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Middle East: Frances Fuller on publishing in a war zone
Frances Fuller tells her remarkable story of leading a Christian publishing house during the Lebanese Civil War in her new book, In Borrowed Houses. The former publisher and MAI Board member shares personal insights from that experience, and her heart for the church and Christian publishing in the post-Arab Spring Middle East, in this interview with MAI staff intern Joanne Kim.
Q: How has your view of publishing changed through your experience working in a war zone?
The war made me focus on human needs and see that publishing was not about building my institution but about building faith and hope, providing helps for seekers and tools for servants.
The war actually improved our marketing system. When war broke out our only warehouse was in a war zone. We saw that we had to decentralize and began to work with people in other countries who could stock and sell our books. The result was expansion and efficiency.
Q: What gave you the biggest satisfaction and joy amidst the difficulties and challenges during the Lebanese Civil War?
Photo above: Lebanese publishing staff with Frances Fuller, seated front right
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