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Kerby Anderson

Any social or political movement usually takes on the attributes and characteristics of its founder. That is also true of a religion. In order to understand the Muslim religion, we need to begin with Muhammad.

Islam is a monotheistic religion based upon the holy book, the Qur’an, which its followers believe was sent by God through the angel Gabriel to the prophet Muhammad. Additional teachings are also recorded in the Hadith.

The foundational belief of Islam is the monotheistic belief that God is one. In Arabic, God is called Allah. The name Allah was used before the time of Muhammad and does not specify any gender. Because Islam teaches the unity of God, Muslims reject the Christian doctrine of the trinity of God. Muslims also reject the Eastern religions that teach polytheism.

History of Muhammad

Muhammad was born in 570 into the Quraysh tribe that had the responsibility of maintaining the Ka’bah (a stone used in pagan rituals in Mecca). His father died almost six months before he was born, and his mother died when he was six years old. So, his grandfather reared him until he died when Muhammad was eight. Finally, his uncle became his custodian. During his teen years, he followed his uncle on trips to Syria to trade goods. Overall, Muhammad lived a normal life, except that he never participated in the pagan rituals in Mecca.

After his years of traveling with his uncle, Muhammad became a merchant. As a young man, Muhammad obtained the patronage of Khadija. At age 25, he married this wealthy widow merchant who was 15 years his senior. He led her trade caravans all over the Arabian Peninsula and as far away as Damascus. They had five children together.

When he was 40 years of age, Muhammad had a vision. Sometimes he would retire to a cave on Mount Hira (outside Mecca) for relaxation. In 610, he said he received a vision from the angel Gabriel during the month of Ramadan. At first, he wondered about its source, but his wife Khadijah (and others) believed he was a prophet. After his first revelation, Muhammad did not receive another for nearly three years. During that time, he became despondent and doubted whether Allah was pleased with his conduct.

He did begin to have additional revelations until his death, and these messages were later compiled and recorded in the Qur’an. Over time, some of the revelations of Muhammad became more unusual. He claimed to speak to the dead and even prayed for the dead at one cemetery. He also received revelation from both Allah and Satan. Perhaps the most famous of these are the so-called “Satanic Verses.”

Muhammad began preaching against the greed, economic oppression, and idolatry of his time. He also preached against the polytheism of the Arab tribes and called on the many factions of the Arab peoples to unite under the worship of Allah. Muhammad proclaimed to those in Mecca that they were worshipping false gods and idols. This preaching was not only controversial, but it began to affect the commercial interests of those who profited from the worship at the Ka’bah in Mecca. Even his own tribe turned against him. He and his followers came under persecution.

Although some joined Muhammad, most of the residents either ignored him or criticized him. His message was not well received even by his Quraysh brethren in Mecca. It is at that point that Muhammad’s rage surfaced. When even his uncle, Abu Lahab, rejected his message, Muhammad cursed him and his wife in violent language: “May the hands of Abu Lahab perish! May he himself perish! Nothing shall his wealth and gains avail him. He shall be burnt in a flaming fire, and his wife, laden with faggots, shall have a rope of fiber around her neck!” (Sura 111:1-5).

In 620, Muhammad claimed that he experienced a night journey with the angel Gabriel that took him from Mecca to a far land (later Muslims said this was Jerusalem – the location which today is known as the Dome of the Rock). He also said he traveled to both heaven and hell and spoke with previous prophets such as Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. He led them in prayer and then returned to Mecca.

His wife and uncle died in 619, and he married another woman. Tensions were rising, and even his own tribe refused to protect him. Various threats were made against his life. Some of his followers actually fled to a nearby Christian king for protection.

The leaders in Mecca were growing even more concerned about the influence of Muhammad and his followers. So, they devised a plan to assassinate Muhammad in order to rid their city of him and Muslim followers. Muhammad and his small Muslim community eventually fled from Mecca in 622 to Medina (a small agricultural oasis to the north of Mecca) where a band of tribal warriors accepted his role as prophet. This flight (known as the Hijra) marks the beginning of the Muslim calendar. This is why Muslim dates have the designation AH (After Hijra).

