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InterVarsity Press, 2017. 212pp.
In today’s world the believer must become more experienced with the cultures of those around them. Cultural and ethnic groups in the Middle East have been part of much discussion since September 2011. Author Abu Atallah is an Egyptian Christian who writes about his personal journey away from Islam, and in to the arms of a loving God. Much to my surprise this book was more than a simple explanation of how one Muslim became a Christian. Atallah gives the reader an excellent overview of Muslim faith and family within Egypt.
Atallah - Work - Chapters - Epilogue - Afterword
Atallah’s work is broken into sixteen chapters with an epilogue and afterword that are worth the read as well. The author moves from his own childhood in Egypt within a Muslim family, to his conversion as a young adult, to his education, and ministry. Although his ministry is in focus throughout the book there is a noticeable shift about halfway through from his personal story to a more thorough examination of Arabic culture and Islamic faith. Atallah addresses issues such as being an Arab in Western culture, Israel, marriage in Islam, as well as how Christians conduct life in Arab countries.
Throughout the pages Atallah offers the reader historical background for the Middle East as well as the history of the Muslim faith. He seeks to help the reader see and understand the belief system...
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