.

Clinton gives dozens and dozens of ideas on how to get the economy back on track offering them along with evidence from other countrieswho have implimented similar ideas, or top thinkers in the fields saying how the ideas may work. Anyone who reads this book can’t help but come away with admiration for the vastness of options offered, especially in contrast to the current President and Congress where it seems that ideas are mostly counterarguments.

Clinton’s book is assuredly left-center and mostly left at times, but it is a book about ideas and ideas shouldn’t have labels like left and right, rather wrong and right. Some on the right may be immediately inclined to ignore President Clinton’s ideas, but that is the mistake that has America in the situation it is: stagnant where ideology rules and everyone suffers under its cruel reign.

Clinton says at one point, “If you ask the right question you may get the wrong answer, but if you ask the wrong question you cannot get the right answer.” Exactly. This book is about ideas and the politicians in Washington ought to take them seriously and both parties should consider these and every other good idea to focus on turning the economy around.

Highly recommended for all concerned Americans, and especially for Republicans who would never pick something up written by Clinton and Democrats who don’t think they need any ideas because they already know everything.

A note about the audio book version: Bill Clinton does a great job reading his work and his inflection and charm shine through. Authors almost always do a better job reading their works, and having a President read their work is even more compelling and works to build empathy – something increasingly missing in America.


Scott Asher is the founder and administrator of BookGateway.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he cartoons and writes on Christianity, Zombies, and anything else he wants to.

This audio book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

2011 BookGateway.com Booky Awards

BookGateway.com is pleased to announce the books of the year award, the Bookys, for books published in 2011!

The Booky is awarded annually by the editors of BookGateway.com, a book review website for reviewers and book bloggers founded in 2010 with the express goal of encouraging a lifestyle of continued learning through the love and practice of reading. The Booky awards recognize the best books published and reviewed at BookGateway.com during the preceding year. Each reviewer that submits at least 10 reviews during the calendar year and each Founding Member of BookGateway.com can nominate books for Booky award recognition. Final decisions are made by the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com, Scott Asher. All Booky award winners will be featured for the month of January at BookGateway.com.

In alphabetical order:

Crossed by Allie Condie
Dutton Juvenile | November 2011
Nominated by Arieltopia: “I absolutely loved this book… I can not wait to read the next one and find out what happens next. The complex story structure insures that the reader never becomes bored. There is always something happening and some sort of looming terror nearby. The entire time I was reading the book I was filled with apprehension and suspense.”

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Simon Pulse | February 2011
Nominated by Robin Gwaro: “Keaton keeps the reader guessing right until the very end. Darkness Becomes Her is in no way short on surprises and leaves you wanting more! I cannot wait to see what happens to Ari and her friends.”

Embassytown by China Mieville
Del Rey & Random House Audio | May 2011 | Read by Susan Duerden
Nominated by Scott Asher: “Filled with intrigue, the shadow of war, action, and adventure Embassytown flows with uncommon depth and intelligence. This isn’t a book about those things, but rather a book about language and what language means more than anything else that includes those things. No doubt on purpose, this books language is one that the reader participates in as we learn the language of the world that China Mieville has created for us. The revelations, growth and change that accompany our characters through the story give the reader a satisfaction that is lacking in so much science fiction.”

Fury by Elizabeth Miles
Simon Pulse | August 2011
Nominated by Robin Gwaro: “As I was reading, there were points where I had chills up my spine, a sure sign of that anticipation that keeps me on edge when I am reading. What is also unique about Miles’ book is how she has built reality into her fiction, in that not everyone gets a second chance to get it right. In life, we don’t always get a chance to right our wrongs, so it might be helpful to prevent the wrongs in the first place.”

God’s Eye by A.J. Scudiere
Griffyn Ink Publishing | October 2011
Nominated by the Golden Reviewer, Mary Asher: “What an amazing, intriguing book. It has it all – mystery, love, wild animals, angels and demons. A scary, can’t turn the pages fast enough, wonderful story.”

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto
Feiwel & Friends | August 2011
Nominated by the Golden Reviewer, Mary Asher: “This is one book you will want to read and take to heart. Hell is not a figment of one’s imagination, but a real place where one will be tormented for eternity. Which will you chose – Heaven or Hell?”

