Stephen Mansfield is one of my favorite authors/commentators out there. I enjoy Stephen as host of the daily Derek Prince Ministries broadcasts. I enjoyed earlier books, such as “The Mormonizing of America”, “Lincoln’s Battle with God” and others. To date, Mr. Mansfield’s book for men, “Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men” is perhaps the best book I’ve read in the past couple of years.
I mention the above titles to remind rules that Mr. Mansfield is a very prolific writer of a vast array of subjects, with a very unique viewpoint of today’s society.
Stephen Mansfield’s latest book, “The Miracle of the Kurds” does not disappoint. In the past, I’d heard of the Kurdish people. I knew they “resided” in the mountains of Northern Iraq. More recently, I heard about the Kurdish Peshmerga battling in Syria and against ISIS.
Mansfield introduces us to a people with a rich 2,000+ year history. Kurd’s have lived through wars, pestilence, and persecution. Yet, they remain a proud and strong people about whom we have much to learn. This is a culture that has bounced back and thrived after, in 1991, they were marked for genocide by the Iraqi government led by Saddam Hussein. Their story is remarkable, and the author goes to great lengths to learn everything he can about them.
There is a large settlement of Kurds in Nashville, Tennessee. A large bulk of the author’s research was gained and confirmed from these new Americans.
Chapter 9 (on page 151) begins:
“The road to freedom for an oppressed people seems always to require the defining violent episode. We can wish this weren’t true, but history is too full of examples to deny the principle. The terrible moment seems to serve a purpose. It becomes not only a monument to the oppression of a people but also the galvanizing experience necessary for their deliverance. Black South Africans have their Soweto. Native Americans have their Trail of Tears or Wounded Knee. African Americans have their thousands of lynchings. India has its Amritsar. So the pattern continues. The Kurds have their episode too: Halabjah. As long as Kurds live upon the earth, so too will the memory of Halabjah…”
This fine volume does a great job in introducing the Kurdish people to us. And, as a result, Mr. Stephen Mansfield continues to be among my favorite author and cultural commentator. I commend this book to you.
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