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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Hussein Hajji Wario (February 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578001551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578001555
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DaveV on March 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
An intense story of the author's struggle to leave Islam, the religion he was raised up in, and the numerous attempts on his life for embracing Christianity. Along his journey, the author discusses several inconsistencies with Islam between theology and its practice and how it affects the Muslim - Christian dialogue.

The author was formally trained in both an Islamic Madrassa and a Christian University -- having experienced both religions in personal and dramatic ways. It is from this perspective that he is able to discuss these controversial issues in ways few others could.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charles R. Wiese on June 6, 2009
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Hussein was born and raised in Kenya as a Sunni Muslim. He converted to Christianity and suffered great persecution--his only family tried to poison him! This book is an autobiography and I highly recommend it. He points out many contradictions in the Qur'an and helps provide an understanding of Muslim culture. The beginning and the end of the book were a little difficult--Hussein writes tends to write in Kenyan English rather than American English. But it's not that difficult and it is well worth the effort. Hussein's story provides encouragement to all who suffer persecution for the sake of Christ. It is also a helpful tool, our own culture seems to be wrestling more and more with how to deal with and respond to Islam.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rex M. Rogers on December 28, 2011
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Hussein Hajji Wario's own story, Cracks in the Crescent (2009), is a truly remarkable testimony of God's grace. Born and raised in Kenya, Wario hailed from a devout Muslim family, attended madrassa, and became a muadhin. But just prior to beginning high school, Wario came to faith in Jesus Christ, a conversion that changed his life forever.

Wario endured more than five years of persecution. His family rejected him, more than one brother attempted to beat him, a sister tried to poison him, members of his small tribal community berated him, chased him, threw rocks at him, stole his property, lied about him, and conspired with local authorities to arrest or otherwise harass him.

This book is both engaging and moving. You cannot learn about the challenge, risk, and total commitment of Wario's youth without comparing the experiences of his young life to your own. Reading the book makes you grateful for spiritual liberty in Christ and political/personal liberty in a democratic and open society.

I highly recommend this book. Wario's story is a reminder that Americans must become wiser and more conversant in the ways of Islam in order to engage Muslims properly, both spiritually and politically, at home and abroad.
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More About the Author

Hussein Hajji Wario is a former Kenyan Sunni Muslim who was educated in madrassa (Islamic religious school) during his formative years. Upon graduation from madrassa, he became a madrassa teaching assistant and a muadhin (a person who calls Muslims to pray) in his native hometown. He converted to Christianity in August 1989. His people group, the Orma, is one of the "unreached people groups" in the world because more than 99.98 percent is Muslim. He is only the second Orma to convert to Christianity.