From Cairo to Christ
How One Muslim's Faith Journey Shows the Way for Others
by Abu Atallah, Kent A. Van Til
Pub Date 02 Jul 2017
"If I were to become a Christian, it would mean not only changing my religion but changing my whole identity and bringing shame upon my family. My whole family is Muslim, and my society and culture were Muslim. . . . Changing from Islam to Christianity would mess up my life forever."
So writes Abu Atallah, who grew up in Cairo as an ordinary Egyptian Muslim. He was deeply embedded in his family, religion, and country. For a time he was part of the Muslim Brotherhood. But as he came of age, he began to encounter people who followed a different way, who called themselves Christians. And a radically new life became possible—at great cost and risk, yet with great joy.
From Cairo to Christ is the remarkable story of how one Muslim man was drawn to the Christian faith and how he later became an ambassador for Christ with a ministry in the Muslim world. Abu Atallah’s story sheds light on Islamic cultural dynamics and helps Westerners understand the struggles of Muslim-background believers.
This compelling narrative of Atallah’s faith journey broadens Westerners’ perspectives on Muslims and demonstrates how God is bringing surprising numbers of Muslims to Christ.
"From Cairo to Christ explores the difficulties Muslim converts face as they convert to Christ. Author Abu Atallah is an Egyptian who writes as an insider who became a believer decades ago. Those unacquainted with Islamic beliefs and practices will appreciate this easy-to-read primer."
—Phil Parshall, SIM USA, author of The Cross and the Crescent
"This book offers a uniquely personal account of the complex and challenging journey of many who convert from Islam to Christianity. The story of Abu 'Stephen' Atallah—told with the help of his friend and coauthor Kent Van Til—is especially timely as the West struggles to meet the needs of massive numbers of Arab refugees fleeing chaos and civil war in their home countries. The authors see this humanitarian crisis as an opportunity for Christians to share the love of Christ."
—John C. Knapp, president and professor, Hope College
"This book is a must-read for anyone involved with Muslims and Muslim-background believers in the United States or overseas. The authors speak authentically, honestly, and truthfully. Through their words, you'll come to a deeper understanding of the culture and religious perspectives of Arab Muslims and the heart-level experiences of individuals as their faith journeys intersect with Christ and with our Western, secular, and Christian cultures."
—Kate McCord, author of In the Land of Blue Burqas