Thorough and thoughtful.
A narrative autobiography that takes the reader on a journey of religious study, questioning, and learning while weaving a story of familial love and the possibility of risking it all for the truth.
Qureshi shares his story of growing up a Muslim, raised in a traditional family with struggles as he became Americanized. He learned and loved the religion of Islam, as that was how he was raised. Upon starting college, he met a Christian who challenged his beliefs in his faith. It wasn’t vindictive but required Qureshi to critically and honestly seek answers. He wanted to know the truth and prayed for God to show him. He reasoned and questioned the main concepts of Islam and Christianity. Which would hold up to critique from an objective, critical review? Which was true with history? He steadfastly believed that Islam would win the contest, and he would be a proud Muslim to show everyone he was right. Upon a few years’ examination through study, questioning, and reasoning, though, his world crumbled.
With so much in the news and a lot of misinformation about Islam and Muslims, I looked forward to reading this narrative to learn more about the Muslim faith and find out how Qureshi made his choice to convert to Christianity. What did he find? How did his choice affect him and his family? I assumed that he was an older man, penning his earlier experiences from 30 years ago, but his learning occurred in college in the early 2000s. This is a crash course of the Muslim faith, with vocabulary and story interlaced so smoothly it was an enjoyable read which also taught me about religion, particularly Islam.
The only change I would have liked was to include footnotes since he references many verses from the Quran and the Bible. A Notes section is found in the back, so I flipped back and forth often.
5 out of 5 stars
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review.