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~FREE EBOOK ⚖ The Cross and the Crescent: Understanding the Muslim Heart and Mind ♟ In This Warm And Personal Book The Author Looks At What Muslims Believe And How This Affects And Often Doesn T Affect Their Behavior Phil Parshall Compares And Contrasts Muslim And Christian Views On The Nature Of God, Sacred Scriptures, Worship, Sin, And Holiness A personal sharing of observations and stories about the differences and similarities between Christians and Muslims Written by a reflective, if not skeptical, author with tons of experience and study. This is a thoughtful, careful exploration of Christianity and Islam, both their shared qualities theology and their sticky differences Written by a Christian, it s inherently biased, but even so, I was impressed with Phil Parshall s clear respect for the Muslim people and faith, having lived in two predominantly Muslim countries even as he holds unswervingly to following the crucified and risen Jesus The cross, as he points out, is probably the most fundamental difference between the two religions This is a rich book and helped me better understand where these two faiths converge and diverge. Parshall s approach and treatment of Islam is horrible His messge is that he has a lot of Muslim friends and they are nice people He seems to believe that the best way to make inroads with Muslims is to befriend them But he has neglected the fact that the Koran forbids Muslims from being friends with dhimmi Jews and Christians Only liberal unfaithful Muslims or those with ulterior motives will engage Christians or Jews as friends.He has completely ignored any serious treatment of Islamic theology And because he has been on the mission front with Muslims for 30 years, this oversight is without excuse. This is a well written and very challenging book Parshall draws on his experience of twenty six years working among Muslims in Bangladesh and the Philippines He compares and contrasts Islam with Christianity and sometimes this comparison doesn t show Christians in a very positive light There is a raw honesty especially in the chapter on suffering Parshall certainly doesn t avoid the tough issues but I would see this engagement with reality as a definite plus I can heartily recommend it.