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Prisoners of Hope: The Story of Our Captivity and Freedom in Afghanistan [Paperback]

By Dayna Curry (Author), Heather Mercer (Joint Author) & Stacy Mattingly (With)
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Now in paperback, Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer tell the story of their work in Afghanistan; their love for the people they served; their arrest, trial, and imprisonment; and their heroic rescue by U.S. Special Forces.

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The gripping and inspiring story of two extraordinary women--from their imprisonment by the Taliban to their rescue by U.S. Special Forces.
When Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer arrived in Afghanistan, they had come to help bring a better life and a little hope to some of the poorest and most oppressed people in the world. Within a few months, their lives were thrown into chaos as they became pawns in historic international events. They were arrested by the ruling Taliban government for teaching about Christianity to the people with whom they worked. In the middle of their trial, the events of September 11, 2001, led to the international war on terrorism, with the Taliban a primary target. While many feared Curry and Mercer could not survive in the midst of war, Americans nonetheless prayed for their safe return, and in November their prayers were answered.
In "Prisoners of Hope," Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer tell the story of their work in Afghanistan, their love for the people they served, their arrest, trial, and imprisonment by the Taliban, and their rescue by U.S. Special Forces. The heart of the book will discuss how two middle-class American women decided to leave the comforts of home in exchange for the opportunity to serve the disadvantaged, and how their faith motivated them and sustained them through the events that followed. Their story is a magnificent narrative of ordinary women caught in extraordinary circumstances as a result of their commitment to serve the poorest and most oppressed women and children in the world. This book will be inspiring to those who seek a purpose greater than themselves.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: WaterBrook Press
Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   0.94 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 16, 2003
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
ISBN  1578566460  
ISBN13  9781578566464  

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More About Dayna Curry, Heather Mercer & Stacy Mattingly

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dayna Curry grew up outside Nashville, Tennessee, and attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she majored in social work. She has been active with humanitarian work for several years in different countries, including Uzbekistan and Guatemala. Heather Mercer, originally from Vienna, Virginia, also attended Baylor University. Before going to Afghanistan, she traveled on humanitarian missions in Central America, Eastern Europe, and East Asia. Stacy Mattingly is a freelance writer.
The proceeds from Prisoners of Hope are being used by the authors to start their own organization, Hope Afghanistan, which will bring relief to the poor of that country. They hope to return to Afghanistan to continue their work there.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Prisoners of Hope: The Story of Our Captivity and Freedom in Afghanistan?

Wonderul Read  May 1, 2008
I am currently reading this book, almost finished. I am thoroughly enjoying it. I understand and agree that there are people here in the states that need help, but these women had a desire to help the poorest of the poor; those that no one else would be willing to help. They clearly state that they were careful not to "push" their religion on other people, only OFFERING to pray when someone was sick or needed help. Unless a casual statement was made, they didn't DISCUSS Christianity with Afghans unless those Afghans asked about it first. They went out of their way to help these people out. It is my understanding by reading the book that their motive was not to convert these Afghans to Christianity, but rather seeking to serve those who could not help themselves. I believe it is extremely commendable what they have done and appreciate the deep honesty that comes in the book (especially from Heather, admitting to her weaknesses). I've had this book for some time, but just now actually reading it. It is very enjoyable. I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading clean, Christian literature.
Prisonersd of Hope  Dec 27, 2007
This book was very informative about the culture of Afghanistan. It was very personable. It is a book that when you read it, it will help to increase your faith in Jesus Christ. I encourage anyone who is going through a time of struggle to read this book.
Great Book!  Nov 18, 2007
Great Book they wrote together about there story must read AND BE ON THE NEW YORK BEST SELLER LIST AND HOFLEY THEY WRITE MORE BOOKS TO COME!
Okay.  May 12, 2007
This was an interesting story about two Christian, foreign aid workers in Kabul, Afghanistan. I appreciated the background on what got them to Kabul and also the descriptions of their trials and frustrations while in captivity. Too often I've read bios or diarires that depict everything as "pie in the sky". Few people live that kind of life, so I appreciate it when people can be true, even if it means not being portrayed in a positive light. My biggest complaint about the book is its stilted language. For example, the use of "I was not" instead of "I wasn't" or "I did not" instead of "I didn't". This book was written in a conversational tone, though every time a contraction wasn't used when it should have been, it jumped off the page at me. It was distracting. Also, it would have been nice to have gotten more about their interactions with their fellow captives. This isn't a page turner. But it is an interesting story of faith put to the test and lived out in extreme circumstances.
Loved it!  Mar 1, 2007
I do a lot of reading, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It is very well written and does a good job of showing the reader what daily life was like for those living in Afghanistan. I appreciated the honesty, and the portrait of faith displayed by these courageous, Godly ladies!

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