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“Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” should be required reading for Christians

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"Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A devout Muslim encounters Christianity" by Nabeel Qureshi Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

“Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A devout Muslim encounters Christianity” by Nabeel Qureshi
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada


I first discovered Nabeel Qureshi through Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, especially RZIM’s YouTube channel. Hearing several talks and Q&A’s with Dr. Qureshi, I couldn’t help but be moved by his testimony, not to mention his rather contagious passion for the defense of the Christian message. Given that I found myself listening to some of his talks more than once, I figured I should get more acquainted with his story through his spiritual memoir, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus.

I found this book insightful, gripping, and inspiring, and I believe it should be required reading for Christians for a number of reasons… Western Christians and Muslims don’t understand one another very well. Qureshi begins to bridge the gap by drawing western Christians’ attention to our reputation in the Muslim community and translates the latter’s culture, behaviors, and assumptions to help believers better understand and relate to our Muslim neighbors.

Secondly, his story highlights the embarrassing consequences of encounters between unbelievers who are surprisingly well-informed and Christians who are depressingly uneducated about our own faith and, therefore, unable to answer questions and critiques. The author’s experience should be a lesson to us about the far-reaching impact of our decision whether or not to educate ourselves about our beliefs.

Thirdly, Qureshi’s journey is an example to Christians of what it means to love God with all our mind. I’ve heard people say that working through foundational questions of faith is a waste of time…”no point in reinventing the wheel.” But then I think about Qureshi and other authors like him, and it makes sense. If faith is supposed to be personal, then it has to make sense on a personal level… “All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There’s more to love about this book as well… I’ve shared a similar emotional struggle while examining my Christian beliefs, so I was on the edge of my seat with each question the author set out to answer. I was also moved by the tender memories he shared about his childhood and relationships with his parents. I laughed along with him and his college friend through their hilarious exchanges. And (*spoiler alert*) I was admittedly rather jealous, but ultimately delighted that he had incredible opportunity to dialogue face-to-face with Gary Habermas!

These are just a few reasons I recommend Qureshi’s book. Read more reviews or pick up your own copy of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus.

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Kindle Deals for Apologetics Week

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I stumbled upon quite a list of Kindle deals worth passing along. Here they are, with links for Amazon U.S. and Canada:

Mere ChristianityMere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
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A To Z With C. S. Lewis by Louis A. Markos
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Alive: A Cold-Case Approach to the Resurrection by J Warner Wallace
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

OMG: Is Jesus Lord or is He a Loser?: Discover the Truth about Him by Antwan Cronje
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More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell
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AliveWho Moved the Stone? by Frank Morrison
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Is Jesus the Only Way? by Philip Graham Ryken
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

What Your Atheist Professor Doesn’t Know (But Should) by Stephen Williams
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

The Case Against Atheism: The Failure of Disbelief by Mike Dobbins
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Biblical Inerrancy: The Historical Evidence by Norman Geisler
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The Answer to the Atheist’s Handbook by Richard Wurmbrand
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Why It Doesn’t Matter What You Believe If It’s Not True by Stephen McAndrew
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God and Stephen HawkingIllogical Atheism: A Comprehensive Response to the Contemporary Freethinker from a Lapsed Agnostic by Bo Jinn
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design is it Anyway? by John Lennox
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

If God Made the Universe, Who Made God?: 130 Arguments for Christian Faith by multiple authors
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Everyman’s Apologetic by J.W. McInnis
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Proofs of God’s Existence by Richard Wurmbrand
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Twelve Points That Show Christianity is True: A Handbook on Defending the Christian Faith by Norman Geisler
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Miracles GeislerMiracles and the Modern Mind: A Defense of Biblical Miracles by Norman Geisler
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Richard Dawkins and His God Delusion: A Preliminary Critique of His Truth Claims by J. Steve Miller
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada (not available)

Forces That Changed The World by Michael Borich
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

An Atheist’s Letter to the Christian Church: When Even an Atheist Needs God by Barney Adler
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Miracles (VeriTalks) by John Lennox
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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” 
This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. 
Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my 
readers. 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.”
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The Church in Thought: An intro

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photo credit: Humphrey King via photopin cc

photo credit: Humphrey King via photopin cc

Why should Christians be mindful of the human brain?

How much does the average Christian know about its ‘secret powers’, its vices, and how it impacts our decisions, memories, opinions, relationships, and more?

I believe we could be more aware, but why does it matter?

Most of us cling to a certain amount of certainty about our beliefs, our values, memories, our personalities, and other things that bring meaning to our lives. But the process of arriving at these certainties isn’t as reliable as it seems.

Consider the incredible story told by this woman about the narratives we tell ourselves about ourselves. As a college student facing an uphill battle to succeed in her studies, she believed she didn’t belong in academia.

Years later, as a researcher in the field of psychology, she discovered the brain’s chemical ability to influence our beliefs about ourselves. It’s worth the time to watch this whole talk. And don’t miss the story she tells at the end of the video:

It’s surprising to think that something as simple as our posture impacts the signals travelling to and from our brains, which then impact the way our family, friends, employers, or fellow church members see us!

There’s certainly more than just posture at play in our sense of confidence, but it plays an important role nonetheless. And it’s probably a role few of us knew before watching this video. If you’ve ever prayed for extra confidence to get you through a specific situation, this psychologist’s research reveals one natural way God has given to help us feel a little less timid.

So it pays to be aware of the way our brains influence everyday life, and more importantly, the way it influences our understanding of ourselves and others. It opens doors we didn’t know exist, for example, giving us new ways to encourage others, the way this researcher encouraged her student.

Why should Christians be mindful of the human brain? It impacts our relationships and the way we treat others, the way we make decisions and solve problems, the way we reason and dialogue, perhaps even the long-term path our life will eventually take.

Importantly, it also impacts our relationship with God, and the way we share our faith in word and deed.

That’s why I’ll be covering one of my passions–the brain, human psychology, and Christian thought–here on my blog, with a focus on how it impacts the believer, both in community and in our personal lives.

I’m very excited to have you join me in this exploration of the Christian mind. Follow these posts under the category Church in Thought here on my blog. On Facebook and Twitter look for the hashtag #ChurchInThought.

Until next time,
Marie

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