Dangerous Love By Ray Norman: Book Review

Dangerous Love
By Ray Norman 
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256 Pages
About the Book (Backcover Blurb):
Ray Norman spent most of his life living in far-flung corners of the globe, working on long-term development projects and living out his calling as a Christian professional. By the time he arrived in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania around the turn of the millennium, he was veteran of life as an expat, at home in countries and cultures not his own. But in 2001, the world was about to change—and so was Ray’s life.
In the aftermath of 9/11—a time when tensions between Muslim and Western culture were peaking—Ray and his daughter, Hannah, made the short drive from their home to the Mauritanian beach. But instead of spending the afternoon enjoying the waves and the water, father and daughter found themselves hurtling back to the city, each with a bullet-hole pumping blood into the floorboards of their jeep.
Dangerous Love is an account of the Normans’ brush with violent extremism—and of the family’s unexpected return to Mauritania in the face of terrifying risks. This is the story of a call that could not be denied and of a family’s refusal to give up on love.

Why I Choose this Book: 
In a world where anything is apt to happen, knowing that God is still God and can change fear into love and bitterness into forgiveness is very important. It’s inspiring and encouraging to learn from others who have gone through difficult times and have come away closer to God. 
What I Thought About this Book:
For some reason it was difficult to get into. The prologue was gripping, but then I nearly instantly lost interest as the first couple of chapters went into great detail with history that was somewhat hard to follow. I laid the book aside for five months and only came back to it because I had agreed to read and review it.
And then boom, it was incredibly interesting. The author writes with long, flowing sentences and uses many wordy-descriptions, but once I got in the flow, it worked. By the end of the book I was actually grimacing at myself a bit, realizing that the whole Western mindset of hurry, hurry, hurry must be more ingrained in me than I realized. The author talks about how he had to learn to slow down to live among the people of Mauritania, and I’m pretty sure that’s why his book has the cadence it does. 
Overall it was really clear that Mr. Norman and his family really, really loved the people they worked among. That is huge – showing God’s love with actions, deeds, and words is a mind-blowing combination. Mr. Norman said when he and his daughter were shot, he didn’t feel any anger, instead he felt overwhelming betrayal and hurt that one of the people he loved so much had turned against him (even though they hadn’t known the person personally). 
I felt like Mr. Norman did a good job of telling the story with details, but not over dramatizing anything. He was honest and raw, describing how things went and how they were effected and how they chose to respond… I especially was impressed by Hannah (their ten-year-old daughter) and how she was able to handle the whole situation. 
This book is encouraging, inspiring, and a worth-while read. It obviously has some violence in it, but not much at all. I can’t remember having any impressions of it not being suitable for kids 14 and under, but I’d say it’s definitely okay for ages 15 and up.
I’m giving Dangerous Love Four Stars (eight out of ten).
*I received this book for free from BookLook in exchange for an honest review*

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