Have you considered softening your stance on some doctrine in the Bible so that you can better witness to a Muslim friend? In The Gospel for Muslims, former Muslim and current pastor, Thabiti Anyabwile, says not to do it.
In the first part of the book, Anyabwile gives his testimony. He then discusses the Christian doctrines that Muslims struggle with and why Christians should stand firm on them. He takes the reader to portions of the Quran that affirm the Bible. His passion for people combined with his adherence to scriptural doctrine make his writing fresh.
Throughout the second half of the book, he encourages readers in what they should do and be as they witness. The chapters on hospitality and African-American Muslims are fascinating. Anyabwile gives practical advice on how Christian women can entertain Muslim women. His explanation of why Islam is growing fastest in the African-American community, especially among men, makes sense. His chapter on suffering for Christ was encouraging also.
Pastor Anyabwile writes with a fresh, open, and powerful voice. His experiences of having been a Muslim and of witnessing to Muslims give him authority.
I appreciated his practical, friendly approach. He faces eternal questions with a seriousness sometimes lacking in the evangelical community. Using Matthew 16:24-25, II Timothy 3:12, and I Peter 2:20b-21, he makes a strong case against easy-believism and for being willing to suffer for Christ. His anecdotes show that he has walked this path of suffering that he encourages us to embrace.
I highly recommend The Gospel for Muslims. Debbie W. Wilson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
There are between five and eight million Muslims living in the United States today. They either are, or soon will be, your neighbors and co-workers. Does the thought of reaching out to them with the gospel make you nervous? How can you effectively communicate the good news with such large theological differences? The Gospel for Muslims can help make sharing your faith easier than you think.