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Muslim-background believers and even Christians will be challenged to move beyond a life of legalism and experience the grace and truth offered by Christ.
This book answers questions about Jesus in culturally sensitive ways, helping Muslims walk with God and grow in discipleship. Although the primary audience for this book is English-speaking Muslims, Muslim-background believers and even Christians will be challenged by the book’s message to move beyond a life of legalism and experience the grace and truth offered by Christ.
Unshackled and Growing
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Book Review for Unshackled and Growing
Lately, there has been talk about Muslims on the news. Maybe there always has been, but it seems more recent for me. Unshackled and Growing is a book for Muslims and the journey to their newfound freedom in Christ. “Grace means experiencing God’s love even though we aren’t worthy of it. Grace does not mean that God relaxes his standards and accepts us as we are. Rather, it’s God’s blessing through Christ to us who deserve his wrath and curse.” Muslims have a misconception about Christianity. Christians even have a misconception about Christianity.
I did like the layout. The chapter dives in with lots of information that is explained easily. There are thought provoking questions for discussion and reflection at the end of each chapter. The final part of the book is a work book, with room to answer the questions and guidelines on how to dive further in to understanding Christianity. There was an obvious amount of time, thought and preparation while putting this book together.
The main idea is to get the mindset away from legalist Christianity and learning that faith is not out of duty but out of love.
Although I found this book to be very interesting and intriguing, I had a hard time accepting the fact that someone that was brought up as a Muslim could just dive into theological Christian ideas. The beginning questions seem very deep for someone that may not fully understand Christianity. An example question from the first chapter is “Are there similarities between our Christian history and your Muslim history?” This is a great question and a tough question. Since I’m a Christian and not a Muslim, I reversed the question…are there similarities between your Muslim history and my Christian history? I don’t know much about Muslim history to answer this question justifiably. Which makes me wonder how difficult this question would be for the Muslim reading the book.
I have no doubts that this is culturally relevant. Dr. Nabeel T. Jabbour was born in Syria and raised in Lebanon. He can relate to the Muslim culture and is very knowledgeable about the lifestyle of Muslims and Christian theology.
I recommend this book to Muslims with a grasp on Christianities concepts or those looking for ways to evangelize to Muslims. There are some excellent points, simple stories and excellent pictures drawn to make the connection for those that may not already understand.
6/1/2010 9:05:36 AM
A great book for nominal Christians
This book is written primarily for Muslims who have an interest in Jesus, or Muslims who have become followers of Christ, but the audience isn’t limited to them. It takes you on a journey in the direction of Jesus, ending with very practical appendices.
The structure of the book is phenomenal, and I’d recommend it to any reader. The chapters are short with questions for application, and the variety of topics covered is immense. A new Christian following this book would be more spiritually mature than a lot of believers who have been around the block a few times!
Due to the intended audience it does talk about Islam and quotes phrases in Arabic, which may put off a non-Muslim reader, but this certainly doesn’t detract from the text. On occasion, particularly in the first part of the book, the difference between the Muslim culture and the Muslim faith is not clarified quite as much as I’d like, but for a Muslim audience I think this is actually exactly right.
And quite honestly, there’s an absolute wealth of practical ways to grow in your relationship with God. Every Christian should get a hold of this book and do what it says!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of theirBlogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
4/20/2010 4:58:58 AM
A helpful book...
Unshackled and Growing by Dr. Nabeel T. Jabbour
Subtitled Muslims and Christians on the Journey to Freedom, Dr. Nabeel T. Jabbour’s book invites Muslims to move beyond the legalism found within Islam and experience the freedom of God’s grace and truth found only in Christ. In this book, Dr. Jabbour provides a culturally sensitive approach for building bridges for Muslims to understand who Jesus Christ is and how they enter a personal relationship with Him.
Written with a Muslim audience in mind, this book is a helpful resource for Christians who have little or no knowledge of Islam. To that effect, the author uses several Muslim terms that are very familiar to those with a Muslim background. This can confuse the reader at times, causing difficulty in trying to figure out of the objective of the book is to lead Muslims to Jesus Christ, or allow Muslims to remain in Islam and add a little bit of Jesus to their existing beliefs. It becomes clear after reading the book the former is the primary objective of the book.
After working through part one of the book, called Unshackled and moving through part two, called Growing, it becomes very clear Dr. Jabbour’s desire is to provide a basis for Muslims to begin exploring the person and work of Jesus Christ as God’s only Son who died to save man from sin and that salvation is found in no other person but Jesus. The final part of the book, The Manual: Growing in Christ, provides a solid overview of basic Christian doctrines and disciplines ranging from who Jesus is, having a quiet time, prayer, and scripture memorization. This book is highly recommended not so much for gaining information regarding Islam but for the practical examples of how to share Jesus with a Muslim.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
3/18/2010 2:46:59 PM