I Dared to Call Him Father by Bilquis Sheikh and Richard H. Schneider

Posted by Sherry on 5/8/2015 in Conversion stories, General, Pakistan/Afghanistan |

I Dared to Call Him Father: The Miraculous Story of a Muslim Woman’s Encounter with God by Bilquis Sheikh and Richard H. Schneider I read the 25th anniversary edition of this classic testimony of a well-to-do Muslim Pakistani woman, Bilquis Sheikh, who came to faith in Christ at the age of sixty-five through a series […]


If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy

Posted by Sherry on 11/22/2014 in 2014, Family, General, Pakistan/Afghanistan, Young Adult Fiction |

Mike gets a letter a few weeks before his sixteenth birthday: “If you’re reading this, I’m very sorry, but I was killed in the war in Afghanistan.” Thus begins a series of letters to Mike from the dad he didn’t really know who died in Afghanistan when Mike was eight years old. Can Mike get […]


Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy

Posted by Sherry on 12/20/2011 in 2011, General, Pakistan/Afghanistan, Young Adult Fiction |

I found the story behind this book almost as intriguing as the book itself. In an author’s note at the end of the book, Mr. Reedy says he wrote the novel by accident. He planned to write children’s books set in small town Iowa, but he was sent to Afghanistan in 2004 as a part […]


Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai

Isn’t it interesting how much attention a country gets when we (the U.S.) go to war with or invade them? How many children’s books can you name set in Sri Lanka, Armenia, or even modern Italy? But there are several set in in Vietnam and now in modern Afghanistan. That’s not a criticism, just an […]


Veiled Freedom by J.M. Windle

Posted by Sherry on 9/30/2010 in Adult Fiction, Around the World, General, Pakistan/Afghanistan |

Kabul, 2001—American forces have freed Afghanistan from the Taliban. Kites have returned to the skies. Women have removed their burqas. There is dancing in the streets. Kabul, 2009—Suicide bombing, corruption in government, a thriving opium and heroin trade, Sharia law, and women oppressed and treated as slaves and property. Is this the Afghanistan, the free […]


BBAW Interview Swap

Posted by Sherry on 9/14/2010 in Blogamundi (Links), General, India, Pakistan/Afghanistan, Southeast Asia |

Swapna Krishna of S. Krishna’s Books is a 20-something reader and book blogger from Washington, D.C. Since she’s about the age of my Eldest Daughter, it was a blast to swap interviews with her for Book Blogger Appreciation Week and get some reading recommendations from the younger generation. We don’t know each other at all, […]


Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan

Afghanistan is in the news almost every day, and those children who hear about the war there have questions about the people of Afghanistan and the culture there. Wanting Mor by Pakistani author Rukhsana Khan could serve as an introduction to a country that has become, for better or for worse, a preoccupying subject for […]


Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Posted by Sherry on 8/25/2008 in Around the World, General, Nonfiction, Pakistan/Afghanistan |

“The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea. you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family, and for our family, we are prepared to do anything, even die,” he said, laying his hand warmly on […]


The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

Posted by Sherry on 5/1/2008 in Around the World, General, Nonfiction, Pakistan/Afghanistan |

The Bookseller of Kabul–Seierstad. Recommended at Bookfest. The Bookseller of Kabul is a nonfiction account of the lives of a real family in Kabul, Afghanistan. Journalist Asne Seierstad lived with the family for four months as a guest, welcomed by the patriarch of the family, a man she calls “Khan” in her story. Unfortunately, her […]


A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Posted by Sherry on 1/16/2008 in Adult Fiction, Around the World, Pakistan/Afghanistan |

I liked Mr. Hosseini’s first novel, The Kite Runner (Semicolon review here), very much. So did a lot of other people. It became a best seller, and it’s been made into a movie. A Thousand Splendid Suns is just as compelling and as ripped-from-the-headlines relevant as The Kite Runner. In fact, I liked it in […]

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