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Book of the Month – February 2015
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
February 2015 ‘Book of the Month’ is 472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf: The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell by Bob East.
With global terrorism on the rise, and the sinister increase in the taking of hostages by terrorist organisations, this book is particularly timely – making for essential reading across a range of disciplines, and for the general interested reader.
Documenting the kidnapping of Warren Richard Rodwell, an Australian university teacher and ex-member of the Australian Army, by a notorious terrorist/insurgent organisation, the Abu Sayyaf Group, the book describes a remarkable tale of survival. Held captive for 472 days in various jungle hideouts in the islands of Basilan and Tawi-Tawi, Rodwell endured an untreated gunshot wound and an almost starvation diet, losing over one third of his body weight. When he was finally released in March 2013, he was emaciated, physically and emotionally at the lowest point in his life, and totally bewildered. During his period of obligatory debriefing by both Philippine and Australian authorities, an amazing tale of perseverance unfolded. Rodwell’s determination to overcome all obstacles in his path to eventual freedom is the quintessence of all that is dear in life – life itself.
To find out more, please click link below to read a sample extract and contents page. http://www.cambridgescholars.com/book-of-the-month-february-2015-cambridge-scholars-publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing are offering all of their readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMFEB15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 8th March 2015.
Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:
“On 5 December 2011, Warren Rodwell was kidnapped from his adopted home in Ipil, Zamboanga province in the southern Philippines by the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group. Rodwell survived 15 months as a captive – a rare feat given the organisation’s reputation for beheading captives whose ransom is not quickly paid. This is the story of Rodwell’s ordeal, and how he survived against the odds.”
—Dr Damien Kingsbury, Professor of Asian Political and Security Studies, Deakin University, Australia
“Warren Rodwell’s story is one of modern day survival. Kidnapped by Islamic extremists while living in the Philippines, Warren survived for 15 months in captivity being moved from location to location. How he maintained his sanity let alone his life is an incredible feat of courage, guts and determination. Warren’s story proves that where there is life there is definitely hope. A true inspiration.”
—David Richardson, Senior Journalist, 7 News Investigations and Features, Australia
NON FICTION BOOK (Biography) by Dr Bob East (Independent Researcher)
This book first published 2015 by CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARS PUBLISHING http://www.cambridgescholars.com
Lady Stephenson Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2PA, United Kingdom
British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data
ISBN (10): 1-4438-7058-7 ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-7058-0
For further information about the book
“472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell” by Bob East PhD, try the following webpage links http://www.warrenrodwell.com and https://fatforeigner.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/read-the-book/
Reverend Marvin talks about facing disappointment
The Rev Dave Marvin, of St Mary’s Church, Greasley, Nottinghamshire, England speaks about wrong expectations and facing disappointment.
The other day I came across this story. After five years, a psychiatrist told his patient that he seldom uses the term “cured” but he was pleased to announce that she was completely cured.
To his surprise, the patient became disappointed. The doctor asked, “What’s wrong? I thought you would be thrilled to know that you were cured”. The woman replied, “Doctor, look at it from my point of view. Five years ago I was Joan of Arc. Now I am nobody”.
This is a woman who was disappointed because she thought/expected to be someone who she clearly wasn’t and wasn’t happy when she faced the reality of her situation.
That’s why many people face disappointments today; they have the wrong expectations. As a result, they face more and more disappointments and don’t really know how to deal with them.
I read an article written by Warren Rodwell who had been held hostage by a terrorist group and had featured in a number of ransom videos. He told Daily Mail Australia he became more compliant after he lost hope.
“Whatever someone wants, you give it to them”, he said.
“You just do what you’re told. Nothing really has meaning to you any more. Someone tells you “say this” and you say it. You just imagine whoever is watching it is smart enough to realise you haven’t really got your heart in it. Once you lose hope you lose heart.”
Our Lord Jesus suffered unthinkable horrors at the hands of his captors and was killed in one of the cruellest forms of execution imaginable. We know that he suffered both physically and mentally. The Bible tells us that before his death Jesus said, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death”.
