On the bookshelf: Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale

I wanted to love this book. After all, the book description promised stories of changes taking place in Muslim communities where imams, sheikhs and entire mosques are turning to Christ.

In that, Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims are Falling in Love with Jesus, met with moderate success. Of course, there weren’t hundreds of thousands of stories, but there were several that showed God to be at work in the Muslim community to draw people to him.

It’s when author Jerry Trousdale strayed from storytelling that the book became less fascinating than I had anticipated.

To be sure, there were passages with which I absolutely agreed. For example, Trousdale writes early on, “… it is tragic when Christians look at Muslims, not with compassion, but with a default to fear, anger and rejection.”

And, there was this passage that called into question our hearts for engaging Muslims:

“Do we, as Christians, typically respond to Muslims with compassion and an desire to engage them with the gospel, or are we more inclined to respond to them with fear, anger, and resignation regarding their fate?”

Difficult questions for difficult times.

It was actually a question of style that frustrated me with this book. I firmly believe bullet points should be used sparingly and only when it’s the absolute best way to organize ideas. Sadly, many of the chapters seemed to adhere to a pattern of relating a story that was followed by pages and pages of bullet point listings on the application of the story.

That may not be enough to turn others away from what could be an otherwise interesting look at evangelism in the Muslim community, but it was enough of a frustration to me that I nearly gave up reading.

And that’s sad, because this is a topic that Christians would be wise to explore.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze program for providing me with a free copy of this book for review.

1 thought on “On the bookshelf: Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale”

  1. Hey there,

    Thanks for posting an honest, yet graceful review of the book. I read reviews frequently and few people provide that needed mix.

    (Found the review through Booksneeze)

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