Muhammad in Medina

While in Medina, Muhammad began to organize various aspects of Islam. He proposed that the Muslim holy day would be on Friday so that it would not conflict with the Jewish Sabbath. Originally, Muslims prayed toward Jerusalem, but that was later changed to Mecca. He also adopted Abraham as the patriarch of the Muslim faith but considered him the father of the Arabs through Ishmael.

Muhammad also established what could be considered the foundational document of Islam. It declared that the community of Muslim believers as the umma and set forth the strictures under which they would live. This brotherhood of believers replaced the brotherhood of the tribes. They were to be governed by the Muslim theocracy in which all institutions were subservient to the religion.

During this time, he built a mosque in Medina and established the pillars of Islam that exist even to this day. These include the confession, prayer, almsgiving, fasting, and a pilgrimage.

Muhammad also divided the world into two spheres: dar al-Islam (the house of submission – Islam) and dar al-Harb (the house of war). The first is government by Islamic law and tradition. The second is outside Muslim rule.

 While they were in Medina, Muhammad and his fellow Muslims raided caravans and engaged in a number of battles with his growing army of followers. Although most of these battles were with those from Mecca who rejected his teaching, some were against the Jews. In one particular battle with the last Jewish tribe in Medina, he and his followers killed 600-800 Jewish men and took the wives and children as booty.

Because he was raiding caravans from Mecca, relations between Mecca and Muhammad grew worse. After Muhammad led a raid on a Meccan caravan in 624, the leaders in Mecca decided to send an army to Medina to defeat Muhammad and his followers.

This was a major turning point in the life of Muhammad in what is now called the battle of Badr. Even though they were outnumbered three-to-one, his Muslim troops were able to defeat the Quraysh. This appeared to be a divine authentication of the blessing of Allah on the teaching of Muhammad. He also attributed the victory to Allah sending angels. He also said that similar help would come to Muslims who remained faithful to Allah.

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Allah had helped you at Badr, when ye were a contemptible little force; then fear Allah: thus, may you show your gratitude. Remember thou saidst to the Faithful: ‘Is it not enough for you that Allah should help you with three thousand angels specially sent down?’ Yes, if ye remain firm, and act aright, even if the enemy should rush here on you in hot haste, your Lord would help you with five thousand angels making a terrific onslaught (Sura 3:123-125).

The victory at Badr also posed a problem: the spoils of war.  One of the chapters of the Qur’an actually spells out the distribution of this booty: “And know that whatever ye take as spoils of war, lo! a fifth thereof is for Allah, and for the messenger and for the kinsman (who hath need) and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, if ye believe in Allah and that which We revealed unto Our slave on the Day of Discrimination, that day when the two armies met” (Sura 8:41).

By 628, the Muslim army was so strong that Muhammad decided to return to Mecca as a pilgrim. Even though he was not allowed to finish his pilgrimage, he did sign a treaty that would allow Muslims to make a pilgrimage to Mecca the next year.

In 630, Muhammad assembled an army of 10,000 men and returned to Mecca and took the city without much bloodshed. Most of the Meccans converted to Islam, and others saw the wisdom of not resisting this new powerful religious and military leader. Four people were executed, one a woman who wrote satirical lyrics about Muhammad. He demanded a pledge of allegiance from the citizens of Mecca to him and his religion. Muhammad also destroyed the idols in the shrine in Mecca (known as the Ka’bah) and instituted the practices of Islam in the holy city of Mecca.

Muhammad now had control of both Medina and Mecca, which was the economic and religious center of the Arabian Peninsula. He then decided to return to Medina, a city that came to be known as the “City of the Prophet.” And he continued to expand his sphere of political and religious influence in the Arabian Peninsula for the next two years. He was at the pinnacle of his power, and then he died in 632. But rather than that being the end of Islam, it began an incredible expansion both to the east to Persia and to the west through Northern Africa and into Spain.

