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Alone with a Jihadist: A Biblical Response to Holy War Paperback – October 13, 2009
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"... why wait till the age come? The world is crying out for peace today. Let there be peace on earth - and for the love of God - let it begin with the Church!"
Last month, shortly after Cara and I founded Lifted on Eagle's Wings, I was reading one of my daily newsletters and found a Sojourner's column written by Aaron D. Taylor. I was so impressed with what he had to say, I sent him a short note of praise.
We communicated in short emails and I ordered his book. I must be clear from a personal place. I never thought for a moment this young Pentecostal evangelist, from the most conservative place theology could imagine, would resonate with me for an entire book. I ordered the book more so I could understand that "other side" of Christianity. It was a way for me to sit back with my maturity and my Christian confidence with my answers about God and be ready to refute every point this person made.
Taylor shocked me to the point that I am recommending his book to atheists. Yes. The wisdom, honesty and Biblical truth that he illuminates in his book astound me.
Taylor has traveled the world as a missionary. He answered a call to be part of a documentary called Holy Wars and spend a day with a radical Muslim jihad. His book touches upon his experience but expands upon the idea why Christians should never go to war. Never. Never kill, never fight with violence. Even after sitting down with a powerful extremist who considers it his mission to destroy our nation, our religion, and us, he still feels we should never go to war, to never fight violence with violence.Read more ›
The book's most powerful theme is a concept too often overlooked by the Christianity of the Western world - love. Love seems an elementary concept, something so foundational to the Christian faith that it hardly needs further study, reflection, or practice. This misconception has crippled the growth of entire faith communities. When professing Christians participate in acts of violence, whether "redemptive" or not, they do not support a true revolution. Rather, when violence is used to overthrow violence, it is no more than a regime change. In this book, Aaron Taylor discusses at length the relation between the incarnational model of love portrayed in Jesus' life and the essence of true Christianity. The practical applications of adherence to Jesus' way are presented; Christians are begged to consider the life of constant sacrifice lived by their Savior.
Perhaps there is no better way to recommend this book than to use Taylor's own words from the last chapter: "What if our only moral agenda in this world was to imitate Jesus?Read more ›
Taylor has a unique ability to clarify difficult to accept ideas while remaining sympathetic to his audience. In "Alone with a Jihadist" he writes about his journey with God into hidden meetings with a radical Muslim. This experience causes Taylor to reconsider his reasons for believing and ways of practicing Christianity. To confirm what he has learned about faith, American nationalism, and America's media engine he travels to Palestine to meet for himself those accused by Americans of being terrorists. He gives us a first-hand account of the oppession and depravity he finds there. "Alone with a Jihadist" takes us on a journey in search of a non-violent response to terrorism and a servant-like response to nationalism that heeds the very words of Jesus.
Taylor is bold, thoughtful, very relevent and firmly Christian. He will likely lead many readers to ask questions hirtherto ignored. How has nationalism shaped the identity of the American church? How is it that American Christians believe Jesus' words "turn the other cheek" yet support the war? How are Christians called to handle violence? Are all true Muslims terrorists? Does Islam breed terrorism? What is the role of the state of Israel in Christianity?
By tackling these questions and remaining very readable to the common Christian, it's no overstatment to say that Taylor has written a book I've been waiting for since 9/11. If you believe Christians should have a response to holy war or national pride is an issue you discuss with others this is the book for you to read
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In short: If you're interested, check out Jesus for President instead.
For a little over half the book, I was thoroughly a fan. Read more
ALONE WITH A JIHADIST: A BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO HOLY WAR by Aaron D. Taylor
Publisher: Foghorn Publishers
Date published: October 13, 2009
ISBN:... Read more
Once I got into it, this was a sensational, gripping read that gave me hope for the universal church in the 21st century - beyond tags of liberal or conservative, progressive or... Read morePublished on October 4, 2012 by Sare Liz Gordy
"Narratives, symbols, and rituals may appear to be communications of timeless truths, but they remain products of history, transforming--in form or in interpretation--with social,... Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by India E. Henson
It is an excellent book that really hits a homerun for non-violence and agains t nationalism. It is an approach that hits at the universality of God.Published on September 6, 2012 by Fr. River
Alone with a Jihadist will help you rethink some basic primises of the Judeo Christian culture today especially regarding a non-violent response to our enemies. Read morePublished on January 29, 2010 by David
After reading this very powerful and intense book I knew I wanted to interview this author on my tv show. This book took me out of the usa into a place I had never been before. Read morePublished on January 24, 2010 by B. Randall
I'm still not 100% sure I agree, or *want* to agree with some of the conclusions in Alone With a Jihadist. Read morePublished on January 18, 2010 by Matthew D. Simonsen
I am an avid reader. Few times, however, do I begin reading a book and experienced the "can't put it down" phenomenon. I did with Alone With a Jihadist. Read morePublished on January 11, 2010 by Aaron Benscoter