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    Secret Believers: I Like it Already!

    January 17, 2008 by Brandy Vencel

    Grace? Have you started reading yet? Only a couple weeks until our book reports are due. Do they allow reading in the ghetto? He he.

    I have to say that this book got me from the very start. The first two-thirds or so {I am not done, but the Prologue explains this} is written as a narrative. I have read a portion, and I can testify that it gives a person a feel for what it might be like to live under the terror that is Islam. Many of the characters are composites, and every story is true. What a fearful thing it is to convert to Christianity in a Muslim culture. And what a miracle!

    I am looking forward to the “answers” that will come at the end. I wonder what Brother Andrew’s solutions will be to the problems the Christian Churches face in Islamic countries.

    Here are a couple paragraphs from the Prologue to whet your appetite:

    We are engaged in a fight. Actually a war. It involves the challenge of Islam. Millions of Muslims have settled in Europe and North America, and we must acknowledge that at least some of them hate the West. We’ve seen the evidence: September 11, the nightclub attack in Bali, the Madrid train bombings, the London subway attacks, Iran, Iraq. Thousands of people have died, and extremist groups like al-Qaeda promise that more attacks are on the way.

    But this isn’t the war it appears to be. It isn’t the war Paul the apostle talked about with Timothy. Rather these events are a reflection of a spiritual war, an unseen conflict. How are we Christians going to respond? With guns and bombs? Is that really our only option? We can assure you this approach won’t win a spiritual war. For one thing, it’s purely a defensive, reactionary approach. It’s time for Christians to go on the offensive.

    If anyone else wants to join us in our reading of this book, let me know. We plan to finish and discuss by the end of the month.

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  • Reply Kristie January 21, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    I think I might pull it out again and reread (or skim) it, since it’s been a while. I have since read other narratives that take place in the Middle East which is a)rounding out my understanding of that culture in general, and b)confusing me as to what happened in which book! So, maybe I’ll give it another look.

    I’ve heard good things about Three Cups of Tea, and I might add that to my “rounding out” process! I’m learning a lot….

  • Reply Brandy January 18, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Well, Gracie, you know where it is. This is the first step. 🙂

    If I might encourage you a bit, I think you will find that you LOVE this book…

  • Reply Gracie January 18, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Hey Bran. So, yeah, ok. I haven’t even begin reading this book. It’s sitting on top of my coffee table. Time is slipping….

  • Reply Brandy January 18, 2008 at 2:48 am

    The cheapest thing to do is borrow it from me when I’m done. I definitely want to keep this one as I could see the benefit to my children reading it when they are the right age, but I don’t mind parting with it for a time. 🙂

  • Reply Kimbrah January 17, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    I want to read that book. I just got done reading “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and I would like to get a Christian perspective to juxtapose to his narrative.

    Any idea where I might find the book inexpensively?

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