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Shvoong Home>Books>The Unveiling Review

The Unveiling

Book Review   by:Tyan Wyss     Original Author: Kristin Decker
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The Unveiling is a harrowing excursion into the hidden Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1996-97. Kristin Decker and her husband Randy arrived in Saudi Arabia eager for adventure and hoping to make a difference. Randy, trained in the ministry an having worked as a stock broker and teacher, is hesitant about the adventure, but Kris, his wife and author of this book, is eager to try a new adventure. Turning down a job offer in China, they decide to risk everything and work in Saudi. Hired to teach two young Saudi royals, their willing pupils grow by leaps and bounds. Believing God has propelled them to the desert Kingdom, the couple hopes to enable the newly founded school to prosper and prepare its young royal pupils for University and a life where they can help mold the future of Saudi Arabia. While cautious and often secretly protesting the restrictions placed upon them as Westerners and Christians, the couple quickly settle into their new life. Kris visits the gold and antique souks and Randy attends a soccer game only allowed to be attended by males. Dodging prayer calls, they check out ancient ruins and the beautiful desert populated by its 3-week display of purple iris.
Kris is honored to attend a royal wedding though unsettled by the complete segregation of the sexes.Unbenownst to them, Prince Faisal’s confidant, Abdullah, jealous of their new found success and favored status with the Saudi Royal family, plots against them, leading to their hasty deportation after less than one year in the Kingdom. Shattered, they are shoved on a plane in the middle of the night and end up completing theschool year teaching in Greece. Kristin Decker’s timely and relevant book regarding this often misunderstood Middle Eastern country is an eye-opener about faith, deception, and forgiveness. Ominous references to Osama Bin Laden hint at what he is capable of (and will later commit) as one Westerner tries to relate herlife-changing experiences in the Middle East. An intriguing read for anyone interested in the Middle East and hoping to understand the literal 'clash of cultures' between the West and Islam.
Published: October 26, 2006   
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