Book Reviews

Qur'anic Geography

by Dan Gibson

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Dan Gibson is an independent Canadian scholar and historian in the field of Arabian and Islamic history. Following in his father’s footsteps as a biblical historian exploring the ancient Edomites and Hyksos peoples, Dan moved to the Levant in 1979 and then to the deserts of southern Jordan in 2000 doing life-long field work.

Reviewed by Steve Krstulovich

Terrified:
How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations became Mainstream

by Christopher Bail

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In Terrified, Christopher Bail demonstrates how the beliefs of fanatics like Terry Jones are inspired by a rapidly expanding network of anti-Muslim organizations that exert profound influence on American understanding of Islam. 

Reviewed by Steve Krstulovich

Effective Discipling in Muslim Communities

by Don Little

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In this comprehensive resource, missiologist Don Little engages the toughest theoretical and practical challenges involved in discipling believers from Muslim backgrounds. He draws on New Testament principles, historical practices and interviews with seasoned disciplers ministering in a dozen countries across the Muslim world.

Reviewed by Jim Bennett

After Saturday Comes Sunday

by Elizabeth Kendal

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The post-Christian West is in decline, revived Islam is on the rise, and Mesopotamia (Syria-Iraq), the cradle of civilization, has become ground zero in a battle for civilization. In her latest book, Elizabeth Kendal opens the eyes of her readers in compelling fashion to the tragedy that has befallen Middle Eastern Christians.

Reviewed by Jim Bennett

Muslim Conversions to Christ

by Ayman Ibrahim and Ant Greenham

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Drawing on international scholars and practitioners in the fields of the history and nature of Islam, the Quran, Christian-Muslim relations, biblical theology, and practical missiology, this book presents a solid academic rejoinder to the IM phenomenon.

Reviewed by Jim Bennett

The Qur'an and Its Biblical Reflexes

by Mark Durie

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Through careful investigation of theologically charged topics such as prophecy, Satan, sin, the oneness of God, covenant, warfare, divine presence, and holiness, Durie questions whether the Qur’an and Bible really do share a deeper connection.

Reviewed by Jim Bennett

The Crescent through the Eyes of the Cross

by Nabeel T. Jabbour

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Dr. Nabeel Jabbour is from Lebanon and lived with his family in Egypt for fifteen years. They moved to Colorado Springs in 1991. Since 1997, the Jabbours have been U.S. citizens. Although Dr. Jabbour comes from an Arab Christian background, for the first fifty years of his life, Muslims were his neighbors, teachers, friends, roommates, and later his students. 

Reviewed by Steve Krstulovich

The Hidden Origens of Islam

by Karl-Heinz Ohlig and Gerd-R. Puin

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The author’s goal is to “make clear that the beginnings of Islam will only be able to be understood on the basis of historical sources, not from later interpretations, and when historical and philological questions are investigated on the basis of those sources.”

Reviewed by Steve Krstulovich

Turn Back the Battle

by Elizabeth Kendal

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In Isaiah 1- 39, God has provided spiritual resources and a historic precedent to help us respond rightly when under siege. In these days, as Christians worldwide face escalating persecution and existential threat, it is time to hear the message of Isaiah.

Reviewed by Jim Bennett

Global Pentecostalism

by Donald Miller and Tetsunao Yamamori

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Rich with scenes from everyday life, Miller and Yamamori dispel many stereotypes about this religion as they build a wide-ranging, nuanced portrait of a major new social movement. The online ancillary material features footage of Pentecostal religious worship, testimony, and social activism, and includes interviews with Pentecostal pastors and leader from around the world.

Reviewed by Jim Bennett

Toward a Healthier Contextualization Among Muslims

by Wonjoo Hwang

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After reviewing the historical development of Muslim evangelism models, this study provides such an analytical framework for developing a healthier contextualization model among Muslims and applies this framework to the Insider Movement by critically evaluating the biblical interpretations and missiological reasonings of the Insider Movement advocates.

Reviewed by Jim Bennett

Understanding Jihad

by David Cook

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This book, judiciously balanced, accessibly written, and highly relevant to today’s events, unravels the tangled historical, intellectual, and political meanings of jihad.

Reviewed by Jim Bennett

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