Christ In Me, Muslims Around Me: What to do?

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
148 Pages
Reviewed on 11/01/2012
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Author Biography

Patricia Althoff Bridewell is a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College (BA), Western Kentucky University (MA), and received her PhD in Biblical Studies from Newburgh Theological Seminary.

Bridewell is a mother of one, grandmother of two, and has been married to Jerry for over 45 years.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite

Author Patricia Althoff Bridewell takes on a very complex and volatile subject, the Muslim faith from a Christian perspective. Ms. Bridewell lays the groundwork in a solid manner, using the Holy Bible as well as the Quran as she explains different aspects of Muslim beliefs. The reader is given factual information, references to the Bible, and to Christian faith. The book is meant to enlighten Christians about their Muslim neighbors and co-workers. Since 9/11, Americans in general have a sense of distrust of the Muslim community and the Islam faith. This book approaches the similarities and differences between the two religions.

I found the book very informative from the prologue to the last page. The author is talented in her way with words, writing in a manner that is easy to understand. The chapters are each thought-provoking and offer a lot of information to digest. Any person who has questions about the Muslim way of life, especially from a Christian standpoint, will find answers to many, if not all, of their questions. Though I feel that my personal opinion has not changed about the subject matter, I do feel more educated and am glad that I had the opportunity to review this book. I would recommend public libraries to carry at least one copy of this book for their community. Education is certainly a good thing and I believe that there are many people who will be glad that they have access to this well-written book.

Darin Godby

This book is written by a person who is a believer in Jesus Christ, yet she is trying to relate, understand and draw near to those of the Muslim faith. This is a very well-written book, one that will increase one's faith in Christ and allow a variety of insights into other beliefs and the viewpoints of other religions. While giving a great overview of the Islam belief it also deals with Abraham and other leaders of faith. Author Patricia Bridewell gives a very detailed view of the development of Islam, what has happened over the years within that faith and the contemporary view about Islam. She gives a detailed view of Christianity as well allowing Christians to see what they actually believe in. She then deals with the question of what one must do after learning the facts. She deals with issues such as accept/join, hate/reject, ignore, convert and witness. These are great points to consider as one looks at both religions.

This is a very well-written book that not only provides information, but gives facts of history to support each theory or belief. I personally liked the ending of the book which includes various notes, references and appendices. This is without question a very vital part of the book and is sure to benefit the reader. This portion of the book gives the reader many outside resources to research as well. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to learn more about Christianity and Islam.