Making Friends Among the Taliban
A Peacemaker's Journey in Afghanistan
by Jonathan P. Larson
"Dan Terry sought the back seat in tea shops across Afghanistan to practice 'small talk as peacemaking,' insisting on the good in all people. A powerful and vivid tribute."
—Doug Pritchard, former co-director, Christian Peacemaker Teams
Dan Terry, one of 10 aid workers killed in Afghanistan in 2010, lived a life of radical love and commitment to the Afghan people.
Jonathan P. Larson
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"There is a winsome and compelling story left here that tells us there is an alternative to those things that have brought us such grief, and have visited pain and suffering on such a huge part of the world."
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Larson reveals that one Dan Terry is more valuable and constructive for peacemaking efforts than all military forces combined.
Making Friends Among the Taliban befuddled, confounded, and challenged me. How do we turn our conviction into actions?
What does a life lived in love and seeking reconciliation with those who differ from us really look like? Dan Terry's life is a shining example.
A woman missionary friend of mine who had spent years in Egypt told me, "Everything in the Middle East is relational." Based on this book, it would appear to be the same in Afghanistan, only perhaps more so.
Larson reveals the life of selfless service with the Afghan people that Terry should be remembered for. I have to confess, I have not been this inspired in a long time.