In the Land of Blue Burqas

Moody Publishers, 2012
ISBN: 9780802482297

“I lived in Afghanistan for five years. I learned the rules – I had to.”

Riveting and fast paced, In the Land of Blue Burqas depicts sharing the love and truth of Christ with women living in Afghanistan, which has been called "the world's most dangerous country in which to be born a woman." 

These stories are honest and true. The harsh reality of their lives is not sugar-coated, and that adds to the impact of this book. Through storytelling, the author shows how people who don't know Christ come to see Him, His truth, and His beauty. The stories provide insight into how a Jesus-follower brought Jesus' teachings of the Kingdom of God to Afghanistan. They reveal the splendor of Christ, the desire of human hearts, and that precious instance where the two meet.

All of the names ofthose involvedincluding Kate'splus the locations have been changed to protect the participants.

From the Back Cover

“I lived in Afghanistan for five years. I learned the rules – I had to.”

The gray-bearded and black-bearded men in the back of the rickshaw eyed me. The gray-bearded man asked me, “Are you a Muslim?”

 For him, the word Muslim had a very clear definition. He did not just mean, “Are you submitted to God?” To which I could have said, “Yes, of course.” He meant something much more precise: “Do you submit to the laws of the Prophet Muhammad as recorded in the Holy Quran and Hadith and as taught by the mullahs?” Whatever true response I could give would not be welcome.

Still, I could give a true response. I answered the gray-beaded man’s question softly without arrogance or apology. “No, I am not a Muslim. I am a follower of the Honorable Jesus Messiah.”

The black-bearded man scowled, brows furrowed. He leaned too close to my face and glared directly into my averted eyes. His words came out as a command, short and abrupt: “You should become a Muslim. It would be better for you in this life and the next.”

Praise for In the Land of Blue Burqas

"The true and riveting story of a woman who spends five years in Afghan villages talking to the natives about her faith in Jesus, while being pressured to convert to Islam. The writing is powerful, the narrative is intriguing, and the author compellingly lifts up Jesus at every turn. An excellent introduction into the Muslim world and the mindset that marks it. Inspiring and educational."

-Outreach Magazine, March/April 2013

Product Details

  • Title : In the Land of Blue Burqas
  • Author: McCord, Kate
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • ISBN: 9780802482297

About the Author

KATE MCCORD worked in Afghanistan for nine years after the fall of the Taliban. 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, Ms. McCord transitioned into a mentoring, training, consulting and coaching role to other workers serving in the region. Prior to moving to Afghanistan, Ms. McCord worked in the international corporate community as a business process and strategy consultant.Currently, she serves Christ through writing, speaking, mentoring, and conducting workshops and seminars. She is the author of In the Land of Blue Burqas and Farewell Four Waters, both published by Moody Publishers.


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