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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  13,549 ratings  ·  1,676 reviews
An Unexpected Journey from Islam to Christianity In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost ag ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Zondervan (first published February 1st 2014)
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Rod
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apologetics, islam
I devoured this book fast - so exciting.

This is the best account that i've come across of a former Muslim very slowly/carefully/stubbornly becoming a Christian. He raised all the same arguments that i've seen presented by Muslims on chat groups and in video's. And he deals with all the truthful answers Christians clearly show.

I was so looking forward to what finally pushed him over the edge and allowed him to leave Islam. But the driving issue was eventually Muhammad and the Quran itself. The ch
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R.J. Rodda
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, mission
Nabeel died yesterday so I am sharing my review again in honour of his memory.

Sometimes you read a book and love it so much you want everyone you know to read it too! This is that book. It is so good I did not want it to end. I loved the friendship between Nabeel and David - their playful banter but also their ability to discuss controversial faith matters in depth while still remaining best friends. David's ability to question Nabeel while still being a fun and awesome friend is a real challen
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Natalie Vellacott
I was a bit dubious about this book due to the references to supernatural dreams and visions that the publisher has splashed everywhere obviously for the purposes of sales. However, I was pleasantly surprised; the supernatural aspects are not the focus of the book, instead the focus is a close friendship developed by the Muslim author with a Christian school friend over a number of years. This (in conjunction with the Spirit of God) ultimately led to his conversion from Islam to Christianity.

His
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Mike (the Paladin)
First let me say up front that this is the personal story of a young man who left Islam and became a Christian. That's for those who are concerned. The account is given with respect and love. There are no attacks here only a first hand account of a journey that was not easy and was (and probably still is) often painful.

Allow me also to say I recommend this for Christians in "the West", that is those of us who live where Christianity is the most common "religion". We are often not conscious of th
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Trent
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been a Christian all my life. This year I set aside 11 months to travel the world and live in over 11 different countries. Each country has provided a different lens in which to view myself, my faith and my home (America). But in months when I was living in Muslim countries I had a hard time understanding their culture and practices. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus has proved to shift my perspective and understanding of what it is like to convert to a new faith, especially one as deeply rooted ...more
Thomas Hayes
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book is better for explaining the mindset of various kinds of Muslims than portraying the Christian faith as true, more peaceful, and better than Islam. The ironic thing is that even though the author's faith in Islam was shaken because of contradictions in the Quran and inhumane treatment of people ( e.g. men allowed to rape women captured in war, beheading men and children), he could of used his same grievances against Islam for the Bible, especially in the Old Testament. The author conve ...more
Raymond Christopher
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If there is a book, that challenges an Islam faith to the root, without trying to hiding its strong points but also without compromising the weak cases.
If there is a book, that shows how bias a human being can be; no matter how knowledgeable and wise he/she is; when fierce questions are aimed towards his/her belief.
If there is a book, other than the Bible itself, that boldly strengthens a Christian faith both academically and emotionally.

This book embodies these expressions. And more.

If you are
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Erick
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I actually read this book some time ago. I don't list every book I read, that's why it isn't on here. Due to an interaction I had with a person who reviewed this book and was on my friends list, I feel compelled to write my own review.

I think most people know the background of Nabeel Qureshi's conversion, but I will give it quickly. Nabeel was brought up in an Ahmadiyya Muslim American home and was a devoted follower of this religion. When he entered college he met a man named David Wood (a dev
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Craig Cottongim
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Aided by an impressive cohort of mentors and legendary Christian Apologists, Qureshi brings to print a very valuable book, showing step by long step his transition from being an active Muslim to accepting Christ. Rarely do I put all other reading materials on hold to focus on one book at a time. Normally I'm reading at least six books simultaneously, but when I began reading Nabeel's narrative, I devoted myself to reading his story straight through. Written like a memoir, "Seeking Allah, Finding ...more
Julie Davis
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the book I'd recommend to any Christian who wants to understand how Muslims view Christianity (and Christians) and how they embrace and love their own faith. At least you'll better understand Westernized Muslims, which is the author's background.

