President Obama has announced that nearly all U.S. troops will withdraw from Iraq by the end of the year. While politicians and other talking heads debate the reality that will set in for the Iraqi people once the Americans are gone, the rest of the country wonders, ‘will the troops really come home?’ Is the president telling the truth or is it all just fiction? That is an answer that news anchors and commentators will be debating for months. Whatever the reality, family, friends, and neighborhoods throughout northern California are more than ready to welcome their loved ones home from Iraq.
Instead of getting a headache from all the rhetoric and drama, why not just indulge in something that is known to be fiction? The following Christian fiction titles all have to do with war and conflict in the Middle East, a hotbed for warring factions since Abraham became the father of Ishmael and Isaac.
The Jihad’s Messiah (Risen Books, 2011) by Nick Daniels – World power is now centered in the Middle East and a peace treaty between Israel and the Arab nations has been signed, calling for at least seven years of peace. When the right-hand man of a radical Islamic leader is wrongly accused of being an Israeli spy, he tries to prove himself innocent. Then war breaks out and he must try to escape. A Jewish woman and a Christian prisoner seem to be his only allies.
The Seraph Seal (Thomas Nelson, 2011) by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner – Set in 2048, the earth has reached its limit. A cultural history professor finds a 2nd-century Diatessaron manuscript that could save humanity from its own destruction.
The Assassins (B&H Publishing Group, 2005) by Oliver North and Joe Musser – When on the sixth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Saudi Arabian family is assassinated, oil fields in the Middle East are destroyed, and the U.S. experiences hyper-inflation, a secret task force is created to assassinate terrorists. This is the third and final book in a series from these two authors.
True Valor (Tyndale House, 2005) by Dee Henderson – This is the second title in the Uncommon Heroes series by this author. Navy Lt. Gracie Yates is shot down behind enemy lines in Iraq and it’s up to Air Force Extractions Spc. Major Bruce Stanton to rescue her.
By the Sword (B&H Publishing Group, 2006) by Mike Yorkey and Rick Myatt – The first title in the Amber Robbins series, this is the story of underground Islamic extremists forcing conversions to Islam in an effort to rid the Middle East of Jewish and Christian believers. Amber Robbins is a reporter determined to expose the truth.
The Samson Option (Faithwalk Publishing, 2004) by Sharon Geyer – Unknown assassins have killed four people connected to Ari Ben Chaim and he has no idea why. Ari left Israel when he resigned from the army, but now he must return. Could the woman he loves be in danger too?
Baghdad Christmas (Cedar Fort, Inc., 2006) by Bob Lonsberry – Two men come face to face on the streets of Baghdad and learn they must be ready to sacrifice all.
These books are available online from Amazon, Powell’s, and Biblio. They may also be found at Christian retailers like these in northern California. (Find a Christian bookstore in your neighborhood.)
*Heaven’s Gate Christian Bookstore – 341 Clovis Avenue, Clovis – 559.322.7473
*Living Word Christian Center – 1533 Meyers Street, Oroville – 530.534.1227 – Open Monday thru Saturday
*Leap of Faith Bookstore – 800 Delnaro Drive, Sonora – 209.533.2501