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Secret Believers

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  489 ratings  ·  65 reviews
What happens when a Muslim, born and brought up in a Muslim family in an Islamic country, converts to Christianity? In this unique book, Brother Andrew describes the personal, cultural, spiritual and life-threatening challenges that they face. Most of the book is written as a thrilling novel, tracing the intertwined lives of a small group of believers in an unnamed Islamic ...more
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
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'
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Rod
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
Ashley
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
Leo
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
Trine
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
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?
Kendra Beth
May 02, 2008 Kendra Beth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Josiah
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
"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
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
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Jane
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.
Isaac
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
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Bex Leeman
God did so much in me through me reading this book. Incredible stories of people's faith in action in the hardest places
Angela
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
Luella
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
Beka
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.
Terri
A fast but convicting read.
Kyle J. Merriam
A fantastic book explaining the lives of Christians inside Muslim nations and what they face.
Louetta Powell
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.
Bob
Intense spiritual adventure as several Muslims in a small Islamic country turn to Christ against their families' and their religion's orders. All are persecuted, some to death. But each grows in his or her faith and relationship to Christ. A compilation of several true stories blended into a few characters to protect identities. This book truly challenges the Christian believer to reconsider our relationship to our God and His mission to the Muslims.
Emily Good
What an amazing book this was to read: what an eye opener! It really woke me up to the reality that there are brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who truly do suffer for what they believe and yet how unconcerned the rest of us are. It also encouraged me to show love towards Muslims in my own community, and to not pre-judge them but to extend Christ's love towards them. May the Lord help me to do this! I seriously recommend that you read this.
Abigailann (Abigail)

An interesting and engaging book about trying to be a Christian within a mainly Muslim country. I found Brother Andrew's outlook on the whole situation very compelling and several others mentioned had a truly inspiring faith. I learnt a lot about the complexities of Islam, as well as different ways in which religions can interact. It was never too full-on, but just stated things as the authors see them. I would recommend this to all Christians.
Laurie
Sep 03, 2007 Laurie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: whoever wants a different perspective on Islam
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
God is at work in the world in ways we will never hear about in the media! After reading this book by Brother Andrew (God's Smuggler), I felt a new hope for the situation in the Middle East--because this is a spiritual battle even more than a political one. If you're looking for PC verbiage, pass this one by. If you want your preconceived ideas to be challenged by the realities of individual Muslims who became Christians, take a look!
Edie
A great book by Brother Andrew "God's Smuggler". He tells a true story of life in an unnamed Muslim country for MBB's (Muslim Background Believers) or a Muslim who becomes a Christian. For the safety of those involved his characters are a compilation of people, but telling real life situations. The story was very compelling, drawing me in completely. My heart is greatly softened to MBB's and Muslims seeking the Truth.
Lobug
This is so good. Makes you think.....
Cory
A great book that gives a view of what it means to become a Christian in the Muslim world. The book combined the stories of many Muslim Believers into several different characters, and told the facts through a story format. Very well done, and used it for a book club once - great read that opened my eyes to this side of the world
Abby Bonilla
this book is so crazy. it tells the story of Muslims who convert to Christianity...their journey to faith, the pursecution they suffered, strengthening the church in the middle east, and the challenge to live righteously and boldly for Christ in a society where it could cost their life at any minute...crazy, challenging...
Karen
Once again, Brother Andrew has written a very thought-provoking book. He not only ministers to the persecuted church, but also believers who are not necessarily welcomed into mainstream Christianity. With "Light Force" this was Palestinian Christians, and in this book, it is Muslim-background believers.
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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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“Of course it's dangerous. But it's a lot more dangerous for all of us if we don't do it. Even in a conquering army there are casualties. Safety is not the issue when we look at the Great Commission. The purpose of the church cannot be to survive, or even to thrive, but to serve.” 5 likes
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