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 After Muhammad’s Death

When Muhammad died, the remaining Muslims faced a challenge. Who would lead them? Should they choose one person to lead them or separate into many communities? Who would be their leader and spokesman?

The Muslim leaders picked Abu Bakr (Muhammad’s father-in-law and early supporter). He was chosen to assume the role of caliph or successor to Muhammad. However, many who submitted to Muhammad refused to submit to the leadership of Abu Bakr. Several tribes wanted political independence; some sought to break religiously as well. The result was what has come to be known as the Apostasy wars. After two years of fighting to put down both religious and political threats, Abu Bakr extended his control to include the entire Arabian Peninsula. Islam was now in a position to extend its influence beyond Arabia with a large standing army of believers.

The leaders that emerged from this period were known as caliphs. The first four caliphs were companions of Muhammad. During this same period, Muslim armies began to conquer the Persian Empire to the east and began to take control of the North African and Syrian territories of the Byzantine Empire. In a fairly short period of time, Islam was transformed from a religion of a small city-state in the Arabian Peninsula into a major world religion that covered the land from northwest Africa to central Asia.

The third caliph (whose name was Uthman and was responsible for collecting the variant versions of the Qur’an) was murdered by troops who mutinied over matters of pay and privileges. These troops and others in Medina declared the new caliph to be Ali, (who was a cousin of Muhammad who was an early convert and also the husband of Muhammad’s daughter).

This lead to the split between two major groups in Islam: Sunni and Shi’ite. The Shi’ite Muslim tradition believes that Muhammad designated Ali as his successor. Ali faced a major military threat from other Muslims and fought a battle and later agreed to arbitration. When he was killed in 661, most Muslims accepted the leadership of one of the caliphs. But the division between two sects of Islam was now established. Even during these civil wars, the world of Islam continued to expand and dominate the region. In many ways, this new Muslim state became the successor to the empires of Rome and Persia. The Muslim empire spanned from Spain in the west to India in the east. In the centuries that followed, Islam penetrated deeper into Africa and Asia, extending as far as the Philippines.

This time period was the beginning of the golden age of Islam, which produced some of the world’s finest philosophers and mathematicians. Baghdad, for example, had a library unmatched by anything else in the world and housed writings from Plato and Aristotle.

Also during this time, conflict between Islam and Christianity erupted. In 691, the Dome of the Rock Mosque was erected in Jerusalem. In 715 the Great Mosque was built in Damascus. So, by 1095, a series of Crusades were begun in an effort to reclaim the Holy Land from the Muslims.

By the tenth century, the power of the caliphs was reduced as power shifted to the military commanders, who frequently took the title of sultan (meaning authority). Much of this military leadership was Turkish.

From the tenth to the sixteenth century, the size of the Muslim world nearly doubled. This expansion was not so much due to the military conquering lands as it was due to traveling merchants and itinerant preachers. Teachers of a devotional life also developed during this time. This would include the sect of Islam known as Sufism.

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From the sixteenth century onward, Islam began to be affected by the influence of European powers. Eventually, European countries colonized much of the Muslim world. This situation remained relatively unchanged until the end of WWI. Much of the map of the Middle East was drawn up, and later many of the Muslim countries gained political independence. The discovery and development of the vast oil reserves in many Muslim lands have also brought economic independence.

Today Islam is the second largest religion in the world with approximately 1.6 billion adherents worldwide. It is also one of the fastest growing religions in the world. The Islam religion can be found around the globe. Islam is no longer just a religion of the Middle East. There are actually more Muslims in Asia (60 percent) than in the Arab world (22 percent) and sub-Saharan Africa (12 percent). The country with the most Muslims today is not an Arab country but Indonesia in Southeast Asia.

