Dangerous Love – A Lesson in Forgiveness
A Lesson in Forgiveness
Forgiveness is never an easy thing to do, and this situation was an extremely difficult one. I have spent several years as an expat but this pales in comparison to the life of Ray Norman and his family. The title “Dangerous Love” is truly fitting for this book! What happens between these pages will literally take your breath away. You will never look at the life of an expat the same again after reading this book; at least I won’t. This post is powered by BookLook Bloggers
Dangerous love is set in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania at a time when there was great tension between Muslims and Western Culture. The events of 9/11 did not help the situation much because tensions peaked during that time
Mauritania is a harsh land with rampant poverty. I thrived in this place, but for many development and humanitarian specialists working in Africa, this was one of those posts at the end of the line, a hardship post well known for its isolation and the plethora of challenges that came with it
The main point of the book took place when the author and his daughter came face to face with a violent extremist on their way to the beach. They were shot by Ali who they later found out had lost his parents and was suffering with mental issues.
I knew my chances of survival were almost nil the moment I saw the gun and the look in the eyes of the man who had stepped out of the dunes
Both Ray and his daughter were shot on that fateful day but thankfully they lived to tell the tales. Incredibly, this minister decided to continue his mission work in Mauritania. The family struggled with the decision, as expected from anyone who has gone through trauma this severe. A meeting with the author and Muslim Clerics gave him the answers he needed.
You see Monsieur Norman, we Muslims give alms and help the poor because the Quran instructs us to do so. This is an obligation but with World Vision you work with the poor because you love the poor. This is different, this is what sets you apart! If for no other reason, I encourage you to stay in this community and teach our people how to love their poor
Their willingness to forgive the man who almost took the lives of a father and daughter is the highlight of this great book. Not only did they forgive him, but they visited and ministered to him in prison. They further astounded everyone by providing assistance for his release.
But Mr. Norman, Kamal said at last, I have always wanted you to know what a profound impact you and your family had on Ali and how grateful he always was for what you did for him
I am greatly impressed by the poise and grace shown by this family during such an ordeal. In all of this their faith was not greatly shaken. I highly recommend this book for every Christian, especially those who lead; even though it is a great read for just about anyone. Two thumbs up and five stars for a great example and faith and forgiveness!