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Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time by [Courtney, Jeremy]
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“This is a wonderful book with a powerful, time-tested message: love wins. But Jeremy Courtney and his wife aren’t just writing about love in theory or theology. They are showing us all the power of God’s love in practice evidenced through the love of His people for others very different than themselves. As a former US diplomat and Ivy League professor I highly recommend this book. But more importantly, as a human being looking for God’s love in this war-torn and weary world, I thank God for this book.” —The Honorable Gregory W. Slayton, author of national bestseller Be a Better Dad Today (The Honorable Gregory W. Slayton, author of national bestseller Be a Better Dad Today)

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A personal account of the Courtney family and the Preemptive Love Coalition, as they help children obtain lifesaving surgeries in Iraq using one simple but powerful tool: a love that strikes first.

In the middle of the Iraq War, Jeremy and Jessica Courtney found themselves with their two children caught up in the turmoil, just hoping to make a difference. After an encounter with a father whose little girl was dying from a heart defect, they began to investigate options for helping and learned that untold thousands of children across Iraq were in similar need, waiting in line for heart surgery in a country without a qualified heart surgeon.

With the help of their closest friends, they dived in to save the lives of as many as they could, but sending children abroad proved to be expensive and cumbersome, and it failed to make an impact on the systemic needs of Iraqi hospitals—the place where these children really should be saved. Despite fatwas, death threats, bombings, imprisonments, and intense living conditions, Jeremy and his team persevered to overcome years of hostilities and distrust in an effort to eradicate the backlog of thousands upon thousands of Iraqi children waiting in line for much-needed heart surgery.

“This true story of people coming together to live the doctrine of 'love first, ask questions later' by building bridges and saving lives is powerfully inspiring, touching, and, unfortunately, urgently relevant” (Publishers Weekly). “Courtney’s moving story gives us some of the best news to come out of Iraq in ages” (Los Angeles Times).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 52661 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Reprint edition (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,316 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Preemptive Love had made it's way onto my favourite books of all time. Jeremy Courtney has a gift for the written word and I found this book to be very engaging; much more than I expected for a book of this genre. I appreciated the honesty of the challenges Jeremy and his team have faced. Having done some development work, I have seen that every NGO and non-profit faces challenges and few are willing to be so deeply honest about them in fear of looking bad to their donors. The work performed by Preemptive Love Coalition is valuable and important and I am grateful I came across this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e259258) out of 5 stars Get a new Perspective on life - a must read kinda book. Oct. 5 2013
By Ian Rowlands - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Let me make a very bold statement: if you read this book it will change and challenge your perspective on how to live life - if you open your heart and mind it will change your life forever.

Jeremy Courtney is a consummate story-teller and this is a great story to tell. He manages to to achieve a balance of humour and seriousness, drama and and reflection, facts and narrative and is empathetic and challenging. This is both a preemptive and redemptive story!

The honesty and transparency with which this book is written is a testimony to Courtney's integrity. There are times it will make you cringe and become uncomfortable, as you are allowed to look into another human beings soul and inner processes as well as those around him. An example of this transparency is the seen in the way he is willing to reveal and talk about the pressure it has brought on his family and relationships.

In the work I do I am often asked 'how can we live our lives from the values and beliefs I really care about and live a life that impact the things I really want to affect. This book helps point the way! There is a saying from one of the worlds great books of wisdom 'perfect love casts out fear'. Now this is a book that the Courtney's and the community around them hold in high esteem and they have shown us a way to make that saying become a reality in our daily lives - not by pretending fear and uncertainty don't exist but by believing and practicing the power of love that can overcome them.

I heard about that this book in August and pre-ordered a kindle version for myself and 5 hard copies to give away with the anticipation that it would be good. The reason I did this before even reading it was because my life and the life of those around me has already been impacted for the good by the Courtney family and those around them. I am not disappointed! The book has totally exceeded my expectations. Jeremy will be hoping to make a lot of sales in order to be able to help more children have heart saving surgeries - I am hoping for lots of sales so that 1000's of people can be inspired to be a trailblazer, a world changer, a heart mender or whatever it takes to make a difference in their time - in their world - in their generation!
So in short I highly recommend this book!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e45c294) out of 5 stars An Amazing book Oct. 6 2013
By C. Medearis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I think I've given a handful of 5 star reviews in my whole life. This is a five and a half. An incredible book full of interesting stories and profound insights from a man who walks the walk. You need to buy this, read it and then recommend it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e45400c) out of 5 stars My favorite book of the year Oct. 5 2013
By Ben Norquist - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This story blew me away.

The book is authored by Jeremy Courtney, an American who finds himself living and working in Iraq. While there, he notices the huge backlog of children waiting for heart surgery in a country with a history of chemical warfare, but with a decimated medical infrastructure. This is the story of how Jeremy caught a vision for helping these kids and their families, how he dealt with the challenges, and how the Preemptive Love Coalition came to be.

I couldn't put the book down, and in the end, it's become my favorite book of the year. It engrosses. It challenges. And then it delivers hope. I enthusiastically recommend this book to you!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e45c090) out of 5 stars AMAZING!! Oct. 5 2013
By Deedee Baumgarner - Published on
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Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time is a page-turner from the beginning. I bought it on my Kindle the first day it came out, and couldn't put it down until I reached "the finish line" at the end of the book. I have a personal belief which says, "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." Jeremy, his family, and all of his team and supporters of the Preemptive Love Coalition ARE showing the power of love overcoming the love of power! Jeremy's descriptions are highly accurate. This book should be a "must-read" for anyone with an inkling to do volunteer work in another country, as it doesn't "glorify" or "down-play" the truths of showing preemptive love - it tells it like it is. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e20a0a8) out of 5 stars A compelling memoir that causes self-examination Nov. 5 2013
By Denise M. Dynes - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I have been following the Preemptive Love Coalition since they first began selling the Kurdish "klash" shoes and, as a result, was very much looking forward to this book's release. It did not disappoint! Courtney never paints a grandiose picture of himself--something that may be the most practical takeaway from the book: that regular, imperfect, fear-laden, non-know-it-all's can accomplish a great deal of good in seemingly hopeless situations! And it is this connection to his humanity that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat through the stories of setbacks, disappointments, dangers, and incredible joy. For someone who desires to love fully and effectively, Preemptive Love is like a mentor with a book jacket. Nothing is romanticized, yet the genuine and unchangeable good runs through the pages in a motivating way. His life choices of "loving first, asking questions later" in one of the most dangerous places in the world are (and should be) personally challenging. I love anything that causes me to see through the fog of life right down to the bedrock; to ask life-sifting questions that strip me of unnecessary mindsets and realign my perspective to what matters. It should go without saying that not many people or things in life hold that sort of power, but Courtney's story does. This is one to talk about. This is a story to read for the page-turning quality, but meditate on for the perspective-altering opportunity. "People smarter than I have challenged our way of life and called us naive for thinking that the world won't eat us alive this way. The truth is, we've done the math on it, and staying alive is not what we call living." (page 45, Chapter 4)