Seeds of Turmoil: The Biblical Roots of the Inevitable Crisis in the Middle East by Bryant Wright (Thomas Nelson, ISBN 9780849948152, August 2010, $19.99) takes readers from Abraham to today when addressing the Middle East conflict.

Seeds of Turmoil by Bryant Wright | Book Review by Dana Pittman

Wright pairs scripture with historical facts back to one family–Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar. As the story progresses he follows the genealogy and we explore family conflict. I believe readers will find this book direct yet not too complicated. Wright’s use of familiar scripture helped with balancing the historical facts and organizations that were new to me. I walked away from the book having a new appreciation of the differences between Jewish, Christian, and Islamic. It also makes me want to dig a little deeper.

What I liked most about Seeds of Turmoil was considering the turning points in each of the relationships (i.e., between Abraham and Sarah, Sarah and Hagar, Isaac and Ishmael, etc.) as communicated in the bible and based on Wright’s studies. I believe readers will be able to see themselves and reflect on their personal relationships. I also appreciated the simplicity in which Wright tackled a extensive, complicated topic. I believe it was Wright’s attempt to ensure all readers would understand that gives the first few chapters a slow pace.

In the end, I would recommend this book for Christian readers. I believe they will find the presentation including timelines, maps, and Wright’s laid back approach entertaining and educational.


My Rating

4 Butterfly Rating | Book Review by Dana Pittman

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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