Sunday, July 17, 2011

{Book Review} Which None Can Shut by Reema Goode

Book Description
Imagine a place where becoming a Christian is a punishable crime—and your own family exacts the punishment. Where those who spread the gospel among locals are deported if discovered. Where converts to Christianity face persecution, isolation, or even death as the price for their faith. “Reema Goode” and her family are Christians working in a closed Middle Eastern country where all of these things are true. Yet they are also firsthand witnesses of a whole new trend that is taking shape in missions to Muslims. Despite all obstacles, God is opening miraculous doors in the Islamic world, where an unprecedented number of Muslims are becoming followers of Jesus. In this powerful collection of personal stories, Reema takes us deep inside her Arab neighborhood to show how God is opening doors in just one of many Islamic communities. As she walks us through everyday life in a Muslim town, she reveals the diverse, creative, unexpected, and thrilling ways God is reaching her neighbors with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it.”—Revelation 3:8

Book Review
I really got a lot out of reading this book. I think it's the first "on the field missionary" book I've read all the way through. It's a short read so it didn't take too long.

Reading these short stories about a Christian missionary couple who lived in the Muslim culture was eye opening. I don’t know much about the Muslim culture so it was very informative. Learning about the dangers that missionaries face just in their every-day encounters makes me very grateful to live in the country I live in. The Goode family took many purposeful-opportunities to develop relationships with their neighbors and others they met in their daily routine. These relationships led to amazing times when Reema was asked by highly influential Muslims to explain the Bible and their Christian beliefs to large groups of Muslims. My eyes were really opened to the struggles these missionaries face just to create relationships with a culture that is so different from what they know. I was challenged by the fact that these missionaries made the most of each encounter with their neighbors and those they met in the community. Because of their faithfulness God was able to use them to reach many for Christ. This book is a clear testimony that God was using them to do His work. 

Recommendation: Good read.

Thank you Tyndale for the free book.

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