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Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love with Jesus

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How do the people most resistant to the transformative power of the gospel come to be its most devoted followers? Miraculous Movement recounts an amazing change taking place within Muslim communities where the truth of Jesus Christ is turning around the lives of many thousands of Muslims from more than twenty people groups. Discover through the sometimes humorous, often so ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 5th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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♥ Ibrahim ♥
Mar 17, 2016 ♥ Ibrahim ♥ rated it did not like it
Shelves: spirituality
In Arabic, we have a popular saying in Egypt, `amal li el-bahr tehîna, that is, he turned the whole sea into salad dressing for me. We usually say that describing somebody who is overly optimistic, overly promising, promising me to turn the whole of sea water into pearls, or some kind of tasty dressing in the very least. This happens a lot in America when missionaries speak to churches, and because I am a former Muslim, a Christian convert now, I can see through all that and subsequently get put ...more
Michael
Oct 01, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
Interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it's full of real-life stories of Muslims turning to Jesus and making disciples of people in their communities. The stories include a number of common themes as to how God seems to be working and drawing people to himself. Second, the book is an introduction to a strategy of church-planting based on Jesus' ministry and principles of simplicity and reproducibility. There is no seven step plan to seeing movements of disciples, but the book does introduce ...more
Nikki Arana
May 28, 2012 Nikki Arana rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book for anyone who wants to educate themselves about ministering to Muslims.
Linda
May 03, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible book. It will refresh your faith, encourage you, amaze you, inspire you, instruct you, and convict you. Most of all, it will cause you to realize anew that God is at work and transforming the hearts and lives of a people whom many Christians often have viewed as unreachable. Testimonies of former Muslims fill the pages as they tell of the spiritual emptiness and dissatisfaction that simmer beneath the surface of so many within the Muslim community, revealing their experienc ...more
John
Jun 27, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
I don't think I can do justice with a summary or review of this stunning little book except to say that it certainly has challenged my thinking.

These sentences from Chapter 13 provide at least a glimpse of what "Miraculous Movement" has to tell us:

