Palestinian Memories: The Story of a Palestinian Mother and Her People
By Rev. Alex Awad
(The 385-page book is in hardback and contains pictures in full color. It can be ordered for a cost of $25 (plus $5 shipping and handling). Orders should be sent via Bethlehem Bible College: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In his book, Palestinian Memories: The Story of a Palestinian Mother and Her People, Rev. Awad shares his mother's story, a story that epitomizes the tragedy of the Al Nakba (the Catastrophe of 1948). Part One tells the dramatic and moving story of Huda and her family from the Ottoman Period until the present. When his father was shot in front of his home in East Jerusalem, his mother Huda escaped with her seven children and was left to raise them on her own. While studying to be a registered nurse, she supported her children's education and held the family together. Her story of courage, determination, and personal faith in Jesus Christ will come as a great encouragement to Christians throughout the world and at the same time will shed much light on the Palestinian Christian and Muslim communities in the Holy Land and the difficulties they face under Israeli occupation.
Part Two guides the reader step by step through the political history of the Arab/Israeli conflict. In a concise manner, Rev. Awad provides a comprehensive background to the current status of the seemingly irresolvable Arab/Israeli conflict that threatens not just Palestinians, but peace in the region and throughout the Arab and Muslim world. Rev. Awad's simple narrative and questioning style brings clarity to concepts and issues surrounding the conflict such as Christian Zionism, Anti-Semitism, Jihad, Intifada, and others. The reader will appreciate the author's attention to historical, territorial and political detail that enhances the story related in Part One.
Rev. Awad's first book, Through the Eyes of the Victims, though out of print, has been very helpful in introducing readers to the basic dynamic of the Arab-Israeli conflict.