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Inside the Revolution : How the Followers of Jihad, Jefferson and Jesus Are Battling to Dominate ...
Inside the Revolution takes you inside the winner-take-all battle for the hearts, minds and souls of the people of the Middle East. It includes never-before-seen profiles of The Radicals, The Reformers and The Revivalists. It explains the implications of each movement, the importance of each leader, and does through not only through the lenses of politics and economics but through the third lens of Scripture. Today, wars and revolutions define the modern Middle East, and many believe the worst is yet to come.
*How real and serious is the threat of Radical Islam to American national security eight years after 9/11?
*Are there any Muslim leaders who oppose the violence of the Radicals and is there any hope that such leaders will come to power in key countries in the Middle East?
*How can we as Christians help strengthen our brothers and sisters who love Jesus in the Muslim world, and how can we reach out to Muslims here at home?
Known best for his fiction centered in the Middle East and based in Christian end times beliefs, Rosenberg's nonfiction behemoth will be a bestseller among evangelicals. Rigorous research, travel and interviews with hundreds of Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders lends credibility to this survey of the spectrum of beliefs that drive foreign policy in nations such as Iran, on which the book focuses. Rosenberg divides Muslims into three types. Radical Islamists will stop at nothing short of dominating the world or destroying those who believe otherwise. Reformers believe radical Muslims have hijacked peaceful Islam for their own power-hungry and violent ends. Revivalists are Muslims or those living in predominantly Muslim countries who believe Islam is not the answer but that Jesus is the way. Rosenberg challenges Islamic eschatology without adequately comparing parallel Christian views. On the other hand, he is one of a few evangelicals who will put quotes from the Qur'an in context, has traveled widely and interviewed global leaders. This is one of the best primers for evangelical Christians to understand political Islam in the Middle East. (Mar. 10)
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Tyndale House Publishers
March 08, 2009
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Excerpt from Inside the Revolution by Joel C. Rosenberg
The Followers of Jihad: On April 1, 1979, Iran became the first Islamic republic in history. Three decades later, the shock waves from the Iranian Revolution are still being felt around the globe [and] we are rapidly approaching the most dangerous moment in the history of the Iranian Revolution. Iran's senior leaders have stated publicly that the end of the world is "imminent."...They are feverishly trying to build, buy or steal nuclear weapons....Iran, however, is not the only threat. Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist network remain a clear and present danger to U.S. national security.... What the Radicals need most is Western ignorance, apathy, and lack of moral clarity. If the West can be lulled to sleep...then the Radicals will soon be able to pull off a series of attacks that make 9/11 pale by comparison and could leave millions dead.
The Followers of Jefferson: "Aren't there any Muslims out there who think the Radicals are crazy and are willing to fight back against the jihadists?" I am often asked. "Where are the Muslim leaders who are promoting freedom and opportunity and trying to create and expand democracy, as difficult as that may be in the modern Middle East?"...Here are the answers: "Yes, absolutely," and "They're out there, but they don't get nearly enough attention."...While not all Reformers are full-blown "Jeffersonian democrats," a growing number of Muslim leaders are, in fact, seeking to follow and emulate Thomas Jefferson's teachings and example....And they are not simply talking about the power of representative government; they are actually gaining real political power and wielding game-changing influence in critical countries in the Middle East.
The Followers of Jesus: You rarely hear about it on the news. But the big, untold story is that more Muslims are coming to faith in Jesus Christ today than at any other time in human history....During the course of interviewing more than 150 Christian leaders in the epicenter, I have been able to assemble enough data and anecdotal evidence to paint a picture of how powerfully the God of the Bible is moving to draw Muslims into His family....The head of one leading Iranian ministry told me: "Based on all the things we are seeing inside Iran today, I personally believe that if every Iranian who secretly believes in Jesus could come forward right now and declare his or her faith publicly, the number would top a million."