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From Cairo to Christ: How One Muslim's Faith Journey Shows the Way for Others

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"If I were to become a Christian, it would mean not only changing my religion but changing my whole identity and bringing shame upon my family. My whole family is Muslim, and my society and culture were Muslim. . . . Changing from Islam to Christianity would mess up my life forever."

So writes Abu Atallah, who grew up in Cairo as an ordinary Egyptian Muslim. He was deeply
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Published July 11th 2017 by IVP Books
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May 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
It was wonderful to read of Stephen’s salvation and heartbreaking to read about what he went through afterward. However, I cannot recommend this book.
Replacement theology, I thought there might be some in this book, but I didn’t expect it to be taught in great depth. It’s heartbreaking. More scripture is misused in an attempt to strip Israel of its God-given Promises than were used to explain Salvation. From other little glimpses of his theology, I’m guessing that we would have serious differe
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an eye-opening book looking at Christianity from a former Muslim man's vantage point. Abu Atallah's story is compelling and broadened my westernized ideas of how and where God is working today. It was instructive and encouraging.

I read "From Cairo to Christ" at the same time as I listened to "A Woman is No Man" audio book and would highly recommend reading them together. This book by Etaf Rum gives a chilling inside look into the life of Muslin women (even those living in the United Sta
Michelle Kidwell
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing

From Cairo to Christ
How One Muslim's Faith Journey Shows the Way for Others

by Abu Atallah, Kent A. Van Til

InterVarsity Press

IVP Books

Biographies & Memoirs , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 02 Jul 2017

I am reviewing a copy of From Cairo to Christ through Intervarsity Press and Netgalley:
The author talks of how his Father was allotted only one small fish, and three loaves for the day during the war in the Suez, they were in Port Sa'id Egypt in 1956. He talks about how he was a good Muslim kid. He
Bronwyn Lea
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
So much to learn and ponder from Abu Atallah's story: it is a remarkable read. It is powerfully compelling to hear why someone raised as a Muslim Arab would walk away from his culture, career and beloved family in order to follow Jesus... it makes me want to know Jesus better to see him as Atallah does. This testimony is also very clear that there is interest in and movement towards Christ among Muslims like never before: something to pray for and rejoice over! However, Atallah is also sober abo ...more
Brent Johnson
A memoir can reveal insights on a moment in history. A good memoir can change your thinking on issues. Atallah's memoir of his life as a Middle Eastern Christian challenges many of our Western thoughts regarding Islam and the mission effort in Islamic Nations. The first chapter may put someone off since the author spends time relating his childhood in Egypt, but it worth persisting and reading the rest of the book. I recommend it highly to anyone interested in evangelism with Muslims. Having pas ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This memoir offers first person insights into everything from daily life to international politics to how to reach Muslims-from the perspective of someone who understands it from the inside. Quick, engaging read that will reinvigorate your prayers for Muslims and Muslim background believers in Jesus.

Thanks for sharing your story so transparently and clearly, Stephen. May God continue to bless your life and ministry!
Marti Wade
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: missions
First-person narrative evidently written by Van Til based on interviews/other sources from Atallah). Describes the life of Atallah, an Egyptian Muslim man, focusing on how he came to Christ and into a global ministry to Muslims, then turns to analysis of Islam and issues Muslims face in the 21st century sometimes as illustrated from his own experience and that of others.

In some sections the authors are careful to acknowledge diversity in the Muslim world. In others, though, they seem to fall in
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is an auto-biography of an Egyptian Muslim who converted to Christianity and then led outreach to Muslims in Europe and America. The author does a good job of writing an interesting book without being so technical that it is hard to follow. He also does a nice job of presenting an honest portrait of both Middle Easterners and Westerners without ignoring the problems of either, but by engaging with grace. He talks a lot more about life as a Middle Eastern convert than many other similar ...more
Blake Western
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is part biography and part an explanation of the beliefs and practices of Islam. There are many helpful suggestions and explanations in the book. The author gives a good over-view of the situation in Egypt where he grew up and later had to leave the country after becoming a Christian.
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Abu Atallah is the founder and CEO of European Training Centre and a pastor, professor, and missionary with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He was born and raised in Egypt, and after his conversion was involved with Campus Crusade at Cairo University. In 1979 he came to the United States, where he attended the Urbana missions conference and heard God’s call to minister to his people.

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