Growing up between Great Britain and America, Nabeel Qureshi never fit in with Western culture because of his Islamic heritage. When Qureshi meets David, a devout Christian, he finally has a friend who is more like him than anyone else because th
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Ian Hammond
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Woah.
Justin Tyme
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone interested in a Christian-Muslim debate. The arguments the author presents are (as far as I can tell) balanced and very respectful. The story describes the heart-felt journey of a young man as he wrestles with finding a path to the Creator.
Jason Kanz
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I saw on Amazon that at the time of this writing, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity (2014) by Nabeel Qureshi averages 4.9 out of 5.0 stars. Over 100 people have already rated this recent publication and 95% of them rated it as a 5/5. I found that rating improbably high, so when the opportunity to read this book for myself arose, I happily accepted.

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is a story of a man's journey from Islam to Christianity. Qureshi was raised in a dev
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Leah Good
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leah by: Melody
Born in the United States to Pakistani immigrants, Nabeel Qureshi grew up in a loving family, his religion one of the most consistent and beloved elements of his formative years. As a child and youth, he enthusiastically learned the facts and doctrines of his religion, eager to be an ambassador for Islam among his peers. Not until college did he meet a Christian who was willing to be his friend. As two young men passionate about their faiths, Nabeel and David often discussed religion. Through th ...more
Anthony Rodriguez
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Nabeel's journey to faith in Jesus is simultaneously very emotional and incredibly rational. The emotional implications of leaving Islam were heartbreaking. His rational process was commendable and impressive. If only more people would research so thoroughly. This was a fascinating insider look at Islam and Christianity.
Bob
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is the story of how Nabeel Qureshi’s became a Christian. (If you don’t want to read my review just go get the book & read it, it’s great. You won’t regret it)

Nabeel was born the eldest son of Pakistani immigrants, growing up in America & the U.K.—wherever the U.S. Navy assigned his father. His parents were devout Muslims & wherever they went, they attached themselves to a mosque & to the local Islamic community.

In college Nabeel began to grapple with
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Lori
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
If you are a Christian I believe this should be required reading. I love how Nabell Qureshi came to Jesus through facts and research; it was not an emotional spur of the moment decision. You knew while reading the book, if he did come to believe it would be a life altering decision, one that could cost him his family.

I admit I was not familiar to what Muslims believe and this book pointed out certain ideas that are just difficult for them grasp..for example the trinity. Trinity is hard for anyon
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Robin Hatcher
I learned so much from reading this book. It's a well written biography of one Muslim man's coming to faith in Christ. Excellent book.
Valerie Kyriosity
Very good. I will never be an apologist -- can't keep that much of that sort of information in my head and find the right bits to pull out when they're needed -- but I appreciate that gift all the more in seeing it applied. I also deeply appreciated David's faithful, patient friendship with Nabeel. He did not pressure Nabeel into a decision, which might have pushed him away from Christ instead of toward Him. This was friendship evangelism at its best, apologetics aptly practiced, and faithful pe ...more
Tariq Mahmood
Nov 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pakistan, islam, religion
Every one of us needs friends, but I guess some need them more than others. Looks like Nabeel is suffers from a chronic need of being culturally accepted. This overwhelming urge of belonging prompted Nabeel to convert rather than attraction towards Christianity. Would Nabeel have converted if he had remained in a secular UK instead of a very christian USA?

Our brain accepts what the eyes see and our eye looks for whatever our brain wants.

The story is filled with comparisons with flippant events
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Luisa Knight
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, audible
I finished listening to the audio yesterday and it's fantastic!

