Monday, September 3, 2018

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi

   Book description:

  In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, now expanded with new bonus content, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way.

Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion 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.

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.

The New York Times bestselling Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus has been expanded to include:

A revised foreword and introduction
A new afterword by Mark Mittelberg and reflection by Nabeel's wife
A substantially extended epilogue that shares how Nabeel told his friend David of his decision to follow Christ, how his parents found out, and much more
Expert contributions from scholars and ministry leaders on each section of the book, contributions previously included only in the ebook edition
An appendix with a topical table of contents (for teaching from Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus)
An appendix tackling the objection that Ahmadi Muslims are not true Muslims
And a sneak peek prologue from Nabeel’s book, No God but One: Allah or Jesus?

My review:

  I have read a few books about/by Muslims who converted to Christianity, but this is the best I have read, and is likely the best that has been written.

  This is an amazing story, and very well written. The author tells a lot about his childhood and what it was like to grow up Muslim, and what it was like to be a Muslim in America on and after 911. He gives an interesting look at not only the teachings of Muslim, but how steeped they are in their beliefs and what it means for a Muslim to leave their faith and become a Christian.

 Slight spoiler: I found it fascinating how dreams were used by God to bring Nabeel to the Christian faith, and have read that it is fairly common for Muslims who have become Christians.

 One thing that really stood out to me in the book, was Nabeel's Christian friend David. There were four friends who hung out at college: David the Christian, Nabeel the Muslim, a Hindu, and an atheist.......and all 3 of the non-Christians came to Christ, largely because of the influence of David.

 I did previously read the original book, and I found the added content very interesting. Of all the extra content, I especially found the part where it relayed how Nabeel told David of his decision to become a Christian, and of how his parents found out about it.

 It is sad Nabeel left this earth at such a young life. God was truly using him, but his story and legacy will live on.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

Nabeel Qureshi was the author of the New York Times bestsellers No God But One and Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, the only book ever to win Christian Book Awards for both "Best New Author" and "Best Nonfiction." Nabeel was an accomplished global speaker and held an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University, an MA in religion from Duke University, and an MPhil in Judaism and Christianity from Oxford University.

Raised as a devout Muslim in the United States, Nabeel grew up studying Islamic apologetics with his family and engaging Christians in religious discussions. After one such discussion with a Christian, the two became friends and began a years-long debate on the historical claims of Christianity and Islam. Nabeel chronicled his resulting journey in his first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus.

Throughout his years of ministry, Nabeel lectured to students at more than 100 universities, including Oxford, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Hong Kong. He participated in 18 moderated, public debates around North America, Europe, and Asia. Christianity Today heralded Nabeel as one of “33 Under 33” in its cover story on emerging religion leaders in July 2014.

Other works of Nabeel's include Answering Jihad—a balanced examination of jihad, the rise of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism—and the Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Video Study, which goes deeper into the apologetics that led Nabeel himself to Christ.

Following a year-long battle with stomach cancer, heaven welcomed Nabeel home on September 16, 2017. He leaves behind his wife and young daughter who aspire to honor the ministerial legacy Nabeel established during his brief 34 years on earth.

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is available from Zondervan Publishing.

Thanks to Zondervan for the review copy.