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Kendra4 Stars Out Of 5insightful look at history and current eventsFebruary 27, 2019KendraThe Islamic States of America...it seems unthinkable, but could it be a possibility? "Most Americans believe that the war on terror began in late 2001, after the 9/11 attacks. But America's war with radical Islamic terrorism actually began more than two centuries ago...(pg. 15)" Islamists have declared war on America, but does America know it?
In the largest section of the book, Michael Youssef leads the reader in considering the historical record of the First and Second Jihads as a way of helping us understand current events and the Third Jihad that is underway. The Third Jihad, while accompanied by radical acts of terrorism, is largely a "stealth" war of politics, ideology and culture. Political Islamists are actively working to use Western freedoms of free speech, democracy and more to indoctrinate and promote Islamic values. As Western culture continues to abandon Christian values, Islam is stepping into the vacuum.
Youssef sounds a warning that Western cultures must wake up or it will soon be too late. "The only hope we have overcoming the Third Jihad is a genuine, church-wide revival (196)." We must seek God's presence, devote ourselves to his Word, deal with sin, be constant in worship and pray for revival (196-202). We should not give in to fear, but engage our Muslim neighbors with the Gospel. Youssef challenges us to remember that for Christians, the real battle is spiritual. "The violent jihad of the militant terrorists and the gradual jihad of the political Islamists are real, and both threaten our civilization. But we, as followers of Christ, must not be deceived or distracted by the military wars, the terror wars, or the political wars being waged all around us...He has given us everything we need to win the spiritual battle against Satan, the ultimate terrorist (206)."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
Cricket5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful Truth Every Believer Should ReadFebruary 27, 2019CricketQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Third Jihad by Dr. Michael Youssef is an illuminating book that moves beyond the headlines of the day and political narratives to the history of jihad and its progression to the present day. The historical, geographical, philosophical, political, and religious history is clearly outlined from Dr. Youseef whose background as a Coptic Christian offers valuable insights.
The Third Jihad asserts the antidote will come when Christian believers show more evidence of being salt and light. Dr. Youssef's book calls the church to prayer for revival and an awakening similar to what occurred through Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield and John Wesley.
This book will be released March 5. It is an important and significant book for our time. I believe it is an important call to awaken the body of Christ in these times to what the Lord entrusted to us as our calling before He returns.
Kitty KittyCOAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This is a must read!February 20, 2019Kitty KittyCOAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book provides a very thorough and thoughtful history of Islam and its various groups. It is very much a warning of what is happening in the world through the zeal of radical Islamists. The author goes over significant happenings in the past and in news of recent years and builds a case for an ongoing plan of Islamic Extremists to take over the world and make it over in the image of Islam. This book is a must read for Christians, especially American Christians who have become complacent over the years. We need to understand the background and the thought processes of our Muslim neighbors so we know how to pray for them and how to interact with them. We need to understand what is happening in the world and the motivations of the extremists and be actively involved in opposing it. We do need to keep in mind, however, that, as Christians, our reason for being here is to tell the world about Jesus (the Great Commission). We must remember that every person is loved by God and it is His desire that they hear the Gospel. We need to be constant in prayer. In fact, the final chapter is entitled "Don't Be Afraid," and encourages us to pray specifically and intentionally about these things.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for a review.
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