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Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World [Paperback]

By Lela Gilbert (Author)
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In 1982, Caroline Cox was appointed to the ranks of British nobility with the title Baroness Cox of Queensbury, Greater London. A former deputy speaker of the House of Lords, she is a tireless advocate for international human rights. In the course of her humanitarian career, Cox has visited overlooked people groups, often in highly dangerous conditions, to carry their stories of abuse and persecution back to the West. This is her inspiring life story, centering on how she has used her position in British government to turn the world's attention to humanitarian causes around the globe.

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Studio: Monarch Books
Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.51" Width: 5.82" Height: 0.57"
Weight:   0.76 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
Publisher   Kregel Publications
ISBN  0825461642  
ISBN13  9780825461644  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lela Gilbert is a free-lance writer and editor who has authored or co-authored more than sixty published books. Her work includes Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians (co-authored, Thomas Nelson, 2013), Blind Spot: When Journalists Don't Get Religion (co-authored, Oxford University Press, 2008), and Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World (Lion-Hudson, 2007). She is a contributor to numerous news publications including the Jerusalem Post, The Weekly Standard, Jewish World Review, and National Review Online (NRO). An adjunct fellow at Hudson Institute, she lives in Jerusalem and California.

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Responding to injustice with courage  Mar 29, 2010
Lela Gilbert, Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World (Oxford: Monarch, 2007)

Reviewed by Rev Dr Darren Cronshaw

Einstein said "the world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who didn't do anything about it". Baroness (Caroline) Cox has a deep and inspiring commitment to human rights and freedom, and does something about it.

A nurse by professional background, she jokes she is a Baroness by astonishment, having been asked in 1982 by Margaret Thatcher to serve in the House of Lords. She speaks up from that platform on behalf of those facing persecution. She founded HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust) as a vehicle for practical compassion for suffering victims.

In a world that suffers injustice greater than we can often imagine and on a scale where individuals are lost in overwhelming numbers, Baroness Cox travels to where she hears about injustices to collect eyewitness evidence. When she sends aid, she often goes along with it - even if her plane is shot at or she has to cross borders illegally.

Author Lela Gilbert takes the reader on some of the Baroness' travels. We read of Russia and other countries moving on from Communism and their sometimes inhuman treatment of people with disabilities. We meet victims of Burma's brutal dictatorship, including some of the 70,000 child soldiers and Ma Su, a 38 year old Karen lady, who spoke of the soldier who shot her: "I love him. The Bible tells us to love our enemies - so of course I love him. He is my brother." (p116) We are overwhelmed with the scale of suffering in Southern Sudan where 2 million have died, 4 million displaced and Christians are forced into slavery or invited to embrace Islam for food and medicine. We are shown how the growth of Shari'a law, the strict Muslim legal code that discriminates against Christians, is part of the Islamization of nations across the continent. And we are reminded of Indonesia, where 1000s have been killed over the last decade and many more displaced in Muslim-Christian violence.

The book recounts the cry: "Thank you for coming - you show us the broader church cares" and "Please tell the world what is happening to us." It is an inspiring and insightful read - examining political realities, the threat of fundamentalist Islam, appropriate aid responses and the challenge of solidarity with the persecuted church.
It is the story of a gutsy yet gracious woman who stands up for the underdog: "It is not only the perpetrators of crime and evil who commit sin, but also those who stand by - seeing and knowing - and who do not condemn it or try to avert it" (p94). Baroness Cox shows that though we cannot do everything we can do significant things to stand alongside those who are destitute and speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Darren is BUV's Coordinator of Leadership Training. Baroness Cox is available from Christian Bookstores for $19.95. HART Australia was founded in Melbourne in March 2009.
Originally reviewed in Witness: The Voice of Victorian Baptists, (May), Exclusive Web Content.
Bold Baroness  Mar 18, 2009
Reviewed by Dr. Michael Philliber for Reader Views (3/09)

People suffering from brutal regimes, oppressive tyrants, religious persecution and violent mobs is far outside of the scope of most Americans and Westerners. The majority of us work hard at cushioning our consciences by ignoring or avoiding the terrible things going on in our world. That's what makes Lela Gilbert's biography, "Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World," an alarming, discomforting, inspiring read. In this short 235-page paperback, Gilbert describes one brave woman who chooses not to shield herself in the sanitary and safe environment of England's elite House of Lords, but who instead elects to actively be a voice for the voiceless.

This story about Caroline Cox briefly begins with her father, Dr. Robert McNeill Love, who served for a time in the Royal Army Medical Corps in the Middle East during World War I. The author then passes swiftly through Caroline's marriage to Dr. Murray Cox, on to her professional career as a nurse and then the head of the Sociology Department at Polytechnic of North London (PNL). It was during her stint at PNL that Caroline's metal was first truly tested. During the 1970s, hardliner communist faculty and students, along with other Marxist-based ideologues, disrupted the college with student protests, verbal assaults, violence, intimidation, and repeated character assassinations. It was during this time she wrote her highly acclaimed "Rape of Reason."

Gilbert then takes the reader to the shocking moment when, then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, appointed Caroline Cox to life peerage in the House of Lords in 1982. The rest of the book shows how Baroness Cox has refused to sit on her laurels, but rather used and uses her position to move among those who are being oppressed by tyrannical governments, hounded by vicious mobs, and brutalized in religiously and ethnically based military assaults. As it becomes clear throughout "Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World" the Baroness is a woman of deep Christian faith. It is that faith which fuels her actions and propels her into dangerous environments, so that she may gather eyewitness facts about the brutalities going on in numerous regions.

Though most of Baroness Cox's work is done on behalf of oppressed Christians, her fairness and evenhandedness comes through. She has risked her safety to collect firsthand testimony from the people who feel they have a right to attack Christian minority groups. But she has also stood up for abused members of other faith groups afflicted by governmental bullies. As "Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World" shows, she is truly a voice for the voiceless.

The last half of "Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World" by Lela Gilbert reveals an alarming trend in the world of violence. Whether in Indonesia, East Timor, Nigeria, Sudan, or Northern Uganda, the biggest perpetrator of terror and brutality is religious. To be more specific, the major religious architect is a radical Islamic-inspired viciousness. Baroness Cox is careful to show that there are many moderate Islamic leaders who are opposed to the bloodshed. Nevertheless, she is forced to acknowledge that there is a growing global trend toward Islamization at gunpoint. The last chapter of "Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World" contains her factual analysis.

Gilbert has done an exceptional job in pulling together a fast-paced biography on an exceptional woman. On the one hand, this is a troubling work that will bring the reader face-to-face with the ugly realities going on in many other parts of the world. On the other hand, "Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World" will stir up and inspire many people of faith to take a more intelligent and compassionate stand on behalf of those who are weighed down with systemic discrimination and abuse. I highly recommend "Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World" by Lela Gilbert.

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