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THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST: Always Being Prepared to Make a Defense [Second Edition]THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST: Always Being Prepared to Make a Defense [Second Edition]

MOST Christian apologetic books help the reader know WHAT to say; THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST is HOW to communicate it effectively. The Christian apologist words should always be seasoned with salt as we share the unadulterated truths of Scripture with gentleness and respect. Our example …

THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK: How All Christians Can Effectively Share God's Word in Their Community, [SECOND EDITION]THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK: How All Christians Can Effectively Share God’s Word in Their Community, [SECOND EDITION]

THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK is a practical guide (for real-life application) in aiding all Christians in sharing biblical beliefs, the Good News of the kingdom, how to deal with Bible critics, overturning false beliefs, so as to make disciples, as commanded by Christ. Matthew 24:14; …

YOUR GUIDE FOR DEFENDING THE BIBLE: Self-Education of the Bible Made Easy [Third Edition]YOUR GUIDE FOR DEFENDING THE BIBLE: Self-Education of the Bible Made Easy [Third Edition]

The reader will receive eight small introductory books in this one publication. Andrews’ intention is to offer his reader several chapters on eight of the most critical subject areas of understanding and defending the Word of God. This will enable the reader to lay a solid foundation for …

THE CULTURE WAR: How the West Lost Its Greatness & Was Weakened From WithinTHE CULTURE WAR: How the West Lost Its Greatness & Was Weakened From Within 

The Culture War. How the West lost its greatness and was weakened from within outlines how the West lost its values, causing its current decline. It is a forceful attack on the extreme liberal, anti-religious ideology which since the1960’s has permeated the Western culture and …

EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY Jesus' Witnesses to the Ends of the EarthEARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY Jesus’ Witnesses to the Ends of the Earth

EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY will give its readers a thrilling account of first-century Christianity. When and how did they come to be called Christians? Who are all obligated to be Christian evangelists? In what way did Jesus set the example for our evangelism? What is the …

CRISIS OF FAITH: Saving Those Who DoubtCRISIS OF FAITH Saving Those Who Doubt 

Inside of some Christians unbeknownst to their family, friends or congregation, they are screaming, “I doubt, I doubt, I have very grave doubts!” OURS is an age of doubt. Skepticism has become fashionable. We are urged to question everything: especially the existence of God and the …

Investigating Jehovah's Witnesses: Why 1914 Is Important to Jehovah?s WitnessesINVESTIGATING JEHOVAH?S WITNESSES: Why 1914 Is Important to Jehovah?s Witnesses

The intention of this book is to investigate the biblical chronology behind Jehovah’s Witnesses most controversial doctrinal position that Jesus began to rule invisibly from heaven in October 1914. This biblical chronology of the Witnesses hinges upon their belief that the destruction of …

Translation and Textual Criticism

THE COMPLETE GUIDE to BIBLE TRANSLATION: Bible Translation Choices and Translation Principles [Second Edition]THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BIBLE TRANSLATION: Bible Translation Choices and Translation Principles [Second Edition] 

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BIBLE TRANSLATION (CGBT) is for all individuals interested in how the Bible came down to us, as well as having an insight into the Bible translation process. CGBT is also for those who are interested in which translation(s) would be the most beneficial to use.

CHOOSING YOUR BIBLE: Bible Translation DifferencesCHOOSING YOUR BIBLE: Bible Translation Differences

There are more than 150 different Bible translations in the English language alone. Some are what we call literal translations, which seeks to give the reader the exact English equivalent of what was written in the original language text, thus allowing the reader access to the actual Word …

THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT The Science and Art of Textual CriticismTHE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT: The Science and Art of Textual Criticism

THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT was copied and recopied by hand for 1,500 years. Regardless of those scribes who had worked very hard to be faithful in their copying, errors crept into the text. How can we be confident that what we have today is the Word of God? Wilkins and Andrews …

MISREPRESENTING JESUS: Debunking Bart D. Ehrman's "Misquoting Jesus" [Third Edition]MISREPRESENTING JESUS: Debunking Bart D. Ehrman’s “Misquoting Jesus” [Third Edition]

Edward D. Andrews boldly answers the challenges Bart D. Ehrman alleges against the fully inerrant, Spirit-inspired, authoritative Word of God. By glimpsing into the life of Bart D. Ehrman and following along his course of academic studies, Andrews helps the reader to understand the …

