Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Two brothers separated at birth grow up worlds apart. Outwardly, they're exactly alike, but inwardly, nothing's the same--one is a devotee of fundamentalist Islam; the other, a Christian. In this modern-day Cain and Abel story, the lines are drawn not just over whose God is right, but also over the fact that they're both in love with the same girl.
It's a conflict with grave repercussions, little hope of resolution--and time is running out. In the background, a plan has been set in motion that will bring the United States government to its knees. Will an unexpected visitation reconcile the brothers in time to save the woman they love--and ultimately, themselves--from the coming devastation?
In his award-winning style, author Keith Clemons delivers a profound comparison between Christianity and Islam, a dichotomy of life versus death, love versus hate, and grace versus legalism. Mohamed's Moon will plunge you into a world where hatred and heinous acts are justified. But if hatred is potent, it pales in comparison to the power of God's love.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Mohamed's Moon, go HERE
My first experience with a person of the Islam faith was not a bad one. He was a gentleman of quiet spirit and we became friends. He worked with my family. His different faith was obvious in the way he dressed as well as in the way he talked, but he was respectful, polite and kind. He and my Dad were friends and their friendship continues to this day.
When I left for college I met other people of the Islam faith. They were very different than my childhood friend. I was taken aback. Very surprised at their aggressiveness and hostility towards me. They didn't know me, but they did not like me because of my faith.
I was very torn. The compassion I had felt for the heart and soul of my lifelong friend didn't seem to extend to these angry, hurtful people. I felt threatened.
These emotions are very much the same as these two brothers in Mohammed's Moon. Like the book description says, this is a modern day Cain and Abel story. However, it is more than that. It is a glimpse into how we as Christians are underestimating the power of God's love to change lives in our world today. What a great book for a book club to use to discuss making a difference in our communities!