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I Dared to Call Him Father: The Miraculous Story of a Muslim Woman's Encounter with God

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I Dared to Call Him Father is the fascinating true story of Bilquis Sheikh, a prominent Muslim woman. Her unusual journey to a personal relationship with God turned her world upside down-and put her life in danger. Originally published in 1978, the book has sold 300,000 copies and is a classic in Muslim evangelism. The 25th anniversary edition includes an afterword by a mi ...more
Published April 1st 2003 by Chosen Books (first published November 30th 1977)
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Rachel N
Sep 20, 2008 Rachel N rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seeking Muslims & Compassionate Christians
Recommended to Rachel N by: library find
Shelves: biography-memoir
Insightful and first-hand account of one woman's conversion from Islam to Christianity. The author is very open about the process of her transformation, and the sacrifices she was required to make as a Pakistani woman of a prestigious family. Even though the writing is elementary and slow at times, it is a short read that will open your eyes to the COST required of a woman of the East who chooses to follow Jesus. It also demonstrates the impact Western missionaries can have in Islamic countries, ...more
Mar 07, 2016 Melissa rated it it was amazing
This is the memoir of a lady from Pakistan who fell in love with Jesus.

This book is beautifully written -- a pleasure to read. It is an excellent example of how God pursues his children in love. As a friend of mine says, “God is a gentleman. He will never force himself in where he is not wanted.” This book demonstrates that clearly, and shows how God reaches out to each of us in a tender way.

Favorite quotes:
“Whenever I did not feel His nearness, I knew that I had grieved Him. I would search back
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Jul 20, 2008 ♥ Ibrahim ♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody sharing Christ with Muslims
Shelves: spirituality
This book was the first biography given me, the first story I have ever heard on a Muslim converting to Christianity. Her story made me cry. She greatly impacted me.
Dec 29, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The autobiography of a Pakistani woman who came to know Christ, with the consequence of losing all her Muslim family relationships, being ostracized in her home town, and having eventually to leave her country. Fascinating on many levels, especially how visions played a large part in her salvation, and how having a close, very intimate relationship with her Lord was the key to her growth and usefulness. Highly recommended!
Mar 23, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
This book is the story of a high-born middle-aged Pakistani Muslim woman who converted from Islam to Christianity in 1966. The story describes how she came to convert to Christianity and the consequences to herself and her extended Muslim family over the next six years.

The book provided a fascinating look into what life was like for Christians in Pakistan in 1966 to 1972. Pakistan is an Islam nation, but apparently the culture was fairly moderate until a change occurred in the government in 1976
Jan 02, 2016 Jana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Our amazing God

This book reminded me that God seeks the lost in ways that are often quite different than what we as westerners are use to hearing of. I remember seeing and hearing of His mysterious ways while living in Africa many years ago. This book reminds me that God wants everyone to know him as Father and has given His all that we may know him intimately. This book challenges me and creates a hunger in me to truly walk so close to Him that I know when I have taken even the slightest s
Kathy Fellure
Dec 26, 2012 Kathy Fellure rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting.
So deeply moving and just as convicting. Highly recommend and not just for book club.
Willing to loan out my copy but suggest you order one for yourself to keep on your book shelf and/or pass on...
Justin Tyme
Nov 01, 2015 Justin Tyme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time connecting to Bilquis at the beginning because of her condescending attitude towards her servants, but her condescension came from her position as an aristocrat. I also started to question if the story was real because she used "Christianese" terms that a Pakistani wouldn't, but then I realized (view spoiler) ...more
Angela Blount
Fascinating and powerfully affecting.