Biblical Studies

HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE: Rightly Handling the Word of GodHOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE: Rightly Handling the Word of God

A comprehensive book on HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE by observing, interpreting, and applying, which will focus on the most basic Bible study tools, principles, and processes for moving from an in-depth reading of the Scriptures to application. What, though, if you have long felt that you are …

THE NEW TESTAMENT: Its Background, Setting & ContentTHE NEW TESTAMENT: Its Background, Setting & Content

…the author’s intended meaning to his original readers and how that meaning can then apply to us. Marshall gives you what you need for deeper and richer Bible study. Dr. Lee M. Fields writes, “‘Deep’ study is no guarantee that mature faith will result, but shallow study guarantees …

THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST: What Do You Know About Jesus? [Updated and Expanded]THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST: What Do You Know About Jesus? [Updated and Expanded] 

The life of Christ is an exhaustless theme. It reveals a character of greater massiveness than the hills, of a more serene beauty than the stars, of sweeter fragrance than the flowers, higher than the heavens in sublimity and deeper than the seas in mystery. As good Jean Paul has …

THE LIFE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL: The Apostle to the Nations [Updated and Expanded]THE LIFE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL: The Apostle to the Nations [Updated and Expanded] 

Stalker’s Life of St. Paul became one of the most widely read and respected biographies of the Apostle to the Gentiles. As an insightful compendium on the life of Paul, this work is of particular interest to pastors and teachers who desire to add realism and vividness to their account of …

INTERPRETING THE BIBLE: Introduction to Biblical HermeneuticsINTERPRETING THE BIBLE: Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

Delving into the basics of biblical interpretation, Edward D. Andrews has provided a complete hands-on guide to understanding what the author meant by the words that he used from the conservative grammatical-historical perspective. He teaches how to study the Bible on a deep, scholarly …

HOW TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE: An Introduction to HermeneuticsHOW TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE: An Introduction to Hermeneutics

…Linguistic and literary factors are analyzed so that the various genres of Scripture are examined for their true meaning. The importance of having sound principles of interpretation cannot be overstated as to ignore them will result in all manner of erroneous assumptions. Beville presents …

THE CHURCH COMMUNITY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE: Evangelism and Engagement with Postmodern PeopleTHE CHURCH COMMUNITY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE: Evangelism and Engagement with Postmodern People

Once upon a time, Postmodernism was a buzz word. It pronounced Modernism dead or at least in the throes of death. It was a wave that swept over Christendom, promising to wash away sterile, dogmatic and outmoded forms of church. But whatever happened to postmodernism? It was regarded …

DEVELOPING HEALTHY CHURCHES: A Case-Study in RevelationDEVELOPING HEALTHY CHURCHES: A Case-Study in Revelation

church. It offers an appointment with the Great Physician that no Christian can afford to ignore. Developing Healthy ChurchesA Case-Study in Revelationbegins with a well-researched outline of the origins and development of the church health movement. With that background in mind the …

DYING TO KILL: A Christian Perspective on Euthanasia and Assisted SuicideDYING TO KILL: A Christian Perspective on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

…liberties in a multi-cultural society that is becoming increasingly secular. This work provides an ethical framework in which euthanasia and assisted suicide can be evaluated. These issues are on the radar indicating a collision course with Christian values. It is time for Christians to be …

JOURNEY WITH JESUS THROUGH THE MESSAGE OF MARK: Experience the Ministry of Jesus in a Spiritually Captivating WayJOURNEY WITH JESUS THROUGH THE MESSAGE OF MARK

Journey with Jesus through the Message of Mark is an insightful and engaging survey of Mark‘s Gospel, exploring each major section of the text along with key themes. It is a work that can be enjoyed by laypersons as well as pastors and teachers. Pastors will find the abundant use …

ANGELS & DEMONS: The Bible AnswersANGELS & DEMONS The Bible Answers

What are angels & demons? Can angels help us? What does the Bible say about angels? What is the truth about angels? Can Angels affect your life? Who were the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2? Who were the Nephilim in Genesis 6:2? Who is Michael the archangel? Can Satan the Devil control …

AN ENCOURAGING THOUGHT The Christian Worldview

An Encouraging Thought elucidates the ways in which Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are informed by and communicate a biblical worldview. This book will help readers appreciate the ways in which a biblical worldview informs Tolkien’s work, to the end that their own faith may be confirmed in strength, focused in understanding, deepened in joy, and honed in its ability to communicate the Gospel.

