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Gain profound insight into the ways Muslims think, feel, and believe so you can effectively present the gospel! Empowering and insightful, Greear's guide transcends traditional apologetics to help you understand Islamic culture and religion. Discover how to avoid offending your Muslim neighbors, form friendships, and respectfully turn objections into opportunities to share your faith.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736926380
ISBN-13: 9780736926386

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Publisher's Description

This insightful, reader-friendly book transcends traditional apologetics. It helps Christians understand what is deep in Muslims’ hearts, behind their theology—which will lead to friendship and effective communication; respectfully turn many of the primary objections into opportunities to share the faith; and avoid unnecessarily offending Muslims they’re interacting with.

Author Bio

J.D. Greear, PhD, is lead pastor of a large and growing church in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina and is deeply committed to international church planting. He lived and worked for two years among Muslims in Southeast Asia before studying Christian and Islamic theology. J.D. lives with his family in North Carolina. Breaking the Islam Code is his first book for Harvest House.

“Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for your possession.” (Psalm 2:8) God’s promise to the Son in this passage can seem nearly unattainable, especially when dealing with Muslims, but J. D. Greear offers help in Breaking the Islam Code.

Greear, who lived and worked among Muslims in Southeast Asia before becoming a pastor in North Carolina, explains what Muslims believe, which is common among books about Islam. However, he doesn’t stop there but takes the reader into what moves them and what their objections to the Gospel are. Beyond that, he discusses what aspects of the Gospel appeal to them, aspects that differ from Western Christians. Especially interesting is his use of the arguments of the early church fathers in witnessing to Muslims. He also deals with Muslims’ objections to various perceptions of Christian doctrines and lifestyles.

Greear does make a few statements that I would disagree with, such as: “The Apostle Paul was a great example of a religiously zealous man who hated God” (p. 99). This statement was in relation to someone’s feeling that their uncertainty about measuring up to God’s commands makes them resentful of that God. Statements like that are rare and infrequent.

The author challenges readers to intercessory prayer for Muslims and for self-sacrifice in the Romans 12: 1 sense to reach Muslims. At the end he lists additional resources which include both books and websites that appear quite helpful. He also adds a chapter on different approaches to winning Muslims in Muslim countries, or living as a “completed Muslim,” and the problems and weaknesses of some of the approaches. It’s both challenging and thought provoking.

Greear writes in a straightforward, practical, personable style with anecdotes and Scripture. The book is easy to read and quite interesting, not in the least stodgy and not too theological for the average Christian. I’ve reviewed probably a dozen books on various aspects of Islam, some excellent, some harder to read, but Greear’s deals more directly with witnessing and winning Muslims than most of the others. This may be a good book for a Sunday school class to study in an area with numerous Muslims, or for any individual with opportunities to talk with Muslims about the Lord. I highly recommend this to anyone wishing to witness to Muslims. — Debbie W. Wilson,

Editorial Reviews

“J.D. Greear is a faithful pastor with a bold vision of reaching all persons—and specifically Muslims—with the gospel of Jesus Christ. His analysis of this challenge is insightful and the clarity of his gospel witness shines through.”
—Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and author of numerous books

Breaking the Islam Code stands out as a refreshing new approach anchored solidly in biblical truth, free from the excesses and inadequately contemplated claims of a good many contemporary approaches…Both theologically and evangelistically encouraging.”
—Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Dr. Greear was successful in his ministry to Muslims in Indonesia, and this book is a distillation of what he learned…There is no book that exceeds this one in terms of theological depth wedded to practical savvy.”
Dr. Bruce Ashford, Director of the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Your book…has helped me communicate much more effectively with Muslims who are seeking the Truth. Now, rather than arguing with my Muslim friends, I end up sharing with them at deeper levels with words and ideas that they can understand and that are found in Scripture from Genesis to Revelation…This book has completely revolutionized the way I share the gospel with Muslims.”
Patrick F., missionary to Afghanistan

“The hard work of engaging Muslims, gaining insight into their mind-set and heartfelt spiritual quest, then applying…Scripture to their needs is evident throughout this book…Valuable reading for those engaging Muslims in a variety of settings.”
Keith Eitel, Director of Missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Practical advice for engaging the Islamic culture in conversations of the cross. My time studying Islam…would have had minuscule effect with my Muslim friends had it not been for the guidance…in this book. Thank you for this wonderful tool!”
Lance Michels, seminary student and missionary to Southeast Asia

“If you love Jesus and Muslims you will love this book.”
—Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church, president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and president of The Resurgence

“Rarely have I been so moved by the clarity, freshness, and effectiveness of any contribution…to reaching our world in our time…the way Breaking the Islamic Code moved me. This...approach trumps any I have seen on the bottom line, which is actually reaching Muslims with the gospel.
Alvin Reid, Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and author of Inside the Mind of the Radically Unchurched

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  1. David Gough
    Alexandria, VA
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A practical primer for Muslim evangelism
    November 25, 2013
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    Alexandria, VA
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    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."
  2. Adam Hoffman
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 22, 2010
    Adam Hoffman
    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!
  3. Scott Hildreth
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 8, 2010
    Scott Hildreth
    "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
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