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Breaking the Islam Code: Understanding the Soul Questions of Every Muslim Paperback – February 1, 2010
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J.D. Greear is a faithful pastor with a bold vision of reaching all personsand specifically Muslimswith the gospel of Jesus Christ. His analysis of this challenge is insightful and the clarity of his gospel witness shines through.”
Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and author of numerous books
Breaking the Islam Code stands out as a refreshing new approach anchored solidly in biblical truth, free from the excesses and inadequately contemplated claims of a good many contemporary approaches
Both theologically and evangelistically encouraging.”
Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Greear was successful in his ministry to Muslims in Indonesia, and this book is a distillation of what he learned
There is no book that exceeds this one in terms of theological depth wedded to practical savvy.”
Dr. Bruce Ashford, Director of the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
has helped me communicate much more effectively with Muslims who are seeking the Truth. Now, rather than arguing with my Muslim friends, I end up sharing with them at deeper levels with words and ideas that they can understand and that are found in Scripture from Genesis to Revelation
This book has completely revolutionized the way I share the gospel with Muslims.”
Patrick F., missionary to Afghanistan
The hard work of engaging Muslims, gaining insight into their mind-set and heartfelt spiritual quest, then applying
Scripture to their needs is evident throughout this book
Valuable reading for those engaging Muslims in a variety of settings.”
Keith Eitel, Director of Missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Practical advice for engaging the Islamic culture in conversations of the cross. My time studying Islam
would have had minuscule effect with my Muslim friends had it not been for the guidance
in this book. Thank you for this wonderful tool!”
Lance Michels, seminary student and missionary to Southeast Asia
If you love Jesus and Muslims you will love this book.”
Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church, president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and president of The Resurgence
Rarely have I been so moved by the clarity, freshness, and effectiveness of any contribution
to reaching our world in our time
the way Breaking the Islamic Code moved me. This...approach trumps any I have seen on the bottom line, which is actually reaching Muslims with the gospel.
Alvin Reid, Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and author of Inside the Mind of the Radically Unchurched
About the Author
J.D. Greear, PhD, is lead pastor of a large and growing church in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina and is deeply committed to international church planting. He lived and worked for two years among Muslims in Southeast Asia before studying Christian and Islamic theology. J.D. lives with his family in North Carolina. Breaking the Islam Code is his first book for Harvest House.
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Also, I was very happy that even though the author's experience was with Islam in Asia, what he was saying was applicable to Islam across the board and especially to Middle Eastern Islam which I am familiar with (Islam like Christianity often has variations among different people groups, but the other painted in brush strokes that were broad enough to cover mainstream Islam). You can tell the author has done his homework and truly cares about the subject. Basically, if you are a Christian and you have a Muslim friend you would like to understand better, or just want to know more about the religion of Islam, this is a great book. It is not alarmist, nor does it stereotype, it just gives an honest look inside Islam from a Christian perspective. I gave it 5 stars and if I could I would have given it more.
One problem I have found with similar books on Christianity and Islam is that they are far too academic in their approach, pointing out the logical fallacies of Islam. While this information can be useful sometimes, Greear reminds us in this book that "we are not trying to win arguments, but we are trying to win the person".
'Breaking the Islam Code' is easy to read and offers highly practical advice for having conversations with Muslims. It explains how to present the gospel of Jesus in terms that Muslims are more likely to comprehend. Ultimately it is not our own words or persuasive arguments, but the power of the gospel and the word of God that will transform the lives of our Muslim friends.
The author has a deep understanding of how Muslims think and the reasons why they object to the claims of Jesus. Greear offers great tips on how to get them reading the Bible with you and how to tackle issues such as the Trinity, the "blasphemy" of the cross and the deity of Jesus.
'Breaking the Islam Code' is an excellent resource, and encourages us to be like Paul, who was "not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16).
If there are any negatives, it would be that his experience is obviously taken from a South Asian setting [which he admits to], so not every single story or idea will work for out of that setting, and some things he shares about what Muslims believe or claim are specific to that setting [versus my setting, for example, which is Middle Eastern]. However, the fews times this happens, it can easily be set aside without the baby being thrown out with the bath water.
Just a note, this book is specially aimed at equipping Christians who want to share the Christian gospel with Muslims. It's not really meant to be an educational source about Islam or Christianity, and is not really meant to be useful to non-Christians. So people looking for any of those things may not like it... But if you are someone who wants to share the gospel of the Bible with Muslims in a reasonable, thought-out way that will really speak to them, you must read this book (and it's short -- you could read it in a few sittings).
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Exactly the book I needed. The cover and first few pages were torn apart at the bottom. There was A LOT of highlighting and writing in it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ashley White
Great resource to better understand the muslim culture and the people that make it up.Published 5 months ago by ovsleeper
I am disappointed that Mr Greear should feel that it is within his power to convert any Muslim from Islam to his religion, Christianity. Read morePublished 11 months ago by j murdoch
An excellent study for those Christians wishing to better understand the Muslim mind.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the most practical books I have read on Islam, not only unveil the religion but also gives you practical steps to confront people with the truth of the gospel. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Blanca Delgado
The is the most helpful book I've found at explaining the thought process of Muslims as they interact with Christians. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Recent purchaser