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Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
World events won't let North Americans ignore Muslims anymore. Whether those Muslims are villagers in Iraq or neighbors down the street, Breaking the Islam Code offers everyday Christians profound insight into the way Muslims think and feel.
J.D. Greear's ability to communicate challenging heart truth, plus his expertise in Christian and Islamic theology and two years' experience in a Muslim-dominated area, make him the perfect author for this empowering, insightful, reader-friendly book. It transcends traditional apologetics, focusing on helping Christians
understand what is deep in Muslims' hearts, behind their theology which will lead to friendship and effective communication of the gospel
respectfully turn many of the primary objections into opportunities to share the faith
*avoid unnecessarily offending Muslims they're interacting with
Readers will be excited that sharing Christ with Muslims is something they can do as everyday Christians in their own cities, campuses, and workplaces.
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 doesnt 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 someones feeling that their uncertainty about measuring up to Gods 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. Its 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. Ive reviewed probably a dozen books on various aspects of Islam, some excellent, some harder to read, but Greears 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, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
David GoughAlexandria, VAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A practical primer for Muslim evangelismNovember 25, 2013David GoughAlexandria, VAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The 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."
Adam Hoffman4 Stars Out Of 5May 22, 2010Adam HoffmanDr. 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!
Scott Hildreth5 Stars Out Of 5April 8, 2010Scott 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