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Preview — I Dared to Call Him Father by Bilquis Sheikh
I Dared to Call Him Father: The Miraculous Story of a Muslim Woman's Encounter with God
It is the fascinating true story of Bilquis Sheikh, a prominent Muslim woman in South Asia who faced these questions at the crossroads of her life -- and found the astonishing answers. Her entire life turned upside down as a s
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...more
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.
“Whenever I did not feel His nearness, I knew that I had grieved Him. I would search back...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...
I really enjoyed this story. It catches interest immediately and holds it. I would have liked to see more about her life after leaving Pakistan. I thought many of the lessons she learned were eye opening and thought provoking for me. The story was straightforward and not preachy. She just told it as it happened. Having a close family myself, I could understand the heart break she felt about her family, and was glad that she was able o spend her last days with them. She was a lovely...more
I received this book as a gift from a Christian couple, Santhi and Sarath, from India on March 26, 2009. I did not open the plastic package till 2 days after thou. And on March 28th, I glanced at it while watching my kids played inside the house that lazy Saturday. But as soon as I started reading, I could not put the book down. I was hooked to finish the book. Every page speaks to me, every experience of this woman was spectacular and mi...more
Bilquis has visions of Jesus talking to her, which l...more
I liked the intimacy of this book, and the way Bilquis describes the conversion experience. It's a sweet, wonderful story -- but more than that. With refreshing honesty...more
With the help of local missionaries, Bilquis commits her life to Christ and embarks on a uniqu...more
Beautiful true story about a Moslem woman and her walk with Jesus
I highly recommend this to everyone. no matter your religious affiliations, I hope you read this. nobody is truly alive till they know who they are in Christ.
To do what Bilquis did was no small feat. But the change in her was humbling. As was her faith in God. A very encouraging story.