By Mark D. Siljander
Former Congressman and Deputy Ambassador to the United countries Mark D. Siljander takes us on an eye-opening trip of private, non secular, and political discovery. within the Eighties, Siljander was once a newly minted Reagan Republican from Michigan who joined Congress within the related new release as Newt Gingrich and Tom hold up, able to remake the realm. A staunch member of the non secular correct, he as soon as walked out of the nationwide Prayer Breakfast while a speaker quoted from the Qur'an.
But after wasting reelection, Siljander dove into the Bible to seem for the passage within which the Bible says it's our activity as Christians to transform others to be able to keep them from everlasting damnation. He could not locate it; in truth, he could not even discover a passage asserting that Jesus got down to shape a brand new faith. This discovery used to be step one on a non secular and political trip that all started with an in-depth linguistic learn of the Bible and ended in the invention that Christianity and Islam proportion many base phrases and ideas. In his position as ambassador to the United international locations Siljander begun sharing his insights at the connections among Islam and Christianity, with unbelievable results.
A lethal Misunderstanding recounts Siljander's remarkable discoveries as he travels to a few of the main distant and adverse areas within the world—deep into Libya, Sudan, Pakistan, and India—forging deep ties with either heads of nation and non secular leaders. What he has discovered may possibly substantially shift the modern spiritual panorama and aid heal the rift among Islam and the West. No Christian or Muslim should be unaffected after studying this publication.
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