Well, I’ve decided to start putting up my book recommendations, so here’s my first. I recently finished reading a book by David Garrison called A Wind in the House of Islam (2014). Garrison is a well known missiologist with the IMB, and this book represents seven years of research and over 1,000 interviews with Muslims from 45 different movements. Truly an inspiring book.
No other realm has been so impervious to Christian missions and evangelism than that of the Muslim world. In the first 12 centuries of church history, we know of no significant movement of Muslims to Christ (defined as at least 1,000 baptisms within two decades). The 19th century saw only two, and the 20th century saw a meager 11 movements (most of happening during the 80’s and 90’s). In the first 12 years of the 21st century there have been 69 movements of Muslims coming to Christ, a true miracle that is completely unprecedented in the history of Christian missions. Moreover, these movements are not happening in isolated corners of the Muslim world. They are taking place in every area of the Dar al-Islam (“House of Islam”). No man could contrive such a thing. God is truly doing the impossible.