Friday, January 28, 2011

Daughters of Islam

Daughters of Islam, by Miram Adeney, is a very thorough book. I remember getting this book some time ago, and it was a more in depth look at the beliefs of the Islam faith than I was expecting. I gave up on reading it in favor of some lighter weight material. Needless to say, this book is anything but light weight, but this time I WANTED to learn.

Mrs. Adeney leaves no stone unturned in her quest to translate the Islamic faith to Christian women. In various chapters she delves into relationships, beliefs, money issues, geographic location, and how all these complexities work together to shape a woman. She manages to tech our differences clearly but respectfully.

Each chapter is full of testimonies of women that turned from Islam to Christianity, and the most amazing thing about these women isn't their similarities, it is their differences. God uses such a variety of ways to bring them to himself.

This book was particularly encouraging to me in the area of witnessing. Witnessing has always been a struggle for me (I am shy by nature and struggle weekly with simply visiting with known friends at church, much less approaching strangers!). In addition to being shy, I also feel particularly unworthy. Who am I to talk when I have so many weak points in my own life?

One story in this book very thoroughly took care of my excuses. It was about an Islamic girl (not practicing, but committed) who was attending college in the states. Her roommate was a Christian, and often took opportunities as they were together to enthusiastically witness, using day-to-day occurrences as springboards. The roommate, however, was also living in sin by regularly sleeping with her boyfriend. Despite an (obviously) flawed witness, the roommate continued to promote Christ and through her witness and the witness of another friend (who also had deep flaws) this girl eventually came to Christ.

If they can choose to witness, despite not "having it all together," what excuse to I have to sit on my rear?

As you can see, while there is a lot of GREAT stuff for understanding Islam and the women who practice it, there is also a lot of stuff for the Holy Spirit to use in refinign your own life.

I would recommend this book to anyone, but particularly to anyone who has (or hopes to have) a ministry to Islamic women, whether by prayer or by personal contact.

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