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: The Miraculous Story of a Muslim Woman's Encounter with God

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How do I give myself to God completely? What happens when I do? I Dared to Call Him Father is a book for everyone who has ever asked these questions.

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

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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 3 of 5 stars
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 23, 2009 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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!
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...more
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Jul 20, 2008 ♥ Ibrahim ♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
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...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
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
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...more
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
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 basis...to 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...more
PeggyAnn  Smith
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...more
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...more
Kathy Fellure
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...
This beautiful testimony really ignites and inspires faith.
God is awe-inspiring in what ways He works!

(Also loved the glimpses into Eastern culture!)
James N. Moon
Great story.

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
Jocelyn Soriano
One of the most authentic and inspiring books I've ever read!
Fenixbird SandS
Dec 20, 2007 Fenixbird SandS marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: long book titles
Third place runner up in the world's longest book title contest....
Tess Rupprecht
Mar 22, 2014 Tess Rupprecht rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: my-faith, favorite
I first read this entire book in a record time of one day!

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
Fascinating book about a fairly well-off woman in Pakistan who converted from Islam to Christianity to the horror of her family. Bilquis is very honest about being an unpleasant woman who had no respect for her servants but describes how she became a better person after converting, learning how to put others first. She also talks about the pain of turning her back on Islam and suffering the condemnation of her family, even fearing for her life.

Bilquis has visions of Jesus talking to her, which l...more
J'pkorir Rose
This book changed my life, I read it when I was only fourteen. I want to read it again ten years on. that was me a little over a month ago. I did not even remember the title/author of the book at that time. I only remembered I dared to call him Father and the fragrance story in the first chapters. I recently have been dreaming and they happen. One morning I wake up having dreamt of my friend's sister-in-law with a child and very interesting that same day she had gotten twin girls. I bought this...more
Rachel Brand
This was a short book - it only took me an evening to read - but it was very inspiring. I already knew that Muslims who converted to Christianity were persecuted but I wasn't aware that it was actually stated in the Quaran that honour killings should be made on family members who left Islam for another religion. Bilquis was an extremely strong and faithful woman to continue living in Pakistan despite the threats that were made in her life. It made me really grateful that I live in Britain where,...more
This book tells the remarkable story of a wealthy Muslim Pakistani divorcee, living in a rural town, who starts experiencing odd dreams. These lead her to a conversion to Christianity, very dangerous, and she is excluded from her family. She is also threatened by local Muslims. She travels the world speaking about her experiences.

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
An outstanding biography of a remarkable woman. Bilquis Sheikh was an upper caste Pakistani woman who came to faith in Jesus Christ through a series of inquiries into her Muslim heritage and the Christian faith. As she compared the Christian Bible and the Koran, she saw some startling differences and finally asked God, "Which one is Your book?" He replied, "In which book do you meet Me as your Father?"

With the help of local missionaries, Bilquis commits her life to Christ and embarks on a uniqu...more
Anna Beth
I didn't give it 5 stars because it was different from what I expected and the ending is very abrupt. I would have liked to known if Tooni and Mahmud became Christians, however, I also realize that although our family members may accept that we have a life-changing personal relationship with Jesus, they may not be able to accept it for themselves. Perhaps they did become Christians, but they are the "secret" Christians Bilquis Sheikh talks about in her book. I also would have liked to known more...more
This is a fascinating spiritual autobiography about a Pakistani noblewoman who coverted from Islam to Christianity. What's most remarkable is the working of God's Providence in her life. Without any knowledge of the Bible, she had dreams involving John the Baptist (whom she had never heard of) and Jesus, and these mysterious dreams led her to seek a Bible and the help of local missionaries to investigate the Christian faith. She tells of the fruits of her conversion, of struggles with sin and wi...more
Sarah Reifel
I remember reading completely consuming this book during high school--a stage of my life that reading was most definitely a forced activity. I found it in my attic and for some reason it caught my interest and I could not put it down. I Dared to Call Him Father is a true story about a Muslim woman living in a middle eastern country who felt spirits in her garden in the back of her house. She asked a Muslim priest to come and pray over the haunted area of her house to drive out the evil spirits....more
Beautiful true story about a Moslem woman and her walk with Jesus

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.
Ceneé Brainard
Profoundly haunting memoir. When you connect to a person so deeply in their writing that you authentically miss their "presence" in your life when the last page is read, you can be certain that some part of you has been changed because of their vulnerability. Powerful read.
Rachel Balster
I enjoyed her story. I dated a Muslim who my God spoke to in dreams and visions as described in this book and specifically the book of Job. The bible is full of God speaking through dreams.
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.
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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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