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Making Friends Among the Taliban (Audio Download)

A Peacemaker's Journey in Afghanistan
Making Friends Among the Taliban (Audio Download)

By author: Jonathan P. Larson
Product Code: 9687
ISBN: 9780836196870
Binding Information: Hardback

Publication Date: 11/14/2012

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In a remote valley north of Kabul in August 2010, American peacemaker Dan Terry and nine other aid workers were attacked and killed in an event that made worldwide headlines. Why would one man take his family, follow faith and calling into the political and religious maelstrom of Afghanistan, and—through years of war and strife—believe he could make a difference?

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In Making Friends among the Taliban, childhood friend Jonathan Larson retraces Dan’s nearly forty years in Afghanistan and, through interviews and eye witness accounts, relays Dan’s incredible way of daily living. Facing famine, poverty, prison, and rifle muzzles—and across three decades of kings, the Red Army, warlords, the Taliban, and the American-led coalition—Dan found improbable friendships across the front lines of conflict and inspired small Afghan communities to find a better way of life. This inspirational narrative of Dan’s life and friendships offers a model for living authentically wherever we are.

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Jonathan Larson and others share more captivating stories from Dan Terry’s life, in the complementary documentary, Weaving Life: The Life and Death of Peacemaker Dan Terry, available here.

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Foreword by Michael Semple

Map of Afghanistan
Introduction: Rescued Marbles

1. Chosen by Afghanistan
2. Kebabs with a Captor
3. The Dantri Road
4. Enfranchising Others
5. Unarmed and Dangerous
6. Delicate Transactions
7. Pathos in the Backcountry

Afterword: Knotted into the Same Carpet
About the Author

"The more people find moral meaning in telling the stories of Dan Terry’s work, the better they are equipped to promote peace. I suspect Dan would not want us to remember him as a saint. But . . . we can certainly remember him as a hero of the age."
—Michael Semple, leading practitioner of conflict resolution in Afghanistan and South Asia; from the foreword

"Dan Terry sought the back seat in tea shops across Afghanistan to practice ‘small talk as peacemaking,’ insisting on the good in all people. A powerful and vivid tribute."
—Doug Pritchard, former co-director, Christian Peacemaker Teams

"Dan Terry proved that even the most desperate circumstances can yield hope and understanding. Jonathan Larson pays tribute to a remarkable man, recounting episodes that are as truly improbable as they are inspiring."
—Stephen Alter, author of Amritsar to Lahore: Crossing the India-Pakistan Border

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