By: Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer
with Stacy Mattingly
Published by: Doubleday/Waterbrook Press
ISBN #1-57856-645-2
301 pages

Back Cover:: This is the eagerly anticipated story of the two Christian aid workers from Waco, Tex., who were imprisoned by the Taliban in Afghanistan shortly before the September 11 attacks on America. Because so many Americans followed their plight in the press, the behind-the-scenes details of their 105-day ordeal will inevitably be riveting.

REVIEW: You know that book that’s been sitting on your shelf for a long time that you keep meaning to read one day? Prisoners of Hope is that book for me. It has patiently waited for seven years for me to pick it up and with our country’s military focus shifting from Iraq to Afghanistan I thought it would still be a timely read today. It is the autobiographical account of Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer, two young women working as Christian aid workers in war-torn Afghanistan in 2001. A few days before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, they were imprisoned by the ruling Taliban for talking about their faith in Jesus.

It is a remarkable story - reminiscent of one of the Apostle Paul’s journeys. In just a few months time, Dayna and Heather were able to build relationships, be successful in their work, and deepen their love and admiration for the citizens of Kabul. But then disaster came. Along with six other international aid workers, they were forced into prison without formal charges or a trial and remained there for over 100 days.

Prisoners of Hope is a great informational resource about the people and culture of Afghanistan and it is a beautiful story of courage, love, perseverance, and faith that triumphs over fear. Jesus is still in the business of setting all kinds of captives free!

The book has the happy ending of Dayna and Heather’s rescue, but the reader is left with concern for the people who live in Afghanistan and are vulnerable to poverty, government corruption, oppression, war, and a ban on Christianity as well as a real concern for the American soldiers serving there. Dayna and Heather have done an excellent job of shedding light on this dark part of the world and showing that God is truly in control and actively pursuing “lost sheep.”

Reviewed by The Page Turner


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