i’ve just finished reading “Seeds of Turmoil” by Bryant Wright. it’s a book about the conflict in the Middle East between the Palestinian Arabs and the Jews over the land largely known as the Gaza Strip. the book does a good job of describing the conflict from the perspective of the Bible and God’s intentions surrounding the two sons of Abraham (Isaac, the father of Jews and Ishmael, the father of Arabs). the clarity of the conflict from the Bible’s perspective intermingled with some of the political background in the creation of an Israeli nation-state make for a decent presentation of the ‘problem’. where the book comes up somewhat short is in that political and social commentary on the conflict. it would have been nice to see some more explanation and background on the many wars over the years that saw the land mass change hands over the course of the millenia.
i appreciated the easy to follow writing style, however, i felt like through much of the book that i was sitting in a church on a sunday morning. it seems as though Wright has simply taken a 3 month long sermon series and plunked it all together in the form of the book. the casual presentation of the book was refreshing and brought some much needed clarity for me on the conflict of the sons of Abraham. i give this book a 4 out of 5.
disclaimer: i received a copy of this book for free through the Booksneeze blogging network in exchange for a review of the book. this means i get to say what i want about it.