Wright pairs scripture with historical facts back to one family–Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar. As the story progresses he follows the genealogy and we explore family conflict. I believe readers will find this book direct yet not too complicated. Wright’s use of familiar scripture helped with balancing the historical facts and organizations that were new to me. I walked away from the book having a new appreciation of the differences between Jewish, Christian, and Islamic. It also makes me want to dig a little deeper.
What I liked most about Seeds of Turmoil was considering the turning points in each of the relationships (i.e., between Abraham and Sarah, Sarah and Hagar, Isaac and Ishmael, etc.) as communicated in the bible and based on Wright’s studies. I believe readers will be able to see themselves and reflect on their personal relationships. I also appreciated the simplicity in which Wright tackled a extensive, complicated topic. I believe it was Wright’s attempt to ensure all readers would understand that gives the first few chapters a slow pace.
In the end, I would recommend this book for Christian readers. I believe they will find the presentation including timelines, maps, and Wright’s laid back approach entertaining and educational.