A Deadly Misunderstanding: A Congressman's Quest to Bridge the Muslim-Christian Divide


by: Mark D. Siljander
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description Former Congressman and Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Mark D. Siljander takes us on an eye-opening journey of personal, religious, and political discovery. In the 1980s, Siljander was a newly minted Reagan Republican from Michigan who joined Congress in the same generation as Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay, ready to remake the world. A staunch member of the Religious Right, he once walked out of the National Prayer Breakfast when a speaker quoted from the Qur'an. But after losing reelection, Siljander dove into the Bible to look for the passage in which the Bible says it is our job as Christians to convert others in order to save them from eternal damnation. He couldn't find it; in fact, he couldn't even find a passage saying that Jesus set out to form a new religion. This discovery was the first step on a spiritual and political journey that started with an in-depth linguistic study of the Bible and led to the discovery that Christianity and Islam share many base words and concepts. In his role as ambassador to the United Nations Siljander began sharing his insights on the connections between Islam and Christianity, with surprising results. A Deadly Misunderstanding recounts Siljander's amazing discoveries as he travels to some of the most remote and hostile places in the world—deep into Libya, Sudan, Pakistan, and India—forging deep ties with both heads of state and religious leaders. What he has learned could radically shift the contemporary religious landscape and help heal the rift between Islam and the West. No Christian or Muslim will be unaffected after reading this book. From Publishers Weekly Former congressman Siljander began his career as a zealous evangelical Christian, convinced that the Qur'an was devil's work. In this memoir, Siljander recounts his paradigm crash after discovering that much of what he'd been taught about his faith was nowhere in the Bible, and that the Christian and Muslim religious texts are surprisingly compatible when studied in their original languages. He has since made it his life's mission to find common ground between Christian and Muslim worlds, meeting with a dizzying list of political and religious leaders in the process. The result is an engaging story (despite somewhat stilted dialogue) sure to surprise and inspire many. Though he has no formal background in linguistics or religious studies, Siljander is deft at providing balance when discussing controversial subjects, and careful to show support from academics. Though his theological argument is based almost exclusively on the study of Muslim and Christian scriptures, in the current atmosphere it's hard to argue with his dictum for what's needed: Making friends with the people you thought you hated. It's that radical, that simple and that necessary. (June) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review Resolving existing hostilities between Muslims and Christians will require that we deal with the ideas behind the guns. This book does a masterful job of pointing the way. (Dr. Douglas M. Johnston, President and Founder International Center for Religion & Diplomacy) A Deadly Misunderstanding is a must-read for all seeking to know the heart of God. Mark not only provides thoughtful solutions for the monumental, geopolitical challenges of our time, but also provides nourishment for the soul (Todd Hendricks, TH Properties) I am so impressed with this extraordinary and revolutionary book.......I truly learned a lot from [Siljander] and keep learning....his approach can truly change an enemy to be a friend.While reading his book I could not stop my tears on many occasions... (Dr. Tawfik Hamid, Islamic scholar, former member of Jamma'a Islameia, a terror organization & author of Inside Jihad) An astonishing piece of work. . . In a quietly passionate voice that speaks to our hearts, Siljander shows us how we can go from diversity to unity and from


Product Code: 9780061438288
ISBN: 0061438286
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2008-10-07
Number of Pages: 272 pages
Languages: english
Edition: 1
Dimension: 6.3 x 0.98 x 9.09 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds