Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Review

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(Excuse my smudged table - that's about as clean as it gets with toddler fingers!)

Recently in a sermon my pastor referenced a book that was coming out soon called "Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus" by Nabeel Qureshi.   Shortly after I saw that it had become available through Booklook, and I had to request it.

This book is Qureshi's personal testimony of coming to know Jesus.  I never quite know what to expect when it comes to biography-type books - I think sometimes they can be a little dry.  This one was most definitely not dry!  I  started reading it and could hardly put it down!  It was very well written, and the story was fascinating to me.

The first part of the book describes Qureshi's upbringing and what Islam teaches, and I learned a lot of things I never knew about what Muslims believe and what the culture is like within Islam.  Later in the book Qureshi becomes friends with David, who is a Christian, and it is through their friendship that he starts to look more closely at the claims of Islam and the claims of Christianity.  Finally, after three years Qureshi's worldview is in pieces, and he asks God to send him a sign to show him the truth.

This book is such a powerful testimony, and I picked up two main things through it - first I think I gained a real appreciation for how difficult it is for a Muslim to choose to follow Jesus.  They aren't just changing their minds, they are giving up their entire life, possibly putting their own lives in danger, and their decision to follow Jesus affects their entire community.  That is another reason why I think this testimony was so powerful to read - Qureshi had to give up so much, but he knew he was gaining Christ, and that was enough.

Second, I now have more of a desire to know more about Christian apologetics and be able to present the evidence for my faith.  I was so impressed throughout the book at how much David knew about what he believed and how he was able to have intelligent discussions with Nabeel about specific issues and evidence for Christianity.  I have always liked apologetics, but I would like to be more familiar with different topics so I can "give an answer to everyone who asks" (1 Peter 3:15).

This book was so interesting and an excellent look at apologetics as it relates to both Christianity and Islam.  I highly recommend it!

Note: I received this book for free from Booklook in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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Emily grapes said...

Check out carm.org it's a great apologetics website. This book does sound interesting. I'm sure it's incredibly difficult for a muslim to denounce their faith.

Lorraine Yeung said...

Very cool, also appreciating how hard and difficult it can be to follow Christ having "converted" from being a Muslim. I lived in a country for about 10 months. I heard of one Muslim man who Jesus saved and could not declare it because he would have lost custody of his own children.

Nonetheless, I love hearing their testimonies of God's faithfulness and mercy :)

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