RECOMMENDED READING LIST
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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity
by Nabeel Qureshi
- available on Amazon.com – average cost (paperback): $10.50
- or Audible.com: $20 We HIGHLY recommend the audiobook!
We recommend you read this book for insight into how to engage Muslim friends on a personal level.
In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with stories of deep friendships, investigations of the primary claims of both religions, and the occurrence of supernatural dreams. Coming from a loving Muslim home, Qureshi was passionate for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi struggled with an inner turmoil that will challenge Christians, Muslims, and all those who are interested in the world’s greatest religions.
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man’s heart—and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus.
No God but One: Allah or Jesus? A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity
by Nabeel Qureshi
This book will help you address these questions from an informed standpoint as you grapple with distinguishing Islam from Christianity.
Having shared his journey of faith in Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi now examines Islam and Christianity in detail, exploring areas of crucial conflict and unpacking the relevant evidence. In the decade following his conversion, his study wrenched his heart and transformed his life.
No God but One: Allah or Jesus? addresses the most important questions at the interface of Islam and Christianity: How do the two religions differ? Are the differences significant? Can we be confident that either Christianity or Islam is true? And most important, is it worth sacrificing everything for the truth?
Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward
by Nabeel Qureshi
Read this book if you want a unique and clarifying perspective on the relationship between Islam and terrorism.
From author and former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi comes this personal, challenging, and respectful answer to the many questions surrounding jihad, the rise of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism. Setting aside speculations and competing voices, he asks what really is jihad? How are we to understand jihad in relation to our Muslim neighbors and friends? Why is there such a surge of Islamist terrorism in the world today, and how are we to respond?
In Answering Jihad, Qureshi answers these questions from the perspective of a former Muslim who is deeply concerned for both his Muslim family and his American homeland.
Cross and Crescent: Responding to the Challenge of Islam
by Colin Chapman
We recommend this classic as an “intro to Islam” to help you approach your Muslim neighbors with grace.
Colin Chapman brings remarkable sensitivity and care to a subject that too often incites hostility and suspicion. He introduces Islam in its historical context, its theological assumptions and, most important, its common practice in the West. In this comprehensive, gracious introduction to Islam, you will meet the Muslims in your community and learn how to love these neighbors as yourself.
In the Land of Blue Burqas
by Kate McCord
Read this for real-life stories of Muslim women which will help you understand the plight of many Muslims today, and how showing love to them can break through tough barriers.
Riveting and fast-paced, In the Land of Blue Burqas depicts sharing the love and truth of Christ with women living in Afghanistan, which has been called “the world’s most dangerous country in which to be born a woman.” The stories in this book are honest and true. The harsh reality of lives of Afghan women is not sugar-coated. Through storytelling, the author provides insight into how a Jesus-follower brought Jesus’ teachings of the Kingdom of God to Afghanistan. They reveal the splendor of Christ, the desire of human hearts, and those precious instances where the two meet.
Joyful Witness in the Muslim World: Sharing the Gospel in Everyday Encounters
by Evelyne A. Reisacher
This up-to-date textbook features global perspectives on current Christian engagement with Islam, which will equip you for mission among Muslims.
Evelyne Reisacher has worked extensively with Muslims in Europe and helps readers move from fear to joy as they share the gospel with Muslims. Reisacher surveys areas where Muslims and Christians encounter one another in the twenty-first century, highlighting innovative models of Christian witness in everyday life. The book may surprise those who believe sharing Christ among Muslims is nearly impossible.
The Soul-Winner: How to Lead Sinners to the Saviour
by C. H. Spurgeon
(The Soul Winner is currently being read by the Dead Theologians Society)
This book is not about the Muslim world per se, but will provide you with the basic tools and confidence for talking about your faith to others.
As an individual, you may ask, “How can I, an average person, do anything to reach the lost?” In this book, Charles Spurgeon discusses: the role of conviction, the need for holiness in the soul winner, why simplicity is more effective, how to be interesting, how to pray for the lost, how to deal with failure, the role of discipleship and how to engage others to help build Christ’s Kingdom.