January 5th, 2009 14:55 EST
Islamic Expert Offers Christians New Insights into Befriending Muslims and Breaks Common Stereotypes
"Muslims, Christians, and Jesus: Gaining Understanding and Building Connections" by Carl Medearis
When most American Christians think of Islam, they see a sect of people mired in radical beliefs and hatred for the West. But nothing could be further from the truth, says Carl Medearis, an expert on Islamic culture and relations.
"There are so many layers of misunderstandings that it`s hard to know where to start," says Medearis. "But there are answers. It`s not hopeless."
In "Muslims, Christians, and Jesus," he provides fresh insights and perspectives into the top questions people have about Muslims, Muhammad, and Islam. Medearis also offers practical information, fascinating stories (such as his experience of praying with a Hezballah leader), and culturally sensitive ways for Christians to get to know Muslims on a personal level.
Rather than focusing initially on the differences between Islam and Christianity, Medearis shows how common ground is the best foundation for friendships and for hearts turning to Jesus.
"It`s easy to have Jesus be the bridge for a common ground with Muslims, especially since Jesus is actually mentioned in the Qur`an more than 100 times, all with great reverence," Medearis says.
He also shows:
-What Muslims think about the Bible and Jesus
-How to bring up spiritual matters in conversations
-How Islam`s "Pillars of Faith" are lived out in today`s world
-What the Qur`an says about women
-Practical ways to love and serve Muslims
-And much more
Written in an engaging way for a broad Christian audience, "Muslims, Christians, and Jesus" is the quintessential book on Islam and Muslim culture for Christians.
Praise for Carl Medearis:
"I`ve known Carl Medearis for many years and have constantly been challenged by the quality of his life and ministry. His heart for those who don`t know Jesus is evident to all." -- Mike Bickle, International House of Prayer of Kansas City, and author of "Passion for Jesus"
"I have experienced Carl`s compassion for people first- hand. His wisdom and experience give him unique insight into...sharing Christ with the Muslim world." -- Ted Dekker, bestselling author of "Skin, "House", and "Three"
About the Author: Carl Medearis has extensive experience working and living with Muslims. A highly sought-after Islamic expert, he works with international government and business leaders and speaks at conferences and universities to 40,000 people annually. After 12 years of living in Beirut, Lebanon, Carl and his family now make their home in Denver, Colorado.
For a Q&A with the author, full biography, and an excerpt, click here.