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Secret Believers: What Happens When Muslims Turn To Christ?

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Here are the terrifying true stories of men and women - born Muslims and still living in strict Islamic states - who have chosen to convert to Christianity.

While most Islamic countries around the world claim to tolerate freedom for believers of all religions to practice their faith, the reality for isolated Christian groups and individuals is very different. Thousands of '
Paperback, 278 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published July 1st 2007)
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Carlito Centeno
I am often disappointed when I hear Christians lash against Muslims or Islam or Palestinians without the slightest clue to any of their history or circumstances. These Christians lack a relevant context from which they can judge or criticize. The book, Secret Believers, sheds light on what's going on in the Middle East, especially with Muslims who are coming to Isa (Christ). It provides a perspective that allows those of us who are disconnected from Islamic culture to put ourselves in a Muslim's ...more
Nov 16, 2015 Suzannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Secret Believers is a truly challenging and heartrending book about the plight of Muslim-background believers in Islamic countries. Since sharia law considers conversion to Christianity punishable by death, these believers face unimaginable disgrace, ostracism, difficulty and danger should they convert, and receiving baptism is like putting a price on your own head.

This book explores their situation--their extreme vulnerability and their staggering, inspiring courage--through a lightly fictiona
Leah Good
What an amazing, challenging book!

Open this book and meet Christians who are courageous in the face of persecution. Butros, a Christian man with a heart for the church. Ahmed, Mustafa and Hassan, devout Muslims until their hearts are changed by the Truth of Scripture. They flee their hometowns but soon become passionate about sharing the gospel. Salima, a rich young woman loses everything when she falls in love with Jesus. How can Christianity flourish the the face of Sharia law? How can Christ'
Jan 29, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
Inspiring, refreshing, and motivating. Secret Believers tells the story of secret Christians in the Middle East. The majority of the book narrates the stories of several different Muslims and what brought them all to Christ. The last quarter is more of a reflection on how Western Christians view Muslims and how we can pray and love them more.
It is a simple, yet eye-opening read. Despite a few "dated" references, I think this book is even more applicable today than when it was published. It is a
Carrie F.
Brother Andrew lives on the cutting edge of Christianity-- going into places in the world where Christians are persecuted. It gets my blood pumping and seems like really living the gospel. Why is it that the rest of us Christians don't do likewise?
Jul 11, 2015 Hogfam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reads like a fiction story for 3/4ths of the book. Really good and eye opening!!
Aug 31, 2015 Rod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apologetics, islam
The religion of Islam has alot of explaining to do if they think this kind of behaviour is acceptable and authorized by their god Allah. Of course Christianity has a similar history of horror against those who disagree with their faith and deity. However, the problem is: Christians(?) are often bad because they don't understand or even try to comprehend their scriptures (the Bible) - and Muslim's are often good because they don't fully comprehend their scriptures (the Quran). I know; i've read t ...more
Oct 30, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book inspirational and fascinating. It tells of the spiritual journey and struggles of several Muslims who convert to Christianity inside a Muslim nation. It is a story of courage and faith that, as an American Christian, humbled me ---- that we have so much in freedom that we take for granted. It also challenged my own faith ---- if faced with such daunting threats and troubles as these new Christians faced, how would we American Christians fare?

This book made me think about Muslim
Mar 07, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just re-read this book. I am not even sure how many times I have read it...this has got to be number 3 or 4. I love the honesty of the characters (or people) in the book and how their lives are intertwined. Also, it is imperative that North American Christians are aware of the reality facing our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world. Furthermore, we must think long and hard about what it means to be Christians in a world that is becoming increasing influenced by Islam. All that bein ...more
Aug 16, 2014 Leo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A powerful book stating clearly the suffering of Christians in the Middle East and offering challenges that do not provoke hate but love for Muslims. This list of challenges in part 2 of the book promote life changing alternatives to hate. Challenge 1: Do we view Muslims as enemies? or are we seeking to win them to Christ? Challenge 2: Are we going to seek revenge when we're attacked? Should we not offer forgiveness instead? Challenge 3: What would happen if we accepted the challenge of Islam by ...more
Oct 19, 2009 Trine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, borrowed, 2009
We need more books like this one to show us what God is doing around the world, to show us what it really is like to be a religious minority and to remind us that the West not always is the best example on Christian living.
It is a very strong call for prayer and help for the all the Christians in the Muslim world.
Allie Woodard
Besides bringing a new and interesting worldview into focus due to the fact that it is an international book, Secret Believers also gave me some perspective in my own life. Most of the first-world problems I complain about every day are absolutely pathetic when compared to the real-life issues that persecuted Christians face constantly. I am challenged by the faith of these brothers and sisters as they refuse to deny that Christ is the Son of God and that the Bible is true, even in the face of t ...more
Jul 24, 2015 Esther rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-nf
This book records the experiences of several "secret believers" who, because of their belief in Isa (Arabic for Jesus), are forced to have church in secret locations in the Muslim dominated middle east where Sharia law overrides constitutional law. This book is definitely an eye opener. Muslim converts to Christianity face daily persecution and martyrdom because of their new faith. These Muslim background believers are specifically targeted by the Muslim brotherhood who assert their dogmatic bel ...more
May 19, 2015 Schroder_Joanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and would recommend it to everyone that needs to see what God is doing in our world through missionaries that are willing to go where He leads. In this book i couldn't believe that the missionaries would go to a countries that they knew if they got caught they could lose there life.I felt like i personally knew these people and actually cried when some of the church leaders were captured and tortured to eventually being killed.But over to see how such events didn't stop the wor ...more
Dec 26, 2015 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written in 2007, this book tells the story of Muslims who have converted to Christianity in the Middle East and beyond. It is written in the form of a novel, with names and locations of the characters changed. It is both an exciting and a touching read. The author concludes by advising the Western church on how they can support these new believers. The book is well-written and fast-paced, and the author has obvious affection for his subjects. It provides a fascinating insight into a part of the ...more
Chris Ross
An interesting book that is certainly eye opening and descriptive about the hardships and persecution that MBB's (Muslim Background Believers) experience in their home and near/similar countries.

