|Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity|
I liked the way Qureshi included blocked definitions of unfamiliar words. I also liked his short chapters, which move the story along, yet focus on particular incidents and topics. Published by Zondervan in 2014, this was the only book ever to win Christian Book awards for both Best New Author and Best Nonfiction.
As Qureshi began his journey to find truth, he considered the differences in thinking in Eastern and Western cultures. Since the latter think more systematically and linearly, he said this: “Perhaps if I employed Western methodology with Eastern passion, I would be able to craft the most compelling and defensible case of all.” He actually was hoping to prove Islam was the way to God, rather than Christianity.
Since he had grown up believing Muhammad was a man of peace, September 11, 2001, opened Qureshi’s mind to the fact that some people of his faith drew upon verses from the Quran that espoused violence. He soon found himself in a maelstrom, not sure what or who to believe.
A young man, Qureshi could not imagine risking losing his close family ties and bringing dishonor to his family by converting to Christianity, and he worried that he was committing an unforgivable sin if Islam was the way. Through it all, Qureshi shares his heart with his good friend David, a strong Christian with whom he deeply connected in college. David listens, patiently explains his faith and supports Qureshi in his quest to know the truth.
I recommend this book not only as an interesting biographical story, but as a thorough review and explanation of major Christian doctrines and Muslim beliefs and traditions. This would be an excellent small group study, and eight-session study guides are available. According to Qureshi’s website (nabeelqureshi.com), he has just undergone the removal of his stomach because of cancer. He needs our prayers.