Ray Norman spent most of his life in far-flung corners of the globe, working on a long-term development projects and living out his calling as a Christian professional. By the time he arrived in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania around the turn of the millennium, he was a veteran of life as an expat, at home in countries and cultures not his own. But in 2001, the world was about to change-and so was Ray’s life.
In the aftermath of 9/11-a time when tensions between Muslim and Western culture were peaking-Ray and his daughter, Hannah, made the short drive from their home to the Mauritanian beach. But instead of spending the afternoon enjoying the waves and the water, father and daughter found themselves hurtling back to the city, each with a bullet-hole pumping blood into the floorboards of their jeep.
This personal account and testimony of Ray Norman was very poignant and moving. Normally, I do not read a lot of non-fiction books because it takes me a long time to read them. It did take me a minute to read this one but I was glad that I did. Mr. Norman is a Christian and he lives to serve God. I admired his ability to lead his family and seeking God on a daily basis. In the book, he is currently on a mission trip in Nouakchott, the Capitol of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. He works for World Vision. During his time there, he and his daughter are shot by one of the local natives of Mauritania. Instantly, his world is changed and his trust and faith in God is tested. Most of all, he must forgive the person that has done what seems like an unforgivable act. I think the story was told very well. I also like how the author helped me to visual what Mauritania must look like in addition to the culture and people there. I also liked how the author explained how the shooting affected his family & not just himself. I definitely would recommend this book. A very different read.
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