From the General Interest section

Notice: This site is no longer being updated. It will continue to be available as an archive, at least until the end of March 2019. If you rely on it for review links, please adjust them before then.

The project has disseminated reviews and other information about Christian books since the start of the Millennium. We regret that it is no longer possible to sustain it.

The Gospel of Rutba

War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq

by Greg Barrett


Price: £14.99
Publisher:Orbis Books from Alban Books
Published:31 March 2013
This book describes an event which took place shortly after America initiated a war in 2003 against Saddam Hussein's regime. It has three distinct, although related, strands which the author skilfully weaves together. The first one explains the title, wich literally means "Good news from Rutba". This is a heart-warming account of kindness received from an unexpected source - the presumed enemy. The second tells us something of the people in the story: three American peace-activists involved in a life-threatening accident outside the small Iraqi town of Rutba, and the passers-by, ambulance drivers, doctors and nurses who rescued them and cared for them within the limited resources at their disposal after their hospital had been destroyed by American bombs. The third strand is a powerful indictment of the Bush administration's "shock and awe" attack on a sovereign nation with its attendant suffering, death and destruction. The author concludes on a happier note with a description of the return visit to Rutba by the peace-activists in 2010 to give thanks once again to their rescuers.

Reviewer: Alexandra Irvine   (26/02/13)

The book has its own website >>

The Third Target - Joel Rosenberg
Ritchie Christian Media
Church House Bookshop
Candle Books
Together Magazine
Aslan Christian Books
Scripture Union
CLC Christian Bookshops
Gospel for Asia UK