This book is a memoir and a testimony, opening a window into the life and stunning spiritual conversion of a Pakistani matriarch by the name of Madame Bilquis Sheikh. Powerful, intelligent, and wealthy, Bilquis has a regal sort of personality that grabs readers from the very start. Having retreated to her family's estate after her husband rejects and divorces her, Bilquis has become a sort of middle-aged recluse—rearing her young grandson and attempting to u
Oct 22, 2013 Abigail rated it it was amazing

This book tells the story of a true miracle. A wealthy muslim woman living in Pakistan is converted into a Christian through a series of exciting and unknown experiences. The Lord, Jesus Christ, taught her His way by using the Bible, revealing Himself in dreams, and putting other people into her life to get through to her. It's amazing to think that in a world so dangerous for her to be a practicing Christian, she still had the strength and courage to stand up for her faith, and to continue to
Oct 08, 2012 Summer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Dared to Call Him Father was written by Bilquis Sheikh, for it was her story about how she, a Muslim, met the Lord and became His “daughter.” The book chronicles her life story and how she went from a high class, noble Muslim family to a devout Christian in Pakistan, a country with serious consequences for anyone who would dare to convert. She lived in the village of Wah, in a beautiful home with many servants, and spent her time caring for her grandson Mahmud. She was a meek, sincere, and qui ...more
Jun 28, 2016 Jasmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great testimony! Amazing! I couldn't put it down! Enjoyed it! Very Encouraging. I have come to realize that When God works in you and changes you, He doesn't just touch you and change you but changes everything else & touches others around you! Everything God does is for His name sake... To bring Glory to Almighty God.
Jamie Lu
Mar 21, 2016 Jamie Lu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a fan of autobiographies. This book was in my daughters' reading list for school, and it piqued my interest. It is so very well written; interesting, informative, inspiring. We are taught that dry spells are inevitable; Bilquis Sheik didn't accept that. Her desire to stay in the glory was really eye-opening. I can honestly say that this book will have a significant impact on my walk.
PeggyAnn  Smith
Sep 07, 2014 PeggyAnn Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He Loved Calling Her Daughter

What a moving and lovely story of one woman's search for Truth over Tradition.
For some reason The Spirit is leading my on a journey of reading about the lives
of Muslim women (young and old) who found and accepted Jesus against great
odds and against the very real possibility of certain death if they converted and
became Baptized Born Again Believers of Jesus Christ and followed the Christian
Faith in Him. Their Stories hold such a great witness factor of the love and c
Nov 15, 2009 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: god-stuff
Uplifting, amazing story of an upper-class Pakistani, nominally Muslim woman who came to know Jesus through some extraordinary circumstances -- for example, she dreamed she had dinner w/ Jesus, then dreamed about John the Baptist and asked him to take her to Jesus -- before she'd ever heard the name of John the Baptist!

Once Bilquis became a believer, she exhibited great courage in staying in her predominantly Muslim community despite personal risk (she got death threats). She also had a remarka
Mar 04, 2016 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about faith. This is extreme faith. I am in awe of the faith shared by Bilquis Sheikh, in this, her testimony of how she came to and grew in her faith in Jesus Christ and our Father, God. I highly recommend this book for Christians, Muslims, Jews and atheists.
Gabriel-paul Israel
Sheikh's spirtual autobiography was encouraging to read. I've enjoyed reading her encounter with God as Father. I've found in my own life the courage to speak and breathe the name of God as Abba and have found the courage to share the importance of the name. The relationship expressed through my acknowledgement of Father God has provided me strength that I didn't know that I had, peace I thought I would never experience, and an identity far beyond what I thought was possible. Sheikh's journey in ...more
Katie Kirschenmann
Inspiring, convicting and wonderful. God's glory shines through her testimony!
Jul 03, 2011 Karenm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, as I finished the book, I felt jealous. To be able to say that you feel the 'glory of God' on a regular be that sensitive to His spirit. I want that.

Look at all she gave up and was willing to give up. We Americans sure do have it easy. And perhaps with our easy faith, we miss something. Or we must really actively seek that something.

So instead of this book being 'eye opening' about Muslim culture, which the understanding of has become my personal goal, it became convicti
Kylie Dale
Nov 05, 2015 Kylie Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely a wonderful read. A must read!
Nov 18, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Dared to Call Him Father: The Miraculous Story of a Muslim Woman’s Encounter with God by Bilquis Sheikh is, as the subtitle indicates, the story of how an aristocratic Pakistani woman, a lifelong Muslim, became a Christian in her fifties.

