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A practical primer for Muslim evangelism
November 25, 2013
The Christian marketplace has been inundated in recent years with books aimed at preparing followers of Jesus Christ to be more proactive in sharing the Gospel with their Muslim neighbors. Each work has a slightly different purpose and presents its own unique perspective. The strength of J.D. Greear's "Breaking the Islam Code" is its practical approach. Writing from experience of having lived in an islamic country, the author candidly relates both his mistakes and "successes" in sharing his faith in Christ with Muslims. Unlike most of the other books on Muslim evangelism, which tend to at times be academic and theoretical, Greear's is quite personal. At the same time, however, it is more than the telling of a story. Interspersed throughout he weaves Muslim terms, customs, and traditional worship practices that the one intent on bearing witness for the Savior should become familiar. What stands out is the heart of compassion that the author has for those who have embraced a religion from their birth that they themselves do not fully understand. His desire to see lost Muslims come to Christ is clearly apparent, something where many books on the subject fall strangely short. The appendix of the book, which deals with the contextualization of the Gospel when working with Muslim populations, is a must read. Don't skip over it! A shortcoming is author's list of "additional resources, which omits a number of works that should have been included. The book is well-anotated and, although brief, provides a good resource--as well as a strong motivation--to reach out to Muslims in the name of "Isa al-Masih."
Dr. Greear does a magnificent job of intertwining his academic study of church fathers, Christian theology, and Islamic theology, as well as his personal experiences living in a Muslim community in "Breaking the Islamic Code". The book is incredibly readable as JD uses common vernacular to explain deep and complex issues relating to what Muslims believe and how they can engage with the historical Jesus. Greear's stories and practical analogies help convey the similarities and differences in the two major monotheistic religions (Christianity and Islam) beyond the intellect. He shares key insights Christians should know as they engage with Muslims in topics such as Muslim felt needs, how the gospel can fulfill those needs and common misconceptions. Some highlights of the book I especially appreciated were the emphases of the bible and holy spirit in bringing people into his kingdom his approach of seeking transformation and renewal instead of "conversion". A novice or expert will find this book knowledgeable, enjoyable as well as challenging. A great read!
"Breaking the Islam Code" is a wonderfully helpful book for anyone who wants to understand their Muslim neighbors and to communicate the gospel to them in a winsome and accurate manner. Dr. Greear uses his personal experience with Muslims to provide the reader keen insight into Islamic theology, as well as the common misunderstandings and objections that many Muslims have with the Christian message. His book is a needed addition to the ongoing conversation about the relationship between Islam and Christianity because it helps the reader to view Muslims as people for whom Jesus died, and for whom the Gospel is indeed the pearl of great price.D. Scott Hildreth, Director, Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary