Pillars: How Muslim Friends Led Me Closer to Jesus and here is the audiobook, if you prefer that option for listening. Here is one audiobook reviewer:
“I loved this book for its honesty. A real antidote to narrow minds and mean spirits. Progressive Christians will love this book, some other Christians may not, but I would recommend it to anyone, regardless of their faith, who wants to broaden their horizons and gain an understanding of people who might be our neighbours anywhere in the world in order to help us love with greater empathy and understanding and to see ourselves with greater humility. Beautifully read. Thank you.”
If you read Pillars and would like to know more about what sent my family out of Somalia and into Djibouti, check out the biography Stronger than Death. Personally, I think her story is far more incredible than mine!
I talked with the Persuasion Podcast last week about the value of authentic relationships.
The Profile: Premier Christian Radio podcast interview
Essay in Christian Today: We miss so much if we think of Jesus as a white European
Thank you to everyone who has left a review for these books!
Stories from the Horn
Two news stories feel significantly big recently. One is personal, Djibouti becoming the first country to mandate the Covid vaccine for all people leaving or entering. The second is the devastating news out of Ethiopia about massacres in Tigray, including the murder of three MSF workers, and the looming famine.
MSF staff murdered in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. What is happening in Tigray is extremely dire and will have serious and widespread repercussions around the region. You can listen to this episode of The Daily and this of The Horn for more.
Djibouti becomes the first country to mandate Covid vaccinations for everyone leaving or entering the country over 25 years old. This is causing no small amount of consternation and confusion as the details are worked out and the mandate went into effect immediately.
The Gravedigger’s wife film preview is out. Filmed in Djibouti. It looks pretty good!
Radisson Hotels to open in Djibouti. Maybe they will be a step up from the Sheraton? About a month ago I ordered “spring rolls”. Said it in three languages and showed it on the menu to my server. I got freezer-fried chicken nuggets.
It is Independence season in the Horn:
1. Somaliland on 26th June (British Protectorate)
2. Djibouti on 27th June (French Protectorate)
3. Somalia on 1st July (Italian Protectorate)
What I’m Reading
(keep in mind that I read books I disagree with, books that challenge, books that entertain, books that push me, books I adore. I read a lot about faith. You might not like all these books. I don’t like all the books I read. That’s good for us.)
Gentle and Lowly: the Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers, by Dane Ortlund
After Doubt: How to Question Your Faith Without Losing it, by A.J. Swoboda
Truth and Tools: A Practical Guide to Living in Your Faith, by Vanessa Luu
The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, by Jeffrey Sachs
(these last two books are for a class on globalization and development)
Have a wonderful week,