January 21, 2014

Friends Unknown

Quite out the realm of my normal reading, I found Marilyn Hickey's exhortation to befriend those who follow Islam very intriguing. I'm not into the "prosperity gospel", an ideology she's been accused of, so I was skeptical when handed this book. Interestingly, she talked about hardship and loss in a very real way. She also never dodged the truth about the differences between Islam and Christianity. Namely, worshiping two different gods and with two different, and in some ways opposing, views of Jesus. (Islam would say Jesus is a prophet but not God in the flesh.) Her main point is very strong: Regardless of our differences, we can learn to love and serve others and be friends. Not a bad idea.

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