Bryant Wright’s book, Seeds of Turmoil, surprised me with how little it matched my initial expectations.
Based off the topic itself, the reviews, the cover and even the graphics inside the book, I had imagined the Seeds to be strictly informative, intensely thick with diplomatic issues, difficult to read yet intriguing. Instead, Bryant’s book unexpectedly came across more as a devotional book, simplified in its text and with the Middle East Crisis as its anchor for application. While his book is highly informative and filled with interesting facts based solidly in Scripture, Bryant regularly makes short detours and brief pit-stops from the regular course of his book to question his reader and, in a devotional style, to seek how he can apply the text to the reader’s life. While there is nothing wrong with such writing for application, even in historically relevant piece such as this, Bryant’s efforts in personalizing the text seemed unnecessary at times, as if he needed to spoon-feed his readers.
For this reason alone, I anticipate this book to be highly effective and popular amongst newer believers and unbelievers seeking to better understand the importance of the Middle East Crisis. While peace in the Middle East may be farther away than we might hope, some readers may unexpectedly find their own peace in the process of reading Seeds of Turmoil.
Wright, Bryant. Seeds of Turmoil: The Biblical Roots of the Inevitable Crisis in the Middle East. Nashville, Tenn: Thomas Nelson, 2010.
[Note: I received a copy of Seeds of Turmoil free for review from Booksneeze.com]
© 2010 E.T.