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Desert Redemption [Paperback]

By Scott Harrison Sutton (Author)
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Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.08" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.73"
Weight:   0.91 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 11, 2005
Publisher   Review & Herald Publishing
ISBN  0828018324  
EAN  9780828018326  

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Matt Dury grew up in Nebraska, then turned his back on the cornfields. Now he teaches in Pakistan at an English as a Second Language school. He's passionately in love with Lola, a Filipino nurse at the Adventist hospital. There's something different about Lola-with her lovely dark-almond eyes, her imperturbable faith in God, and her constant refrain whenever he proposed marriage: "Let's wait." Lola, you see, wants to marry an Adventist-someone who shares her values and beliefs. "Please, God, help me know what to do about Matt," she sobs. Sunny Janda is a Muslim boy of 10. First he stole their hearts, then thugs stole him-and made him a camel jockey. In hot pursuit, Matt heads for exotic Dubai. Before it's over, they would all experience a new intensity in prayer. As Matt disentangles the dark threads of his past against an international canvas of suspense and intrigue, he struggles with what the Bible teaches about death and the Sabbath. In this richly textured tale of spiritual coming of age in a Muslim country, you will learn what Islam and Christianity share in common and get acquainted with contemporary Adventist life in a Gulf Arab state.

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Matt Dury grew up in Nebraska, then turned his back on the cornfields. Now he teaches in Pakistan at an English language school. He's passionately in love with Lola, a Filipino nurse at the Adventist hospital. As Matt disentangles the dark threads of his past, he struggles with what the Bible teaches about death and the Sabbath. In this richly textured tale of spiritual coming of age in a Muslim country, you will learn what Islam and Christianity share in common.

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A Better Understanding  May 16, 2005
I read the same book as another reviewer, but I have to say that I was obviously reading a very different book. I know nothing about Seventh Day Adventist literature and came to the text as a general reader who reads `voraciously' I didn't find anything wrong with the sentence structure at all. The blurb on the back makes it clear that the guy is an English teacher and so you wouldn't expect to. The Gulf is a part of the world I have lived in and the book evokes the desert environment and the modernizing cities of Arabia very well. I didn't find the characters simplistic and the story is surely relevant to anybody wishing to gain a better understanding of the region. It doesn't go around reinforcing stereotypes at all, it belies them. Also to compare canonical literary texts with a first novel is seriously unfair. No doubt there are better descriptions in Steinbeck and Cather and of course, there should be. There are better descriptions in those texts than in most world literature. I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed the book and learned a lot about the region in the process.

Philip Matheson

inspirational  May 10, 2005
With descriptions that will lead the most stay-at-home Midwesterners to the far reaches of Nepal and Pakistan, back to a more familiar Nebraska landscape then ultimately to the ultra-modern yet ancient world of Dubai, Desert Redemption challenges the reader with a series of finely interwoven journeys.

In a style and quality reminiscent of 19th century classics, the author's descriptive and easy to read prose surrounds the reader with the humanity packed streets of Karachi, yet allows us to feel the loneliness of one man who yearns for love. Flashbacks provide insight into his life-long search for belonging and a sense of God's purpose--the whys of his life now. International intrigue draws him to search for a stolen child in Dubai. Leaving the woman he loves in Karachi tears his soul asunder as he ponders how this love might bring their different worlds together. The discoveries--both internal insight and a continued wonder of the world around him--and the friendships he makes along the way, are truly inspirational and show the world to be much smaller than we imagine.

Desert Redemption- Ministry in Print  May 6, 2005
The book Desert Redemption encapsulates mystery,religious belief and the spirit of Dubai in a finely woven story involving characters that come alive. The sights,smells and sounds of the various places featured in the book transport one to this magical Middle Eastern city. I for one was absolutely thrilled to read about my favourite places in a city I have lived in for the past 21 years! The book was too good to put down, and I read it through to the end, compelled by an intriguing storyline and the language in which it is couched. Some down-to- earth characters and the setting make it a "must read" book on every avid reader's list.
Looking forward to the next book by Scott Harrison Sutton!
Predictable  Apr 7, 2005
First: if you are a Seventh-day Adventist and rarely read any non-Adventist literature, you should pick up this book. There are some important perspectives in the book that much of Adventist literature is lacking.

Second: if you read voraciously and are looking for another book to devour, you should consider the following.
The characters are simple and the writing inflated. People in the novel are flat and are almost entirely good or bad. Despite some decent vocabulary the descriptions seem overstated and dull while the sentence structure reminds me of books I read in the sixth grade. Come to think of it, the whole book is like something I would have read in sixth grade and never picked up to read again; the story has a predictable ending with all the loose ends tied up. It was also frustrating to read because the dialog and writing don't change with a change in character perspective or when the book moves from narrative to journal.
The depiction of struggling to leave and reconcile Nebraska is also very frustrating. Willa Cather explores the theme of leaving a home with better writing and more feeling in The Song of the Lark. Not fitting in is better explored by Steinbeck in The Moon is Down.
The one good point of this book is that it shows the common ground between Muslims and Christians. But this point is not well done; he trips overhimself to say this and ends up making the agreement sound corny.

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