source May 29, Michael O'Brien rated it it was amazing. I found this book inspirational and fascinating. It tells of the spiritual journey and struggles of several Muslims who convert to Christianity inside a Muslim nation. It is a story of courage and faith that, as an American Christian, humbled me that we have so much in freedom that we take for granted.
It also challenged my own faith if faced with such daunting threats and troubles as these new Christians faced, how would we American Christians fare? This book made me think about Muslim I found this book inspirational and fascinating. This book made me think about Muslims in a different way not as the way they are portrayed so often in Western media but as men and women that God loves, and whom we as Christians should care about and pray for and to pray especially for those Christian brothers and sisters in Muslim lands who, every day, find their faith tested by the fire of a culture that comes down hard upon Christian converts in a way the world has not seen since the days of the First Century during the Roman Empire.
Mar 07, Ashley rated it really liked it. I just re-read this book. I am not even sure how many times I have read it I love the honesty of the characters or people in the book and how their lives are intertwined. Also, it is imperative that North American Christians are aware of the reality facing our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world.
Furthermore, we must think long and hard about what it means to be Christians in a world that is becoming increasing influenced by Islam.
All that bein I just re-read this book. All that being said, the believers represented in the book deserve our congratulations for their ability to stay focused on what really matters Christ and Him crucified. We need more books like this one to show us what God is doing around the world, to show us what it really is like to be a religious minority and to remind us that the West not always is the best example on Christian living.
It is a very strong call for prayer and help for the all the Christians in the Muslim world. Jul 29, Frank Peters rated it really liked it. This is a really good book for any Christian to read who has any interest or interaction with Islam. As a result, I would have rated it poorly based on the first half. Then, things pick up. The book discusses the elephant in the room when it comes to Islam, as the author portray the good, the bad and the ugly; not just providing one side.
The conditions for these Christians from the Middle East is truly shocking, and shamefully they are mostly ignored by most Christians in the West. Jun 01, Aaron rated it it was amazing Shelves: A compelling account of the challenges faced by Christians in Islamic countries, both those born into Christianity and those who have converted. But the strength lies in the answers given to these challenges: Would that we Christians in America would be broken and burdened for Muslims, and less focused on justice, revenge, and fear.
The solution starts on our knees, in our communities, and in our willingness to reach abroa A compelling account of the challenges faced by Christians in Islamic countries, both those born into Christianity and those who have converted. The solution starts on our knees, in our communities, and in our willingness to reach abroad. Jul 02, Dawn Schwarz rated it liked it. I enjoyed this book but it was hard to read at times with the jumping back and forth between people. Took me half the book to figure out who was who and then it ended and left me wanting to hear more about them. Jul 12, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: An excellent and eye-opening look at the Christian life in a Muslim land.
Aug 02, Aaron Cash rated it really liked it. Oct 22, Lilwayne rated it it was amazing. Nov 10, Imogen Beatrice rated it it was amazing. Fantastic book which really brings home the plight of Christians who are persecuted for their faith. Very easy to read and hard to put down! Dec 14, J M rated it it was amazing. Nov 08, Carolyn Loescher rated it it was amazing.
Very insightful on what persecution some Christians go through. Sep 25, Rod rated it really liked it Shelves: The religion of Islam has alot of explaining to do if they think this kind of behaviour is acceptable and authorized by their god Allah. Of course Christianity has a similar history of horror against those who disagree with their faith and deity. However, the problem is: I know; i've read t The religion of Islam has alot of explaining to do if they think this kind of behaviour is acceptable and authorized by their god Allah.
I know; i've read them both. And this book brings us to reality. If you walk away from Christianity in this day and age: The Israelites of the Old Testament had laws that were abusive during a period of history where God gave orders to protect morality and family goodness. But we no longer live in that world. Islam demands that all who walk away from its beliefs be punished. It comes across as a scared and worried belief system that can only survive by force and persecution.