Lasting Impression by Tamara Alexander
Bethany House | November 2011
Nominated by Heather Ring: “I did not want to put this book down! As a creative person, I loved the message she was trying to convey. I even found myself reading parts out-loud to my husband. She did a great job getting me involved in the page turning story, while speaking to my heart. This is a must read for any historical fiction fans!”

Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
Atria Books | June 2011
Nominated by Scott Asher: “An almost perfect fiction! It lacks not character, or love, or adventure, or ideas or setting. In all the books I’ve read for the last several years, this one stayed with me the longest. In my opinion, the best book of 2011 bar none!”

Night Road by Kristin Hannah
St. Martin’s Press | March 2011
Nominated by Robin Gwaro: “The story that Hannah weaves is so intricate and detailed that you feel as though you have stepped into the lives of her characters. You feel the emotional turmoil; you are invested in how (if at all) repair can happen. Hannah is most certainly a master at her craft.”

Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer
Bethany House | January 2011
Nominated by the Golden Reviewer, Mary Asher: “Paradise Valley is a tale of love, danger and redeeming faith. An amazing story of one family willing to sacrifice everything, who found hope, overcame the threat of bandits, and established a community without restrictions. A story that is based on actual events. A book you will really become involved in from the first page to the last. This is a book you will cherish – a keeper.”

Rust by Royden Lepp
Archaia | December 2011
Nominated by Scott Asher: “You know something is different about Rust when you start reading and find the title page after 30 pages of prologue about the war and during that prologue only 10 words total are spoken. Rust relies so much on art to tell its story that at times I found myself lost in this beautifully illustrated world.”

These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
Mira | January 2011
Nominated by Robin Gwaro: “What surprised me most is that while reading, I could empathize more with Allison than be angry at her. That was probably the most confusing emotion of all. I wanted to be completely appalled at her actions. Instead, I found myself heartbroken due to the difficult position in which she found herself. The story will draw you in and keep you guessing until the very end. Gudenkauf writes a tale that few would dare. Her voice is unique and captured me from the very beginning. This book obviously stays on my read again list, and I will be looking for her other novel as well.”

Little Princes by Conor Grennan

Conor Grennan is a young man setting out for a year’s adventure traveling the globe with a three months stop over in Nepal volunteering at the Little Princes Orphanage in Godawari. What started out as a lark, he could state on his resume that he had volunteered in Nepal, turned out to be the one great passion in his life. He came to love the “Little Princes” living in the home and vowed to do everything in his power to help as many Nepalese children as he could.

Little Princes
Conor Grennan
William Morrow
January 2011

After three months in Nepal, he returned to his home in the United States, but couldn’t get the children and their suffering out of his mind. He returned to Nepal and finds the woman who became his wife – the true love of his life, a few close friends, and a cause that has him risking his life trekking across the mountains and in enemy territory.

Conor is in Nepal at the time of the Maoist uprising and the attempt to overthrow the king. The Maoist rebels are a bunch of terrorist fighters that has held the Nepalese people in bondage for many years. One does not go against them and expect to live. Conor has to deal with men who deal in trafficking children and either abandoning them or selling them into servitude. He also has to contend with Maoists forcing the children to fight in their army.

After finding seven children abandoned by their trafficker, Conor vowed to find a home for them and to reunite them with their parents. This was the beginning of the idea to establish the Next Generation Nepal (NGN) Foundation- an orphanage where these children and many other would have a home. The home is in full operation and run by a US-based executive. Conor serves as a board member for NGN and is involved with the daily activities of the organization.

Conor has proven that one person can make a difference. His passion for the children of Nepal is to be commended. The book is a true story of Conor Grennan’s life and his work in Nepal.Highly recommended.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, describes herself as “An 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top.”.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites …and Other Lies You’ve Been Told by Bradley R.E. Wright, PhD

Sociologist Brad Wright shatters popular myths by sifting through the best available data. He reveals how Christians are doing when it comes to everything from marriage and morality to church growth and public perception. The book gives you the truth behind the statistics and how the numbers are being manipulated.

Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites
…and Other Lies You’ve Been Told

by Bradley R.E. Wright, PhD
Bethany House
July 2010

Here are some facts that might surprise you:

    Evangelicals are more respected by society today than they were twenty yeas ago.
    Divorce rates of Christian couples are lower than those of nonbelievers.
    The percentage of people who attend church has held steady over the past twenty years.

