Book: The Camel: How Muslims Are Coming to Faith in Christ!
Author: Kevin Greeson
Summary: In this book Kevin Greeson lays out his universal method for revealing Jesus Christ (Isu) to Muslims through their Holy Book, The Qur'an. The purpose of the book is to impart to people of the Christian faith a tried and tested method of sharing their faith with people of an Islamic background in a clear, simple, and duplicatable fashion. The author begins the book by explaining how his career began as a Christian man seeking to present his faith to Muslims in a way they could understand in their cultural, social, and most importantly, religious context. The book is the story of his journey finding this method he came to refer to as 'The Camel'. The method itself is laid out simply and concisely. It is sprinkled with true stories of personal encounters he had with the Muslims he encountered on his journey. Also scattered throughout the book are the accounts of other Christians who have adapted 'The Camel' method as their way of sharing their faith as well.
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Social/Historical context: The Camel is a true story, and a personal account taking place in modern day times. The bulk of the book is told from within the Muslim world. In this book Kevin Greeson lays out his universal method for revealing Jesus Christ to Muslims through their Holy Book, The Qur'an.
Writing Style: The Camel is written through the eyes of the author as a narrative of his revelation of the material contained within the book. He also includes first person and second person short stories of individual experiences and encounters, solidifying the concepts he reveals. He writes simply and concisely with a thread of joy, hope, love, and redemption running through from beginning to end.
My Thoughts: I thought this book was insightful. It was written plainly, so that even the unchurched, not-so-religious individual could undertand and follow the authors thoughts and concepts. (Although I am not sure why people in the above mentioned category would be reading such a book.) As far as the book in print goes, I did find a few typos. One of them was a pretty major distraction as two pages toward the beginning of the book had been reversed. For a while, I had to double check every new page I came to, to make sure is was truly the next page. It ended up that the mistake had only happened the once. If someone had informed me of this flaw before I began reading it, I feel I would have been able to enjoy the read much more. I enjoyed the topic of The Camel. I am a Christian, and I love dialoging with all types of people about their religion, their beliefs, and their faith. I find Muslims especially fascinating. I have many times seen Muslims in my community and desired to spark up a conversation going deeper than hummus. This book helped me realize that I can indeed dialoge easily about my faith and theirs, and it gave me some good ideas on how to start a conversation, and what to look for in a person who was interested in dialoguing further. I have read many books written by Muslim, Christian, and secular scholars on the subject of Islam. This is the first book I have come across that takes the Christian reader on a journey empowering them to dialogue freely to a Muslim interested in hearing about why they believe what they believe in a non-confrontational way.
Book Reviewed By Jennifer Huggins
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