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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2012
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This is an amazing story of a group that uses specific biblical principles to spread the gospel and to reach the most radical Muslim areas with the good news. This involves finding a "person of peace" within a community, and making a disciple of that one person by telling them stories from the Bible. This also includes intense prayer even before they approach an individual, and throughout the entire process.

The book contains many miraculous stories about how whole communities have come to Christ even in areas where preaching the gospel is a dangerous act. The stories are heart-warming and compelling, and well worth reading the entire book just for these passages.

Although I enjoyed this book, it was somewhat different than I had expected. I did not realize that it was essentially a teaching book to help others use this method of reaching difficult communities. The book did a great job explaining how this is done. However, I had thought that the book was going to be primarily a recitation of the various experiences and people the missionary teams encountered. Although that information was in there, it was intermingled with the instructional materials.

Overall, I enjoyed this book about the tremendous work this organization is doing to spread the gospel to unlikely areas. This book would be great for someone in an evangelical ministry who may be struggling to make connections with others.

I received this book from Booksneeze a review program of Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a possitive review. I was only asked to give an honest one.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2013
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Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love with Jesus by Jerry Trousdale.

This book is basically a description of how the ministry called `CityTeams' conducts ministry among Muslims.

I appreciate that Trousdale emphasizes prayer and shares the story of how one lady prays with her Muslim friends even before they are believers. I have heard of this approach yeilding lots of fruit in Indonesia. I also appreciated Trousdale's story of the `animal chaser' (pp. 92-95) which showed the persistance of one believer to bring the Good News to those who treated him with hatred. I also like Trousdale's "conversation starters": "Do you know God?" and "Would you like to hear a story?" and "Do you know where the whole world came from?" (p.114).

But Trousdale seems to support the conflict-of-religions mission paradigm which incorrectly assumes that the Bible encourages a social struggle with the different religions of the world, in which people of other religions must be persuaded to convert to one's own religion. But this is not the Biblical mandate. Biblical conversion is not from one religion to another, but from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of God (Col 1:13, Eph 6:12). Troutsdale's mission paradigm explains why a lot of his book speaks negatively about Islam (pp. 20-21) and why he seems to imply that Muslim followers of Christ must renounce their Muslim identity in order to become a follower of Christ (pp. 25, 39).

A lot of this book relates to how God is using dreams to draw Muslims to Christ. Doyle (2012) and Brown (2007) both describe how God is using dreams to draw Muslims to Christ but Brown (2007) goes a step further to describe a dream of a Muslim man that eventually led to a movement of a whole community of Muslims who turned to and followed Christ.

There were some inconsistancies in the book. For example, on page 16, the author states, "...[W]e have concluded that `disciple making' is a more accurate term than `church planting'..." But in other parts of the book (pp. 23-24) the author goes back to using the term `church planting'.

There were also some missing references. For example on page 70, Trousdale says that the Qur'an says that Isa Al Masih is the Word of truth and his followers are superior to those who don't believe. But Trousdale fails to provide the reference for this verse in the Qur'an. On page 77, Trousdale says that Mohammad's dying confession was that even he didn't know what would happen to him after death. Again, Trousdale provides no reference for this claim.

Trousdale states that Islam's theology has no room for a Son of God, for God becoming a man..." But Joseph Cumming (2012) shows that one of Islam's most influential theologians (al-Ashʿarî) has presented a lot of evidence from an Islamic perspective to show that the Islamic doctrine of ṣifât is amazingly similar to the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.

References
Brown, Rick. 2007. Brother Jacob and Master Isaac: How one insider movement began. IJFM 24:1, pages 41-42.

Cumming, Joseph. 2012. Sifât al-dhât in al-Ashʿarî's doctrine of God and possible Christian parallels. In Toward Respectful Understanding & Witness among Muslims: Essays in Honor of J. Dudley Woodberry, by Evelyne A. Reisacher, general editor; Joseph L. Cumming, Dean S. Gilliland, Charles E. Van Engen, associate editors., Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library Publishers.

Doyle, Tom. 2012. Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 2, 2013
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"Miraculous Movements" is one of the most helpful and inspiring books on sharing "the Good News" that I've read in a long time.

Not only does author Jerry Trousdale talk about miraculous occurrences in hard-to-reach populations. He also explains how to reach these populations in the events of everyday living, through shared friendship, respecting other people's life experiences, and not pushing religion to others until they are ready to listen.

Trousdale's principles for planting churches should be applicable anywhere and everywhere in the world. He lays special emphasis on the importance of intercessory prayer to undergird any attempt at mission work.

