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Winner 2016 “Christianity Today Book Award” for Mission/Global Church category.
Can Christians and Muslims be friends? Real friends? Even in an era of intense religious conflict, David Shenk says yes. In Christian. Muslim. Friend., Shenk lays out twelve ways that Christians can form authentic relationships with Muslims—characterized by respect, hospitality, and candid dialogue—while still bearing witness to the Christ-centered commitments of their faith.
Rooted in fifty years of friendship with Muslims in Somalia, Kenya, and the United States, this book will inspire readers with astounding stories of the author’s animated conversations with Muslim clerics, visits to countless mosques around the globe, and the pastors and imams who are working for peace.
These tried and true paths offer a compelling resource with practical application for mission personnel, Sunday school classes, and Christians who meet people of Islamic faith in their communities.
For a radio interview with David Shenk, which aired originally by Paul Ridgeway of KKMC Christian Talk radio, Twin Cities, Minn., click here and scroll to the bottom of the post
Foreword by J. Dudley Woodberry
Introduction: My Journey with Muslims
1. Living with Integrity
2. Keep Identity Clear
3. Cultivate Respect
4. Develop Trust
5. Dialogue about the Different Centers
6. Practice Hospitality
7. Answer the Questions
8. Confront the Distortions
9. Consider the Choice: The Hijrah. The Cross.
10. Seek Peace and Pursue It
11. Partner with the Person of Peace
12. Commend Christ
A. Christian-Muslim Relations Team
B. A Selection of Names and Characteristics of Jesus in the Qur'an
C. A Selection of References in the Qur'an in Regard to the Bible
D. A Mennonite Response to "A Common Word"
E. Shared Convictions of Anabaptists
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Christian. Muslim. Friend. Is an important and timely volume that should be a part of the library of every pastor, chaplain, and average Christian interested in practices that can be put into place relationships are built with Muslim neighbors in America and around the world.
Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, Christian. Muslim. Friend: Twelve Paths to Real Relationship is a timely contribution to our on-going national dialogue with respect to distinguishing mainstream Islam teachings, beliefs and practices from those distortions of Islam misrepresented by such groups as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. Informed and informative, Christian. Muslim. Friend. is strongly recommended reading for all Christians regardless of denominational affiliation and would prove to be an popular and responsible addition to community library Religion & Spirituality collections, as well as an invaluable contribution to academic library Christian & Islamic reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.
It’s hard to imagine a more timely book than Christian. Muslim. Friend. As someone who travels frequently to troubled regions of the Middle East in search of people of peace, I found this book to be extremely helpful and inspiring.
David Shenk provides a powerful resource to help us understand how we build bridges of friendship with our Muslim neighbors. I encourage you to read, absorb, and courageously take the proven paths outlined in this thoughtprovoking book.
As the storms of conflict rage between Muslims and Christians, this book is a thunderclap of grace. Without compromising his convictions and coming from deep personal experiences, David Shenk brings powerful wisdom and empathy to a divided world.
This book is infused with evidence of the author’s personal integrity shaped by a tradition of Christianity known for its unambiguous commitment to peace and peacebuilding. This work will appeal to all Christians seeking to relate to Muslims; it will also connect with Muslims open to seeing a sympathetic reflection of themselves in its pages.
I have not only learned much from this book, but I have also been greatly challenged in the way I seek to build relationships in peacemaking. I heartily recommend this book to all who are keen to build bridges to the Muslim community.