By Mark D. Siljander
Former Congressman and Deputy Ambassador to the United international locations 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 comparable iteration as Newt Gingrich and Tom hold up, able to remake the area. 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 so one can store them from everlasting damnation. He could not locate it; actually, he could not even discover a passage announcing that Jesus got down to shape a brand new faith. This discovery was once step one on a religious and political trip that began with an in-depth linguistic research of the Bible and resulted in the invention that Christianity and Islam percentage many base phrases and ideas. In his function as ambassador to the United countries Siljander started sharing his insights at the connections among Islam and Christianity, with excellent results.
A lethal Misunderstanding recounts Siljander's awesome discoveries as he travels to a couple of the main distant and antagonistic locations 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 significantly shift the modern non secular panorama and aid heal the rift among Islam and the West. No Christian or Muslim can be unaffected after analyzing this booklet.
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Maybe that 1986 defeat was just an anomaly, I thought. Maybe I can recapture that momentum, get my old game back, recover that string of political victories. But it was like trying to go back through a door that had shut and bolted behind me. The election bid failed. Clearly, whatever was in store, whatever it was I was supposed to do next, would lie on a new path, not an old one. Perhaps this new path would lead to a much more meaningful future than I could ever find through elected office. But if the door behind me was impassable, all those in front seemed just as tightly locked.
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A Deadly Misunderstanding: A Congressman's Quest to Bridge the Muslim-Christian Divide by Mark D. Siljander