If Allah doesn't like someone's behaviour - let him personally come and deal with it. And this book by Brother Andrew and Al Janssen show us what its like to attempt to live surrounded by Islam. Many Muslim's declare that Islam is a religion of Peace and Love. And they are partially correct. As long as you do everything you are told and hate the right people at the right time then you just might have peace and conditional love. Here's an easy challenge to Muslims: See what kind of response you will get. And this book shows you what would happen as a result of sharing true peace and love. You will be persecuted.
Nov 08, Josiah rated it really liked it Shelves: After learning more about this part of the Body of Christ, a rebuke is given to Christians in the West for seeing Muslims as enemies and for praying contrary to how the Holy Spirit and Christians in the Middle East are praying.
Buy Secret Believers: What Happens When Muslims Turn to Christ? by Brother Andrew (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices . What happens when a Muslim, born and brought up in a Muslim family in an Islamic country, converts to Christianity? In this unique book, Brother Andrew.
I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn more about Arabs, Muslims, Christians in the ME, and evangelism! R extortion, murder, rape, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, forced religious conversion Worldview: Mar 13, Kendra Beth rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: But, woa man, reality check! However, that is generally Brother Andrew's way of getting peoples attention - writing very stirring, and even disturbing books disturbing in a positive way. The beginning of the book introduces a young x-M Oh my gosh!
The beginning of the book introduces a young x-Muslim man who begins a ministry for the church in Muslim country, with his wife. The middle of the book introduces several other mission minded new Christians one is a flaming x-Muslim extremist. The end of the book is really where Janssen and Andrew introduce to you the extreme persecution that so many Christians in the Middle East face every day.
Very eye opening book. Aug 16, Leo rated it really liked it. A powerful book stating clearly the suffering of Christians in the Middle East and offering challenges that do not provoke hate but love for Muslims.
Oct 22, Lilwayne rated it it was amazing. I'm writing this review just a couple of days after the Paris shootings of and although this book was published before the Arab Spring and the rise of the Islamic State, I could not be reading anything more relevant to these times. Brother Andrew lives on the cutting edge of Christianity-- going into places in the world where Christians are persecuted. Here's an easy challenge to Muslims: The Islamic population increased from 1. First mosque in the Outer Hebrides to open despite fierce church opposition.
This list of challenges in part 2 of the book promote life changing alternatives to hate. Do we view Muslims as enemies? Are we going to seek revenge when we're attacked? Should we not offer forgiveness instead? What would happen if we accepted the challenge of Islam by A powerful book stating clearly the suffering of Christians in the Middle East and offering challenges that do not provoke hate but love for Muslims.
What would happen if we accepted the challenge of Islam by striving as Christians to imitate Christ? Are we really convinced that we are engaged in spiritual war? If so, shouldn't we commit to a life of prayer? In this war are we willing to do anything, even lay down our lives, if necessary, to advance the Kingdom of God. Inculcating these challenges would produce a much different Christian testimony to the world of Islam. May 20, Allie Woodard rated it liked it. Besides bringing a new and interesting worldview into focus due to the fact that it is an international book, Secret Believers also gave me some perspective in my own life.
Most of the first-world problems I complain about every day are absolutely pathetic when compared to the real-life issues that persecuted Christians face constantly.
I am challenged by the faith of these brothers and sisters as they refuse to deny that Christ is the Son of God and that the Bible is true, even in the face of t Besides bringing a new and interesting worldview into focus due to the fact that it is an international book, Secret Believers also gave me some perspective in my own life.
I am challenged by the faith of these brothers and sisters as they refuse to deny that Christ is the Son of God and that the Bible is true, even in the face of total abandonment and brutal death. Seeing life through their eyes made me more aware of just how much I take for granted on a daily basis. I would recommend Secret Believers to anyone who is interested in the persecuted church, especially in Muslim countries.
