#OctTBR2022 Day 26: “Everything Sad is Untrue” by Daniel Nayeri

[What is #OctTBR2022? I explain it here.]

What It Is: The memoir of an Iranian (?) boy transplanted to Oklahoma.

Why I’m Reading It: This book was released in 2021 and received a lot of positive buzz. Thanks to the kindness of a friend, I was able to get a copy for myself. The author’s story is not just about his experience growing up in a new culture, but the story of his mother who converted from Islam to Christianity and then fought to build a new life for herself and her son. I’m intrigued.

Have you read this book? Do you have a favorite memoir? Let me know in the comments!

#OctTBR2022 Day 12: “Engaging with Muslims” by John Klaassen

[What is #OctTBR2022? I explain it here.]

What It is: A book that (hopefully) provides a good introduction to the basic tenets of Islam, in order to be able to communicate the Gospel in an understandable way.

Why I’m Reading It: The suburb where I live has a large Muslim population, as does the neighborhood surrounding our church. Our church is also directly involved with a ministry that serves the refugee community in our city, including many refugees from Muslim-majority countries. It would be a benefit to have some basic knowledge of an Islamic worldview as I seek to grow in my evangelism and missions-focused ministry.

Have you read this one? If not, is there another book on this topic you can recommend? Comment below!