Books

A Life Surrendered: Raouf W. Ghattas

Xulon Press (June 23, 2017).

ISBN-13: 978-1545608616

Raouf Ghattas said that learning about God’s will was not a long-range plan but a daily surrender. Living a surrendered life is exactly what he did. In this book, I share stories of what God can do through one life that is completely given to Jesus. Immigrating to the United States after feeling rejection from his native Egypt, Raouf would eventually return to the region of his birth in obedience to the call of God. Follow Raouf’s life and ministry of over thirty-five years among Arabs and Muslims and see, not the man, but the God he served. Raouf’s story is an inspiration to anyone who questions what they have to give to God. All it takes is the first step of faith in Christ. God will do the rest.

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A Christian Guide to the Qur’an: Building Bridges in Muslim Evangelism

Kregel, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0825426889

It has been my privilege to walk by the side of Dr. Raouf Ghattas for over 25 years and see his love for Muslims in action. A Christian Guide to the Qur’an will prepare Christians to understand the central messages of the Qur’an in simple terms, and illustrates how knowledge of Islam’s sacred text can provide bridges to reaching Muslims with the Gospel of Christ.

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Lust Under the Veil

Xulon Press, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-1591606543

Lust Under the Veil is a story about Emira, who is looking for a way of escape from the secluded life she leads as the only daughter of a Muslim sheik. When her father takes a second wife and her mother has a breakdown, Emira is sent to the hospital to be by her side. Will her salvation come while she makes the daily trip to the hospital? Desperate, Emira searches the eyes of the first person she sees on the outside–the taxi driver. Emira could never have imagined the events that would follow this first encounter. Freedom does come but not in the way that Emira planned.

My desire in sharing this fictional story is for you to have a better understanding about the struggles a Muslim woman faces in confronting the Truth of Christ and to also encourage intentional prayer for and engagement of Muslim women by Christians. I would love to hear your thoughts after reading this book and to know if you have shared it with any Muslim women in your life.

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Things I Never Told My Mother

Xulon Press, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-1602660106

Things I Never Told My Mother is a story set in the North African country of Tunisia. Deception has become a way of life for Iman. Ignored in her early years by her career-minded parents, the sudden intrusion of her mother into her life pushes Iman to become something she never imagined. Though Muslim, her loose lifestyle leads her into many dangerous encounters with the opposite sex. When true love does finally come her way, she finds herself incapable of returning it, perhaps losing forever the best opportunity to escape her mother’s reach. Desperation leads to desperate measures and even a reanalysis of her own faith. Could God love her? This is the question Iman asks herself as she thinks back over all the things she never told her mother.

This book brings us face-to-face with a side of Islam many of us do not know – secular Islam. Yet, many Muslim live in areas that allow a freedom that sometimes causes them to swing from the very conservative norms of the religion to a lifestyle that looks virtually nothing like what we would consider normal for the average Muslim. I look forward to your comments on this book, as it is “spicy” and yet realistic for many Muslims in secular societies.

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Two Sides of a Coin: An Egyptian Story

Xulon Press, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-1615796175

One country–two distinct religious communities living in a state of tangible tension–this is Egypt. This is where Madame Phardos, a Coptic Orthodox Christian, is trying to help her children become successful against the constant push of the Muslim majority. Education is all-important in remaining above the crowd. This is also where Madame Fatma, a Sunni Muslim, is striving to raise her own family in the midst of growing fundamentalism and economic hardship. In a society where religion is central, members of both families struggle to see how God could bring anything good out of their lives. Yet, good does come, attitudes change and unity is achieved in a way never imagined.

This book helps us to see that Muslims do not always live in a vacuum but are affected by the religions around them. In this case, it is Christianity, which has been in Egypt since the time of the Apostle Mark in the first century AD. As Muslims are affected by Christians, the same goes for the Christians of Egypt, a dwindling minority surrounded by a growing majority of Muslims. I believe there is hope for members of both communities that will never come in political solutions but in a relational one. Let me know if you have read this book and what you think. Share it with your Muslim and Christian friends.

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