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Historically, Christians have taken a confrontational or missionary approach toward Islam, leading many Muslims to identify Christianity with the cultural prejudices of Westerners. On the individual level, Christ-followers within Islam have traditionally been encouraged by Christians to break away from their Muslim communities. Chandler boldly explores how these two major ...more
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Published September 1st 2007 by Cowley Publications
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M Christopher
This is not a brilliant book but it is an important story of a man dealing with critical concepts for hopes for peace in our religiously divisive times. The subject of the book is Mazhar Mallouhi, a Syrian Muslim who became a pilgrim of Christ. Paul-Gordon Chandler is less a biographer and more a disciple (not that there's anything wrong with that) who tells Mallouhi's story clearly and honestly (his struggles, such as his first, unsuccessful marriage and his occasional bitterness toward both Go ...more
Brooke Christensen
Oct 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who feels burdened by the hurt "western" Christians bring to the message of Jesus
This book changed my life. It uses a dear friend of my family's, Mazhar Malouhi, a Syrian follower of Jesus as an example of a Muslim who has kept his cultural Muslim identity while also falling in love with Jesus. Mazhar's life is amazing and there is so much to learn... this book gave me hope and excitement for how to can love and relate with Muslims well... without forcing people to conform to a western brand of Christianity. It is one of the best books I've ever read. ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would describe Mazhar Mallouhi's journey as one of..
..rejecting Islam to follow the world,
..embracing Christianity to be rejected by his culture,
..rejecting Christianity to embrace Chrst,
..embracing his culture as he embraced Christ,
..and finally being embraced by his culture because he embraces Christ.

His perserverence as he sets his face to follow Christ is admirable, as is his devotion to truly express God's love to all of mankind and even to creation. The interview in the closing chapter
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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This book is amazing. If you are a Christian and want to deepen your walk with Christ or minister to Muslims then this book is for you. It discusses the roots behind the distrust of Muslims toward Western Christians and shows how it is possible for Muslims to find Christ without losing their Arabic roots, identity, and culture. It is convicting to realize how we as Westerners have tried to make other cultures of the world not only Christian but also Western. How we have gotten being a Christ fol ...more
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Is it possible to be a follower of Jesus and remain a Muslim? Emphatically yes. Is it possible to be a follower of Jesus without "converting" and embracing the Western cultural and historical "baggage" implied by the words "Christian" and "Church"? Yes.

This book details the life and spiritual journey of Mazhar Al-Malluhi, prominent contemporary Arab Syrian novelist, Sufi Muslim, follower of Jesus Christ, and his impact on the intellectual world of the Middle East.

Glenn Robinson
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
A wonderful book that expanded my understanding of what it is to be a Christian in the Middle East and Central Asia. While this book centers on one man who was once a Muslim and now is a Christian, the author also shares about a Sikh who became a Christian and quite a few others. The writer shares how other religions are using the New Testament for inspiration and also shows that those in the West rarely return the favor when trying to share the Word.
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's tough to give this book a rating. The story of Mazhar Mallouhi's life is very interesting and the main point of the book is excellent. I learned a lot and would love to read some of his books. On the other hand, the way this book is organized makes it frustratingly repetitive. I often felt like the book could have been edited differently and said everything it did with about 1/3 fewer pages. Nonetheless, it's an important story to hear and I greatly appreciated the book on the whole. ...more
Waltjohnson305 Johnson
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
The author reveals the bumpy road of Muslims discovering Jesus through the story of the central character. I gained a new understanding of how cultural sensitivity and insight is the key to engaging others in a new way of thinking or living. It was also a whole new understanding of the Muslim faith and practice.
Helen B
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Muslim/Christians relations
Recommended to Helen by: Princeton Midde East studies dept
In my view, one of the best interfaith books on positive, balanced and peaceful approach for Christians and Westerns on Islam! A must read for anyone interested in Christian/Muslim relations. Also, fascinating information on Mazhar Mallouhi, popular Syrian writer who is a self-described "Sufi Muslim follower of Christ". ...more
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
The book was trying to deliver a message to me, i didn't get the message and it didn't make sense to me.. We all love all prophets and look at them like role models, but it's hard to follow one from a different religion completely while in the religion we follow we have a prophet and other great examples.. ...more
Oct 27, 2007 marked it as to-read
This looks very interesting.
Oct 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
It swept my comfortable conception of Christianity into a more fulfilling and universal light
Lorah LS
Oct 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is an AMAZING book. It was so empowering, gave really encouraging stories and was just a good read. A complete must for someone who loves Muslims and followers of Jesus.
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"Truth withheld love ends up as fundamentalism. And love with out truth can end up without any substance, as liberalism is in its worst form. So how do we balance this? Can we see the character of Christ demonstrated in how we love people? How did he do this? By accepting them as they are and by giving himself to them." -Mallouhi, p 186.

"More and more I am learning that I am a guest of God in this world and how I treat everything is how I treat God. I believe we are born to love and tolerate the
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