It's rough and it's smooth. It's dark and it's light. It's a masterpiece. It's us. Here in Sudan. We are scared of it and drawn to it. There is an open door, and there is much opposition.
After the last contemporary missionary story disappointment, my hopes for redemption were high. Though this book’s content was on a moral high ground, for as far as I could tell, the plot lacked, and the writing was simplistic. Unordinarily, this book’s ability to capture my attention fell short. Not to be overly critical, but I also was a little put off by the length of the chapters – sometimes just one and a half pages. I would have preferred longer chapters with page dividers. Lengthened and more complex scenes would help as well.
On another note, questions arose as to the veracity of contextual information presented. I don’t claim to be an expert on missionary life, but Sharia law and the Muslim faith dictate differently in several ways than was offered through this book’s interpretation of them. Again, having never lived in Sudan, this may not be the case. But, in general, Middle Eastern countries, especially this one, follow Sharia law suffocatingly strictly, so some of the scenes and mentions are problematic.
The dialog and interior reasoning was strained and constricted, though there is a possibility that was due to native English characters speaking Arabic, and vice versa.
To end on a positive note, the glossary of foreign words was very enjoyable. Here are a few memorable ones:
Naematan fawq niema: grace upon grace
Habeebtee: my dear
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
*I did not complete this book in full, so I cannot verify all content.*