Chosen people come in all shapes and sizes. Some often selected for their athletic abilities or their knowledge or expertise, and others for their religious heritage. The choice about their outcome, however, might not be for the better good. What would be your reaction to a situation where an innocent died because of their beliefs? Would you stand and watch or act? In essence Chosen People by Robert Whitlow is a book about action, about doing something for the underdog. About making a stand against an organisation that is radical and dangerous. We might not come up against such a situation in our lives, but we still have a global responsibility to help those affected by such injustices.
My Penny’s worth
The book begins with the wisdom of an old man.
“This is for you,” Anwar said: “Tell me if it tastes sweet.” “Did you know that the Lord says to ‘taste and see’ that he is good?” “He wants his goodness to be as real to you as the sweet juice in your mouth.” Hana one of the main characters is called from a young age to walk with God all the days of her life. This calling, being a chosen person, has a great impact on her life and future career.He (God) wants his goodness to be as real to you as the sweet juice in your mouth - Chosen People @whitlowwriter #amreading #bookreview for @Celebrate_Lit tour. Click To Tweet
Lovely interaction with God’s word
Chosen People is littered with little trails that lead to God’s Word. They fit in with the storyline and rather than detracting from the action enhances it. I appreciated the setting which opened my eyes to Israel as I walked around the sites through the pages.
“A man who knew the Bible well might live in its pages as his connection with this life weakened.”
Yes it felt personal
I could feel the tension, the angst to “do something” for the victims of a cruel atrocity and I wanted the terrorists to pay for their crimes. The relationship between Counsel and Client became personal; I don’t know if this is something that could happen in a law case. Nonetheless, the bond drew me in.
“Regardless of what people say about the influence of mass media, human understanding takes place one person at a time.”
Did I understand the book?
I don’t know much about the legal system in America, but I do understand the desire to bring terrorists to justice. The tension was consistent throughout. However, I felt the ending happened quickly with all explanations tackled in one rushed finale.
I appreciated some of the info dropping
There is a comment by a Tourist Guide that spoke to me.
“Jesus wasn’t crucified up high on a hill, as is often depicted in paintings or movies. His feet were less than a meter above the ground, which made the contact between those suffering on the cross and their loved ones watching them die more intensely personal.”
Don’t forget the puppy.
Interspersed with the hunt for those responsible for the tragedy there were snaps of how well a puppy was doing at the Doggy Day-care Centre. I’m not sure that moved the story on at all, but it added light relief to an intense story.
Would I recommend Chosen People?
It is a tragic story and pulls at the heartstrings but it also informs and tackles difficult current issues. I think that this is a book that we all need to read and it is indeed one I could not put down.
Chosen People gets 4****
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About the Book
Book: Chosen People
Author: Robert Whitlow
Genre: Legal Drama
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Bestselling author Robert Whitlow dives deep into the legal ramifications of a tragic event half a world away and how it affects two lawyers in Atlanta from vastly different backgrounds.
When Hana Abboud walked into the conference room, she was unprepared for the images of a horrific terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. But after watching a courageous mother sacrifice her life to save her four-year-old daughter, Hana knew she needed to help attorney Jakob Brodsky represent the family’s pursuit of justice against those who perpetrate acts of violent jihad. As an Arab Israeli lawyer trained at Hebrew University, Hana is uniquely qualified to step into the gap.
But they need a third partner, an investigator on the ground to help them unravel the snake pit of connections between the terrorists and an organization or company that can be sued in the American courts. Hana returns home to Israel and meets with investigator Hamid Hasan who quickly becomes more than a crucial part of the litigation team.
As Jakob and Hana investigate the case in the US, he is stalked on the streets of Atlanta by affiliates of a terrorist organization. Their pursuit of truth can only be resolved where it began: the streets of Jerusalem. But who can they trust? How deep does deceit go? Can two lawyers and a shadowy investigator impact the kind of violence and terror that has become common in our broken world?
About the Author
Robert Whitlow is the bestselling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. He received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. Website: robertwhitlow.com, Twitter: @whitlowwriter, Facebook: robertwhitlowbooks
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INSIDE THE STORY
Chosen People—a title that reflects both the Biblical designation for the Jewish nation as well as converted Christians—opens during a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. A courageous mother sacrifices her life to save her young daughter, leaving behind a grieving husband and a motherless child.
Whitlow’s many trips to Israel and his in-depth research into the culture and laws of the Holy City are evident throughout the story. Furthermore, his experience as a lawyer gives him keen insight into the mind of his main character Hanna Abboud, an Arab Christian Israeli lawyer working in Atlanta.
“This book provides a unique perspective to this region and its peoples through the eyes of an Arab Christian who believes that the faithfulness of God and truths of the Bible are unshakable realities,” says Whitlow. “This viewpoint is rarely expressed, yet it is one that needs and deserves to be heard so that it can become part of our framework for understanding this vital part of the world and the people who live there.”
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