Looking from the Precipice: Reflections from Nazareth of a Palestinian Christian Evangelical (Paperback)
A view from Nazareth for the future of Christianity.
In our deeply troubled times, a message of hope comes from the tiny village of Nazareth . . .
Botrus Mansour, lawyer, writer, school administrator, church leader, Palestinian, Israeli, and Jesus follower in Nazareth, offers a unique and compelling call to turn our hearts toward God in a deeper way.
He sheds light on what is happening now in the Holy Land, and shares an urgent message for the global church to return to the transforming power of the Gospel that gives sustainable hope for the future.
He speaks boldly on issues ranging from a personal relationship with God, denial of self, worship, and the church year, to the most troubling threats to Christianity.
From a minority perspective, he models respectful dialogue and Gospel-based engagement with the hottest of hot-button issues—racism, politics, love, faith, environment, and community.
About the Author
Botrus Mansour leads the only K-12 Evangelical school recognized in Israel and serves as an elder in a Baptist Church in Nazareth. He writes in Arabic, Hebrew, and English on matters of faith and life in the Middle East, in Christianity Today and Haaretz.
Praise for Looking from the Precipice
“In a world of conflicting identities, Botrus Mansour reflects as an Arab-Palestinian Christian Israeli citizen living in Nazareth. This book comes from a genuine ambassador of reconciliation, encouraging not only individual reflection but motivating meaningful dialogue within the family and among friends, even unlikely ones.” —Dr. Nina Balmaceda, Associate Teaching Professor of the Practice of Reconciliation,
Duke Divinity School
“My dear friend and brother Botrus offers deep and rich insights into the scriptures. This is a fresh and thought-provoking perspective on the life of Jesus of Nazareth.” —Rev. Ray Bentley, Senior Pastor of Maranatha Chapel, San Diego, California
“As a lawyer, Mansour’s legal mind is brought to bear on the challenges that both the church and the community has struggled within this context. He raises your sight and energizes you to think afresh; it is a must-read.” —Godfrey Yogarajah, Deputy Secretary-General, World Evangelical Alliance
“Simply fascinating. Very few people have such an amazing ‘front-row seat’ of one of the most complex cultures on the planet. Enjoy the journey and get ready to evaluate your own heart as you travel down life’s road with a trusted guide.” —Dr. Danny Sinquefield, Senior Pastor, Faith Baptist Church, Bartlett, Tennessee; past President of the Tennessee Baptist Convention
“It is my privilege to recommend this book of wise reflections and insightful commentary.” —Dr. Gary Cook, Chancellor, Dallas Baptist University
“Mansour does not only write from a complex context, but skillfully weaves together biblical concepts with contemporary practical issues that the global church is facing. This is an authentic voice out of Nazareth.” —Rev. Riad Kassis, PhD, International Director, Langham Scholars Ministry, Langham Partnership
“Botrus Mansour does not shy away from difficult questions but urges us to find faithful ways to live together, to combat religious and political fundamentalism, foster peace, justice, and reconciliation. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn from a present-day Christian of Nazareth who follows in the footsteps of the Nazarene today—and how that might inform our own walks of faith.” —Bishop Dr. Munib Younan, Honorary President of Religions for Peace, Jerusalem
“Mansour’s unique insights help break down barriers and remind people not only of the Good News of the Gospel, but also how the realities of the Christian faith give us hope in the midst of oppression, injustice, and brokenness in this world.” —Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Executive Director, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)
“Political and spiritual, challenging and warming, insightful and revealing, all delivered from a delightful Middle Eastern, Palestinian, Christian perspective.” —David Kerrigan, Former General Director, Baptist Mission Society World Mission, UK
“Mansour’s witty and thought-provoking book is a must-read for anyone who would like to learn more about Israel, but especially the Palestinian Christians who are a vital part of the Holy Land.” —Brent McBurney, President and CEO, Advocates International
“I have known Botrus for five years and have found him to be a man of great faith, intellect, and wisdom. His new book gives an insight into the Arab culture and beyond. It dives deep into topics such as racism, politics, love, faith, church, and community. I highly recommend it to you.” —Rev. Dr. Jeff Moes, Senior Pastor, Sunnybrook Church, Sioux City, Iowa
“Mansour writes for Christians who want to be global citizens.” —Rev. Dr. Jack Sara, President, Bethlehem Bible College