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Oct 31, Christine Ottaway rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book tells the on-going story of Brother Andrew and Open Doors ministry sharing the Gospel, the Bible and Christian literature not in Communist countries but with the church in Muslim nations. Muslim Background Believers MBB suffer terribly for their faith and face persecution, torture and even death to follow Jesus. The second part considers the response of the rest of the Church and Christians This book tells the on-going story of Brother Andrew and Open Doors ministry sharing the Gospel, the Bible and Christian literature not in Communist countries but with the church in Muslim nations.
The second part considers the response of the rest of the Church and Christians to these believers. This is extremely challenging but so worthwhile.
I loved this book and would recommend it to everyone that needs to see what God is doing in our world through missionaries that are willing to go where He leads. In this book i couldn't believe that the missionaries would go to a countries that they knew if they got caught they could lose there life. I felt like i personally knew these people and actually cried when some of the church leaders were captured and tortured to eventually being killed. But over to see how such events didn't stop the wor I loved this book and would recommend it to everyone that needs to see what God is doing in our world through missionaries that are willing to go where He leads.
But over to see how such events didn't stop the work of God was amazing. I honestly have changed the way I think about my faith and walk with Christ. Would i go where i wants me to even if it means putting my life in danger and leaving the comfort of home. I hope I do. Dec 11, Christaaay - Christy Luis Reviews rated it really liked it.
This book is really important. Every Christian should be aware of the situation of their brothers and sisters in bondage. Islam is a big issue in the world, and most of us know nothing about it. I didn't know anything about it until I read this book. This book reconts the amazing true stories of several Christians living in an unnamed Muslim country.
We can't know their real names or what country they live in because this would put them in grave danger; in fact, they already are in grave danger This book is really important. We can't know their real names or what country they live in because this would put them in grave danger; in fact, they already are in grave danger.
In many Muslim countries, although it's not technically illegal to be a Chrstian, any Muslim Backgrounded Believer turned Chrstian will be heavily persecuted. We need to pray for our brothers and sister in chains. But contrast is the mother of clarity. I met a young Christian named David, and we quickly became firm friends due to our common morals and devotion.
The time came when I challenged him on the reliability of the Bible, and I had finally met someone who was equipped to defend his faith. Ultimately, he challenged me to contrast the history of the Bible with that of the Koran. It was then that I discovered there had been so much dispute over the Koran early in its history that an official edict established one standard Koran and ordered all the rest destroyed Sahih Bukhari 6: There was no occasion for the Bible to have been officially altered throughout Christendom, but there was certainly occasion for the Koran to have been modified throughout the House of Islam, and records remain of old variants that testify to former versions.
He responded to my points, but he also challenged me to contrast my arguments with a case for the authority of Muhammad. It was then that I realised my standards for criticising the origins of Christianity would raze the foundations of Islam if I applied them consistently. It was through this contrast that matters became clear.
But with excessive scepticism, one can deny anything. Ally advanced the koranic view of Jesus: But what reason is there to stand by the koranic claims about Jesus when all the other records disagree? The Koran was written years after Jesus and miles away. The only reason to believe the Koran is an a priori faith in Islam. Ally was very sceptical with the Christian case but not nearly as critical of the Islamic perspective. No contrast, just one-sided criticism. That was , and I continue to see the same trend among proselytising Muslims today: I see many young men zealously championing Islam, and they remind me endearingly and dishearteningly of my younger self.
Is there no one to befriend them, as David befriended me? Is anyone loving them as Jesus would, with both compassion and truth? Through dialogue, these young men, precious to God, might come to see that the Christian view of Jesus is much earlier, more coherent, and better evidenced than the Muslim view of Jesus.
They might come to see that Islam is built on much weaker foundations than Christianity.
In turn, they might stop leading people away from Jesus and instead become evangelists for the gospel. It happened to me, and it can happen to them. Why I believe what the Koran says about Jesus. The Islamic population increased from 1. The Christian population fell from Freedom of religion and belief, which includes non-belief and