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Setting the Record Straight: Uncovering Ancient History Between East and West

Contact: Abigail Davidson, Publicist, WinePress Publishing Group, 360-802-9758, abigail@winepressgroup.com

ENUMCLAW, Wash., Aug. 16 /Christian Newswire/ -- Heads of government from Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom, Russia, and the United States recently reconvened for the annual Group of 8 summit meeting held this year in Heiligendamm, Germany. Although reaching agreement on a series of objectives, the future of Serbia's Kosovo province remained unresolved, reports the Associated Press.

Under U.N. supervision since 1999, the predominantly ethnic Albanian province continues to vie for independence, the possibility of which many European countries--including former Yugoslavia province of Serbia--find unacceptable.

In a recent press release, Serbian president, Boris Tadic stated, "Serbia will never give up Kosovo, nor its European future." The fact that the United States supports granting Kosovo statehood only solidifies tensions between the East and the West.

According to authors Jerry and Faith McCollough, those tensions aren't new; they also run far deeper than a mere land dispute.

"The broader issue is the conflict between Eastern and Western Christianity. The Balkans simply happen to be on the fault-line between these two ideologies. The pockets of Islamic influence in Bosnia were caught in the middle of the clash of these two; Serbia has Orthodox roots, and Croatia has Roman Catholic roots."

Having spent the last twenty years living and working in Belgium, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Germany, the McColloughs have a passion for European history. Their first book, "Cyril & Methodius" (Eventide Publications), traces the history of the Cyrillic alphabet and reveals the Christian roots of the Slavic languages.

"Through our writing and illustrations we hope to overcome resistance to Christianity in Eastern Europe by showing them that evangelical Christianity is part of their heritage and not a Western ideology."

The McColloughs are appointed Foreign Missionaries with the Assemblies of God World Missions and have degrees in commercial art from Woodbury College. An ordained Assemblies of God minister, Jerry holds a Master's Degree in Biblical Literature. They have two grown children and three grandchildren and currently live in South Dakota.

You can learn more about the McCollough's artwork at www.theheroesofthefaith.com. For more information, a review copy, or to schedule interviews, contact Abigail Davidson at abigail@winepressgroup.com, 360.802.9758, or 360.802.5748 fax.