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That’s why I am grateful to the Lord for the ability to write The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence.  In a world where so much fear and suspicion gets directed toward the Muslim world, God’s people must demonstrate the kind of eternal and sacrificial love we have received from God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Who will love Muslims if Christians will not?

The burden of the book is to offer a simple but transformative encouragement: If you know the gospel of Jesus Christ, you already know everything you need to know to see your Muslim friend, neighbor and co-worker made new in Christ.  Apologetics is helpful.  Knowledge of history useful.  But only the gospel is the power of God for salvation for all who believe.  When we open our mouths to share the message the power of God comes flowing out!  We need confidence in the message.

But, I shouldn’t plug my own book.  I’m biased with hope that it will be useful.  But others have kindly written reviews.  Here are a couple links:

Blogging Theologically

That's what makes The Gospel for Muslims important.  It's not a book about apologetics. It's not a book about techniques. The Gospel for Muslims is a heartfelt reminder of the power of the gospel from someone who has tasted and seen that the Lord is good (Psa. 34:8). And it's a most welcome one.

Read the book and be encouraged.

Veritas Et Lux

This short but powerful work shatters the assumption that Muslims are impossible to reach for Christ. …  This little book is loaded with practical help in sharing the gospel with Muslim people.  Anyone who has contact with Muslim people should read Anyabwile's book.  And everyone should practice the principles set forth so Muslims everywhere might know the hope and forgiveness found in Christ alone!

Also, if you’re interested, a couple years back 9Marks did an interview with me called “The Gospel and Islam.”  There’s a bit of testimony there and some good q&a about Islam and the gospel.

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8 thoughts on “Love for Muslims”

  1. Frank Emrich says:

    I will plug your book. I read it on the plane going home to Seattle
    from T4G. We used your book “What is a heathly church member” when our two churches merged just to get us off on the right foot. It was one of the best things we have done! Thank you for your faithfulness to the Unadjusted Gospel!

  2. NFQ says:

    Do you know of any books about the Qur’an for Christians? Some tips and suggestions for how Muslims could explain to Christians about the mercy and compassion of Allah, and how to open their hearts to the teachings of Islam?

    I searched on Amazon and nearly all I found were books written by Christians for other Christians, basically Cliff’s Notes on the Qur’an so Christians wouldn’t actually have to read it or talk to any actual Muslims to understand what they believe. I did find but it didn’t seem very popular, no customer reviews and no real description of the content.

    I wonder why that is.

    1. Thabiti says:


      Good question. Beyond a slew of tracts produced by Islamic studies societies, I don’t know of a book like the one you describe. I’d say that’s a real flaw in the publishing efforts of Muslim thinkers. But, then, one might ask, “What is the general stance toward publishing in the Muslim world?” Or, “Is Islam in the West at a significant enough stage of development that one might expect to find these kinds of works?”

      Just some quick reactions. If you find something like that, I’d like to hear about it.


  3. Don Gale says:

    I’m in the middle of the book now. It’s very helpful. Do you have any thoughts on the CAMEL method or other “bridge” methods?

    1. Thabiti says:

      Hi Don,
      I’m not a big fan of the CAMEL method. My general concern with some of these methods is that in order to establish common ground and contact, they sometimes concede too many things that are not true from a Christian perspective. So, for example, I think it’s a bad idea to treat the Qur’an as though it’s revelation from God. I know Muslims believe that and will defend that, so we should take their belief seriously. But in the process, we should not affirm the error. Much of the common ground and points of contact we seek is readily available without affirming things we’ll later have to reject. In that sense, our methods should always include “truth in advertising.”

      1. Thank you Pastor for your valuable insights and your love for Muslims!!!

        I just want to offer some very brief comments on this. It is possible (desirable) to use the CAMEL method and not affirm the inspiration of the Qur’an. Jesus and the Apostles modeled for us to start sharing the gospel with people where they’re at. For Muslims, we simply enter into their story and lead them to the Biblical Jesus: his life, work on the cross, and establishment of the Kingdom. We begin affirming the truth Muslims already know, and then move on from there. You can do this without treating the Qur’an as revelation. Muslims already have preconceived ideas about Jesus. We want to move them to Biblical truth, and the CAMEL method can be one place to start.


  4. Susan says:

    You had me with this statement: “But only the gospel is the power of God for salvation for all who believe. When we open our mouths to share the message the power of God comes flowing out! We need confidence in the message.”

    Refreshingly put!

    If only this was realized at out church right now…which has become entirely emersed in a ‘redeaming culture’, bringing about ‘human flourishing’, good deed doing ….muck…which wouldn’t be so bad if we were also being instructed and encouraged to verbally proclaim the gospel!

    Does anyone truly flourish without the gospel? …….temporarily…maybe.

    Sounds like a great read!

  5. A Friend says:

    Hello Everyone,

    I would suggest visiting the website It provides good and accurate information about Islam, the fastest growing purest monotheistic religion.

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Thabiti Anyabwile is a pastor for Anacostia River Church in southeast Washington, DC and a council member of The Gospel Coalition.

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