Want to learn more? There are some great books available to:
- Give you a basic overview of Islam
- Help you catch God’s heart for Muslims
- Stir your spirit with amazing reports from around the world of how God has been moving Muslims to follow of Jesus
- Teach you how to relate to Muslims and communicate the good news about Jesus
9/11 changed perceptions of Islam in the West. Many books have been written since then which feed off of fear, or emphasize theological dividing points between Islam and Christianity. We believe that God’s people should fear God, not people. And we are compelled by Jesus’ command to love and pray for Muslims.
Here are some books that Frontiers recommends, to help overcome fear of Muslims and learn more about God’s heart for them…
5 Great Books To Learn About Muslims and God’s Heart For Them
Greg Livingstone — (buy)
Greg Livingstone has spent a lifetime planting churches in Muslim communities and can testify to the life-changing power of the gospel in even the most unpromising circumstances. This is his autobiography, full of compelling humor and self-depreciating honesty as Livingstone travels all over the world proclaiming the Gospel. The result is a page turning tour de force that urges the reader to pursue God unreservedly and to join with Him in the adventure of pursuing the lost.
“A hard book to put down.” –Phil Parshall
“An utterly real, high-impact, sham-free life story.” –Don Richardson
We don’t mind plugging Greg Livingstone’s autobiography first ; )
It’s a compelling story and a faith-encourager. You will be reminded how God can and wants to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things for His kingdom. As Greg traces his own story, he also covers the emergence of Frontiers, so this book will give you understanding of the “DNA” of Frontiers as a movement. (If you find yourself resonating with Greg’s God-story, take that as an indicator that you might be a good fit in the Frontiers community!)
Muslims, Christians, and Jesus
Carl Medearis — (buy)
Carl Medearis provides new insights into the top questions people have about Muslims, Muhammad, and Islam. With practical information and fascinating stories, he shares culturally sensitive ways for Christians to get to know Muslims on a personal level.
A great introduction to basics of Muslim beliefs & practices, and how to start relating to Muslims personally here at home. What are the key beliefs? The “Five Pillars of Islam”? Why do Muslim women cover their heads? What are common questions from Muslims about Christian beliefs?
Medearis approaches everything with a positive tone and focuses the possibilities for relating to each other. He summarizes areas of difference too, but this book does not make those a main focus. Throughout, he keeps calling the reader back to a Christlike perspective.
In addition to clear practical info, the book is sprinkled with plenty stories from Medaris’ experiences during his time living overseas in Lebanon. He’s a great storyteller, so his illustrations are welcome. As he seems to be willing to do crazy (in a good way) things in response to God’s leading, the stories will also stir your faith in God’s work in the world today, and might challenge your own willingness to be open to God leading you to do new things too.
Where There Is Now A Church
James Nelson (Editor) — (buy)
This book shares encouraging, striking, true stories of amazing things God is doing to bring new life through Jesus in Muslim countries.
Then, to teach you more about how God is at work, this book adds another layer. Following in the steps of Where There Was No Church (ebook/paper), after each story, Nelson highlights how the story illustrates “fruitful practices”—principles that God has been blessing to lead Muslims to follow Jesus around the world in recent years. That’s wonderful because the fruitful practices research is a huge contribution, but the key book, From Seed to Fruit (Woodberry), is more of a textbook and kind of a slow read.
Where There Is Now A Church is fresh and easy to read, a great place to start to have one’s spirit stirred by the thrill of seeing how God is at work nowadays, and effectively introducing fruitful practices He is using to reach Muslims today.
David Garrison — (buy)
A global survey of Muslim movements to Christ reveals that we are in the midst of the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history. Each movement has at least a thousand baptisms, some containing tens of thousands of Muslims who are now followers of Jesus Christ.
Thorough research, and amazing stories about the “new thing” God is doing for Muslims in this generation. For the first time in history, thousands of Muslims are finding fullness of life through the good news of Jesus and his kingdom. You’ll be glad you read it!
Jerry Trousdale — (amazon)
How do the people most resistant to the transformative power of the gospel come to be its most devoted followers? Miraculous Movement recounts an amazing change taking place within Muslim communities where the truth of Jesus Christ is turning around the lives of many thousands of Muslims from more than twenty people groups.
An engaging mixture of: stories to paint the big picture and report what God is doing, teaching on how to make disciples (foster disciple-making movements), and case studies to illustrate teaching points. Highly applicable in Canada too, considering the countless Canadians live in social circles without a single follower of Jesus and who would never “go to church.”
Carl Medearis — (amazon)
Some of us fear moments when we need to defend our theology. Some of us seek them out. But we are seldom ready the way Jesus seemed to be ready. So how do we draw others to God in the midst of these ordinary conversations the way Jesus did?
In Speaking of Jesus, Carl Medearis draws on his experience of international reconciliation between Muslims and Christians to remind us of the heart of the matter: Jesus. Here he gives us tools, stories, and the foundation we need to move beyond “us” and “them” and simply talk about the One who changes it all.
Another book that’s very helpful for followers of Jesus here in Canada (not just “overseas”). It challenges us to rethink and make adjustments to make sure we keep Jesus in the centre and help people discover him.
J. Dudley Woodberry, Editor (2nd edition, 2011) — (buy)
“What practices is God blessing in raising up groups of Jesus followers among Muslims?” In recent years workers from a growing number of organizations have begun to discuss this question. Their insights were refined by a broad group of workers in a consultation in the spring of 2007, analyzed, and compiled in this volume. From Seed to Fruit presents the most recent worldwide research on witness to Christ among Muslim peoples.
A textbook / reference for those wanting to dig deeper into the rich research on fruitful practices.
Encountering the World of Islam explores the Muslim world and God’s plan for Muslims. Investigate Islam through this positive and hopeful book on God’s heart to reach Muslims. The book covers the life of Muhammad, the history of Islamic civilization, Islamic beliefs, and Muslims today and their everyday lives across the diverse cultures of different Muslims peoples from Morocco to Indonesia. Gain insight into Muslim culture and worldview and Christian outreach to Muslims – our response to Islam and prayer for the Muslim world. More than 80 different practitioners guide you through this introduction to the world of Islam.
by John Piper — (Buy Now)
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate.”
Let the Nations Be Glad! has become a modern missions classic. A trusted resource for thousands of missionaries, pastors, church leaders, and laypeople, it provides a thorough biblical examination of the basis for missions and its relationship with worship.