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Prisoners of Hope: The Story of Our Captivity and Escape in Afghanistan (original 2002; édition 2002)

par Heather Curry Dayna/Mercer (Auteur)

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The gripping and inspiring story of two extraordinary women--from their imprisonment by the Taliban to their rescue by U.S. Special Forces. When Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer arrived in Afghanistan, they had come to help bring a better life and a little hope to some of the poorest and most oppressed people in the world. Within a few months, their lives were thrown into chaos as they became pawns in historic international events. They were arrested by the ruling Taliban government for teaching about Christianity to the people with whom they worked. In the middle of their trial, the events of September 11, 2001, led to the international war on terrorism, with the Taliban a primary target. While many feared Curry and Mercer could not survive in the midst of war, Americans nonetheless prayed for their safe return, and in November their prayers were answered. In Prisoners of Hope, Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer tell the story of their work in Afghanistan, their love for the people they served, their arrest, trial, and imprisonment by the Taliban, and their rescue by U.S. Special Forces. The heart of the book will discuss how two middle-class American women decided to leave the comforts of home in exchange for the opportunity to serve the disadvantaged, and how their faith motivated them and sustained them through the events that followed. Their story is a magnificent narrative of ordinary women caught in extraordinary circumstances as a result of their commitment to serve the poorest and most oppressed women and children in the world. This book will be inspiring to those who seek a purpose greater than themselves. From the Hardcover edition.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:Prisoners of Hope: The Story of Our Captivity and Escape in Afghanistan
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Prisoners of Hope: The Story of Our Captivity and Freedom in Afghanistan par Dayna Curry (2002)

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I have just read this book for the third time. It is a remarkably honest account written by two American women who were captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan over a decade ago. The women were working for a Christian aid organisation and had showed the Jesus film in several houses prior to their arrest. Unfortunately for them 9/11 happened whilst they were under investigation and they became pawns in a political battle.

It is a relatively well written account with lots of descriptive detail. I especially like the way the account is split between the two women as it makes for easy reading albeit with some duplication. The women's hearts for the people are clear and their desire to share the Gospel. Both women have checkered pasts which may account somewhat for their zeal.

I felt there was a bit too much detail from both of the women about their lives before they were saved, it wasn't really relevant to the story and I wonder whether they will regret revealing some very personal details later down the line. The story could also have been condensed. There were a lot of details about everyday events--what they ate for dinner, who said what to whom. It felt a bit slow in places.

Both women returned to mission work after their ordeal. I am encouraged by their perseverance and dedication to the mission. Interesting story, recommended. ( )
  sparkleandchico | Aug 31, 2016 |
In Prisoners of Hope, Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer tell the story of their work in Afghanistan, their love for the people they served, their arrest, trial, and imprisonment by the Taliban, and their rescue by U.S. Special Forces in November 2001.

The heart of the book will discuss how two middle-class American women decided to leave the comforts of home in exchange for the opportunity to serve the disadvantaged, and how their faith motivated them and sustained them through the events that followed.

Their story is a magnificent narrative of ordinary women caught in extraordinary circumstances as a result of their commitment to serve the poorest and most oppressed women and children in the world.

This book will be inspiring to those who seek a purpose greater than themselves.


"I wept, laughed and was stirred by this book. I love a good story, and this is a really good one! You won't be able to put it down!
Floyd McClung, author of Living on the Devil's Doorstep, The Father Heart of God, Learning to Love People You Don't Like, and Finding Friendship with God

"From the very first page this book jerks you irretrievably into the outrageous, the uproarious and the impossible to imagine. It has got to be one of the most absolutely fascinating tales to ever prove that the truth is stranger than fiction. Nevertheless, it throbs with a sobering and relentless sense of calling and purpose that is truly inspiring."
Dr. Ralph D. Winter, founder, U.S. Center for World Mission

"If you want a radically cross-cultural journey without leaving your favorite easy-chair - this book is your ticket. "
Carol Davis, LeafLine Initiatives
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  heritagechurch | Jan 15, 2012 |
This book reveals the oppressed culture of Afghanistan and the many unmet needs of the citizens in this middle-eastern country. Dayan Curry and Heather Mercer, two American missionaries, are imprisoned after accusations arise that they have broken Taliban rules in Afghanistan. The women are accused of sharing their belief system of Christianity with the Afghan people. In this book, these two courageous women have written about their experiences living among the people in Afghanistan and being held captive for over 100 days in Taliban prisons. This book is exciting and intense. Included is the airlift rescue of the women and other missionaries executed by the US military. You will not want to put this intense page-turner down!
  summerdinah | Sep 19, 2008 |
I have wanted to read this book for a long time. I'm glad I finally did. Very moving and thrilling at the same time. ( )
  eliorajoy | Feb 8, 2008 |
Story of missionaries Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer who were arrested by the Taliban and imprissoned in Afghanistan.
  gnbclibrary | Sep 15, 2007 |
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To those who gave heart and soul through prayer and practical service to bring us home alive. Words cannot express our thanks. May you be blessed for your courage, love, and sacrifice.

To the Afghan people whom we so dearly love. May you see the day of true liberation for your country and this generation.

To our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Your everlasting love has healed our hearts and set us free. May we honor and love you with all that we are for all of our days.
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The gripping and inspiring story of two extraordinary women--from their imprisonment by the Taliban to their rescue by U.S. Special Forces. When Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer arrived in Afghanistan, they had come to help bring a better life and a little hope to some of the poorest and most oppressed people in the world. Within a few months, their lives were thrown into chaos as they became pawns in historic international events. They were arrested by the ruling Taliban government for teaching about Christianity to the people with whom they worked. In the middle of their trial, the events of September 11, 2001, led to the international war on terrorism, with the Taliban a primary target. While many feared Curry and Mercer could not survive in the midst of war, Americans nonetheless prayed for their safe return, and in November their prayers were answered. In Prisoners of Hope, Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer tell the story of their work in Afghanistan, their love for the people they served, their arrest, trial, and imprisonment by the Taliban, and their rescue by U.S. Special Forces. The heart of the book will discuss how two middle-class American women decided to leave the comforts of home in exchange for the opportunity to serve the disadvantaged, and how their faith motivated them and sustained them through the events that followed. Their story is a magnificent narrative of ordinary women caught in extraordinary circumstances as a result of their commitment to serve the poorest and most oppressed women and children in the world. This book will be inspiring to those who seek a purpose greater than themselves. From the Hardcover edition.

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