I was hestitate to select a book about the conflict in the Middle East, since I know next to nothing about the Jewish and Muslim religions, and even less about the Middle East as a whole. I am pleased to report that Seeds of Turmoil, written by Pastor Bryant Wright, was written for someone like me as the reader.
The first part of the book studies the conflict from the beginning, namely the choices of Abraham in the Old Testament. It examines Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, and Ishmael in terms of the relationships between them and God. It quotes and references scripture thoughout, and uses language that even the uninformed, such as myself, can understand.
The second half of the book studies the conflicting perspectives between the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian religions. This half of the book is a lot more technical, still citing scripture, but also referring to historical and current events of importance.
What I really appreciated about the book was the use of mainstream culture icons such as Seinfield and the novel Lonesome Dove to help explain difficult and confusing aspects of the conflict. These references made it easier for an everyday person such as myself to understand these basically foreign worlds.
If you are interested in reading Seeds of Turmoil yourself, it can be obtained from Amazon and other book sellers.
Disclaimer: As a member of the Booksneeze group, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review on this blog. I received no other compensation.