The book is about myths and misconceptions regarding Christianity – especially Evangelical Christians. Mark Regnerus writes – It is a welcome, calming voice to the cacophony of data interpreters of American evangelicalism. Scott McKnight states it is an extremely needed book that is a delight to read,

If you are into charts, graphs and historical data – this is a book for you; Dr. Wright does an excellent job of getting his point across and diffusing christian myths and misconception.

The book has a lot of information, but I wasn’t too impressed. I, myself, am not into charts and graphs. and do not pay much attention to myths regarding Christianity.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “An 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top.”.

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  • Some 854 million people worldwide lack enough to eat; 820 million of them are in developing countries1.
  • Hunger and poverty claim 25,000 lives every day — most of those are children1.
  • Every five seconds, a child dies because of hunger1.
  • An estimated 11.4 million children have been orphaned due to AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa2.

Those are just a few of the terrible reasons why at BookGateway.com 100% of our profits go to charity. I have children and I suspect that many of the visitors here also have children. They most likely go to bed full every night – a happinstance due in large part because of where we were born. But if I were a father in many places in the world, these statistics could very well wear the names of my children.

Every five seconds my daughter dies.

When I think about these problems and try to put myself into the situations I find that I just don’t have the ability to comprehend the poverty that exists just an airplane trip away. That’s why we at BookGateway.com have decided to raise support for a child affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa through World Vision.

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1 FAO State of Food Insecurity in the World, 2005
2 UNAIDS AIDS Epidemic Update, 2007

Humanitarian Jesus by Christian Buckley & Ryan Dobson

This is an amazing thought provoking book. I liked it, but I didn’t at the beginning. I thought this is another one of those books where the authors tell you all the good things they and their organization is doing for the poor and the environment. As I turned the pages I begin to understand how all the organizations are working throughout the world helping to alleviate some of the poverty. I did not always agree with their views or those of the interviews, CEOs and President, of various humanitarian organizations. You probably won’t either, but they will get you thinking about the world’s problems.

Jesus was and is the most humanitarian person ever. He fed the multitude, healed the sick/lepers, raised the dead and gave sight to the blind. He also walked away from a number of people without doing anything for them. Jesus did not come to feed the poor or take care of the environment. He came to save our souls (forgiveness of our sins) so we may have external life with our Savior. His main purpose was to proclaim God’s salvation and His Kingdom. Jesus said there will always be poor among us.

As one interviewer pointed out – when we look at human suffering, we react, we don’t respond, Most of the time this doesn’t help. Another stated – don’t look at the issue – look at the people. People are living in trash dumps, being sold into slavery, prostitution, dying daily by the thousands for lack of clean water, AIDS, etc.

The question is: do you feed the hungry and then talk about Jesus and forgiveness or do you talk about forgiveness and then fill their stomach. Maybe you feed them, plant a well for clean water and let someone else worry about their salvation.

Some churches are beginning to take creation seriously – they are concerned about the environment, we must look at the people – not the issue. We must take everything to God and let the Holy Spirit guide us. We must step outside the four walls of the church. Jesus commands us to go out into the world and be disciples.

Highly recommended. The book will certainly get you to thinking – is there anything I can do – can I do more or am I going to ignore the problems and let someone else do the work?


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com. She describes herself as “An 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top.”.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Beirut 39 edited by Samuel Shimon

The book is a collection of short stories, novels and poems written by 39 Arab writers under the age of 40. 450 young writers across the Arab World, Europe and America submitted their writings, but only 39 were selected to be published. The presentations have been translated from Arabic to English by various translators. The books takes the reader into the regions of the Middle East and Africa. The reader feels, hears, tastes the culture of the Arab World. One will live the horrors of war, destruction of their home land, corrupt regimes and experience the pain and frustration of a nation constantly at odds with the rest of the civilized world. These 39 young writers have put their very souls into their writing, hoping to be recognized and published. One cannot but relate to the discipline of the Islamic religion – the call to prayer morning/noon/night, and the pride of the many who constantly practice their belief – the piety of true believers.

The is book is one that will cause the reader to pause and thank their Heavenly Father that we live in a land where we have freedom of worship, speech, etc, without fear of retaliation or imprisonment. These young writers brings one face to face with a civilization far removed from our own – one of suffering, lack of freedom and fear of the unknown.

I recommend the book. It will enlighted you and open your eyes.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com. She describes herself as “An 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top.”.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.