Mark’s #9 – Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi

March 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity Is a book that is part autobiography, part history, part Christian apologetics, and part testimony of Nabeel Qureshi’s conversion from Islam to Christianity. For the purposes of this review, I will focus on four key takeaways from this book 1. The value of investing in meaningful friendships with muslims (or any nonChristian)  Nabeel Qureshi is a first generation American whose parent’s came from Pakistan and who’s Grandparents served as Muslim missionaries in Indonesia and Uganda.  As part of a devout muslim family, Nabeel grew up praying arabic prayers and joyfully observing all of the traditional Muslim holidays and traditions. Nabeel never had any reason to doubt his Muslim beliefs, and in fact, was taught by his parents to be an evangelist for Islam.  This was not a difficult task for Nabeel, as most professing Christians he spoke with had no idea about Islam and an almost equally weak understanding of historic Christian beliefs. This scenario changed as Nabeel entered his freshman year of college and became friends with David – A Christian who was prepared to answer objections to Christianity and who cared enough to pursue Nabeel as a friend.  Over […]

Ron’s #13: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

April 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Animals. Religion. India. Philosophy. Shipwreck. Friendship. Stories. Survival. Canada. Life of Pi tells the story of sixteen-year-old Pi Patel, a unique young man growing up at a family zoo in India. As an act of faith, Pi takes on Hinduism, Islam, and Catholicism without any problems of contradiction. Soon, his faith is tested as he is shipwrecked in the Pacific with a strange companion to share a lifeboat. There is much to this book. It’s an easy read in terms of story, but there are many aspects that require reflection and discussion. While I disagree with some of the notions of Yann’s religion and his worldview, I do feel like it is an excellent portrayal of struggling to live and struggling to believe. Yann Martel is a formidable writer who created a wonderful story that you’ll think about long after you close the book. In fact, you’ll even question whether the story you just read really is the story you just read. The movie version is coming out 12/2012. I’m eager to see how it will work considering much of the novel is philosophical musing. I’m also eager to see how Tobey Maguire can play a teenaged Indian boy.

Mark’s #8 – America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It by Mark Steyn

February 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

There are some alarming trends in western culture that led author and journalist Mark Steyn to issue a wakeup call to America.  Whether you agree or disagree, Steyn’s points should not be ignored. Put briefly, Steyn believes that the western world in particular, and the world as a whole is at risk of being dominated by islamic culture, religion, and politics within just a few generations.  His reasoning springs from an analysis of the demographic data, naive multiculturalism, and political correctness trends within western liberal democratic nations – particularly Europe. Demographics –  The birth rates of Western European countries have fallen well below the sustainable society rate of 2.1 births per woman.  Some of these countries like France, Italy, Germany, and Spain range from a rate of 1.1 -1.3 births.  So what does this mean?  It means that these big government socialist countries will not be able to sustain their welfare state in the near future, since no one will be around to pay for these luxuries.  Enter into this equation their need for immigrants, mostly from muslim background, their very high birth rates, and their hatred for all infidels, Europe will soon be known as Eurabia. Naive Multiculturalism – […]

JRF’s #11 – The Gospel for Muslims by Thabiti Anyabwile

March 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

How do you share the Gospel with Muslisms?  You share the Gospel with Muslims. This isn’t  a book about new methods and tricks you can use to convert Muslims with.  It is a book written by a former Muslim who has been transformed by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and now has a passion to share that Gospel with those still in Islam’s grip. Anyabwile’s theme for the book is clearly seen in it’s subtitle: “an Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence”.  He debunks the popular belief amongst believers that, “somehow Muslims require a different gospel or a special technique, that Muslims are somehow impervious to the Gospel in a way that other sinners are not.” (p.13) The first portion of the book is focused on the Gospel itself.  Anyabwile encourages the reader to trust in the power of the Gospel by sharing personal stories where he has seen the truth and love of Christ pierce the hearts of muslims.  He also affirms the importance of doctrinal clarity in evangelism.  He shows the importance of defining terms like sin, repentance, and faith Biblically for those terms signify something drastically different to a Muslim.  While acknowledging that there […]

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