Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour [Book Discussion]

Hey lovely people,

We’re going to try something new here – A Book Discussion.

But that is going to take some participation, so we need your help.

We invite you to join us in reading Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel, by Elias Chacour (not to be confused by the Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts, which we will not be reading).

Elias Chacour

Chacour pictured on the left (the one with the beard I covet).

Elias Chacour is a priest in the Greek Catholic Melkite church. Long before he joined the priesthood he grew up climbing olive trees in Galilee and conversing with Jesus, the man who walked the same land 2,000 years ago.When young, Elias’ family was kicked off their land, their homes and olive groves were bulldozed and his older brothers and father became forced refugees. In Blood Brothers, Chacour tells his story, explains a bit of the context of the decades old Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and of his work for reconciliation among the peoples of the Holy Land.

In 2005 I spent a few days dialoguing with Chacour and hearing his story – and it changed my life. I don’t use that phrase flippantly. I wouldn’t have even said that at the time. But looking back I see how the days with him began a shift within me, a catalytic time that has set me on a path that is different than I would be on had I not met him.

So please join us in reading his book. Grab it as an extra stocking stuffer and tell your friends and family to join us; load it on your e-reader or see if your local library has it. THEN (this is important) take some time to write a brief reflection to share your own thoughts about the book. I tend to prefer reflections over reviews because reflections ask us not to give merely our opinion of the book, but to share how the book meets, challenges, confronts, inspires, encourages, interrupts, frustrates, angers you and your journey.

We’ll meet back here – on the blog – on January 22, 2014 to discuss and share.

See you then.

photo credit: Catholic Church (England and Wales) via photopin cc