"Don't start a program; develop a lifestyle of caring relationships. When people are a target of your program or a trophy that you want to get, they will know it in your way of dealing with them. Genuine love and friendship are what touch the hearts of
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Azzam To'meh
Sep 28, 2015 Azzam To'meh rated it liked it
Very insightful on the disciple-making techniques employed by missionaries in Africa, the book demonstrates what is driving Muslims away from Islam and into Christianity; from the absence of a personal relationship with God, to a dark view of oneself, to the answering of needs by the Christian community as opposed to the Muslim one. The book shows what drives much of modern Islam and Christianity today, and thus should offers a good diagnosis, helpful for those wishing to fix the world around th ...more
John Avery
Dec 16, 2014 John Avery rated it really liked it
We hear so many stories about Muslim people having dreams and visions of Jesus and then becoming followers. This book puts those stories in context because they come from authentic sources known to the author and his organization. What God is doing in many lives throughout the Muslim world is broader than spectacular individual conversions; He is raising up disciplers and leaders. New churches are being birthed and multiplication is happening. If you want the context, this book is a must.
Marti Wade
May 01, 2013 Marti Wade rated it really liked it
Re-read this in one sitting, in preparation for attending a conference featuring the author. It's long, though. Impressed by the author's humble delight in the counter-intuitive things God has done not only through their ministry but others as well. A "sequel" of sorts is due out later this month, along with a new book by David Garrison, which I hope will address ways folks in his circle have adjusted since the sometimes-maligned "Church Planting Movements" was written some years ago.
Rebekah Mott forbes
Mar 22, 2013 Rebekah Mott forbes rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this. There were examples and testimonies of what God is doing in the hearts of Muslims and Christians. It also offers a very simple approach to starting a Bible study that not only instructs, but challenges one to step out in obedience to Christ.
JoonHui
Sep 18, 2014 JoonHui rated it it was ok
It is an inspiring book but little insights of the theology and doctrines being used during their discipleship. Sounds phenomenon but I would rather be careful to have a little more understanding with such movement.
Melanie Simmerman
Oct 22, 2015 Melanie Simmerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-books
Absolutely love this book. Such an encouragement to my faith and increased my view of God!
Amy
Sep 30, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Great story, really poorly written.
John M.
Oct 12, 2012 John M. rated it it was amazing
An eyewitness account of what is happening and has happened in Africa. Very encouraging and inspirational.
Jolayne Morneau
Feb 08, 2013 Jolayne Morneau rated it it was amazing
This book moved me. It's a beautiful reminder of how much God truly loves and how much His Spirit can move through people.
Kevin Lanzone
May 08, 2017 Kevin Lanzone rated it it was amazing
Great book full of great stories about how the Holy Spirit is working in the Middle East, and tens of thousands of Muslims are coming to know Christ. Complete with practical guides for churches all over as well. Definite must read for church leaders, or really any Christ follower.
Ken Peters
May 22, 2017 Ken Peters rated it it was amazing
I shed tears reading this book. It contains amazing true stories of unprecedented moves of God among Muslims in extremely restricted environments! It has rekindled hope in me that the Gospel both can and will penetrate the Muslim world, as it is already doing through the faithful and extraordinary acts of obedience of many extremely ordinary people.
Trevor
Apr 25, 2015 Trevor rated it it was ok
Shelves: christianity
This book is kind of deceptive. The title makes it seem like an exciting collection of accounts of Muslims becoming Christians. While those stories are part of the book and they're very good, the majority of the book consists of the author trying to convince you that his evangelism program (which he repeatedly assure you is not an evangelism program) is the only valid form of Christianity. The problem is that his stories make it appear hard to argue with him concerning his method's effectiveness ...more
Greg Dill
Sep 18, 2015 Greg Dill rated it liked it
Many great stories of how God is using dreams, visions, and people among African Muslims and leading them to Christ. I liked how the author laid out some practical ways to help prod people into exploring and discovering faith in Christ on their own. These are some of the methods we ourselves use to introduce the Roma of Albania to Christ. But, the most profound thing I gleaned from this book was about the importance of intercessory prayer, perhaps something I myself lack. How prayer has opened o ...more
Adam
Aug 08, 2015 Adam rated it really liked it
I found this to be a very great book! The content is really what made it shine. The writing wasn't exceptional, but it also wasn't bad and it portrayed the stories and ideas well. But overall, it was a short and inspiring book about God working in seemingly unprecedented ways among Muslim peoples in Africa through Discovery Bible Study centered Disciple Making Movements (or Church Planting Movements). I've participated in this same strategy among a non-Muslim people group in eastern Madagascar a ...more
Josiah
Jul 23, 2012 Josiah rated it really liked it
I was revisiting this book in anticipation of meeting Mr Jerry Trousdale two weekends ago. A wise man. Chapter 3 is especially key: it tells several stories of movements of people to Jesus through radical, intentional, strategic prayer.
Trousdale outlines in that chapter four key elements to helping birth a prayer-centered, gospel-preaching, mass movement:
1. Leaders living and modeling personal disciplines of prayer
2. Praying for new regions and pioneer teams
3. Training new Christians to pray
4.
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Caleb Werntz
Mar 27, 2015 Caleb Werntz rated it really liked it
I read this book before the group I am with began to read it chapter by chapter per week together. One friend I knew in Oregon, who assembled the group, has a heart for sharing the good news with those who haven't heard it and I wanted to read the book before our group got together -- to be prepared even more.
I really enjoyed the structure of it, style, and direction it had. Altogether, it encouraged me to join the mission and bring the good news to people groups that don't know -- even more th
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John Bardsley
Jaw dropping stories of Muslims who decide that Isa Jesus) is the one who answers when they pray, Jesus is the one who changes their lives for the better, and Jesus is the one they want their family and friends to know too.
Sometimes they cop some flak, but other times they are amazed at who else is fascinated to find out, as they were. Sometimes as they respond lovingly to the flak, their worst enemy changes into a disciple too!
It talks about the prayer that went into the first encounters, and
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Robert Miner
Jul 02, 2015 Robert Miner rated it really liked it
Very interesting and partially insightful. I enjoyed his analysis, his many stories and witnesses, and was generally very encouraged.
I'm assuming so much of experience has been in sub-saharan Africa, where I have a bias is that Islam, and often Christianity, is all too superficial.
I do have serious problems with his numbers. At one point in particular, where he talks of 82,000 new believers from Islamic background, I just have to challenge him. How did he come up with such a number? How did he d
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Luke
Oct 30, 2014 Luke rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended by some missionaries who, it sounds like, are planning to carry out the concepts of this amazing and fascinating book, which details the amazing success of evangelizing the disciple-making (rather than church-planting) in heavily Muslim areas. It is exciting to read what is happening in other parts of the world, and certainly not what you read in the media, which reports that Christianity has been virtually extinguished in parts of the Muslim world. If it will work ther ...more
Steve Henry
Jan 01, 2014 Steve Henry rated it really liked it
The most beneficial aspect of the book was the explanation and illustration of Discovery Bible Studies (DBS). These principles could easily be used anywhere though the focus of the book and the author is on the Muslim world.

It seemed the majority of disciple making movements cited came from the African continent. I think the book could have been strengthened by citing examples from varying Muslim countries and cultures. But overall, an important book worth our consideration.
Julie
Feb 14, 2016 Julie added it
Good book on movements happening among Muslims around the world. I appreciate the emphasize that it isn't about programs or a special way to share the message of hope and life, but it's just about getting people to read the Bible and letting the Word of God speak for itself into the lives of those who are earnestly seeking. I read it in one sitting, on a long bus ride to Bangkok.
Darrell Jolley
Dec 25, 2012 Darrell Jolley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: islam-outreach
A Must read on disciple making movements, grassroots by non-professional ministries among hard to reach Muslim people groups around the world. Exciting for the miracles God is doing to bring people to Himself and motivating to be and stay involved in the lives of the lost.. Being on mission at home.

Must pray more.
Janine Toomey
Jan 22, 2013 Janine Toomey rated it it was amazing
Very intrigued by this book. It gave me a lot to think about, and prompts me to want to learn Bible stories well enough to relay them with having to read them. The Word says that there will be a famine in end times of the Word of God, and I want to have it hidden in my heart!
David Owens
Jun 10, 2016 David Owens rated it really liked it
Inspiring overview of the Contagious Discipleship movement. They are a fascinating example of being naturally supernatural. Evangelistic discipleship, belonging before believing ... letting the Word its (and His) stuff.
Great reading that will make you want to live out.
Will Pareja
This book isn't just about God's work in the Muslim world. It's about the power of the Word of God and the simply potent principles of making disciples of all the nations.
American church growth novella should be well served and even corrected by the accounts contained herein.
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