Who are the Kurds AGAIN
Ok friends and followers,
No, this is not a new review of one of the most interesting books I’ve read in the lats few weeks. I am reposting this review on my BLOG because I lost my BLOG. Apparently, losing things is not an uncommon occurrence at my house these days. I have lost a brand new pair of prescription glasses, and to top it off, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as an upgrade on my cell phone plan, and proceeded to lose the charger within 5 days!
You might wonder how one could lose a blog. Just chalk it up to being electronically and “web-ly” challenged. After a time change and more than two days of talking with web support, I recreated this blog twice. This is hopefully the finished product. So, to inaugurate the re-launch of Out of the Salt Blog, I am reposting the review I wrote for Stephen Mansfield’s Miracle of the Kurds. I urge you to read this book. You will gain valuable insight into the people very much in the center of the battle for the Middle East. Mansfield paints a very joyful yet poignant picture of an ancient people group who have lots to offer but few friends. After reading this book, I encourage you to listen to the news with different ears. Hopefully you will begin to understand the precarious position of the young yet ancient land of the Kurds, Kurdistan. My eyes opened as I began to see the world with anew, not wearing the western colored glasses I usually use to view my surroundings. Be sure to follow the author, Stephen Mansfield for more insight into these brave people. @MansfieldWrites
A people without a country. A people without a home. For most of the twentieth century, and even before, they were a ‘people without a friend” Alas, In the heated battle for control in the Middle East today, this hearty group of people, who date their very existence to the Medes of the ancient world, are again in battle for their homeland.
In his book, “The Miracle of the Kurds”,New York Times best-selling author Stephen Mansfield introduces us to a strong, proud intelligent people who have been largely ignored and used as pawns since World War I. Forced to become a part of a nation that despised them, the Kurds were tortured, murdered and almost destroyed under the iron hand of Saddam Hussein. He waged a war of genocide on these people, killing. mutilating and gassing hundreds of thousands of Kurds during his march to create the new Babylonia.
Mansfield visited Kurdistan, the land of the Kurds int the 1990’s, while traveling with our military and diplomatic forces during and after the Gulf War. He fell in love with these “mountain people”, and through the pages of “The Miracle”, the author shares his love of these strong, emotional, proud and loyal people.” The Miracle of The Kurds” puts a face on the victims of Saddam Hussein’s war. Mansfield takes the reader through the history of Kurdistan, from our earliest knowledge of a people more at home in the mountains than anywhere else, whose tenuous relations with the border nation of Turkey threatens their very existence today. We learn that the Kurds were forced after World War I to become a part of Iraq, whose dictator strove to wipe them off te face of the earth. Amazingly, the people of Kurdistan survived and have thrived since the dawn of te twenty-first century. By the last page of the book, the reader is cheering for these hearty people. Mansfield succeeds in showing us that a sense of history and purpose as well as determination enable the Kurds to build from the ashes and even create a nation where there seemed to be no hope in the possibility.
When I read this book, I began to see the Kurds through Stephens eyes. I was eager, as was the author, to learn all I could about these amazing people. I wanted to immerse myself in their culture and to see them through Kurdish eyes, not those of my western, American eyes. I was ready to board a plane and fly to Kurdistan to wander the streets and drink coffee in the cafes and spread jam on my flatbread.
A timely book., that celebrates a people who rose above adversity and history to build a lasting society and leave their mark for future generations. Who even today, are being threatened as a result of the wars and rumors of war that are a constant in this day and age.
I urge anyone and everyone to read “The Miracle of the Kurds” to be more informed on what is happening today in that part of the world to be encouraged by a strong people determined to leave their mark on history.Well written and documented, but never dry and always entertaining with stories that bring laughter and some that bring tears.
Stephen Mansfield is a writer and speaker best known for his groundbreaking books on the role of religion in history, leadership, and modern culture. He first came to international attention with The Faith of George W. Bush, the New York Times bestseller that influenced Oliver Stone’s film, W. His book The Faith of Barack Obama was another international bestseller. He has written celebrated biographies of Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, Winston Churchill, and Abraham Lincoln, among others. Stephen speaks around the world on topics of faith, leadership, and culture. He is also the founder of two firms: The Mansfield Group MansfieldGroup.com and Chartwell Literary Group ChartwellLiterary.com. He lives in Nashville and in Washington, DC, with his wife, Beverly, who is an award-winning songwriter and producer.