I found it interesting that at one point Brother Andrew/the author referred to the people in the book as soldiers of God/Jesus and I thought immediately that he is no better than UBL or an Imam calling young Muslims to wage the Jihad and martyr themselves with a suicide vest. Why do we (the human race) h
Kendra Beth
May 02, 2008 Kendra Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mission minded people. American Christians.
Shelves: religion
Oh my gosh! This book is absolutely AMAZING! People don't think of life-on-the-line persecution as something that's going on RIGHT NOW!! But, woa man, reality check!
I didn't know Muslims carved up MBB's (x-Muslims Believers)

The book stirs one up enough to apply to the YWAM base in Israel! However, that is generally Brother Andrew's way of getting peoples attention - writing very stirring, and even disturbing books (disturbing in a positive way).
The beginning of the book introduces a young x-M
Through real stories of Arabs in the Middle East (with identities protected) we learn about Arab culture, the state of the Church, various interpretations of Islam, and unique challenges of CBBs (Christian-background Believers in Jesus) versus MBBs (Muslim-background Believer in Jesus). After learning more about this part of the Body of Christ, a rebuke is given to Christians in the West for seeing Muslims as enemies and for praying contrary to how the Holy Spirit and Christians in the Middle Ea ...more
Kim Steck
Aug 25, 2014 Kim Steck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"YES" to love and forgiveness

Western believers need to read and understand the message of this book. The love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ is the only way to transforming people and societies. And we, as believers, must be ready to demonstrate Christ, no matter the cost.
Christy Luis
Feb 12, 2012 Christy Luis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really important. Every Christian should be aware of the situation of their brothers and sisters in bondage. Islam is a big issue in the world, and most of us know nothing about it. I didn't know anything about it until I read this book.
This book reconts the amazing true stories of several Christians living in an unnamed Muslim country. We can't know their real names or what country they live in because this would put them in grave danger; in fact, they already are in grave danger
Jan 22, 2015 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-it
This was a great book. The story was captivating and the characters were surprisingly related-able despite having very different backgrounds and surroundings. I would recommend this book to people struggling with prejudice within their own heart, and those seeking opportunities to reach out to others of different faiths.
Kyle K
When Muslims turn to Christ as Lord and Savior, everything they have known and trusted before becomes forfeit. This is a story of a handful who strive against the establishment for the love of their God and their neighbors.
Mar 13, 2013 Isaac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, written in part by Brother Andrew, Chronicles a small core of Christian ministerial leadership in an Islamic nation.

The book lays out well the difficulties and persecutions faced by Christians in a Muslim dominated culture. The book is excellent at not attacking Islam, but giving a real portrayal of the persecution laid on Christians (particularly those converted FROM Islam) in Muslim dominated nations.

Along with this portrayal is a call to Christians to take a stand, not a stand of m
Bex Leeman
Jan 20, 2015 Bex Leeman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
God did so much in me through me reading this book. Incredible stories of people's faith in action in the hardest places
Sandy Clark
Feb 02, 2016 Sandy Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring and also eye-opening. Forgiveness is the way into a Muslim's heart.
May 28, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an incredibly insightful book into the lives of converts in the Middle East and the role the government and the Muslim Brotherhood played in their walks. Their dedication and passion was encouraging to me and really put into perspective how little I have been challenged in my walk with Christ. Brother Andrew also challenges the reader to love the Muslims and offer the opportunity that Christ offered to everyone. The sacrifice of rejection or persecution is worth the price of someone's s ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Luella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book about Muslims in the Middle East who become Christians, what their life is like. their testimonies, and their families. It is a very encouraging book for a Christian to learn what the cost of following Christ is when you are surrounded by people who not only do not share your faith but are hostile to it. It also offers hope to those in the West who have not had to deal with giving up everything to follow Christ. It is a sobering warning to those who have not already given up every ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Beka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-books
An eye-opening look at the church in Islamic countries and the responsibility of Christians toward it. I really think all Christians should read this.
Jan 18, 2015 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast but convicting read.
Louetta Powell
Dec 23, 2011 Louetta Powell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brother Andrew is very easy to read. I felt like I was sitting in a living room with him, listening to his story. It was encouraging to read about how God works in the lives of others today. God is not a God of yesterday. He is very much active in the lives of people today. Martyrs are not a thing of the past and this book is a good reminder that we have, TODAY, brothers and sisters in Christ who need our prayers of intercession for protection and assistance.
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Andrew van der Bijl (born 11 May 1928 in Sint Pancras, Netherlands), known in English-speaking countries as Brother Andrew, is a Christian missionary famous for his exploits smuggling Bibles to communist countries in the height of the Cold War, a feat that has earned him the nickname "God's smuggler". Brother Andrew studied at the WEC Missionary Training College in Glasgow, Scotland. Brother Andre ...more
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