Book Review – Seeds of Turmoil

Title: Seeds of Turmoil: The Biblical Roots of the Inevitable Crisis in the Middle East

Author: Bryant Wright

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

This was a different read for me as I am trying to expand my subject matter. Bryant is the pastor at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church a 7,500 member church in Atlanta, GA. The first six chapters sounds like a sermon series or lecture style Bible class. There are gold nuggets to be found but it seems to have a lot of repetition and devotional thoughts in a book where you hoped to understand the turmoil in the middle east. It is a basic breakdown of Abraham his two sons and Isaac and his two sons and the conflicts that stem from them. The plus to this is that it makes for a very readable book the negative is you sometimes grow tired of the material.

Chapters 7 and 8 deal with Israel and the surrounding nations and their relationships with each other. Unfortunately I got very little from these chapters. In chapters 9-11, he gives his perspective of the conflict from the Jewish, Christian, and Islam side.

Here is a summary of the book.

  1. Abraham and Sarah looked to help God give them a child and had Ishmeal through Hagar. Ishmael is seen as the true son of Abraham to Muslims and Isaac is seen as the true son by Jews and Christians.
  2. After Rome conquered Jerusalem in AD70 they named the region Palestine a derivative of the name Philistine.
  3. Muslims conquered Jerusalem and most of the neighboring areas in 638.
  4. A Zionist movement started in 1897 by Theodor Herzl.
  5. After WW2 in 1948, the UN gave the Jews Israel taking it away from Muslims. This has started and continues to bring massive conflict in the region as the Muslims want their land back that was taken from them.
  6. Because the US and Brittain were key in Israel becoming a nation we are on their bad list.
  7. Bryant sees that Israel’s ability to ward of wars and attacks by neighboring Jewish nations as God’s divine intervention and protection of Israel.
  8. Bryant sees Israel’s greatest threat today as Iran.
  9. Bryant is believes that Jesus will return to earth, establish an earthly kingdom in Jerusalem, and reign before the final judgment. This impacts his view of Israel throughout the book.
  10. Shiites believe that their leaders need to be from the lineage of Muhammad. Sunnis believe that the leadership should be the spiritual leaders and not based on lineage.

Overall I wasn’t pleased with this read. I found that after chapter three it was a task to read because I didn’t like its content. It had some helpful information in spots but not worth a 173 pages.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Booksneeze books for blogger program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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