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Book Review: Unbroken

Book Review: Unbroken

A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Unbroken is not a faith based book by a Christian author about God’s divine protection of a deeply religious man. In fact, it’s quite the opposite by all accounts. However, as a Christian reader, I can see God’s fingerprints on every page – from Louie’s turbulent childhood to a his brutal internment and especially his life changing encounter at a Billy Graham crusade. God had his hand on Louie and used his story in a powerful way to affect the lives of thousands.

In many ways life is like that, I think. We get caught up in the cares of the moment, just trying to make it through one more day, butbut when we look back on all that has happened, we can see how God was working all things together for good.

Practically speaking, the book started to drag a bit in the middle. I was enthralled with Louie’s running career and his early military exploits, but I labored to get through the detailed chronicle of his time at sea and in the POW camps. Hillenbrand picked up the pace again toward the end and she wrapped everything up very well. I haven’t read the young adult version of this novel, but I wonder if that wouldn’t be more to my liking at 322 pages instead of 529. This is a wonderful story that everyone should read, but I could have been given less details and still enjoyed the overall experience.

four-stars

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Posted by on December 9, 2017 in Book Review

 

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Book Review: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Book Review: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

I began reading this biography with very little knowledge about Muslim customs and beliefs, but Nabeel Qureshi offers us a unique windows into his early life, being raised in a devout Muslim home.  He gives us definitions and explanations along the way as he describes, in detail, the symbolism behind the expressions of their faith.  Qureshi points out the similarities between Islam and Christianity, but more importantly he expounds on the differences – how the western world thinks differently from middle-easterners in the very core of their beliefs.

Qureshi shares his deeply rooted passion for Islam and his discovery of evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God – evidence that directly contradicts what he had been taught. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi’s inner battle will challenge Christians and Muslims alike.

Engaging and thought-provoking, “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.  This is a must read book, especially for the Christian who wants to know more about Islam and how to tell your Muslim friends about Isa (Jesus).


EDIT: Allow me to add one thing.  This book gets very good reviews (4.9 on Amazon, 4.8 at Barnes & Noble, 4.54 on Goodreads.com) but I have noticed one common thread among those few who gave this book 1 star – their disbelief in the supernatural part of Qureshi’s conversion.  He asked for, and received, a series of dreams from God that led Him to the truth of Scripture.  (Read about it. It’s awesome.)  He clearly explains that the dreams didn’t save him, but they did point him to God’s Word where he had an encounter with Jesus.  I have absolutely no problem believing this, especially if we believe the Bible.  To quote Father Louis Gilbert:

“Two different Josephs in the Bible had what we might call ‘strange dreams’.  One became Pharaoh’s right-hand-man as a result and the other became the husband of Mary and the earthly father of our Lord Jesus.  Something they ate, was it? I think not.”

five-stars

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2017 in Book Review

 

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