Review: Kabul24 by Henry O. Arnold and Ben Pearson

In 2001, shortly before the attacks of September 11th, the Taliban raided and rested twenty-four members of the Shelter Now International (SNI) organization for allegedly sharing the message of Christ with Afgan families.  The story of their arrest, imprisonment, trial, and eventual rescue is documented in the pages of Kabul24 by Henry O. Arnold and Ben Pearson.

This story keeps you on the edge of your seat as you follow along on this utter terrifying journey of these hostages.  From the backseat of vans and taxis to being interrogated by the Taliban to the gross living conditions inside the Taliban prisons, the reader gets a front seat to horror and hope.  Each passing day brings joy and sorrow as they struggle to survive in the worst possible place.

Woven into the lining of this story is a message of hope, forgiveness and most of all faith.  Spread through the pages of this book is the power of prayer.  These workers prayed for small items (kindness) to large items (no one dying).  In each situation, they prayed.  This book shows us the wonderful example of the power of prayer that can unite an entire world.

This book is captivating, chilling, and a wonderful documentary of the events of the Shelter Now International workers who were kidnapped for their belief.  Since their release, 105 days after their kidnapping, many of the SNI workers have returned to Afghanistan to help rebuild what was destroyed. They have returned because God has called them to this place.  I, was unaware of this incident, and this is a beautifully crafted story of faith, hope, healing and love.

Check out the book here and movie here.

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