Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Book Recommendation: From the Holy Mountain

Asked for a recommendation for bizjournals.com holiday book guide I sent in:

"From the Holy Mountain: A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East" by William Dalrymple

Recommended by: Penny Herscher, president and chief executive of FirstRain.

Why it's a must-read:"William Dalrymple's evocative descriptions of his journey give a profound context for the rapid changes happening in the Middle East today. This area was the cradle and center of Orthodox Christianity for the last 1,700 years, and it changed little for most of that time until the dramatic political shifts of the last few decades. The growing intolerance between religions in the region is destroying Christian communities that have lasted more than a thousand years. This book, combined with the recent news coming out of Syria, deeply changed my thinking about the cultural loss and tragedy occurring in the Levant today."

Glad to see some of my other favorite books like The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz, and Stiletto Network by my friend Pam Ryckman are also on the list!

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