Book Reviews

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Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road: Exploring a New Path Between Two Faiths by Paul-Gordon Chandler

How should Christians approach Islam?
Does Christ walk the Muslim Road?
Can a Muslim follow Christ’s teachings and remain a Muslim?

At a time of growing discord between Christians and Muslims, Paul-Gordon Chandler, in this engaging book, advocates for Christians a fresh approach toward Islam and interacting with Muslims–that seeks to “wage peace” in the spirit of Christ and build on all commonalities.

By looking at the fascinating life of a “Muslim follower of Christ”, celebrated Arab novelist Mazhar Mallouhi, this book addresses how a Muslim may follow Christ’s teachings and remain an insider in his or her Islamic community. Mazhar Mallouhi’s unique spiritual journey illustrates how Christ can be “naturalized” in the Arab Muslim world, where following Christ’s teachings does not necessitate joining another religious culture.

Building on the common Middle Eastern heritage the Christian faith shares with Islam, this book demonstrates the importance of removing Western cultural and religious trappings associated with Christ in the minds of Muslims, and following a Christ who first walked the Middle Eastern road.

“That Christians and Muslims don’t understand one another is an understatement. Paul-Gordon Chandler knows both groups in detail and first hand. He pushes the rubble of stereotypes to the sidelines and in the cleared space tells the story of the novelist Mazhar Mallouhi, well known in the Arab world. Incredibly, understanding emerges. This book
couldn’t be more timely.”

Eugene Peterson, author and Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, BC

“Events of recent years have exacerbated mutual suspicion, fear and misunderstanding between Christians and Muslims. Yet Jesus Christ set in motion a unity that knows no boundaries; he broke all barriers. We must think beyond the present walls of the church to move forward. The issues dealt with in this timely book demonstrate God’s divine embrace, providing a bridge in the gap.”
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond M. Tutu

“I consider this an important book. What a life Mazhar Mallouhi has lived! He stands in an almost singular position as a bridge between two worlds which, alas, seem to be separated by an ever-increasing divide.”
Philip Yancey, author

“Following Christ within Islam? As Paul-Gordon Chandler shows, the idea is neither absurd nor impossible. In his timely, refreshing and often surprising book, Chandler seeks to break down the seemingly enormous barriers that divide Christians from Muslims, and in the process offers a potent manifesto for waging peace on Islam. I hope the book finds a very wide readership.”

Philip Jenkins, distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies,
Pennsylvania State University and author of God’s Continent: Christianity, Islam and Europe’s Religious Crisis and The Next Christendom

Secret Believers: What Happens When Muslims Turn to Christ? by Brother Andrew and Al Janssen

In his most incredible and eye-opening book to date, Brother Andrew invites you to meet brave men and women you never knew existed. This is the riveting true story of the Church in Islamic countries struggling to come to grips with hostile governments, terrorist acts, and an influx of Muslims coming to Christ. The names and places have been changed to protect the real people in the real places. But the stories are true. Now available in paperback, Secret Believers not only gives you a glimpse of the lives of these courageous believers, it also proposes four practical initiatives for Christians in the West to help these persecuted brothers and sisters. It calls us to join a new kind of jihad, leaving vengeance behind in favour of forgiveness, radical love, and unyielding prayer.

A Deadly Misunderstanding: A Congressman’s Quest to Bridge the Muslim-Christian Divide by Mark Siljander

Written by my friend in Marocco

By going to Muslim leaders, Mark utilizes his ex-Congressman’s “edge” while actually doing what Jesus (Isa) taught. There is a way to relate to our “enemies” with love, forgiveness, blessing or “doing good”, as well as prayer for and with them. Westerners, especially we Evangelicals, need to learn “bridge-building” instead of war and enmity. Mark Siljander shows us how, and it works! With a few Arab friends, we provide a bridge-building Arabic language web site which has attracted more than 800,000 visitors. 85% of them are Muslims who want to dialogue with Christians to build bridges of relationship. Don’t make war; make bridges of relationship. Mark Siljander will inspire you and require you to rethink your view of the Muslim world. I live in that world, and I plead with you – do it now! They need to hear from a friend!

The Prophet & the Messiah: An Arab Christian’s Perspective on Islam & Christianity / Chawkat Moucarry by Chawkat Georges Moucarry

In an age of media distortion and widespread stereotypes, Christians and Muslims need a greater understanding of each other’s faith. What do Christians believe about the Bible? What do Muslims believe about the Qur’an? And what do both Christianity and Islam have to say about Jesus and Muhammad? In this even-handed and conciliatory book Chawkat Moucarry calls Christians and Muslims to engage in genuine dialogue, urging them to relate to each other with true humility and respect. In a straightforward fashion he describes and compares the central doctrines of Christianity and Islam, explaining key beliefs and debunking common misconceptions. Christians who read this book will learn much about Islam. Likewise, Muslims who read it will discover why Christians are convinced of the truth of Christianity. Sure to provide grist for informed discussions, this rare book is one that both Muslims and Christians can fruitfully study together.

The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror (Modern Library), by Bernard Lewis

What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis

Waging Peace on Islam by Christine A. Mallouhi

Miniskirts, Mothers and Muslims: A Christian Woman in a Muslim Land by Christine A. Mallouhi

Building Bridges: Christianity and Islam by Fouad Elias Accad

Peaceable Witness Among Muslims by Gordon D. Nickel

The Clash of Civilizations: And the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington

The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East (Vintage) by Robert Fisk

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