Bible Doctrines

WHERE ARE THE DEAD? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithWHERE ARE THE DEAD? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

What is the Bible’s viewpoint? Without delving into an endless stream of what man has said, Andrews looks at what the Bible says about death and the like. Why do we grow old and die? What happens at death? Is there life after death, or is this all there is? Do we have an immortal soul? …

IDENTIFYING THE ANTICHRIST: The Man of Lawlessness and the Mark of the Beast RevealedIDENTIFYING THE ANTICHRIST: The Man of Lawlessness and the Mark of the Beast Revealed

Herein Andrews will give the reader exactly what the Bible offers on exposing who the Antichrist and the Man of Lawlessness are. If we look at the texts that refer to the antichrist and the man of lawlessness, we will have lines of evidence that will enable us to identify them. Why is it …

UNDERSTANDING THE CREATION ACCOUNT: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithUNDERSTANDING THE CREATION ACCOUNT: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Throughout the Scriptures, God is identified as the Creator. He is the One “who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it.” [Isa 45:18] He is the One “who forms mountains and creates the wind” (Am 4:13) and is the One “who made the heaven and …

The SECOND COMING of CHRIST: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithThe SECOND COMING of CHRIST: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

The information herein is based on the disciples coming to Jesus privately, saying, “Tell us, (1) when will these things be, and (2) what will be the sign of your coming, and (3) of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3) What will end? When will the end come? What comes after the end? Who …

WHAT IS HELL? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithWHAT IS HELL? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

What Really Is Hell? What Kind of Place is Hell? What Really Happens at Death? What Did Jesus Teach About Hell? How Does Learning the Truth About Hell Affect You? Who Goes to Hell? What Is Hell? Is It a Place of Eternal Torment? Does God Punish People in Hellfire? Do the Wicked Suffer in …

Miracles? - Do They Still Happen Today?: God Miraculously Saving People’s Lives, Apparitions, Speaking In Tongues, Faith HealingMIRACLES – DO THEY STILL HAPPEN TODAY? God Miraculously Saving People’s Lives, Apparitions, Speaking In Tongues, Faith Healing 

Miracles were certainly a part of certain periods in Bible times. What about today? Are miracles still taking place. There are some very important subjects that surround this area of discussion that are often misunderstood. Andrews will answer such questions as does God step in and solve …

HOMOSEXUALITY - The BIBLE and the CHRISTIAN: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithHOMOSEXUALITY – The BIBLE and the CHRISTIAN: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Today there are many questions about homosexuality as it relates to the Bible and Christians. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Does genetics, environment, or traumatic life experiences justify homosexuality? What is God’s will for people with same-sex attractions? Does the …

Daily Devotionals

DEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTHS: Growing Up In Christ

Young ones and teens, you are exposed to complex problems that your parents may not understand. Young Christians, you are bombarded with multiple options for solving everyday problems through social media. Where do you turn to find answers? Where can you look to find guidance from Scripture? In order to provide a Christian perspective to problem-solving, the author of this devotional book decided to take a different approach.

DEVOTIONAL FOR TRAGEDYDEVOTIONAL FOR THOSE COPING WITH TRAGEDY: A Journey Back to God

This devotional book follows the author’s own faith journey back to God. Significant life events can shake our world and distort our faith. Following life’s tragedies, a common reaction is to become angry with God or to reject Him altogether. Examples of tragedies or traumas include life-changing events such as physical or sexual assault, destruction of one’s home, the tragic death of a loved one, diagnoses of terminal diseases, divorce, miscarriages, or being a victim of a crime. Tragedies or traumas can cause feelings of anxiety, depression, shame, and guilt.

