I purchased this book knowing its author, and recognising the crucial nature of its subject matter. “Dear Abdullah”, handling the Bible’s answer to eight questions that Muslim people ask about Christianity, does exactly what it says on the cover, and is rightly praised as an easy-read. Robert Scott’s copious experience with people from a Muslim background shines through its pages and enabled him to share the wisdom of experience.
However, there were two particular things I was struck by as I worked through the book. The first was its uplifting content! The gospel is a wonderful reality; it isn’t just true, it is a stirring and glorious truth. It was a joy to read the coherence of our message, the implications for our relationship with God and the amazing position that we’re in as Christians.
The second was the method with which we are taken through the vast sweep of the Bible storyline in order to answer questions. The Bible isn’t a collection of snippets that can be used as ‘proof texts’ to knock down arguments presented against it. The Bible is a single book that reveals God’s purposes throughout history, holds together as a coherent whole, and deals with big issues in broad sweeps, not just occasional verses. The model we get of using the whole of the Bible to respond to our friends’ queries is excellent – one to mimick, and one that is extremely well exemplified in this book.
I highly commend this read – to those who believe in Islam, to those with Muslim friends, and even to those who don’t but who want to be encouraged by our wonderful God, and the amazing relationship He has rescued us for. Praise the Lord!