Friday, December 12, 2014

Farewell Four Waters: One Aid Worker's Sudden Escape From Afghanistan by Kate McCord (Review & Giveaway)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0802412065
  • River North Fiction (Moody Publishers)
About the book: In 14 days, the life she knew would end on the streets of Kabul.  All Marie needed was a few stamps and signatures – the mandatory paperwork necessary for the Afghan government – and she could hold literacy classes in the rural town of Shektan. Her hope:  Afghan women would learn to read.

Suddenly, shots resonated.  An aid worker killed at an intersection in Kabul.  The community scattered.

Most decided to say farewell.  Not Marie; she chose to stay, to teach.  But she was unaware that this choice would make her a pawn at the center of a local feud.  Kidnapping was Marie’s worst fear.  She didn’t know treachery was more deadly.

Farewell, Four Waters is based on actual events the author and other aid workers faced in Afghanistan in 2008.  See through their eyes the dangers faced globally even today.

Review: This is an excellent book.  I was so intrigued by the author’s story – her desire to be in Afghanistan, to help the women and to also share truth about Jesus – to live in a country where women are viewed in a much lower way than we could ever possibly know as citizens of the United States.

The author shows us we can and should depend upon the Lord for guidance and protection; and while this is not the main topic of the book, it is a thread that runs throughout her story.  The author takes us into the country and beyond just what we may see on the evening news.  She shares with us the friendships she built, the deep sadness of leaving the country and the ultimate horror of watching innocent people being killed for little to no reason.

Farewell, Four Waters is the second book written by Kate McCord.  It is a sequel to In the Land of Blue Burqas and I will be reading it as soon as I can.  If it is anything like Farewell, Four Waters, I will not be disappointed and will perhaps have an greater understanding of the people in Afghanistan and an encouragement to pray for that country.

We take for granted all that we have here in the United States and think that a little trouble is great tragedy.  We do not have to worry about persecution for expressing our beliefs.  If we are persecuted, it is so small in comparison that it cannot be called persecution.  I highly recommend this book to our High School students and desire that through their reading of this story,  they may realize how very fortunate they are to be a citizen of the United States of America! (guest review by P.Howard)

GIVEAWAY is open for USA & Canada for a print copy of Farewell Four Waters. Begins Dec. 12 & ENDS January 5 @ 12:01 a.m. ET.
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About Kate McCord: Kate McCord, a protective pseudonym, lived and worked in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2010. During her years in country, she worked as a humanitarian aid worker, delivering projects to benefit the people of Afghanistan. She also learned the local language and developed deep and lasting friendships with local Afghans. After evacuating from her home in Afghanistan, Kate transitioned into a mentoring, training, consulting and coaching role to other workers serving in the region. Prior to moving to Afghanistan, she worked in the international corporate community as a business process and strategy consultant. Today, Kate serves Christ through writing, speaking, mentoring and conducting workshops and seminars.

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Side Door Communications in exchange for our review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer. No compensation was received for this review.


  1. When I was working there was a woman in ther reserves who did guiding the planes to each other for refueling in Afghanistan. Her husband worked and at night took care of their five kids at home.


  2. No I don't know anyone who has been there. This would be a fascinating book to read & learn more about Afghanistan...
    dkstevensne AT outlook DoT (Com)

  3. I do not know anyone who has served in any way in Afghanistan. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  4. I do not know anyone who has lived or worked there.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  5. I have never been associated with anyone from Afghanistan, this is such an exciting read.

    cenya2 at Hotmail dot com

  6. This definitely looks like a book I would enjoy! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

  7. I have a few friends from highschool that were in the military and spent some time in Afghanistan. They don't talk about it much.

  8. My friend was in Balad in the Air Force. He's home now. My daughters friend also was in Afghanistan, he was a medic. He was shot in the leg but is fine now.They are both no longer in the service due to injury. Thank you for the chance :)


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