Neither Bomb Nor Bullet

Benjamin Kwashi: Archbishop on the front line

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Pub Date 19 Jul 2019 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2019
Lion Hudson Ltd, Monarch Books

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In the warzone that Nigeria has become, Archbishop Ben Kwashi has survived three assassination attempts. A brutal assault on his wife, Gloria, drove him to his knees - to forgive and find the strength to press on. Islamist militants have Nigeria in their sights. These are the terrorists who kidnapped hundreds of Christian schoolgirls - who have vowed to turn Africa's most populous nation into a hard-line Islamic state. Their plan is to drive the Christian minority from the north by kidnapping, bombing and attacking churches. Plateau State is on the frontline. But holding that line against Boko Haram, and standing firm for the Gospel, is Ben Kwashi, the Anglican Archbishop of Jos. In Jos, churches have been turned into fortresses and Archbishop Ben now conducts more funerals than weddings and baptisms put together. Yet his faith grows ever more vibrant. He has adopted scores of orphans who live in his home, including many who are HIV positive. And the challenge of his message - to live for the Gospel even in the face of terror - has never been so timely.

In the warzone that Nigeria has become, Archbishop Ben Kwashi has survived three assassination attempts. A brutal assault on his wife, Gloria, drove him to his knees - to forgive and find the...

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Quite simply this book falls into that category of literature that should be required reading for the Western Church. Hugely insightful about what has been and continues to happen in Nigeria re the battle between militant Islam and Christianity. You will laugh and weep, rejoice and be heartbroken. The brutality of the attacks on Nigerian Christians should drive the Church to its knees in prayer and yet rejoice at the bright shining faith in Christ shown by suffering Christians. Some of the scenes in this book wouldn’t be out of place in the book of Acts. Just read it. Highly recommended.

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This is a wonderful book about an incredibly brave Anglican Archbishop who has to face the terrors of radical Islam in Nigeria but remains steadfast in his faith.

I enjoyed the beginning about his naughty antics as a young boy, his early days as a soldier and his stories about the culture of his country.Although his mother was semi-literate, his father was an educated civil servant and his grandmother was deeply religious, young Ben fell into bad ways. He drank too much and failed his military exams although his superiors still wanted him to become an officer. Luckily, a street pastor converted him and he found his true calling.

His early romances and his strange love affair with the shy, but hot-tempered country-girl Gloria was also fun to read. She sounds incredibly formidable but extremely wise!

After that the book becomes somewhat harrowing because of the military dictatorship and the rise of militant Islam. In 1987 a minor skirmish between a Muslim and a Christian led to riots and killings - the young minister's house and church were burned down. He had to give a speech in the midst of the upheaval and tell his flock what to do - he gave wise advice. It's still a joy to read because of his happy and wise personality and Gloria is interesting, but it also brings home to the reader the rise of radical Islam.

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