Inside ISIS: The Brutal Rise of a Terrorist Army

by Benjamin Hall

What can I even say? Benjamin is a reporter that has been in the trenches and literally seen the things that ISIS is doing. What he is thinking by going over there, I have no idea!!!! But I will say, this is one of the hardest books I’ve ever had to read.

My heart breaks. Not just because of the mass killings, thousands upon thousands of children warriors that are completely brainwashed and the same amount of women/children that are sex slaves. No. My heart breaks because their hearts are so empty that they don’t know what to do but try to fill up that void. They think that the more killing and evil that is done, the better chance they have for Heaven; for Allah to allow them a “pass”.

Jesus. Jesus is the answer. Jesus is the one that fills that void of hurt and torture your lives have been. Christians do NOT worship three Gods. We worship One. Just One. Ask Allah who he really is. Ask Him to show you if He is real. Mean it. Ask Him and really mean it. He will show Himself to you. You don’t need this horrendous path.

Throughout the book, Benjamin is, rightfully, calling for us to do more to stop ISIS and it’s rapid growth. Us, Americans, we don’t even know the half of what’s going on over there. It blew my mind. But again, there is nothing that can stop them except Jesus. They are seeking to find a way to fill that emptiness and pain by turning frantic and brutal. Pray. Pray, my friends! This is much more serious than you even realize!

I appreciate, so much, what Benjamin has done to open my eyes and the eyes of many. I certainly don’t recommend he continues to go, but I appreciate what he’s doing with this book. It is eye opening, thoroughly written. You will know the players in the game. You will know where they came from and how it is escalating. If you want knowledge of what ISIS truly is, pick up a copy of this book.

Thank you, netgalley, for this book. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more (hopefully lighthearted!!! for a while anyway) more!

Want to read!!!

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I haven’t had a chance to read this, but stumbled across it on
CBD
. Here is the info they have on it:

Product Description
Jay Sekulow, one of America’s most influential attorneys, closely examines the rise of the terrorist groups ISIS and Hamas, explains their objectives and capabilities and how, if left undefeated, their existence could unleash a genocide of historic proportions.

Recently, the world has been shaken by gruesome photos and videos that have introduced us to the now infamous terrorist group known as ISIS. The world’s wealthiest and most powerful jihadists, ISIS originated within Al Qaeda with the goal of creating an Islamic state across Iraq and Syria and unrelenting jihad on Christians. Separate from ISIS, the terrorist group Hamas has waged an equally brutal war against Israel. Both groups, if left undefeated, have the potential to unleash a catastrophic genocide.

Rise of ISIS gives a better understanding of the modern face of terror, and provides an overview of the laws of war and war crimes. These laws differentiate between the guilty and innocent, and explain why the US military and the Israeli Defense Forces are often limited in their defensive measures.

The authors’ firsthand experience, including multiple appearances before the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court at The Hague, along with direct contact battling jihadists during operation Iraqi Freedom lends insight into this important geopolitical issue.

A must-have for anyone who wants to better understand the conflict that exists in the middle east, this well-researched and fully annotated volume is invaluable in revealing how this new brand of terrorism poses a very real threat to Americans and the world at large. It also serves as a guide to what we as individuals – and as a nation – can do to stop this escalating violence, prevent jihad, and protect Israel and America from this imminent threat.

Includes an exclusive track from the Jay Sekulow Band, “Where I Stand,” a moving tribute to the persecuted Christians in Iraq (download track information located on page 99).

If you would like to pick up a copy, just click HERE.

Killing Christians – Living the Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe

by Tom Doyle (with Greg Webster)

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Everyone should read this book. Period.

As news channels broadcast everything going on in the middle east, we see millions of images and hear millions of stories: ISIS, Hamas, Muslim Radicals, Islamic Radicals, innocent civilians being killed and people all over the world persecuted for their faith. People are sick of religion and looking for something different. Religion causes war, suffering and fear.

This book takes you inside some of the lives of people that are currently living in those situations. People that are currently suffering and being persecuted, tortured and killed for their love of Jesus. As you read story after story of how God is moving in the midst of persecution, it will inspire you and your own faith.

