Վկայագրութիւն (Vgayakroutyoun), A New Book By Rev. Avak Avakian

Being a lover of history books, specially those related to the period after the 1915 Armenian Genocide and how the churches were relocated to Greece, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, I finished reading the latest book Vgayakroutyoun that was published by the Rev. Avakian's daughter, and authored by Rev. Avak Avakian himself.
The book is in Armenian, and it contains Rev. Avakian's memories that extends from his childhood years in Hasabeyli, in Turkey, till his elderly years passing through Greece, France, Syria, Lebanon, and Canada. Rev. Avakian's narrations, anecdotes, and stories are invigorating, inspiring, full of bravery and fearlessness.

I have never known Rev. Avakian, nor had heard about him, but his honesty and bravery took me by surprise, specially his outright condemnation of the attempts of the Armenian political parties of the time, in taking control of every top head of schools and organizations, by deeming them rather less Armenian. Also, his straightforward remarks about the disputes in the General Conventions of the Armenian Evangelical Churches are noticeable. He also accuses the members of the secret societies of his time, mentioning that even though they helped the church, yet despised its mission.


Published by the Union of the Armenian Evang'l Churches in the Near East, 400 pp, pb, $30.00
Rev. Avak Avakian’s (1904-1983) memoires cover seven decades of journey,
which started in his birthplace of Hassabeily (Cilician Armenia) and ended in Sarnia (Ontario, Canada). After witnessing the Armenian Genocide and the
Kemalist purge in his homeland, he experienced the life of a refugee in Aleppo. He pursued his education in Tarsus, Beirut, Paris and Athens and served his Lord and his people as a pastor and a principal in Armenian schools and churches in Damascus, Beirut, Aleppo, Azez, Kessab, Zahle and Chtaura.
His memoires are of historical value since they document both eye-witnessed and personally experienced events and personalities. This is especially true when they narrate his personal experiences of the Armenian Genocide, life in Aleppo as a refugee, as a student at St. Paul’s College in Tarsus and at the Athen’s School of Religion. Overall, his memoires are
of special significance to the history of Armenian Evangelicals in the Middle East between the years 1930-1969.
Rev. Avakian retired in Sarnia, Canada, where he remained until his last days in touch with church life and devoting time to writing his memoires.
This book includes three appendices which were written, compiled and edited by Dr. Yervant H. Kassouny. The appendices are a biographical presentation of the personalities mentioned by Rev. Avakian in his memoires, the documents which support the events mentioned in the memoires and the words of condolences and sympathy testimonies expressed on the sad occasion of Rev. Avakian’s death in 1983.

Հայուն Գոյապայքարի Ճանապարհը (The Armenian's Path Of Struggle For Existence, By Hrayr Jebejian)

The book is an anthology of articles written by the author over 30 years, from 1979 to 2010. These articles appeared in Armenian newspapers and magazines published in Lebanon and Diaspora. As the title suggests, the articles highlight the national, cultural, political, social, and economic challenges of the Armenians in Lebanon, Armenia, and the Diaspora. The articles are compiled under the following main headings:
- National Thinking
- A Diasporic Perspective
- Christian Identity
- Lebanese Belongingness
- A Denominational Understanding

Evidently, these captions underscore the author's thoughts, concerns and outlook on some of the issues, beliefs, opinions, and perspectives Armenian communities in Beirut, the Gulf, England and the United States of America hold and struggle with each in its own context. His genuine interest and subsequent writings about the challenges and aspirations of the Armenian communities in these countries and many others demonstrate the author's awareness and understanding of the significance of these communities and their struggle for the preservation of the Armenian culture, identity and faith in a globalized world.

The bulk of the articles, though, deal mainly with the Armenian community in Lebanon where he was born, educated and lived until 2005. Presently, Hrayr Jebejian is the General Secretary of the Bible Society in the Gulf whose headquarters are in Nicosia, Cyprus. He is married to Dr. Arda Boyneria Jebejian. They have two children, Vahe 17, and Alik 16.