DEVOTIONAL FOR CAREGIVERSDEVOTIONAL FOR CAREGIVERS: Finding Strength Through Faith 

Throughout the book, common themes emerge to support caregivers. The reader will find interesting Bible Scriptures, offering a Christian perspective, for handling issues that may arise. These inspiring passages will assist the caregiver in finding peace and faith as they travel their journey as a caregiver. Although caregivers may not know how long they will play this role, they take on the responsibility without any question. Taking care of others is often mentioned in the Bible and, as noted in this devotional, this self-sacrificing, highly valued, and often challenging service will ultimately be rewarded.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL Daily Musings From the Old Testament

Humans must breathe in the air of our atmosphere to survive. Many cities because of pollution face a dangerous level of contamination in their air. However, an even more deadly air affects both Christians and nonChristians. Ordinary methods or devices cannot detect this poisonous air.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Daily Musing From the New Testament

Paul counseled, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” (Col. 3:2) It is, for this reason, Marshall has penned the DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Daily Musings From the New Testament, which can help us be protected against Satan’s efforts at controlling our mind and heart.  For each day of the year, DAILY DEVOTIONAL provides a Daily Bible Reading and comments for consideration.

BREAD OF HEAVEN: Daily Meditations on Scripture

BREAD OF HEAVEN helps the reader to have a greater understanding of the timeless truths of Scripture and a deeper appreciation of the grandeur of God. It offers meditations on selected Scriptures which will draw the reader’s attention upwards to the Savior.

Christian Fiction

THE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm's LengthTHE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm’s Length

…desert but none of such significance as a handful of scrolls retrieved from a buried Roman satchel (presumed stolen) at this site. The discovery has since come to be known as ‘The Diary of Judas Iscariot.’ In The Diary of JudasIscariot Owen Batstone relates the observations and feelings …

THE SECRET HIDEAWAYTHE SECRET HIDEAWAY ON BRIDGETON HILL

Rachael Garrison knows all the shrewd ways to successfully close multi-million-dollar real estate deals with her father’s famous New York real estate enterprise. But beyond her savvy to rake in huge deals is her premonition that an impending global takeover of the world’s financial wealth is on the horizon by evil leaders of The Great Ten Nations. From New York City to the Irish Hills of Michigan, and into the streets of Detroit her life takes on enormous purpose as

THE RAPTURE: God’s Unwelcomed WrathTHE RAPTURE: God’s Unwelcomed Wrath

Kevin Trill struggles with the notion that he may have missed the Rapture. With nothing but the clothes on his back and a solid gold pocket watch, he sets off towards Garbor, a safe haven for those who haven’t yet taken the mark of thebeast. While on his way to Garbor, he meets up …

SEEKERS AND DECEIVERS: Which One are You? It Is Time to Join the Fight!

There grew an element in the valley that did not want to be ruled by the Light of the Word. Over time, they convinced the people to reject it. As they started to reject this Light, the valley grew dim and the fog rolled in. The people craved the darkness rather than the Light because they were evil. They did not want to  …

The Shadow Flames of Uluru: Book ONE in the CHAOS DOWN UNDER 

When an ancestor saddles them with the responsibility to purge Australia of a demon threatening to wipe our humanity with black flames, fraternal siblings Amber and Michael Hauksby lay their lives on the line. As the world crumbles around them into chaos, and ancient marsupials wreak havoc in their hometown, they must journey into …

WRITE PLACE, RIGHT TIME: The Pre-Apocalyptic Misadventure of a Freelance Journalist 

“Write Place, Right Time” follows the pre-apocalyptic misadventures of freelance journalist Don Lamplighter. While on what he expects to be a routine Monday night trip to a village board meeting, Lamplighter’s good nature compels him to help a stranded vehicle. Little does he know that by saving one of the car’s occupants, he sets forth a chain of what to him seem to be unrelated events where he must use his physical and social skills to save himself and others from precarious situations.

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