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Frances Fuller, Author Of 'In Borrowed Houses' Responds To Franklin Graham's Facebook Post About Muslims

Frances Fuller's award-winning memoir, 'In Borrowed Houses', gives readers a penetrating glimpse of the Middle East from the inside. She puts a face on the Middle East many Americans have not yet seen

    WILMINGTON, NC, August 06, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- A Huffington Post article by Qasim Rashid stated that Franklin Graham had put these words on his Facebook page:

"We are under attack by Muslims at home and abroad. We should stop all immigration of Muslims to the U.S. until this threat with Islam has been settled. Every Muslim that comes into this country has the potential to be radicalized--and they do their killing to honor their religion and Muhammad. During World War 2, we didn't allow Japanese to immigrate to America, nor did we allow Germans. Why are we allowing Muslims now?"

"I remember World War II," Fuller stated. "I was kid, old enough to catch the mood of the day, educated enough to read the papers but not mature enough to use wisely what I read. My Daddy went to war. I ripped Emperor Hirohito's picture out of the paper and tore it into tiny pieces to demonstrate my hate for Japanese faces.

"But I have been in other wars, too. In the middle of the Lebanese civil war, I wrote down my 20 rules for surviving. Two of them were related to fear. No. 15, quoted from my memoir said, 'Don't read scary books or watch scary movies, including the evening news.' No. 10 was: 'Separate your fear from danger, know which one is in the driver's seat.'"

"Why do I mention these now? Because if we are going to survive the worldwide crisis of terrorism, with our souls intact, we need some policies. I have a suggestion: Don't listen to people who preach fear."

"Fear is an appropriate response to real danger, but it gets in your eyes like smoke; it moves your feet before you know where to go, and it loosens your tongue before you have time to think. In other words, it will make you do something unreasonable, like tearing up the newspaper before other people have read it. Like lumping all the people of one religion or one race or one nationality together to take the punishment for what a few people did. That's what we did during WW II, the thing Graham seems to think was right. We got scared of Japan, and we didn't just go to war immediately and stop immigration from Japan, we locked up all the Japanese-Americans. Frankly, Graham's thoughts are running in a dangerous direction."

Fuller reminds Graham of Jesus' attitude toward fear. "The very first time the subject of fear came up between him and his disciples was in that little boat in the middle of a storm, and when they woke him up, Jesus said, 'Why are you so afraid?' I feel a little shy to say this to Billy Graham's son, but .... If Jesus is asleep in your boat, just wake him up."

Told in short episodes, Fuller's book reveals the alienation, confusion and courage of civilians in the Lebanese civil war, introducing to the reader a variety of real people with whom the author interacts: editors, salesmen, neighbors, refugees, soldiers, missionaries, lawyers, shepherds, artists, students. With these people she works, studies, plays games, prays, laughs and cries, all to the accompaniment of gunfire. Together these small stories tell what war is like for civilians caught on a battlefield, and they create the impression of the Lebanese as a fun-loving, witty, patient and resilient people. They also compose, not a political history, but a historical document of a time and a place.

Critics have praised 'In Borrowed Houses.' A judge in the 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards called 'In Borrowed Houses' "...a well written book full of compassion...a captivating story...". Another reviewer described the book as "Wise, honest, sensitive, funny, heart-wrenching...". Colin Chapman, lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut said, "....western Christians and Middle Eastern Christians need to read this story...full of remarkable perceptiveness and genuine hope."

Frances Fuller is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at [email protected]. Fuller's book is available at Amazon and other book retailers. A free ebook sample from 'In Borrowed Houses' is available at More information is available at her website at

Frances Fuller spent thirty years in the violent Middle East and for twenty-four of those years was the director of a Christian publishing program with offices in Lebanon. While leading the development of spiritual books in the Arabic language, she survived long years of civil war and invasions.

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