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Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi by Fred Burton & Samuel M. Katz


On the night of September 11, 2012, the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya, came under ferocious attack by a heavily armed group of Islamic terrorists. The prolonged firefight, and the attack hours later on a nearby CIA outpost, resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including the American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, the Information Officer, Sean Smith, and two former Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, working for the Central Intelligence Agency.
After the fall of Qaddafi, Benghazi was transformed into a hotbed of fundamentalist fervor and a den of spies for the northern half of the African continent. Moreover, it became the center of gravity for terrorist groups strategically situated in the violent whirlwinds of the Arab Spring. On the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks against the United States, a group of heavily armed Islamic terrorists had their sights set on the U.S. diplomatic and intelligence presence in the city.

Based on the exclusive cooperation of eyewitnesses and confidential sources within the intelligence, diplomatic, and communities, Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz reveal for the first time the terrifying twelve-hour ordeal confronted by Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, his Diplomatic Security (DS) contingent, and the CIA security specialists who raced to rescue them.

More than just the minute-by-minute narrative of a desperate last stand in the midst of an anarchic rebellion, Under Fire is an inspiring testament to the bravery and selflessness of the men and women who put their country first while serving in one of the most dangerous regions in the world.

I found this to be an extraordinary explanation as to all that happened, the miss steps, failures, in comparison to the new stories concerning this issue and the death of 4 of our people in another nation. What has not been done, nor any steps to correct the problems within the governmental structure to prevent such things from ever happening again. When will the people say enough is enough?

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey by Craig L. Blomberg

  

This edition of Jesus and the Gospels prepares readers for an intensive study of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the events they narrate. Craig Blomberg considers the historical context of the Gospels and sheds light on the confusing interpretations brought forth over the last two centuries. The original 1997 book won a Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and this updated version, factoring in new scholarship, debate, critical methods, and the ongoing quest of the historical Jesus, ensures the work will remain a top tool for exploring the life of Christ through the first four books of the New Testament.

This intensive guide to the Gospels surveys the largest source of eyewitness information about Jesus’ life and ministry—the books of the four apostles who watched Him, spoke with Him, and served Him during his years on earth. I found this to be one of, if not THE, most in-depth look into the life & ministry of Jesus. This book may very well call for a second reading with a deep study and stringent note taking! Furthermore, while Dr. Bloomberg is devout in his beliefs – Catholocism – I must that he keeps doctrine out of the equation and expresses the facts as they are known based upon history and documentation. We must admit, as a whole, that much of the historical documentation we now possess is from the apostles through the church. I am not of the Catholic faith, but unlike many others I believe them to be just as much a brother/sister in Christ as those in my own congregation. We can also glean much from the documents that they have provided for us.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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