Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi

    I have been wanting to blog about this book almost since I started reading it. I have very little time to read, and have to usually squeeze it in. But, it was very hard to put this book down. This is one of the best books I have read in probably a year and I would recommend it to anyone who likes biographies, wants to learn more about Islam, wants to understand how to better communicate with Muslims or who just wants to sharpen their ability in knowing what they believe and why they believe it. I can't say enough about it. I received this book for free from the book review program for bloggers available at and no one required me to write a positive review.
        Nabeel Qureshi was raised in a devout Muslim home, having family roots in Pakistan. His father was in the Navy and they travelled around the world. But, when they landed in Virginia, the tale of his life took quite a turn when befriending a college classmate named David. Nabeel weaves the tale of his life, from childhood to conversion, with all of the potholes, roadblocks, detours, accidents and upheavals that he had to face along the way to becoming a believer in Jesus, the Son of God, the Messiah. Today, he serves on the staff of Ravi Zacharias Ministries. Though a true story, it almost read like first person fiction, not because it is hard to believe, but because it captured my attention and made me hunger for more details.    
        Among the other things that I liked about this book was the understanding of Christian beliefs that he recognized and was able to counter as a Muslim. I took an entire semester class on Islam in college from a credible professor, but never understood that many Muslims have apologetics and actually do understand much of Christian scripture. Many, like Nabeel, are taught to counter these Christian beliefs even from a young age. I also appreciated the details of the journey he undertook in countering the main objections he had to Christianity and how they were individually dismantled over time. I learned a lot about being patient as others are investigating the Christian faith.
        And finally, I was humbled and touched with compassion for the people he was willing to lose in order to embrace the truth. I pray for Nabeel and his family that they will one day be completely reconciled under the banner of Jesus the Son of God and not just their family relationship. All in all, this was a great book and I hope that you will read it, grow from it and be more encouraged to patiently learn to present Jesus Christ to others so they too can know Him as Lord,

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