Tom Doyle asks us the two big questions: “Are you willing to suffer for Jesus?” and “Are you willing to die for Jesus?”. The answer to these questions will show you where you are at in your life and relationship with Him. After reading this book, you will have made up your mind!

Pre-orders start on December 17th for Killing Christians. Get those orders in and gift the pre-ordered book this Christmas!!!! Here’s the link!!

You can join in prayer with the 8thirty8 program. Check it out here!!

The Miracle of the Kurds

“A Remarkable Story of Hope Reborn in Northern Iraq”

by Stephen Mansfield

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We’ve all seen the images and heard of the tragic chemical bombings. In this eye opening book, the stories behind those pictures and news reports are explored. We see the spirit of the Kurds and what they want us to know. They deserve to have us listen.

Stephen Mansfield has spent years growing relationships with the Kurdish people. Not only has he spent time in the Kurdish towns in Northern Iraq, but has welcomed the influx of refugees that came to Nashville, TN. In this book, we see their individual stories. We hear of the horrors they faced. This book is not for the weak of heart. It is, however, an atrocity that we cannot ignore.

Remarkably, the Kurdish people have grown stronger and more resilient in the years since Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime was brought down in 2003. Their spirit has not been crushed. In fact, the have turned their lives around so completely that The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler included the region of Kuridstan on the “must-see” travel list. They have rebuilt their cities and are prospering beyond imagination.

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I learned alot about the Kurdish people and the things they have faced over the last few thousand years. I felt that the book was a bit repetitive, but that was fueled by the obvious passion of the writer. He felt their pain and wanted us to understand. It was well researched and full of details.

I recommend that you pick up a copy here. Give it a read. Give them a voice. If for no other reason, read it to become aware of what is happening in the world we live in.

I want to thank netgalley.com and Worthy Publishing for giving me a copy of this book for review. Here’s to many more!!

**Just a side note: In this book, we hear about the welcoming arms of the Kurds. We hear how they welcome refugees and those that are “homeless”. Just this week, many have fled to Erbil after ISIS took over new cities and towns nearby. Be praying for all involved.

Urgent Prayer Need

Please Copy and Paste this Email and PRAY!!

10.23.14

Urgent Prayer Need

It is with tears in my eyes that I type this email. I received word this morning from missionary friends that ISIS has moved into new towns. They are going house to house and asking the children to denounce Christ – not a single child has, as of yet. They are then killing the children in front of their parents and leaving the parents alive.

My heart breaks but remains filled with hope in Christ. As I “pray for those that persecute you” I am reminded that we are each engaged in this battle. It is not a battle for land but souls. Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood…” ISIS and the people doing these horrendous acts are not the enemy. They are blinded by Satan. We need to pray for their freedom in Christ. But, we also need to pray for our brothers and sisters that are standing in the strength of our LORD. We must remember that though the battle is far more subtle here at home, it is the same battle – there, the weapon is fear and persecution. Here the weapon is the lullaby. We must awaken that we are here to make disciple-makers by proclaiming the only Good News for this world – JESUS!

Please pray and forward this to others to pray. Below I’ve attached actual email communications that came in this morning.

A Text Message from today:

“We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are
beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling
food to. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10
minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of
Erbil last night. The UN evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and
will stay. Prayer cover needed!” Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of
the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its
extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this
region. May I plead with you not to ignore this email. Do not forward it
before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible.
Send it to friends and Christians you may know. Send it to your prayer group.
Send it to your pastor and phone him/her to pray on Sunday during the service
– making a special time of prayer for this. We need to stand in the gap for
our fellow Christians.
Thank you for all your prayers !!!!”

An email from the field

Missionaries who are in the areas that are being attacked by ISIS are asking
to be showered in prayer. ISIS has taken over the town they are in today. He
said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and
asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And
so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has
withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own. They are determined to stick
it out for the sake of the families – even if it means their own deaths. They
are very afraid, have no idea how to even begin ministering to these families
who have had seen their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called
them for some reason to be His voice and hands at this place at this time.
Even so, they are begging for prayers for courage to live out their vocation
in such dire circumstances. And like the children, accept martyrdom if they
are called to do so. These brave parents instilled such a fervent faith in
their children that they chose martyrdom. Please surround them in their loss
with your prayers for hope and perseverance.

— Sent from ChristianSurfers.com