I was only about a quarter of the way through when I realized how wonderful of a book this was, and that I wanted to share and experience it with my husband. So I asked Travis if he'd want to listen to it with me, that way we could discuss it too. He started and finished it in just two days (sometimes driving a lot for work has it's perks). He really enjoyed it as well and over the course of the last few days, we've had some great a
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Zachary McIntire
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Age 16+
Shelves: biography
I read this before opening an account on GR, but since I just recommended it to a friend, I figured I should add it to my shelf. This book is an absolutely riveting account of the life of a Muslim apologist, and his conversion to Christianity. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about Islam, and especially for Christians who want to learn how to reach their Muslim friends and neighbors. I would also recommend it to Muslims who are interested in learning about Christ ...more
Yari
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great must be Nabeel's reward in heaven. He tested the truth, he held fast to what was good despite suffering great loss, he loved the truth. An incredible testimony of humility and courage.
Highly, highly recommend!
Rachel B
This is hands-down one of my favorite reads of the year!

Qureshi details his experience being raised in a devout Muslim family and eventually becoming a Christian. He's very analytical and goes in a lot of depth when describing what he believed as a Muslim and the questions that arose when he was trying to disprove Christianity. He goes through each argument one by one, and this was incredibly helpful to me to learn more about Islam.

What I really loved about this book was that Qureshi's humility
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Noah
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was eager to get a bit better acquainted with the Islam faith, particularly in light of recent "Islamaphobic" sentiment in our present culture. The testimony of Qureshi was exactly what I needed. A very logical and thorough study of both Islam and Christianity. It challenged my own foundation of faith as a preacher!

Throughout the book I found myself hoping that he would look at his faith objectively, find holes in his belief system, and turn to Christ! But then I had to wonder, would my own h
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Kris
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Incredible. Just incredible.

The author himself reads this audiobook and that made it even more powerful. To hear him speak about his own family and culture and faith feels so very real, so genuine. I followed with him through the whole time and I didn't want to put this down.

I've since put other books by this author on my list:
No God but One: Allah or Jesus?: A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity
Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward
Suzannah
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really, REALLY good.

Packed full of apologetic tools and invaluable insights into Islamic culture and worldview (eg the honour/shame culture), this book was most valuable to me as a glimpse inside the life and worldview of a sincere Muslim on his way to finding Christ.

It was eye-opening to me to discover how things I had taken for granted Muslims knew about their own religion - like the compilation of a single quran and the suppression of all other versions under the Caliph Uthman, or some of M
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Karim Bahaa
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Although the journey is well said and gets emotional in the last parts, however, the real benefit of this book is that it forced me to look up all the islamic references by myself. I currently have an app for the Quran, an app for Saheeh Bukhari and an app for Saheeh Muslim on my iPad. Of course some of the references could have been interpreted wrongly by him but some other are just too clear to be misinterpreted and requires to be looked upon objectively and sincerely by any muslim. All sorts ...more
Michael Jones
This is the best book I found on understanding Islam from the perspective of an insider. The book gave me great empathy for Muslims and help me to see how long-term friendships are necessary for someone like this to actually come to Christianity.

I was profoundly impressed by his friend in college who didn't try to convert him all at once, but waited and interacted with him honestly.

In today's climate, I would go so far as to say any American Christian could benefit from reading this book. It has
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Tegan Vandenbosch
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you only read one book this year - read this book.

In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity, Nabeel Qureshi takes his readers on an extraordinary journey of faith through the eyes of a devout Muslim. Nabeel's story starts in his warm, loving and joyful childhood home where his parents brought him up steeped in the traditions of Ahmadis Islam. Nabeel, a second generation American Muslim, starts his journey of faith in an earnest effort to proselytize Islam and wi
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Nabeel Qureshi was a New York Times best-selling author and an itinerant speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He dedicated his life to spreading the Gospel through teaching, preaching, writing, and debating.

Dr. Qureshi lectured to students at over 100 universities, including Oxford, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Hong Kong. He participated in 18
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“All suffering is worth it to follow Jesus. He is that amazing.” 53 likes
“If truth doesn’t exist, then it would be true that truth doesn’t exist, and once again we arrive at truth. There is no alternative; truth must exist.” 31 likes
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