Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | September 27, 2009

Review of Kabul24 by Henry O. Arnold and Ben Pearson


Kabul24 was written to share the story of 24 Shelter Now workers who were kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan and held on charges of crimes they did not commit, but the book was more than that. This book was more a testimony of God and how He still works miracles in the lives of His people (even those who do not believe).

As you may remember, in August 2001 just before 9/11, we heard about the arrest of Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer and 22 co-workers, six of whom were Christians working for Shelter Now, Inc., a humanitarian effort led by Christians from Western Countries. These eight Christians were subjected to terrible living conditions, instilled with terror and yet still held on to their faith with unwavering tenacity and courage.

I could not lay this book down because I couldn’t wait to see how God would work in their lives next. The one story that stands out is about a young female reporter who was arrested and put in the prison with them. It is not obvious whether or not she was a Christian. She is verbally and physically confrontational and cares nothing about her captors or her fellow prisoners. They let her go and we have heard nothing from her again. However, the eight Christians, in the face of terror and horrible living conditions, touched the lives of everyone with whom they came in contact. They prayed for their captors and showed deference to their customs and culture. They loved them through it all. I know they will never be the same because of the eight people they watched every day for over 100 days.

God used these eight people to demonstrate to the people of Afghanistan His love. They didn’t need to say a word. It is hard to say this book was good because it should never have had to be written, but it was an excellent and well-written account of what happened to eight Christians by a government of hate and terror yet who, through their trust in God, survived to tell the story. Several have even returned to Afghanistan to finish the work they started through Shelter Now. Now, that’s a work of God.

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