Most often, modern sensibilities demand that we relegate dreams and visions to either bygone means of God communicating with people, or the loony bin. Or, harkening to Ebenezer Scrooge, “a bit of beef or a dot of mustard.”
But, haven’t we all, at one time, been a little jealous of Joseph, Daniel, Peter or Paul? The list goes on.
Haven’t you at sometime begged, “God, couldn’t you just show up right now and tell me face-to-face what I’m supposed to do?”
In the book, Dreams and Visions, Tom Doyle, tells more than one story of Jesus appearing to Muslims, face-to-face, to show them His unquenchable, unbiased love.
The book is divided into chapters based on the nationality of the person who had the dream. Jesus is showing up in Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Israel and Afghanistan. Jesus is appearing to men and women.
He sometimes comes with words, He always comes with the peace that passes all understanding. That gift of peace is what gives a converted Muslim the courage to suffer and die for their faith. He comes in the middle of the night, in broad daylight, in the city and in the countryside.
Modern sensibilities often cause Christians to look askance at our Muslim neighbors. But the Apostle Paul confessed to being willing to be considered out of his mind, relieved of common sense, for the sake of the Gospel. (2 Cor. 5:13-14)
Often, the love of Christ is dimmed by our fear of the different and unknown. Perhaps that is why Jesus has taken it upon Himself to expose Muslims to the reality of His love.
This exceptional book is tough to put down. Doyle has written in creative nonfiction style, threading story-telling techniques and dialogue through simple, facts. At the end, the four appendices make the book a practical resource for Christians anxious to share their faith and the love of Christ with the Muslims in their communities.
Will you join me in July for 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World?