Wow! I knew I needed to know more about the Muslim faith. But, I didn't realize how little I knew about and understood it. This book really opened my eyes to the potential threat to America and the potential opportunity for Christians to convert Muslims to Christianity. People of the Islamic faith are acting and acting decisively on behalf of the one they perceive as God. We must do the same for Jesus Christ or almost certainly loose our country and our right to openly worship Jesus Christ. The entire book is filled with information you desperately need to know and be ready to act on. Even if you only read pages 152 through 158 you will find it worth the price of the book. All through the Bible, Jesus let barbarians overrun Christian nations when they stopped loving God enough to keep His commandments and make disciples who in turn make more disciples. Nothing says, " I don't love Jesus." like sitting on our butt and doing nothing. Read the book. You will be glad you read it. Be ready to take action as the Holy Spirit leads you to do in this real threat to Christianity.
Pastor Lutzer hit a home run with this timely book. He was both instructive and comforting. While the subject may seem alarming, he made it clear that christians were not to panic, but to understand the challenges posed by this aggressive religion. Every christian should read this book; or, it will be a sad commentary that echoes the prophet, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." Great book!
Granted, I have not read all of the recent books showing up in the Christian marketplace on Muslim evangelism, but I was greatly impressed by Erwin Lutzer's "The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent." Lutzer and his research partner, Steve Miller, have compiled a wide range of supporting material that is combined with a contemporary application of our Lord's seven letters to the Revelation churches in order to demonstrate the Islamic threat to America and the contemporary Western church. These sources are well annotated throughout the book, and the author has provided a selected bibliography for the reader. What is missing is an index and a glossary of Islamic terms that can be easily referenced. Those omissions be quickly forgiven, however, because of the informed content of this volume. What sets this book apart from so many others on the topic is Lutzer's pastoral approach. He tells us not only why Islam is so damning in its doctrine and dangerous in its practice, but he offers practical suggestions for the church to be able to face those challenges biblically. At the same time, this is not a "how to" book. Lutzer is realistic in discussing the grave threat posed by radical Islam and calls upon local churches to prepare for the possibility of real persecution. He compares the current situation involving Islam with the rising threat of Naziism in pre-World War II Germany. Nevertheless there is hope for those who are willing to count the cost and stand firm for Jesus Christ, those willing to reach out in love and not fear. The author calls upon all Christians to become informed regarding Islam beyond the reports presented by the biased mainstream media, as well as to learn how to best relate the Gospel to Muslims we work with or live near. This book is an excellent place to start!
Review: The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent by Erwin W. Lutzer is a very encouraging and balanced viewpoint of how Christians can engage instead of fear Muslims. Most Muslims in the U.S. and around the world are not radicals, but the fundamentalist Muslims (Islamists) are pushing an agenda to Islamize America.
Lutzer gives lessons for today's churches and ends each chapter with a salvation testimony from a Muslim. The book is very positive in assessing that Christ and the church will triumph in the end. However, the church needs to busily engage Muslims with the gospel by showing our love, compassion, and boldness in the Scriptures. Jesus Christ is the Messiah and has not been superseded by Muhammed. Allah and God of the Bible are very different.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is concerned about our churches and tolerance of Islam in our schools' textbooks and guidelines. Lutzer gives examples from European history how accepting and conforming to those who are intolerant of other religions only promotes intolerance and persecution.
My only constructive criticism is for Lutzer to include the historical section of Islam's conquest of the 7th century to an earlier chapter. He doesn't include much history until the seventh chapter. Chapter ten was very enlightening; Lutzer gave many positive and practical suggestions detailing how Christians can grow in their awareness of the spiritual conflict and what they can do to stem the tide of Islamic inroads into our nation. (reviewed by M.Reynolds)
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of The Cross and the Crescent was provided by Harvest House Publishers for the purpose of review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer. No compensation was received for this review.