My Accidental Jihad

My Accidental Jihad

A Love Story

Large Print - 2014 | Large Print edition
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Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer could not have imagined her life today: married to a Libyan-born Muslim, raising two children with Arabic names in the American South. Nor could she have imagined the prejudice she would encounter or the profound ways her marriage would change her perception of the world. This is the story of two people -- a middle-class Californian and a Muslim raised by illiterate parents in an impoverished Libyan fishing village -- who made a commitment to each other without forsaking their own identities.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2014
Edition: Large Print edition
ISBN: 9781410469557
Branch Call Number: LP 975.6044092 BRE NVD
Characteristics: 361 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Jan 02, 2019

Krista Bremer has penned an interesting and well written - if overly long - story. It's not the page numbers that indicate "too long" but the feeling I got as I moved towards the last few chapters: she needed a way to end her story (which has in no way yet ended) and it took her a few chapters to get there. The ending as it were, presents nothing that one hadn't already gleaned from the pages that came before it. In the end, this is a nice portrait of a marriage between two people coming from different cultures. I will never forget how the author explained to her husband the feeling he should have as Christmas approaches. A good read but the last few chapters are a bit of a slog.

Cheryl_in_IT Jan 24, 2018

I really enjoyed this memoir, which tells the story of Krista Bremer's marriage to her Muslim husband, Ismail.

Not only is it written with an abundance of lovely metaphors, but it is full of pieces of poetic self-revelation and a bare honesty that I appreciate and aspire to in my own life.

I loved that this book also gives us a birds eye view into a cross cultural marriage and the in-between place where the two people within that marriage reside. Krista talks about her husband's faith and spirituality and of being in the conflicting place of seeing and appreciating the message of peace in Islam while living in a culture that views it as a religion that represents itself in violence and oppression.

This is an excellent book if you are looking for insight and another point of view into a religion that is not well understood or accepted in our culture.

I felt like I was reading my own close it resembled my new marriage to my tunisian husband..Very fast to read.Didnt want to put it down..Nicely written..

ehbooklover Jul 29, 2014

I chose to read this examination of an intercultural marriage when I saw the glowing review from Cheryl Strayed on the cover (Her book, “Wild”, is one of my favourite biographies). Unfortunately, it was just OK. While parts were interesting, there were many times the author was so long-winded that I found myself quickly flipping ahead so I could try to figure out how many more pages there were until I finally finished the book. That’s never a good sign.

May 21, 2014

Krista Bremer, a South California girl who loves surfing, has just moved to North Carolina to study journalism when she meets Ismail Suayah, a Libyan older man from a poor, illiterate Muslim family. Soon they become a couple, but an unplanned pregnancy early in their relationship forces them to make choices. They decide to keep the baby and get married. My Accidental Jihad chronicles the challenges and rewards of a bi-cultural marriage.

I thought the title of the book was particularly well chosen: “accidental” refers to the unplanned pregnancy, and “jihad” means “effort” or “struggle” in Arabic, which conveys the difficulties of keeping a marriage alive. Krista Bremer is honest about her feelings, and is not afraid of asking questions. In addition, her descriptions are filled with beautiful imagery, and I thought her trip to Libya was really interesting because it opens the reader’s eyes to a different way of living. However, I would have liked to know what was the reaction of Krista’s family, especially her parents, when she told them she was going out with a Libyan. Did their perception of him change after 9/11? There must have been some prejudice about Muslims. I also thought that some parts of the book were a bit slow. In the end though, the book is a lesson in tolerance and acceptance, and it shows that Islam is all about surrender, that we need to accept that some aspects of our lives are out of our control.

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