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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 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.”


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Posted by on June 17, 2017 in Book Review


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Ventriloquist or Dummy?

WalterI love watching a good ventriloquist.  Ventriloquists can get away with saying almost anything as long as the dummy is the one doing the talking.  Have you noticed this?!  I even catch myself thinking, “that guy seems really nice, but his puppet sure is rude!”  Then I have to remind myself that I’m the dummy!  The ventriloquist is really the one saying those things!

A few weeks ago I had an idea for a new blog, If Jesus Calls… Hang Upwhich is written from the perspective of a demon advising people on how to avoid God.  The purpose, of course, is for people to recognize how to draw closer to the Lord by disregarding the demon’s advice to the contrary.  Similar to The Screwtape Letters, it employs a sarcastic, quirky, reverse psychology.  It’s been a challenge to write from a different perspective than my own, and very thought provoking to ponder situations from a different angle than usual.

On the surface, it seemed like a great idea.  But upon further reflection, I’ve set myself up as a sort of online blogging ventriloquist, writing from the demon’s point of view and boldly conveying beliefs that I might not otherwise express for fear of criticism or condemnation.  The demon can bring up topics that I might be uncomfortable discussing with people directly.  It’s never been my intention, but in the back of my mind I know if the heat gets turned up too high, if something is a little too forward or controversial, I can just point to the demon and say, “That was him!  It wasn’t me.  You can still like me.”

It really is all about being liked.  It’s the same reason people write anonymous letters or make anonymous comments online.  It’s the same reason so many parody accounts exist on twitter.  Church Curmudgeon, Back Row Baptist, Unappreciated Pastor, and Youth Minister’s Wife are all funny-but-true accounts on Twitter because they share what people are really thinking about church life.  Would they still have a position in their church if people knew their true identity?  Probably not.  Anonymity makes us comfortable and critical without the fear of accountability.  Anonymity says, “I want you to change, but I don’t want you to be mad at me for telling you to change. But I want you to change.”

Ephesians 4:15-16 “…speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”

Truth in love.  John Piper explains that “a gentle rebuke to fellow believers who have erred should always be brought with appropriate sobriety, humility, and never with arrogance and harshness.”  Truth in love.  When it works properly, it makes the body of Christ grow so that it builds itself up in love (v.16).  So I have to ask myself, when I see families drifting further away from Christ, what is the most loving thing to do?  Sit down with them and express a genuine concern for their spiritual well being, or run my hand up the back of my laptop puppet and hope they’ll read my blog?  Go to them and pray with them, or write an ambiguous article and hope that a friend of a friend shares my post and the Holy Spirit speaks to them through sarcasm?

I may be a dummy, but I’m smart enough to know that I need to make some adjustments in the way that I express truth in love.  I know what’s easiest, but what’s easiest is not always what’s best.

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Posted by on July 13, 2014 in Ministry, Personal


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