Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi



Review: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus
Nabeel Qureshi
Zondervan
2014

An amazing journey for the author of this book and for the reader as he walks with him through the years of searching.  Yes, years.  As the title suggests, Qureshi was Muslim.  To their credit, his parents taught him well and lived their faith before him.  But, as time went passed and Qureshi moved into young adulthood questions arose.  His search led him through the Islamic literature and the Christian literature.  He studied and debated, defending his faith.  In the end he acknowledged the truth of Scripture.  

That end was not any surprise given the title, but what impressed me was his perseverance and the faithfulness of his friend, David.  He stood with him throughout the process encouraging him and helping him understand more.  David also learned much throughout this time.  Is that what evangelism and discipleship is supposed to look like?  I think so.  The sad part is that Qureshi had to leave his family behind.  They did not understand, and although it does not say, it seems they made no attempt to understand.

This story is his story, but is also the story of anyone making the decision to follow Jesus, I think.  So for that reason and also for gaining some valuable insight into just what coming out of a different world view means, I recommend this book.  An added benefit is to follow the intellectual trail and apologetic trail this book describes.  There are some good arguments presented here, ones that if you haven’t already encountered you will.  The wisdom shown in the presentation of the rebuttals is worth the read just in itself.  So take some time to read this book.  It isn’t long or complicated, and it is very engaging.

This book was supplied by the publisher in return for a review.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review: If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C.S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life by Alister McGrath



Review: If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C.S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life
Alister McGrath
Tyndale House Publishers
2014

What a treat this book was for me!  Why? Because it is a relaxed conversation about some of the work of C.S. Lewis.  He authored more than Narnia and lots to say that is still very relevant today.  What I did not know when I requested this book is that McGrath is a bit of an expert on Lewis’ life and works.  So a double treat for me.  

McGrath explores several of the important themes found within the writing of Lewis, starting with the meaning of life and ending with Lewis’ thoughts on hope and heaven.  The range is broad and presented in a sort of format that keeps things interesting---imaginary luncheon conversations with Lewis.  Well, almost luncheons, anyway.  I was hoping for more from Lewis, but McGrath digs into various writings and presents what he believes Lewis would have said during those lunches.  Even Narnia has much more to say then I had seen before.  I thought they were stories for children and they are, but stories that help link some important concepts.  Might be a good thing for those who would like to write children’s literature to examine them more closely. 

This little book, 240 or so pages including end notes, opens the world of C. S. Lewis and his thinking in a way that will make the reader glad he spent time with it.  And for me, it shed light on so many things I had missed when I had read Lewis.  McGrath’s style is easy, and the material is organized in a way that each chapter can stand alone.  But, start at the front to meet C.S. Lewis, the man, as he lived his life.  

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to you.

This book was provided by the publisher in return for a review.