Title: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus
Author: Nabeel Qureshi
Published: February 1, 2014
Genres: Nonfiction, Autobiography, Religion, Theology
My Rating: ★★★★★
Synopsis: An Unexpected Journey from Islam to Christianity In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi’s inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike. Engaging and thought-provoking, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man’s heart—and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus.
Nabeel Qureshi passed away from cancer in 2017. He was one of my favorite Christian apologists.
This is the emotional story of a Pakistani-American Muslim who made the heart-wrenching decision to convert to Christianity after being convinced (against his will) that Christianity is historically accurate.
Nabeel’s parents are Pakistani immigrants. His father served in the United States Navy, so he moved around a lot as a child. He grew up mostly in the U.S., but spent a good amount of time in the U.K.
After starting college, Nabeel met David Wood. David was an atheist who became Christian. Today, David is a Christian Apologist. Both David and Nabeel were devout and would have conversations about their faiths. Eventually, through years of debates, struggle, and research, Nabeel became a Christian.
Nabeel wrote respectfully about Islam, and he sourced everything he quoted or mentioned briefly (ie: Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim) so the reader can look for themselves.
I read this book in three days. Considering the slump I’ve been in the past 8 or so months, that’s pretty amazing. I love Nabeel’s writing style, and his banter with David. Man, this book had some emotional parts. Especially at the end with his family.
Title: Hiding in the Light
Author: Rifqa Bary
Published: May 5, 2015
Genres: Nonfiction, Autobiography
My Rating: ★★★★
Synopsis: Rifqa Bary grew up in a devout Muslim home, obediently following her parents’ orders to practice the rituals of Islam. But God was calling her to freedom and love. He was calling her to true faith. He was calling her to give up everything. Leaving Islam for Christianity cost her more than she imagined but gave more than she could have dreamed. Hiding in the Light is the story of Rifqa’s remarkable spiritual journey from Islam to Christianity. It is also the untold story of how she ran from her father’s threats to find refuge with strangers in Florida, only to face a controversial court case that reached national headlines. Most of all, it is the story of a young girl who made life-changing sacrifices to follow Jesus-and who inspires us to do the same. Teens and young adults will be moved by Rifqa’s story of standing up to religious persecution, literally giving up everything to follow her faith.
Rifqa was born in Sri Lanka and was blinded in one eye after an accident when she was a child. Her family moved to America and spent some time in New York before moving to Ohio. While in Ohio, Rifqa met a Christian girl at school who invited her to church.
Rifqa’s story was all over the news when she ran away from home because she said her family and community wanted to kill her for becoming Christian. It’s shocking, but true. Many Muslims do honor killings when someone leaves Islam. It’s constantly in the news worldwide, even here in America. Keep in mind, not all Muslim families are abusive in the way that Rifqa experienced, and not all Muslims kill apostates.
This wasn’t a super powerful and emotional conversion story like Nabeel’s (I read the books back to back). I really enjoyed the first half of the book because there was suspense with her family. The second half bored me, so my raiting lost a star.
Considering how awful Rifqa’s family sounded, I’m curious how she got away with being on the cheerleading team and having a job as a waitress. Also, how in the world did she managed to sneak out of her house multiple times for long periods of time without her family noticing?!
Some parts of this book (and news interviews) just didn’t sit well with me, but it was still a good story.