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"J.D. Greear is a faithful pastor with a bold vision of reaching all persons―and specifically Muslims―with 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

"Your book…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

"An outstanding book. It's very readable and practical…a good introduction to reaching Muslims, and at the same so full of gems that many experienced field missionaries will profit from reading the approaches and ideas presented."
Dave C., regional leader for Pioneers mission agency in Southeast Asia

"A tremendous book…It uses very plain language and examples with which students could educate themselves in order to make a difference in their relationships with Islamic students. I would highly recommend this to my students."
Miles O'Neill, Director of Campus Crusade for Christ, UNC Chapel Hill

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736926380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736926386
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.D. Greear is the lead pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, NC and author of Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary (2011), Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved (2013), and Jesus, Continued...: Why the Spirit Inside You Is Better Than Jesus Beside You (2014). Two main things characterize The Summit Church: its gospel focus and sending culture. The gospel is not merely the diving board off of which we jump into the pool of Christianity, it's also the pool itself. Joy, reckless generosity, and audacious faith all come by learning more about God's extravagant love found in Christ.

God has blessed The Summit Church with tremendous growth. Under J.D.'s leadership, the Summit has grown from a plateaued church of 300 to one of nearly 9,000, making it one of Outreach magazine's "top 25 fastest-growing churches in America" for several years running.

J.D. has also led the Summit to further the kingdom of God by pursuing a bold vision to plant one thousand new churches by the year 2050. In the last ten years, the church has sent out more than 550 people to serve on church planting teams, both domestically and internationally. J.D. completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is also a faculty member, writing on the correlations between early church presentations of the gospel and Islamic theology. Having lived and served among Muslims, he has a burden to see them, as well as every nation on earth, come to know and love the salvation of God in Christ.

He and his beautiful wife Veronica live in Raleigh, NC and are raising four ridiculously cute kids: Kharis, Alethia, Ryah, and Adon.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Adam on May 22, 2010
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Dr. Greear does a magnificent job of intertwining his academic study of church fathers, Christian theology, and Islamic theology, as well as his personal experiences living in a Muslim community in "Breaking the Islamic Code". The book is incredibly readable as JD uses common vernacular to explain deep and complex issues relating to what Muslims believe and how they can engage with the historical Jesus. Greear's stories and practical analogies help convey the similarities and differences in the two major monotheistic religions (Christianity and Islam) beyond the intellect. He shares key insights Christians should know as they engage with Muslims in topics such as Muslim felt needs, how the gospel can fulfill those needs and common misconceptions. Some highlights of the book I especially appreciated were the emphases of the bible and holy spirit in bringing people into his kingdom his approach of seeking transformation and renewal instead of "conversion". A novice or expert will find this book knowledgeable, enjoyable as well as challenging. A great read!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ian on December 14, 2010
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This is one of the best resources I have come across for learning how to share the gospel with our Muslim friends.

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).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By she loves to read on August 9, 2013
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If you've read all (or a lot of) the books on Islam sharing with Muslims and want something new, I really recommend this one! It gives tons of NEW strategies and ideas, including actual (I mean word-for-word) responses and conversation starters to try. I appreciate that the writer has tried these ideas for himself, and they are all out of the box. I can't wait to try them with my Muslim friends. Sure, my specific situation won't benefit from 100% of his suggestions, but there are dozens of things I jotted down that I can use.

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wanderer977 on March 8, 2013
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This book is written from the perspective of a Christian pastor who wants to help educate other Christians about Islam and Muslims. Being a Christian that understands Islam, I found this book to be excellent both in content and tone. I often have people ask me questions about Islam, and I tell them if they are really curious, this book provides an excellent introduction to the topic. It is much more salient and personal than an "Islam for Dummies" type book would be. It gives you an inside look into how a Muslim thinks.
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.
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