Faith Under Fire

5 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
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The ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ encounters daily tragedy. What happened to Canon Andrew White’s faith when a young girl in his congregation died, after much hope and prayer? He has met the best and worst: articulate, agreeable imams and rabbis; Christian venality and dishonesty.

What has kept him willing to see the best? Every time he returns to Iraq he may be saying goodbye to his family for the last time. What do they think? He suffers from MS. How does he remain cheerful despite his physical weakness, and its progression?

What does Andrew White say to G-d, alone in his study, late at night? He has been caught up in momentous events. Can he see the hand of G-d? Looking ahead, can he be optimistic about the future? Where are his sources of spiritual energy? He solicits prayer: why?

Winner of the 2012 Ultimate Christian Library Book Award.

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Monarch Books (May 9, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1854249622
ISBN-13: 978-1854249623

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5 reviews for Faith Under Fire

  1. 5 out of 5


    I first heard about this man at my church, and wanted to know more about him. Who would want to go around with a bullet-proof vest on all the time? It is amazing what he has achieved in his role as peace-maker in the Middle East, and as Vicar of St George’s Church, Baghdad. This man takes enormous risks. He really lives his faith and he lives by faith. It was a compelling read, and shows what is it is like to live in post-Saddam Iraq. I couldn’t put it down.
  2. 5 out of 5


    This down-to-earth factual account of Andrew's life in Bagdad is a wonderful testimony of a life lived by faith and should encourage us all to a deeper walk of faith. How amazing to be living under the shekinah glory!!
  3. 5 out of 5


    This book is by the media named vicar of Baghdad. Andrew White is a very individual C of E vicar who has the care of the only Anglican church there. They provide spiritual support, medical and dental care, and basic food needs for 1,000's each week who live in the sort of circumstances most of us will never face. He describes stories of living on the firing line, sorrows of regularly loosing members of the church family to violence, fear for the immediate future but also sustaining faith that is real, and inspiring and creates true community and a hope for the future. Andrew White has to have a military guard, cannot have his family with him, and has the constant pressure of needing to provide for the congregation but speaks of never feeling as at home anywhere else and the joy of knowing the presence of God in a way that is beyond the experience of most believers. Read it to get a feel for what it's like to live in one of the most dangerous places on earth; be challenged about the nature of faith; grapple with good and evil and to marvel at the way in which God breaks through in the most difficult of places and how that love transforms people. A straightforward read for people of faith, and no faith, that will make you look at things differently and question your own values. Cannot recommend more highly.
  4. 5 out of 5


    Canon White spoke at Hope College in Holland Michigan in 2013. I was amazed to hear him say that in the midst of constant danger, the dominant emotion of his people was joy.
  5. 5 out of 5


    A gripping and most challenging, if not shocking read, not just because it graphically lays out White's background and experience in both Israel and Iraq but for the way it sets an amazing context in the very seat of our Judeo-Christian history and the suffering that followers of Jesus face there today. Added to this, most significantly, is White's sense of the living presence of the Lord speaking directly to him moment by moment, the evidence of dreams coming to his people experiencing the person of Jesus, Mother Mary, of angels, of healings, of all the charisms outlined by the Apostle Paul. This should be required reading in every seminary and clergy team setting out as it does a living example of Jesus' model for ministry in Lk. 9&10..

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