Book Review: Zion’s Christian Soldiers? by Stephen Sizer

A few years ago, one of my Seminary professors said to me that the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East comes from American Christians who have bad theology. While I agreed that many Christians do have bad theology in relationship to the Middle East, I was not so cynical to believe that Christians have that much influence and power to keep peace from being achieved in the Middle East. In this book, Stephen Sizer explained to me that my professor was right.
It took me some two paragraphs into the preface before I knew that I would like and promote the theology of Stephen Sizer. In this book, Sizer gives a Biblical framework to interpret the events of the Middle East and those concerning the end-times, which is far different than what the traditional evangelical line promotes.
There are not too many Christian authors who write a critique of Christian Zionism, so I welcome the writing and leadership of Sizer in the ongoing discourse on how Christians ought to think about the Middle East. I know of only one other author, Colin Chapman (Whose Promised Land?) who has written extensively on the issue from a perspective that is more in line with my understanding of Scripture and theology.
In contrast to Chapman, who does more to explain his amillennialism theology, Sizer takes on an offensive stance against the premillenialists who promote a political and theological position that are not only unbiblical, but dangerous. He goes after the likes of John Hagee of Cornerstone Church, Hal Lindsey of The Great Late Planet Earth, and the Dispensationalists such as Scoffield, tearing down their theology and eschatology. He concedes that his theology is in the minority in the United States, and this book is a sort of appeal not only to American Christians, but Christians everywhere to reject the bad theology that has become the norm in most Christian circles.
At the very onset of the book, Sizer laments that the greatest threat to the church among the Palestinians has been the theology of Christian Zionists. He convincingly argues that Christian Zionism “probably has a greater detrimental effect” (on the Church) than Jewish Zionism, militant Islam and Christian indifference combined. Christian Zionists (most of whom are Dispensationalists) believe that the creation of the state of Israel was a prophetic event in history that more or less hastened the return of Jesus. Their theology basically says that those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse it will be cursed (taken from God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 12).
In this book, Sizer debunks this sort of thinking and provides an alternative interpretation on how God relates to the Jews, how to read the prophesies, and how to understand the end-times. In addition to a more Biblical understanding of the End Times and the theology of Israel, Sizer also raises the warnings of allowing Dispensiational theology to continue to define American and Christian foreign policy.
Christians in the United States continue to lead the way in funding organizations and ministries in Israel who are focused on making sure that the “Biblical” boundaries of Israel are respected and that the temple is rebuilt on the Temple Mount (which would mean the destruction of one of the holiest Islamic shrines). Christian Zionism is a dangerous theo-political position that is hell-bent on supporting the state of Israel by all means possible, while turning a blind eye to the teachings of Jesus and Scripture.
In this book, Sizer says that Googling his name will turn out the ways that he has been criticized and demonized. I hope that my post here will provide some support for an author who has taken a courageous stand in defending Scripture and the plight of the Palestinian people.

Source: http://www.servingbread.net

When the author of the books shocks me...

About the Author: Steve Pavlina, actually sent his newly published book to all over the world. However, because of distance issues and the time that it takes for a book to reach overseas, he took the initiative to send the whole book in pdf format. This was amazing and it was the first time I encounter someone who takes such an initiative.

He was sent to prison at the age of 18. Since then, he has taken a big decision in his life. He was either going to keep living his life the same way, or choose to take hold of his life and find a new path for the remaining part of his life. He had to face "the wall" in order to wake up and see where he was going and think about his purpose in life.

He tried many things, after finishing his term in prison, and he put away what he had learned as a kid. He even put aside his religious convictions that he was not convinced of. He started from scratch. This led him to read thousands of books and do his own research and come to his own conclusions.

And now, he has written his own book to help all those who are trying to find the answers to the basic questions that someone asks in life.

Even though, this is a secular book, the author's message has helped many and even stopped someone from going on with the plan of suicide.

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