Muslims and Christians at the Table
Promoting Biblical Understanding Among North American Muslims
Anees Zaka and Bruce McDowell have produced a helpful introduction to the Islamic faith and a “how to” manual for Christians who desire to interact with and evangelize Muslims within the North American context. As the authors point out, the United States and Canada together have become a major center for intellectual ferment in the last few decades.
Zaka and McDowell divide their book into four sections:
1) Reasons for being interested in the Islamic faith and its adherents
2) The historical and cultural background of Muslims
3) The theology of Islam
4) Strategies for reaching Muslims
The authors provide helpful overviews of historical, cultural, and theological distinctives of Islam. The book is intended as a tool for evangelism.
“Rare are the books on Islam authored by people who combine extensive, personal experience with theological insight, integrity and grace. This is one of those rare books, and I heartily recommend it for use in churches, classrooms, and individual preparation for witnessing to Muslims.” —Roger S. Greenway, author of Apostles to the City
“Bruce McDowell and Anees Zaka have written an extremely helpful book. They review the history of Islam, outline Muslim culture and beliefs, and offer scores of helpful guidelines for making friends with Muslims and for testifying to Christ and the gospel. An excellent work in an increasingly important missions area.” —James M. Boice, who served many years as pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA
“In my nearly twenty-three years in full-time Christian ministry, I have never read any material as helpful for understanding the Muslims in America today and how to reach them.” — Clyde B. McDowell