The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq

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In 2003, three U.S. Christian peacemakers weathered the first horrifying days of Shock and Awe in Baghdad only to be nearly killed in a car accident as they were leaving the country. They were rescued by Iraqi Muslims who took them to a clinic in the already bombed-out town of Rutba, where they received protection and care. In sending the Americans on their way, their hosts had only one request: Go and tell the world of Rutba.

In fulfillment of that pledge, the peacemakers returned to Rutba in 2010 to thank their rescuers and to contribute to an ongoing process of peace, friendship, and reconciliation.

The Good Samaritans and peacemakers of Iraq are torchbearers leading humanity to higher ground.--Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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Greg Barrett is a twenty-year veteran of local, national, and foreign reporting for wire and newspapers in Georgia, the Carolinas, Hawaii, and Maryland. He was a roving correspondent based in the DC bureau for Gannett News Service/USA Today. He is the author of The Gospel of Father Joe: Revolutions and Revelations in the Slums of Bangkok (Josey-Bass, 2008). He lives in northern Virginia.

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Vividly told, with extensive research into the background of the war, this is a story of friendship that breaks through national definitions of enemy and pierces the myths of war.--Conspire Magazine
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What happened in Rutba is extremely moving to read--I challenge you not to shed a tear. --The Englewood Review of Books

Greg Barrett has written with passion and solid research the Rutba story of the Good Iraqis. It is the best translation one could hope for of Jesus' good news . . . --Jim Douglass, author, JFK and the Unspeakable

To have amazing, important, surprising, disturbing, and inspiring stories to tell, and to have the gift and craft to tell thsoe stories masterfully [is] a rare combination and you'll find it in Greg Barrett. Readers of these pages can become witnesses to amazing grace in an unexpected place." --Brian McLaren, author, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road?

There are some stories that you wish had never happened. And there are other stories that you hope you never forget. The story of Rutba is a story that the world cannot afford to forget. --Shane Claiborne, author, The Irresistible Revolution

Complete with pictures, "The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq (Orbis, 2012), by Greg Barrett, details a remarkable story of generosity, hospitality, and community between the citizens of two warring nations. After three U.S. Christian peace activists visiting Iraq were nearly killed in a car accident outside the bombed-out town of Rutba, Iraqui Muslims came to their aid and initiated a sacred friendship. This "good news" amidst war is a gospel worth retelling --Sojourners

Complete with pictures, "The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq (Orbis, 2012), by Greg Barrett, details a remarkable story of generosity, hospitality, and community between the citizens of two warring nations. After three U.S. Christian peace activists visiting Iraq were nearly killed in a car accident outside the bombed-out town of Rutba, Iraqui Muslims came to their aid and initiated a sacred friendship. This "good news" amidst war is a gospel worth retelling --Sojourners

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