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A New Perspective on Reaching Out to Muslims

Despite growing numbers of Muslims and Christians living or working next to each other, major barriers remain. Not only do mistrust and fear get in the way, but so do misunderstandings. It doesn't have to be this way, however.

Carl Medearis provides new insights into the top questions people have about Muslims, Muhammad, and Islam. With practical information and fascinating stories, he shares culturally sensitive ways for Christians to get to know Muslims on a personal level. You will learn:

How Islam's "Pillars of Faith" are lived out in today's world
What the Qur'an says about women
What Muslims think about the Bible and Jesus
How to bring up spiritual matters in conversations
And much more

Rather than focusing initially on the differences between Islam and Christianity, Medearis shows how common ground is the best foundation for friendships and for hearts turning to Jesus.

Named an Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year

About the Author

Carl Medearis has extensive experience working and living with Muslims. A highly sought-after Islamic expert, he works with international government and business leaders and speaks at conferences and universities to 40,000 people annually. After 12 years of living in Beirut, Lebanon, Carl and his family now make their home in Colorado Springs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprinted edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764205676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764205675
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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There are several good lessons to be learned in reading Carl Medaris' opus on the Muslim faith as it relates to Christianity. He stresses the importance of respecting others intellectually even when their concept of God differs from yours and the concept that perhaps viewing missionary work as scoring points with conversions might not be the best way to bring Jesus to the Muslim world.

There is, however, an important issue to consider when reading Carl's book. The book goes to great lengths to bring understanding and acceptance of Islam to Christian readers, often to the point of encouraging Christians to attend mosque or to read the Koran("Its a good book", writes Carl. "It mostly agrees with the bible.). In and of itself, these lessons aren't dangerous or even particularly bad; however, reading the book it is entirely unclear whether Carl thinks of Islam as being any less true than or even distinct from Christianity.

All of Carl's examples of sharing his faith with Muslims carry a tone of "Hey, You guys already believe in Jesus. He doesn't clash with what you believe, even in the slightest!". None of his examples, however, show any Muslim ever coming to a distinct faith in Christ. Near the end of the book, he brags about an important man he led to a closer understanding of Christ, and then in the next breath tells us that the man still identifies himself as a muslim, but one that likes Jesus a little bit more than most.

I agree with Carl that many Christians come to Muslims out of a place of anger or arrogance, and that an effort to foster a better understanding of Muslim beliefs and culture is in order. I also agree that time and relationships are extremely important if you want someone to respect what you can tell them about God.
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I'm venturing into the world of reviewing because this book is worth it! Carl's insight into evangelism and discipleship as simply pointing people to Jesus and developing real genuine loving friendships has application well beyond Muslim culture. In fact, while I have certainly gained new perspective and understanding into Muslim culture, I primarly read the book for the broader insight that Carl brings and was not disappointed. It is an easy and enjoyable read, with a good mix of stories, insights and facts about Muslim life and belief with tested advice on how to best approach loving them and helping them to see Jesus more clearly (and seeing Him more clearly ourselves in the process!). Enjoy!
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Two days ago our mail carrier delivered Carl Medearis' book, "Muslim, Christians, and Jesus." I had a few minutes before supper so I opened it thinking I would look at a few paragraphs. I got sucked in! Twenty-four hours later I finished it. It is truly a delightful and hope-filled book.

When I first met Carl three years ago the first thing I noticed was his twinkling-eye smile. His obvious open and genuine love is contagious. I have seen it happen with Muslims and non-Muslims alike. That genuineness is accurately reflected in the book.

In "Muslims, Christians, and Jesus" Carl covers not only the basics of what Muslims believe but he also loads it with personal stories. There is the smell of gun smoke reality on every page. He covers what the Qur'an says about Jesus, women in Islam, answering common questions, and even how Jesus interacted with jihad. Throughout its pages, the centrality of Jesus is paramount.

My favorite story in the book is when Carl roared into an Iraqi village and ... Nope - I don't want to give it away before you read it. Even if there weren't other fabulous material the stories alone are worth the price of admission. Whatever you do, GET IT, READ IT, and PASS IT ON to others! You won't regret it.

Edward J. Hoskins, MD, PhD
Author - A Muslim's Heart
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Carl Medearis' book could be titled, "Finally a reasonable voice from a Christian about Muslim / Christian relations." When much of the literature either errs to the theological left ("Can't we all just get along since all religions are the same anyways") or to the right where we often confuse Muslims with the 'enemy' of our faith (who is not, by the way, Mohammad!), the book reads like you're sitting at coffee with a friend, only that friend has a wealth of personal experience, having lived for years in Beirut among the Muslims. A must read for anyone serious about reaching out to Muslims in an effective way.
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It is the prayer of Carl Medearis that his book "Muslims, Christians, and Jesus" will help the reader see Jesus more clearly, that He will become more tangible, and in some way more accessible, less theoretical less mystical and more practical. It is his desire that the book will help the readers gain new insight, more compassion, and a greater faith, as they share their life as a follower of Christ. He also trusts that they will see Muslims as Jesus always saw people; interacting at their point of need.

Many chapters end with a section entitled "A Christ-like Perspective." These perspectives stirred me as I examined my own heart and motives in light of the life and example of Jesus. Another feature is called "A Story of Faith." These stories are from Carl's own experiences in being a friend to a Muslim and the way they were often multiplied into fruitful endeavors that extended beyond the incident itself.

I appreciated the fact that the chapter title clearly state the material to be covered. In a logical and orderly progress Medearis covered such topics as the foundation of Islam, their articles of faith, angels, the Holy Books of Muslims, the prophets, judgment day, and predestination.

Carl discussed the five pillar of Islam, which include: The testimony, the fast, giving, prayer, and pilgrimage. He devotes one chapter to a comparison of passages from the Qur'an and the New Testament.

The main thrust of Carl's message is to awake the Western Christian to overcome fear with love as he introduces Muslims who follow Jesus. He provides a Christ-like perspective on how to reach out in genuine love to our Muslim neighbors.

Medearis' twenty-five years of first hand experiences well qualify him to author this compelling, practical message. The message of "Muslims, Christians, and Jesus" is simple, yet profound. An engaging read.
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