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The Vicar of Baghdad

4.67 out of 5
(6 customer reviews)

£8.99

“I live with a price on my head…The kind of people that I spend my time engaging with are not usually very nice. On the whole nice people do not cause wars.”

Canon Andrew White is one of a tiny handful of people trusted by virtually every side in the complex Middle East. Political and military solutions are constantly put forward, and constantly fail.

Andrew offers a different approach, speaking as a man of faith to men of faith. Compassionate and shrewd, gifted in human relationships, he has been deeply involved in the rebuilding of Iraq.


Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Monarch Books (February 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1854248766
ISBN-13: 978-1854248763


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6 reviews for The Vicar of Baghdad

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    This probably is the very individual that has led the most effective behind the scenes effort in bringing stability to post war Iraq. The Nobel Peace Prize WOULD be appropriate, however these guys that conduct their work unrecognized by the larger media world continue that work for more than money. I dare say that Cannon White while certainly being honored by such mention would feel considerably distracted by the very same.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    The Vicar of Baghdad: fighting for peace in the middle East” is a book that’s hard to put down. It’s about a man who really loves the people of the middle East. And it reminded me of Greenleaf’s book on servant leadership from long ago which must have been studied by Fr. Andrew White, either that or he is a saint by nature!

    Fascinating “behind the news” stuff about peace in the mid east as well as Iraq where he served as rector of St. Georges Anglican Church, recently destroyed by insurgents. His church leadership killed and his own life constantly threatened he goes on courageously with his ministry of reconciliation. His friendships with virtually every known leader in the Arab Israeli conflict and in Iraq are impressive. His insights into the motives and lives of Israeli and Arab leaders is helpful. Yet he does not use these friendships for personal gain; only for the possibility of peace.

    There is no happy ending to the book (yet) but reading it sheds some hope for peace knowing that there are wise and saintly people out of the media spotlight who are trying to make a difference without thought of fame or fortune.

  3. 5 out of 5

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    This fascinating story tells of the development of multi-religious, or interfaith, coalitions that Andrew White has developed in Israel and Iraq to foster the elimination of violence and the cooperation.

    White is not interested in theory. Nor is he sympathetic with boiled-down religion that tries to take a homogenous approach to interfaith “dialogue.” He takes his own faith seriously, in its details and foundations. He likewise respects and honors the faith and commitments of leaders of other religious groups, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and others, so there can be transparent and honest exchange and an honest approach to the real and deep feelings underlying conflicts.

  4. 4 out of 5

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    If you have an interest in the Middle East, an anxiety about the Iraq War or a concern about Christian/Moslem relations you will find plenty to feed your mind in this book. Andrew White is well placed, inside Baghdad, to write about all three issues and his frequent meetings with the principal players in religion and politics gives the reader unique insights.

  5. 4 out of 5

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    ‘Vicar!’

    For some reason the word instantly brings up associations with long, droning sermons by people who have a captive audience and want to tell you all the ways in which your life is at fault. Not that this is a problem (as we are all in need of perfecting), it’s just often books by vicars can often be a case of ‘those who say the most have the least to say’.

    But what is refreshing about this book is that the author has true humility. Andrew White doesn’t preach, he doesn’t ramble on at length and yet he imparts excellent lessons on the Middle East and how to bring peace (which he admits has no rhyme, reason or formula).

    What’s more, the book is a true reflection of the man himself. Having had the honour of seeing him preach, it is fair to say that he has a compelling quirkiness which can be often lost in writing but here his easy charm and extraordinary bravery come across well.

    And all this is within 200 pages – a neat, short book that is easy to read and yet also has a great deal of economy of language in conveying the full story of his times as Vicar of Baghdad. Furthermore there are no unnecessary diversions, and yet there are still a number of interesting stories, such as his meeting with an Al Qaeda leader who enigmatically told him “Those who cure you, will kill you” (the meaning of which is explained in the book).

    So, even if you’ve been put off books with ‘Vicar’ in the title and don’t consider yourself religious, this book is still a fascinating read. White himself does admit that Religion is responsible for a lot of the violence in the Middle East, but also that there is no possibility of understanding the Middle East (or bringing Peace) without it.

  6. 5 out of 5

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    The Vicar’s faith will inspire you! I read his book a week before he spoke in our town, and he is equally inspiring when he speaks.

  7. 5 out of 5

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    A heartening and uplifting, and amazingly successful account of a life of priestly service to God, already lived, just where God needs him to be of service. Thanks Rev. White for visiting Vicksburg Ms so I could learn by report f your good works. we share in interest in praying with you about them that they should increase and be even more successful.

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