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Sunday, April 20, 2014

REVIEW: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi

Title: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus
Series: none
Author: Nabeel Qureshi
Published Date: Feb 11, 2014
Publisher: Zondervan
Format: soft cover book
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9780310515029
Copy provided by: BookLook Bloggers
Genre: religious non-fiction
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Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Many Westerners are confused about Islam, somewhat fearful of Muslims, or simply uninformed about the relationship between the Islamic and Christian faiths. In turn, many Muslims are hindered by cultural, intellectual, and theological barriers from understanding, or even rightly hearing, the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, former devout Muslim Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with the friendships, investigations, and dreams and visions he encountered along the way. Throughout his story Qureshi provides a compassionate yet powerful apologetic for Christianity over Islam, with an emphasis on relationships and love. Appendices by popular scholars and experts provide further information for Muslims to consider and for Christians to reference in spiritual discussions with Muslim friends. Engaging as a story and useful as an apologetic resource, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus introduces readers to a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man’s heart and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus.
My Review: I really enjoyed reading this book. The beginning was a little slow for me, however, looking back after reading the book, I understand the need for the long background information. There's a lot that is unknown about different cultures, especially those cultures that revolve around their religion. The two that I can think of off the top of my head are Judaism and Islam. Christianity is such a mish-mash of different cultures that the religion doesn't define the culture in day to day life.. Of course, just by writing this, I may be showing my ignorance here as well, so if my lack of knowledge offends, I apologize now. I am still in my own journey of knowledge.
I enjoyed the struggle between two people, David and Nabeel, both trying to proselytize to bring others into their religion. I don't normally enjoy proselytizing, in fact, it revolts me. The fact that both men could truly look at their religions and the other's with an open, accepting mind, and try to dissect both the other and their own with a scientific method....this is what made it so different.  
It made me look further into my own beliefs and try to scientifically back them up. When a book can make me delve deeper into my own beliefs, and help me to strengthen them not by blind faith but by hard scientific fact, then, I appreciate it even more.

FTC compliance: Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher or author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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