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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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Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Chosen Books (first published November 30th 1977)
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Natalie Vellacott
I know this review will disappoint some readers. It has also been suggested that when I don't like a book I need to be more specific about my reasons, so I'm going to try and do that....Firstly, though, I think there has been so much hype about this book that readers are not reading it critically enough. All of our experiences should be viewed through the lens of Scripture and anything that contradicts or distorts Scripture should be discarded.... Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim En ...more
R.J. Rodda
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an encouragement this book is! It is the true story of a wealthy highborn Muslim lady who is living in seclusion from the world. It would seem impossible for her to find Christ, but she does, showing that God can reach anyone! I also love her whole-hearted determination to follow Christ and remain in His presence whatever the personal cost. Her desire to share the gospel in hostile circumstances is truly inspiring but also her willingness to sacrifice her comfort and convenience. She choose ...more
Lulufrances
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful testimony really ignites and inspires faith.
God is awe-inspiring in what ways He works!

(Also loved the glimpses into Eastern culture!)
zane deann
A fascinating story, but theologically, I don't agree with everything. Thus, three stars. :) ...more
Rachel N
Aug 29, 2008 rated it liked it
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
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Jul 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Melissa
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
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Mark Evans
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy reading autobiographies about conversions so that I can understand other religions (In this case Islam.); and I enjoy reading about the moments and decisions that lead to conversion. Bilquis experienced some spiritual oppression. This negative experience led her to the Koran and eventually the Bible. She began to read the Koran and Bible side-by-side. She had a dream about John the Baptist and perfume. She had never read about John the Baptist, yet the name was vivid and clear in her min ...more
Gerald
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
God is mighty to save! This book is the amazing story of Bilquis, a Muslim high class Pakistani woman who met the Lord and whose life was transformed step by step. Much of what she learned at her early conversion years were from direct bible study and the dynamics of the presence of God around her. She feels this Presence go away when she does something wrong, then she backtracks on her actions, asks for forgiveness and then the Presence is restored.
She had some missionary families though that
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Kelly
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a fascinating read. In telling her story of conversion from Islam to Christianity, Sheikh reveals what it is to give everything - family, friends, wealth, reputation, and personal safety - to Jesus. Her descriptions of her joy and progress in the Christian faith are encouraging and inspiring. Oh, that all Christians (myself included) might share this woman’s commitment to Christ and to seeking his presence in their lives.
Jana
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Our amazing God

This book reminded me that God seeks the lost in ways that are often quite different than what we as westerners are use to hearing of. I remember seeing and hearing of His mysterious ways while living in Africa many years ago. This book reminds me that God wants everyone to know him as Father and has given His all that we may know him intimately. This book challenges me and creates a hunger in me to truly walk so close to Him that I know when I have taken even the slightest s
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Kathy Fellure
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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...
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Ashley Harp
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
As a conservative Christian, the story seems a little fake to me. I understand that Christ can work in all the ways she talked about, but for her feelings of Him being or not being with her to dictate her faith, raised some caution in my mind. I'm not saying it didn't happen or can't happen with others. It just read more like a fictional story than nonfiction. ...more
Debbie
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Abigail
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Valerie Kyriosity
The moment when the author first "dared to call Him Father" was particularly moving. She and I have mirror image experiences of God's fatherhood. She grew up with a very loving and close relationship with her father, but approaching God as Father was an alien concept to her. I grew up calling God Father, but having a loving and close relationship with a father continues to be a barely more than abstract concept to me. Either way is challenging and requires His particular kindness to overcome.

But
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Karenm
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jim
Oct 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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!
Linda
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a Muslim woman from Pakistan who falls in love with Jesus and becomes a Christian. It’s a beautiful testimony! She shares the Gospel with others even though it puts her at risk. She knows the Bible, and spent many hours comparing it to the Quran. Chapter 17 is written by a friend of hers from the USA which I found most interesting. This book brought tears to my eyes more than once. Her faith was unwavering and the reminder of thevway God works in our lives was inspiring.
Justin Tyme
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had a hard time connecting to Bilquis at the beginning because of her condescending attitude towards her servants, but her condescension came from her position as an aristocrat. I also started to question if the story was real because she used "Christianese" terms that a Pakistani wouldn't, but then I realized (view spoiler) ...more
Jasmine
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great testimony! Amazing! I couldn't put it down! Enjoyed it! Very Encouraging. I have come to realize that When God works in you and changes you, He doesn't just touch you and change you but changes everything else & touches others around you! Everything God does is for His name sake... To bring Glory to Almighty God. ...more
Dianne
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I gained a lot of insight into Gods amazing love for everyone. He looks at the heart and reveals Himself to those who seek Him. Probably one of the earliest stories of how God reveals His redemptive love to Musilms. This story inspires me to pray for Muslims and for Australians who have never heard the gospel. Nothing is too hard for our God.
Victoria Goodbrand
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-reads
I had some super mixed feelings about this.
I thought that it was amazing how Bilquis came to know Christ but i felt that she misused/misunderstood several verses and i didn’t agree with a lot of the Spiritual Content.
Brandon H.
A wonderful true story of how God miraculously saved a Pakistani aristocrat and taught her how to walk by His Spirit in the midst of a culture hostile towards Christians.
Micah Larsson
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Great story! May we continue to prayer for God to work in the hearts and minds of Muslims around the world through His boldly declared Word from missionaries and local believers and that He’d use whatever means necessary, like dreams/visions, to bring them to His ambassadors or even just to a Bible of their own.

I have theological differences to some ideas/experiences expressed but also was challenged in others as well.

There’s another review by someone else that goes much deeper into some of th
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Aliyah
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
Oh what a beautiful thing it is to see a person's life transformed by Jesus! This is the story of a Muslim woman who encounters the God of the Bible and is changed forever. Bilquis writes with such feeling and clarity, welcoming the reader into her life and recounting her journey from hostility to Jesus to life with Jesus. As I read I was encouraged, convicted, and inspired by her life and testimony, by her faithful following of God, by her sensitivity to the Spirit and complete trust in Him. I ...more
Abi Kunene
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
What an amazing account of Gods power to save. It is an encouraging and challenging account of a Muslim woman’s journey to faith in Christ. Her account of learning to walk in obedience to God in the midst of hardships both resonates and challenges. There are, however, many theological errors in her thinking and experience. One must read it critically, not accepting her words without thinking, but testing them with Scripture. I do not think this overshadows this beautiful story of Gods Grace, but ...more
Oceana
I loved Bilquis Sheikh's story. I wish there was more.
Her encounter with Jesus and the development of her faith was beyond inspiring to me.
I want this kind of life of faith.
I am inspired to pursue the Lord like Bilquis did. Hallelujah!
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Summer
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Cynthia Egbert
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-and-read
I don't give five star ratings lightly and this one is not for the writing but for the content. What a blessed story to read of this woman's courage in choosing to follow a Christian path in the face of danger and loss. I learned a great deal from this dear soul and am grateful for whoever it was who recommended this book to me. A few thoughts that struck especially close to home:

"That night I began a diary into which I put all the wonderful things the Lord had been doing for me. If I should die
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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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