We’re also told that in his anguish he prayed earnestly and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
But his death opened up immense opportunities for us and gave us hope even in our darkest of times. It’s up to us to accept the light of Christ, to accept those opportunities and use them to bring Christ’s light into the lives of those who are living in dark times, seemingly without hope. Because ‘Once you lose heart, you lose hope’; I pray that it won’t be the heart of Jesus and the hope that he brings.
COMMENT 3 (Newest to oldest):
Good question, Taiwan (BELOW).
A body is animated by the soul. Jesus’ body was no different, except that it was both fully human and fully divine: there wasn’t a “human part” and a “divine part”. As his whole nature was fully human and fully divine, it follows that his soul was both fully human and fully divine as well, for he could not be the Word Incarnate without the Word being part of all of his incarnate nature.
This is attested by the Fathers, for example St John Damascene:
By the fact that at Christ’s death his soul was separated from his flesh, his one person is not itself divided into two persons; for the human body and soul of Christ have existed in the same way from the beginning of his earthly existence, in the divine person of the Word; and in death, although separated from each other, both remained with one and the same person of the Word.
De fide orth. 3, 27: quoted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church 626
No one knows exactly how old Jesus was when he died on the cross, but he was probably 33 years of age. This could naturally lead one to wonder, in human terms, if Jesus was twenty years older (Warren Rodwell was 53 at the time of his capture); would Jesus have matured more in his worldliness and outlook, and not be so grief-stricken (sorrowful) up to the point of his death?
Perhaps, someone well-versed in the Bible (such as Rev Dave Marvin, himself) might be able to provide some insight into this scenario.
COMMENT 2 (Newest to oldest):
Taiwan writes: I wonder why Jesus was so sorrowful up to the point of his death? After all he came to Earth expressly in order to die (for man’s sins)
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472 Days writes:
Chris Brake Show Podcast October 24, 2014 Episode #60 American Stereotypes
We talk about American stereotypes with Warren Rodwell, Dale J. Gordon, and 40 Oz. Pimp to find out exactly what people in the rest of the world think about Americans. We talk about the brashness of Americans, the 1st Amendment, gun culture, American classrooms, lies in our textbooks, Australian history, American history, and the “little brother complex.”
40 Oz. Pimp is a true American patriot, poet, and musician. Dale J. Gordon is a true American adventurer and recording artist from Nashville, TN. And Warren Rodwell was kidnapped and held hostage for 15 months by Islamic terrorists in the Philippines. A truly diverse panel we have assembled to take part in this important socio-political discussion.
Warren Rodwell is a true cosmopolitan, and has spent a lot of time traveling all over the world and experiencing lots of different cultures. Rodwell likes America, and Americans, but has noticed some common American stereotypes that people have in other countries. Warren shares two American stereotypes with us on this episode:
1) People in other countries tend to think of Americans as “brash.”
2) America is known for its gun culture, and the right for American citizens to own guns. People in other countries hear lots of news stories all the time about shootings and gun violence in America.
So essentially we’re known for being rude and having a bunch of guns (and shooting people with those guns). That’s not all we’re known for, but those are some common American stereotypes.
Rodwell attributes Americans’ “brash” attitude to the 1st Amendment and the right to freedom of speech. He proposes that one reason for Americans’ brashness is because Americans have grown up with people generally being tolerant of any sort of speech. So when Americans travel outside of the United States, people in other countries are taken back by how up front, bold, and outspoken many Americans can be.
40 Oz. Pimp aggressively voices his opinions throughout the episode, and Dale J. Gordon asks Warren Rodwell about the arts & sciences. Rodwell also talks about Australia’s G20 World Leaders Conference,
Rodwell also says that it’s not uncommon for Americans traveling worldwide to tell other people that they are from Canada and not the United States, shares some helpful tips for people when traveling abroad, and tells you where you should live if you want to meet the most women.
Rodwell also points out that the American classroom produces students that are unique from other countries. He says that in the classroom, Americans tend to not speak up or answer questions, for fear of someone else shooting down their idea. This is much different than classrooms in other countries, such as in Australia where children are more thoroughly reprimanded for interrupting other people.
Rodwell closes the evening with a joke about Americans and Starbucks that is actually more true than it is funny. The math in the joke didn’t quite add up, but it’s still a funny joke. And true. Funny because it’s true.