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Preemptive Love : Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time
Author: Jeremy Courtney
Love first. Ask questions later.
In the middle of the Iraq War, Jeremy and Jessica Courtney found themselves with their two children caught up in the turmoil, just hoping to make a difference. After an encounter with a father whose little girl was dying from a heart defect, they began to investigate options for helping and learned that untold thousands of children across Iraq were in similar need, waiting in line for heart surgery in a country without a qualified heart surgeon.
With the help of their closest friends, they dived in to save the lives of as many as they could, but sending children abroad proved to be expensive and cumbersome, and it failed to make an impact on the systemic needs of Iraqi hospitals the places where these children really should be saved. Despite fatwas, death threats, bombings, imprisonments, and intense living conditions, Jeremy and his team persevered to overcome years of hostilities and distrust in an effort to eradicate the backlog of thousands upon thousands of Iraqi children waiting in line for much-needed heart surgery.
From the front line of the struggle for peace, Jeremy writes a firsthand account of lifesaving and peacemaking in the world’s most notorious war-torn country. In the heart of conflict, there is only one kind of love big enough to change a nation: a love that strikes first.
"A beautiful and inspiring book about the power of love in a time of war and the capacity of personal interactions to break through, build trust, and save lives."
Joseph Lieberman, former U.S. senator
Publisher: Oasis Audio
Publication Date: 20131001
Subject: BIO026000-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs,REL012110-RELIGION / Christian Life / Social Issues,BIO000000-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General,BIO032000-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Social Activists
About The Author:
Jeremy Courtney is cofounder and executive director of the Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC), an international development organization based in Iraq that provides lifesaving heart surgeries to Iraqi children and training for local doctors and nurses, creating peace between communities at odds. Jeremy resides in Iraq with his wife, two children, and an indispensable team of dear friends.