"Ask yourself 'Might not diplomats who disagree behave differently, if instead of coming together being accountable to their governments' policies, they came together believing they were accountable to God?' Driven by faith to explore this theory, Canon Andrew White has fostered the most promising politico-spiritual reconciliation process in the Middle East. In so doing, he has led Iraqi Clerics to an awakening to their own accountability toward their parishioners. Diplomats who deny the role of religion in political discourse should stay away from the Middle East. Here religion and politics are inextricably linked. Andrew White's work provides vivid evidence that engaging religious leaders is central to any hope of ultimate success in waging peace in the Middle East."
Bud McFarlane, former National Security Advisor to Ronald Reagan
"Working in areas of conflict is dangerous and difficult as many journalists, aid workers, diplomats and others know to their cost. Andrew White is an Anglican Priest who has chosen to live and work in Iraq. This is his account of a tragedy which, in the opinion of many, ought to have been avoided."
Terry Waite CBE
"I have known Andrew White for many years and have great admiration for him as a peacemaker, bringing the love of Jesus Christ to one of the most dangerous places in the world. In the face of personal ill-health and threats to his life, he continues his extraordinary work with determination and unrelenting enthusiasm. Not everyone is called to such a ministry but Andrew acts as if he was born to it."
"Andrew White's commitment to working across faiths to secure peace in the Middle East has resulted in this extraordinary book. It charts not just his bravery but that of the people of the Middle East who want a fairer, more secure and more just world. It's a lesson to us all."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 45.
- Review Date: 2009-04-13
- Reviewer: Staff
As head of a foundation for relief and peacemaking and vicar of an Anglican church in Baghdad, White has gained the ear of major power brokers, negotiated hostage releases and coordinated interreligious dialogue in the Middle East. Yet his memoir does not fit neatly into the canon of peacemaking literature, in part because he sees no problem with aligning closely with the U.S. military and accepting Pentagon funds for his interfaith peace summits. “Peacemaking of the old woolly-liberal kind no longer works, if it ever did,” he writes, and criticizes “bottom-up” approaches to reconciliation as ineffective in the Middle East. White's most controversial claim—that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction—goes unsupported, and some will find his support for the U.S. invasion ironic, inasmuch as it exists alongside interreligious statements that he helped to broker proclaiming a “total rejection of all violence.” White's stories of finding common ground between enemies and his commitment to finding out how religion can “advise, rather than supervise, politics” are truly admirable, however, and not lost entirely amid the book's other, more self-serving assertions. (May)