Jesus and the Jihadis: Confronting the Rage of ISIS--The Theology Driving the IdeologyCraig A. Evans, Jeremiah J. JohnstonDestiny Image / 2015 / Trade Paperback$6.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 11 Reviews
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jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Jesus and the JihadisApril 24, 2017jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jesus and the Jihadis Confronting the Rage of Isis by Craig A. Evans and Jeremiah J. Johnston is a compelling book, examining the theology driving the ideology. Their purpose is to convey the key to defeating ISIS terrorist campaign by biblically understanding its theology. They examine the origin of ISISs beliefs and they compare Jesus and Muhammad. They reveal what Muslims think about Jesus.
The authors explain how effectively ISIS is using social media to recruit and why Islam had 200 million more converts than Christianity in the 20th century and how this affects us today. They detail the importance of the land of Israel and the altercation over boundaries. They show exactly what is in the Quran.
This book explores the whole aspect of ISIS and what it means for our future. The hate, the persecution, the violence and murder are explained through the origin of their theology and their radical beliefs. I recommend this book which explains the basis of this radical movement. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Janice GareyDecatur, GAAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Alert: Must Read.June 6, 2016Janice GareyDecatur, GAAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Review Title: Alert: Must Read. (review of Jesus and the Jihadis by Craig Evans and Jeremiah Johnson}
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
***** 5 stars (would give 10 if I could)
After reading this book, I must say that every Christian and every person no matter where they are with their engagement with God or not (that includes Atheists, too) needs this information for understanding the foundations and activities of ISIS. I knew very little about why they have taken such violent actions toward humanity. You will find a succinct revealing of the why and how through the reading of Jesus and the Jihadis.
The book is so well written that you get into the flow easily of reading about a subject that you wish did not exist. But since it does, and you need to be thoroughly aware of those who consider you to be their enemy simply because you reject their violent religion and waysplease, read this book. The authors have the right background in academia to know how to properly research and bring to light the essence of what you need to know about the creeping and sometimes leaping forward (in stealth) evil in our world. Dont be caught unaware. This book can be read quickly so no one should have the excuse of I dont have time to be informed.
I am thankful to bookfun.org, the authors, and the publisher for giving me this book to read in exchange for an honest review. I strongly recommend this book to all who seek to have peace and nonviolence dominating our world instead of violence perpetrated by ISIS. For those who adhere to the thinking that all religions are just alike, this book will be getting rid of blind spots that could lead to harmful decisions in the future. Just learning about the use of social media to lure in the young with empty promises of a beautiful life is worth the price of this book!
nkwbookreviewer5 Stars Out Of 5educational yet disturbingJune 4, 2016nkwbookreviewerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jesus and the Jihadis, Confronting the Rage of ISIS is an enthralling 176 page book by Craig A. Evans and Dr. Jeremiah J. Johnston. The blood red cover is a subtle hint that this is a real look into radical, violent ISIS, a terrorist group. They happen to be self supporting financially and are the wealthiest of all terrorist groups. That was a fact I did not previously know. This book enlightened me to many such facts. They also use social media to contact members and recruit young Western world members. In today's world of electronics and social media, Twitter reaches out to an astoundingly vast number for the terrorist group.
This book is an educational yet disturbing read on a topic that is often in the news. It was like watching a scary movie through my fingers. I need to get the information and know what is going on in the World, but the facts are sometimes too much for me to handle. Unbelievable at points this is something that we should educate ourselves about so that we can better understand the Islamic faith, Muslim radical terrorists, and the huge differences in Jesus and Muhammed. The authors answer the question would Muhammed join Islam with this statement in their book: "An honest and close reading of the Islamic holy texts and traditions reveal that Muhammad would not only join the Islamic State, but he would lead it."
As a woman it was difficult at best to read the story of a woman's stoning for reporting being raped. Just reporting she was raped! Instead of getting justice she got death. Women have no human rights, absolutely none in the Islamic faith, according to this book. If she is attacked or raped, it is her own fault. The same is believed about infidels or non-believers. Men, women, or children can be assaulted or killed. Jesus and the Jihadis does a good job explaining why radical Muslims are killing Christians and Muslims who do not believe in their fight.
Using scripture, history, and the Quran, the authors have provided a book that gives readers an in depth look at Islam and ISIS, a comparison of the immense differences between Jesus and Muhammed, and a bit of history of all. Beginning with Abraham and his children, the struggle began. Islam is not a peaceful, harmonious religion. Muslims are taught that Allah wants you to die for him to be rewarded. Radical Muslims are taught Allah wants you to kill unbelievers for him to be rewarded. Allah teaches death. Christians are taught that Jesus, God's Son, has died for us already for our reward. Islam does not believe Jesus is God's Son. Jesus teaches love.
The writing style is good. The paragraphs and chapters flow well. There is a lot of information, but information is powerful, especially when dealing with an enemy or threat. It is important to gather a lot of information and history to understand. This book gives both. It is a great resource to understanding what has become a threat to Christians and the Western way of life. It has information beneficial to all adults. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. This book would be good for personal reading, book clubs or small group studies. It would be a nice addition to a church library. I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting historical background on ISIS and IslamJune 3, 2016Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jesus and the Jihadis
Confronting the Rage of ISIS
By Craig A. Evans
and Jeremiah J. Johnston
ISIS is almost constantly in the news, but what do we really know about this ideology? Craig Evans and Jeremiah Johnston offer thoughtful insight through this book.
To get an understanding we must go back thousands of years to Abraham and the choices he made when he followed God out of the land of his father. Abraham was promised a land for his descendants, a land that would be theirs. But the children of Abraham and Sarah had a problem - they were forever turning from God, worshiping other gods, going through periods of captivity and restoration. Israel's history comes to it most important moment with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. This is one of the most important differences between Christianity and Islam - God died for us while Allah desires that you die for him.
Jesus came from a world that had stability with synagogue attendance, knowledge of Scripture, and prayer. Muhammad came from a world of paganism, polytheism, and tribal rivalries. But Muhammad was free to develop his religious system how he desired - the monotheism of Judaism appealed to him, as did Jesus as a prophet - not as God's son. He combined these with some of the beliefs of his own upbringing.
With nonviolent beginnings, Muhammad's preaching and evangelistic works became coercive and militant in the face of opposition from the Arabs of his day. Where Jesus commands us the love our enemy, Muhammad's God does not want us to befriend or love our enemy or his. This is a noted difference one that can be traced to the differences in one's understanding of who God is. To battle one's enemy is the greatest service one can do in the name of Allah and live or die one will be rewarded in pleasures.
In order to counter the threat that the has come to our very doorstep we must learn about the religion of Muhammad. Shockingly this was a sentiment put forth nearly 500 years ago by Martin Luther as Europe was under the shadow of the Islamic Ottoman Empire. Our very ignorance is undermining our sharing of the grace of God and the hope found in Jesus and His sacrifice.
This is a book that will make you think more deeply about the world we live in and the ever present threat that we now live with. To understand ISIS we need to know the roots from which they grew. This was not an overnight transition but one that has been centuries in the making. The saying knowledge is power couldn't be more true.
I was provided a copy of this book through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.
DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Well researched information...June 2, 2016DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As ISIS dominates news headlines I found this book did give me more insight and information about this subject and that was certainly an eye opener! The dollar amount of what the Islamic State makes in a day was $3 million a day! What their thoughts and actions are all about was definitely discussed thoroughly in this book.. If you want some well researched information on this topic.. read this book... I was gifted a copy by the Book Club Network for review.