Thursday, July 15, 2010

Book "The Witness" by Josh McDowell

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About the book (editorial review): From Monte Carlo to Morocco to Egypt and into Petra, Marwan Accad is pursued by authorities for murders he did not commit. Tracked by advanced intelligence-surveillance technology, his every location is eventually found out, thrusting those he loves into danger. Nurtured by a bitter past that equipped him with what he needed for his company to thrive, Marwan Accad never looks back. Yet the way forward promises only uncertainty, and living each day is a lie in which corruption and greed play in the lives of man. For whose lie is he going through all of this? Even as Marwan races against time to find his pursuers and their motives, he must grapple with what is beyond his life, with what is eternal.

About the author: Since beginning ministry in 1961, Josh has given more than 24,000 talks to over 10 million young people in 118 countries. He is the author or coauthor of 112 books, selling over 51 million copies worldwide; including More Than a Carpenter, (more than 15 million copies in print worldwide) which has been translated into over 85 languages, and The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, recognized by World magazine as one of the twentieth century's top 40 books. Josh continues to travel throughout the United States and countries around the world, helping young people and adults bolster their faith and scriptural beliefs. Josh will tell you that his family does not come before his ministry—his family is his ministry. He and his wife, Dottie, have four children and three grandchildren.

My Review: This is a very well-written book with a fast pace plot. It starts in Monte Carlo, where Rafeeq Ramsey has his daughter murder and his wife kidnapped. He hires the service of a security company owned by Marwan Accad and his brother, Ramy Accad. When they start figuring out what is going on, things start to happen. Marwan and his brother thinks the kidnap was fake by Rafeeq's wife and Rafeeq is murdered while in a meeting with Marwan when he was telling Rafeek about his suspicions. Marwan has to escape, trying to save his life, but he turns from primary witness to primary suspect of the murder. He scape to Casablanca where he meet his long term friend Kadeen, a converted to Christian that helps him healing from his wounds (physical and spiritual wounds). But Marwan is afraid that he put his friend and his family in danger and flies to Cairo. When he arrive there, he meets Dalia and fall in love with her. The search for him  increases and he found that his friend Kadeen was murdered and he is also accused of killing his friend. Although against his best judgment, he proposes marriage to Dalia and while they are travelling to spend the weekend together, someone tries to kill him and he has to react and kill two attackers. He has to open his heart to Dalia and tell her the whole truth about himself. After forgiving him, Dalia wants to have the blessing of his family to marry Marwan, so they head to Jordan to meet her family. Dali's father figures out who he really is and after pressing him, he admits his problems and he is converted to Christianity by Dalia's father, who is a Pastor. They travel to visit Petra and while there, a last try to kill Marwan is attempted, but through the intervention of the Monte Carlo inspector and Marwan's brother, things are cleared and the responsible for the real plot is captured.
It is a clean book, easy to read and will maintain your full attention from the very beginning till the last page. If you like Christian mystery books, this one is for you. It took me around 13 hours in total to read this book.
This book was written by Josh McDowell in 2010. It was published by Tyndale Publisher House also in 2010 and they were kind enough to send me a copy for reviewing through their blogger book review program. If you are reading this review, feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

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