After her grandson recovered from an illness, she started reading the Quran, not out of duty or obligation this time, but to see if it “would help explain the events and at the same time fill the emptiness within me.” She was “impressed by its many references
Cynthia Egbert
Sep 11, 2015 Cynthia Egbert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't give five star ratings lightly and this one is not for the writing but for the content. What a blessed story to read of this woman's courage in choosing to follow a Christian path in the face of danger and loss. I learned a great deal from this dear soul and am grateful for whoever it was who recommended this book to me. A few thoughts that struck especially close to home:

"That night I began a diary into which I put all the wonderful things the Lord had been doing for me. If I should die
Linda B.D.
This is about a woman's journey to reach what she believed in: God.
A learned experience about being true to your beliefs, whatever they are. Some or most people believe in someone, some place, or some thing that is above or has a higher power beyond our human existence. This power is usually praised. Many people refer to this as many things: a higher power, God, or a greater power (many titles). This book is about a woman's walk with God. Although this is about Christianity, it can be applied
Oct 16, 2014 cloudyskye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite amazing. True stories of Muslims finding Jesus always make me happy. And there is so much to learn from this one. Above all else, how to stay in God's presence at all times through childlike faith and obedience. There is also a good explanation of the differences between Eastern and Western thinking added by Bilquis's friend, a Norwegian missionary lady. 5 stars, no question.
Heather M. Erickson
I highly recommend!

what an inspiring story! Often, when reading stories about women in Muslim countries, we hear the worst- the persecution, abuse, etc. For that reason, I was concerned about recommending this to my teenage daughters. I can tell you that after reading it, I have recommended it to everyone I know. Bilquis, a Pakistani woman became a Christian in the late 60's. This is the story of her transformation. I was particularly moved by her insights as she learned to follow God's directio
Powerful testimony

This book is a wonderful testimony of the power of God in the life of a Muslim woman as she examines her religion and compares it to Christianity. It is a book that reveals both religious and cultural differences between East and West and the very real consequences of converting from Islam to Christianity when you live in an Islamic country. As a Westernized Christian, born and raised in my religion, I was very humbled to see the depth of this woman's faith in the God that we
Aug 10, 2015 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pro: It was a good book for showing how to have a dependance on God. Bisques had a desire to not do anything until she knew it was God’s will. She lived a life showing simple child like faith in God. Once she decided to become a Christian, Jesus consume her entire live. As a Pakistan woman, accepting Christ could mean death, and it was interesting to learn of the different culture and how accepting Jesus as your Savior means lost of family, friends, your passions and possibly being a victim of a ...more

This book was written in 1977. I probably would have never run across it except it appeared on the New York Times best-selling e-book list for August 9, 2015. I was quite surprised that I had never heard of it before.

It is the very compelling true story of Bilquis Sheikh. Bilquis a a Muslim woman living in Pakistan. She experiences a series of strange dreams and begins to question her religious upbringing. In a country that is 95% Muslim, she turns to Christianity. One can only imagine the angui
Jun 08, 2015 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love books like this in every way - women as central character, wealthy families, spiritual exploration, Middle East culture - but I hated this book! I was bored to tears. Didn't finish it, but I might go back to it.
Dec 12, 2014 Leepq rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one amazing book that blew my mind away about how God truly is a miraculous God, thorough the late Biliquis Sheikh’s compelling testimony. I am just astounded by how God spoke to her so clearly thru those many many dreams, and very touched to hear how sensitive she is to God’s presence and glory, and to see her truly abandoning everything – including her family, her Pakistan, her reputation for God! And you know, she even came to speak in Singapore in 1978 during the epic Billy Graham cr ...more
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Begum Bilquis Sheikh was a a member of the noble Muslim Hayat Khattar family, an author and Christian missionary. She is known for her high-profile conversion from Islam to Christianity, following a series of visions and prophetic dreams. She told her life story in the book, "I Dared To Call Him Father" (1978), a 25th Anniversary edition was released by Baker Publishing Group in 2003. The book was ...more
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