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5.0 out of 5 stars Courageous wake-up call to Christians., December 21, 2003
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M. D Roberts (Gwent, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Challenge of Islam to Christians (Hodder Christian Books) (Paperback)
Having heard the writer speak on many occasions where I have been deeply impressed with his incisive, penetrating knowledge of Christianity and the manner in which he dissects the written word of the Hebrew-Christian Scriptures, I eagerly purchased this book with a keen sense of anticipation to read the author's personal analysis of Islam.
To that end I was initially disappointed when I discovered that the book was not in fact primarily a study of Islam in itself. Having said that, the author does indeed address many of the aspects of Islam and pulls no punches when he describes that the God of the Bible and the god of Islam are definitely NOT one and the same Person.
The text revealing in no uncertain terms that the God of the Bible has a Son, Jesus Christ, whereas the god of Islam, Allah, is described as having no son whatsoever. The book is not what some would call "politically correct" and boldly declares that not all religions lead to God with Jesus Christ stating that He is the only "Way, the Truth and the Life" and that "no man comes to God but by Him".
The text further expounding that Islam is "false" and will not be able to stand at the return of Jesus Christ when "at the Name of Jesus, every knee will bow". Students of the Bible will recognise these particular quotes quite well.
This book is described as specifically being written out of a burden for the Church and as a "wake-up call for Christians" in the face of what is described as the ever increasing expansion of Islam which is cited as "filling the vacuum" left by certain elements of the Church which have suffered the ravages of secularisation and basically turned their backs on God.
This study shows clearly where the Church has failed in so many areas and where repentance and renewal are so desperately needed in these last days before the return of Jesus Christ. Materialism, hedonism, consumerism, pluralism, relativism and other being specified as responsible for much of this vacuum which Islam is declared as being "better equipped" to fill during the prevailing conditions at this time. Some might disagree with some observations of the writer, but there is definitely a case to answer here and the book honestly addresses these issues and points the Church in the right direction.
The writer addresses the situation primarily in the United Kingdom, but it is clearly evident that the message applies equally throughout the Western World.
The book describes how even the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, has been quite open about his sympathy with Islam with reference included to his public suggestion that when he is crowned and also the "head of the Church of England", how he wishes his title to be changed from "Defender of the Faith" to "Defender of Faith", that is of all religions.
Another issue addressed in the text is how the media are described as not daring to ridicule Muhammad for fear of offending Muslim sensibilities, whereas it appears to be open season for attacking Christianity and even Jesus Christ Himself. The significance of these issues are dealt with in further detail in the text itself.
There is not much reference to the Middle East conflict as such but the troubles there are described as being religious as well as political, spiritual as well as social and theological as well as geographical and involving two Gods as well as two peoples.
The message in this book is not so much about Islam as about Christianity. Although not addressed to Muslims, the writer is hopeful that some will read it and that they will come to a knowledge of the Christian Gospel. Instead the book is primarily directed at Christians with a view to encouraging them to study their faith and the way in which they live it out in righteousness and obedience. The book covers the personal reservations of what might face everyone under an Islamic "regime" pointing out that there are more Christian martyrs today than ever before. Most victims described as being in such areas as Southern Sudan, Central Nigeria, Eastern Indonesia and other such areas controlled by a Muslim majority. This is not a scare-mongering book, but a very courageous, significant work which I highly recommend. Thank you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for Christians, January 12, 2013
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This review is from: The Challenge of Islam to Christians (Hodder Christian Books) (Paperback)
Even though Pawson writes mainly referring to what he has observed about the spread of Islam in England, this is a must read for Christians, because he talks about ways Islam has become more attractive to unbelievers, and the book is a challenge for Christians to wake up and take God's word seriously and start living for Jesus Christ and start living holy lives, by God's grace, and to be the true powerful testimony God meant us to be as His church/remnant.

I have read MANY books about Islam (from a Christian perspective), and this is the most unique because it gives a big picture spiritual challenge to bible believing Christians. It also makes some profound observations of the various ways Satan is lying to unbelievers (Pawson calls them "--isms"). I was convicted by the Holy Spirit of some of these "--isms" that have infected my mind and influenced my thinking as well. For example, some "--isms" are: rationalism, consumerism, etc.

In Part One, Pawson talks about the Islamic Resurgence and in Part Two, Pawson talks about the Christian response.

This book is not really an apologetic to share the gospel with Muslims. It is a spiritual challenge for Christians to wake-up to the fact that Satan is at work and Islam is becoming very attractive to unbelievers. Our response is to seek God and respond to God's challenge through this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yahweh is G_d and Yeshua is His Son!, October 22, 2010
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This review is from: The Challenge of Islam to Christians (Hodder Christian Books) (Paperback)
'Challenge' is the right word for this book. Pawson is careful to listen to the Moslem message, to hold forth Truth, and to challenge Christians to walk in the Truth they proclaim. The book is hope-filled, sensitive, and stays on-topic: Pawson delivers on the title.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Are you prepared?, December 24, 2011
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This review is from: The Challenge of Islam to Christians (Hodder Christian Books) (Paperback)
The author does a very good job of laying out the potenitial that Islam has to advance it's agenda. The first half of the book outlines what could happen in the near (5-20 yrs) future. This can be scary to some if you know what the religion wishes to accomplish. However, Mr. Pawson does an excellent job in the later chapters (8- 10) in laying out the christians respones and preparation of what is most likely to come. It allows for the reader to prepare themselves and those of the same faith, primarily the younger generation. There is some very uplifting ideas within the ending chapters with plenty of Biblical scripture to reference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD READ, July 9, 2013
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A WELL DONE STUDY FOR ANY CONCERNED PERSON TO HAVE AND THINK ABOUT. MAY WE AS A PEOPLE KNOW WHAT WE BELIEVE..
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