ISBN 13: 978-0-7684-4116-1
What an incredible book, I couldn’t put it down when I started reading it. In fact, I was in the midst of reading 2 other books and without a doubt I knew I had to stop and focus my efforts on this one.
This 162 page book took me less than a week to finish, only because I am not the fastest of readers. It is a book of testimonies, which makes it powerful – for the lack of a better word. I have heard many testimonies in my christian walk and each one has challenged me and left me empowered to say if God can do it for that person he can do it for me. The same applies for this book, except tens times better as each chapter is describing how God worked through each encounter.
I tried to pick a favourite testimony but I couldn’t. I realised that the first couple of ones stole my heart, but the rest touched a different aspect of me. The last one, my mind could relate a lot with as I am more an analytical type of person. I can see why they ended with that one.
I got the chance to go to Malaysia late last year and for the first time I was in a fully Muslim nation. I am an African, originally from a country called Zimbabwe that labels itself a christian state. Now I live and work in Australia which is not religiously driven overall but does a unique job at being a mixed pot of different cultures and religions. As a result of being in a muslim state for the first time, many things stood out to me, despite being foretold so. I saw many types of temples & mosques, the hotels I stayed in had arrows marking which direction to face when it was time to pray. Speakers were in place to broadcast prayers in certain parts of the city. This got me to ask God, “some of these people pray to Allah all their lives and I know I have heard in my religious studies in primary school that You are one and the same, but are You really one and the same?”
As you can imagine the rest of my trip there was fantastic and I occasionally would have these small conversations with God when the opportunity presented itself. I loved the place and kept telling people it was like being in Africa and Australia at the same time. When I was back in Australia and I walked passed this book in my local bookstore, it stuck out like a sore thumb. Everything at that moment felt like it was timely and I had to read it. Many of the questions I had asked in Malaysia would be answered indirectly, and they were for $16.00 and some salvaged quiet moments.
I understand a bit more about Muslims, somethings were confirmed and some were new to me. I didn’t know that like christianity, Islam – which is the religion a muslim practices – has many denominations. Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus make appearances in the Qur’an – their holy book. The book of Psalms appears as Zabur in it and the gospel, Injil which talks about Jesus, as well. I am pretty sure I had heard about this somewhere before, but this time I was internalising it and seeking the truth.
What I found in this book was that God desires to be with Muslims as much as he wants to be with Christians. Unlike us the Christians, He doesn’t stay away from Muslims because they believe strongly. Instead, to all He wills to show them the way to himself. Both camps, Muslims and Christians, just don’t seem to be aware of it.
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