Muslims, Christians, and Jesus: Gaining Understanding and Building Relationships
By Carl Medearis (reviewed by Peter DeHaan)
Most Christians are fearful and distrustful of Muslims and author Carl Medearis asserts that Muslims are likewise fearful and distrustful of Christians. In both cases, these attitudes are largely misplaced, resulting from misinformation, false stereotypes, and the highly publicized work of a radical minority — from both camps.
In the book Muslims, Christians, and Jesus, Medearis effectively breaks down these divisive preconditions through education and explanation, interlaced with poignant personal stories, which are a result from his many years spent in the Middle East.
In the course of doing so, this book provides an excellent primer on the origins of Islam, core beliefs, and Muslim parallels to Christianity. Most enlightening, however, is the elucidation of the perspective of the majority of Muslims.
Medearis explains how followers of Jesus can reach out to Muslins and form relationships. He shares guidelines on what to do and what to avoid, explains the common ground between the two monotheistic faiths, and provides helpful insight into the Qur’an.
This book is a must read for any follower of Jesus who desires to understand and connect with his or her Muslim neighbors.
[Muslims, Christians, and Jesus: Gaining Understanding and Building Relationships, by Carl Medearis. Published by Bethany House Publishers, 2008; ISBN: 978-0764205675; 192 pages.]
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