I give this book five stars for common sense as well as inspiration. (I'm happy also to report that "Miraculous Moments" reads well in Kindle format.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2013
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I live & serve in a non-Muslim area of the 1040 Window & I love DBSs. While there are many legitimate ways to relate & minister to those around us, I have found DBS to be a great tool in guiding me & keeping me focused. Like it says, the people are not our evangelism targets. As the Body of Christ, we must truly love them in our words & deeds & prove it. As I do this, it helps me to have a tool in my ministry & i'm thankful to God for this tool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2013
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This book presents a collection of extraordinary stories about Muslims who have come to Christ, as well as Discipleship Making Movement (DMM) methods for reaching unreached people groups.

The following quotes represents the principles in this book:
"Disciple Making Movements spread the gospel by making disciples who learn to obey the Word of God and quickly make other disciples, who then repeat the process."

"Without intending to dilute the gospel, the traditional approach to evangelism sometimes settles for making converts, instead of Jesus' final command to `make disciples . . . teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you'"

Trousdale states that "successful disciple making among Muslims is often very counterintuitive to the way that twenty-first-century Christians think."
Here are the characteristics of the DMM approach, as presented by the author:

1. Go slow at first in order to go fast later.
2. Focus on a few to win many.
3. Engage an entire family or group, not just the individual.
4. Share only when and where people are ready to hear.
5. Start with creation, not with Christ.
6. It's about discovering and obeying, not teaching and knowledge.
7. Disciple people to conversion, not vice versa.
8. Coach lost people from the beginning to discover and obey biblical truth.
9. Prepare to spend a long time making strong disciples, but anticipate miraculous accelerations.
10. Expect the hardest places to yield the greatest results.

Trousdale highlights the vital role of prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit in opening hearts to the Gospel:
"Prayer is the greatest weapon that any disciple maker can wield."
"Only the Holy Spirit can convince people `of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment' (John 16:8)"

On reaching Muslims with the Gospel, the author writes:
"Muslims who have only known Muslim fundamentalism are... profoundly open to the joy, freedom, forgiveness, and assurance that comes with being a follower of Jesus. "

"... a shockingly high percentage of Muslim leaders are discouraged and disillusioned because they struggle to meet deep spiritual needs in a system built around a very different view of God than the loving God of the Bible."

"if you want to touch a Muslim's heart for the gospel, you have to be a genuine friend."

The author highlights the importance of Discovery Bible Studies (DBS) and Obedience-Based Discipleship in developing healthy churches.

"In the context of Disciple Making Movements, we have seen that the best tool to teach obedience is Discovery Bible Study. Do not teach or preach; instead, facilitate discovery and obedience. "

"There is a big difference between teaching knowledge and teaching obedience. A disciple is taught to obey what Jesus commanded."

"Making disciples is obedience based: Jesus always expects His disciples to obey Him."

The following are characteristics of Muslim-background churches: small house churches, high participation in DBS, multiple self-supporting church leaders who are receiving ongoing biblical training without being extracted from their location, regular prayer and fasting, dramatic healing or deliverance leading to an acceleration in growth, tithes spend on meeting needs of people inside and outside the church as well as for pioneering gospel work in new areas, persecution.

Throughout the book, the author presents accounts of dreams, and signs and wonders, which have led to conversions and DMMs. These all punctuate the amazing ways the Lord is at work in the Muslim world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
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Jerry Trousdale did a great job with this book, using a lot of real life examples. I enjoyed reading it because we were planning a mission trip to Mali Africa and we would have the opportunities to meet and make friends with Muslims. I would recommend this book to anyone that has a Muslim friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2013
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As one whose church isnt growing much right now, this is an eye opener. First rate material, wonderful stories, more power to all the believers in Isa
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2012
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The book presents an approach for sharing with Muslims that, I think, is Biblically-sound, effective, and respectful. It's written largely in story/testimony format, each story illustrating one or more points, with a summary of the points in the last chapter. That format makes it a fast-read, interesting, easy to relate to and remember, easy to understand and put into practice. Some of the stories are amazing; but I've seen this approach being used, and I've seen the good results.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
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This is the second major book our organization uses in training, as a kind of case study. This looks at CPMs in North Africa. It's a great examination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2012
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This book is excellent! It deals with sharing the gospel among Muslims and tells testimony after testimony about what God is doing in the Muslim world. This book also helps Christians by demonstrating that God is at work in the Muslim world and we should be praying that more Muslims come to know Jesus. Great read finished it in two days!!! It also illustrates how you can start a bible study among Muslims!!
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