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Elias Chacour grew up in Biram, a relatively small town in Galilee. He was welcomed into the world with a loving family who believed in Jesus Christ. He enjoyed going on spiritual walks with Jesus, his savior and role model. However the best things in life don’t often last forever. In young Elias’ case, it was World War II. Following the aftermath of Hitler, Palestine grudgingly welcomed Zionist Jews and their military. They confiscated the houses, farms, and churches from the people. God called on Elias to bring peace between Arabs and Jews. He was able to find education in a bishop’s school, and further understand the Arab-Israeli conflict. Elias struggled to love the Jews, and he struggles to clarify the misunderstanding of his people. The men of Galilee are able to help him with a saying. “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

A Liverpudlian West Side Story: twin brothers are separated at birth because their mother cannot afford to keep them both. She gives one of them away to wealthy Mrs Lyons and they grow up as friends in ignorance of their fraternity until the inevitable quarrel unleashes a blood-bath. ‘Willy Russell is less concerned with political tub-thumping than with weaving a close-knit story about the working of fate and destiny … it carries one along with it in almost unreserved enjoyment” Guardian One of the longest-running and most successful ever West End musicals, Blood Brothers premiered at the Liverpool Playhouse in January 1983. Blood Brothers by Willy Russell – eBook Details As a child, Elias Chacour lived in a small Palestinian village in Galilee. The townspeople were proud of their ancient Christian heritage and lived at peace with their Jewish neighbors. But early in 1947, their idyllic lifestyle was swept away as tens of thousands of Palestinians were killed and nearly one million forced into refugee camps. Chacour's beautiful peacemaking spirit towards Jews is evident as he pleads with those in the West at the end of this book: In Blood Brothers, Chacour blends his riveting life story with historical research to reveal a little-known side of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the birth of modern Israel. He touches on controversial questions such as "What behind-the-scenes politics touched off the turmoil in the Middle East?", "What does Bible prophecy really have to say?", and "Can bitter enemies ever be reconciled?"

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William Russell is a British dramatist, lyricist, and composer. His best-known works are Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine, and Blood Brothers.

This is both a memoir of the author's work in peacemaking, and a history of the unrest between Israel and Palestine. In 2000, Russell published his first novel, The Wrong Boy. In epistolary form, main character Raymond Marks, a 19-year old from Manchester, tells the story of his life in letters to his hero Morrissey. The relationship with the 2 mothers was also really interesting to see and their development was really enjoyable to witness- you could almost see them manipulating and breaking throughout different scenes. I also really enjoyed Sammie, he was quite comical, but also violent. Willy Russell was born in Whiston, on the outskirts of Liverpool, where he grew up. His parents worked in a book publisher's and often encouraged him to read. After leaving school with one O-level in English, he first became a ladies' hairdresser and ran his own salon. Russell then undertook a variety of jobs, also the first play he wrote was Keep Your Eyes Down Low (1975). His first success was a play about The Beatles called John, Paul, George, Ringo … and Bert. Originally commissioned for the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool was transferring to the West End in 1974. Educating Rita (1980) concerned a female hairdresser and her Open University teacher. The semi-autobiographical Educating Rita was turned into a 1983 film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters. The musical Blood Brothers (1983), for which Russell also composed the music, first opened in Liverpool and transferred to London's Phoenix Theatre. It won the best actress award at the Lawrence Olivier awards. Bill Kenwright produced a revival in 1988 which has run for more than twenty years; the show was produced on Broadway in 1993. Shirley Valentine, which first opened in Liverpool in 1986 before a new production opened in London in 1988 starring Pauline Collins. It was also made into a successful film, in 1989, again with Collins in the title role. Russell received BAFTA and Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for both Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine.I knew virtually nothing of the issues between these two nations (only that they existed), and it was enlightening and saddening to learn the details. Willy Russell [Lyn Paul, Philip Stewart, Stephen Palfreman, Sarah Hay, Emma Thornett in:] Directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenright I found this to be quite fast paced which I loved. I'm really glad that I chose to reread this book. It is such a heartbreaking and tragic story.

Everybody loves a good story, and this one tells about the life and work of a Palestinian Christian, Elias Chacour, whose life was directly impacted by the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The village he grew up in was destroyed in the process of Israel becoming a nation, and in the book he does not shy away from disclosing the many ways the Conflict affected him, and made life difficult for him and his people. He trained to be a Melkite priest and grew to become a wise and highly-respected person in the peacemaking process in his homeland. Having some knowledge beforehand about the Conflict would be an advantage to the reader in understanding persons, places, and events referred to in the book, but at the same time is not essential. Russell has also written television projects, including the one-off drama, Our Day Out, which aired in 1977. He penned another television drama, One Summer, which aired as a five-part series on Channel 4 in 1983, starring a young David Morrissey. Deadly Silence is the first book in the Blood Brothers series. We meet Ryker Jones, an Alpha male who is broody, protective, and quite demanding. Despite all this, his past has some dark shadows that he is not so keen to share with the world. At the beginning of the book, Ryker feels like he is under siege after the Investigative Agency he owns together with his brothers Heath and Denver almost goes bankrupt. Book Genre: Academic, Classics, Crime, Drama, Fiction, Music, Musicals, Mystery, Plays, Read For School, Romance, School, TheatreI don't really read a lot of plays/musicals and if I do read them, they aren't usually in this genre. But during my GCSEs, this was one of the plays selected for me to study for my exams- so basically I was forced to read this. However, I was surprised that I did enjoy this a little. In the midst of all the conflict between the Arabs and the Jews, God called upon Elias to help bring peace to the two groups. He attends various schools in an effort to make this peace. Jews and Palestinians in Israel. The book is about how Jews and Arabs are, in fact, blood brothers and should treat each other as such. Forgotten the title or the author of a book? Our BookSleuth is specially designed for you. Visit BookSleuth

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