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How do the people most resistant to the transformative power of the gospel come to be its most devoted followers? Miraculous Movement recounts an amazing change taking place within Muslim communities where the truth of Jesus Christ is turning around the lives of many thousands of Muslims from more than twenty people groups. Discover through the sometimes humorous, often so How do the people most resistant to the transformative power of the gospel come to be its most devoted followers? Miraculous Movement recounts an amazing change taking place within Muslim communities where the truth of Jesus Christ is turning around the lives of many thousands of Muslims from more than twenty people groups. Discover through the sometimes humorous, often sobering, but always enlightening and encouraging true stories how imams, sheikhs, and entire mosques are forsaking Islam and embracing Christ. This close look at what the Lord is doing to spread the gospel highlights the key scriptural principles that help Christians reach out in love to share the gospel in their own community. The authors outline the principle of service to others that open doors of opportunity to the work of the gospel. Author Jerry Trousdale works with CityTeam Ministries, an organization dedicated to helping disciples make disciples through CityTeam’s own ministry and through training other ministries in more than thirty countries. Features includes: Outlines important principles on how to share the gospel with non-Christians Explains how ordinary people can lead neighbors to Christ in love and humility Tells many exciting and encouraging stories of Muslims who have accepted Jesus Describes CityTeam’s unique program focused on God’s work through disciple-making movements, a strategy that harnesses the power of disciples making disciples and churches planting churches


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How do the people most resistant to the transformative power of the gospel come to be its most devoted followers? Miraculous Movement recounts an amazing change taking place within Muslim communities where the truth of Jesus Christ is turning around the lives of many thousands of Muslims from more than twenty people groups. Discover through the sometimes humorous, often so How do the people most resistant to the transformative power of the gospel come to be its most devoted followers? Miraculous Movement recounts an amazing change taking place within Muslim communities where the truth of Jesus Christ is turning around the lives of many thousands of Muslims from more than twenty people groups. Discover through the sometimes humorous, often sobering, but always enlightening and encouraging true stories how imams, sheikhs, and entire mosques are forsaking Islam and embracing Christ. This close look at what the Lord is doing to spread the gospel highlights the key scriptural principles that help Christians reach out in love to share the gospel in their own community. The authors outline the principle of service to others that open doors of opportunity to the work of the gospel. Author Jerry Trousdale works with CityTeam Ministries, an organization dedicated to helping disciples make disciples through CityTeam’s own ministry and through training other ministries in more than thirty countries. Features includes: Outlines important principles on how to share the gospel with non-Christians Explains how ordinary people can lead neighbors to Christ in love and humility Tells many exciting and encouraging stories of Muslims who have accepted Jesus Describes CityTeam’s unique program focused on God’s work through disciple-making movements, a strategy that harnesses the power of disciples making disciples and churches planting churches

30 review for Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love with Jesus

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it's full of real-life stories of Muslims turning to Jesus and making disciples of people in their communities. The stories include a number of common themes as to how God seems to be working and drawing people to himself. Second, the book is an introduction to a strategy of church-planting based on Jesus' ministry and principles of simplicity and reproducibility. There is no seven step plan to seeing movements of disciples, but the book does introduce Interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it's full of real-life stories of Muslims turning to Jesus and making disciples of people in their communities. The stories include a number of common themes as to how God seems to be working and drawing people to himself. Second, the book is an introduction to a strategy of church-planting based on Jesus' ministry and principles of simplicity and reproducibility. There is no seven step plan to seeing movements of disciples, but the book does introduce basic principles and practices that God is using around the world that ANY follower of Jesus can implement.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Suzannah

    Excellent book showing the practical outworkings of the ideas contained in David Watson's Contagious Disciple Making , specifically as they're being carried out among Muslim communities in Africa. Excellent book showing the practical outworkings of the ideas contained in David Watson's Contagious Disciple Making , specifically as they're being carried out among Muslim communities in Africa.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Trevor

    This book is kind of deceptive. The title makes it seem like an exciting collection of accounts of Muslims becoming Christians. While those stories are part of the book and they're very good, the majority of the book consists of the author trying to convince you that his evangelism program (which he repeatedly assure you is not an evangelism program) is the only valid form of Christianity. The problem is that his stories make it appear hard to argue with him concerning his method's effectiveness This book is kind of deceptive. The title makes it seem like an exciting collection of accounts of Muslims becoming Christians. While those stories are part of the book and they're very good, the majority of the book consists of the author trying to convince you that his evangelism program (which he repeatedly assure you is not an evangelism program) is the only valid form of Christianity. The problem is that his stories make it appear hard to argue with him concerning his method's effectiveness. Yet that doesn't change the fact that his hermeneutics and theology are poor and perhaps even dangerous. The book emphasizes that we need to use Jesus' so-called evangelism method. This is based off of Jesus' discipleship of the Twelve Apostles. However it is very selective and ignores that Jesus' primary purpose was not evangelism, that he actually instructed people not to tell others about him, and that Paul used a very different method then this one. This book is also very anti-intellectual. Trousdale repeatedly instructs us to lead Discovery Bible Studies (all the brand-like capitalized names such as Discovery Bible Study and Discipleship Making Movement make me uncomfortable) instead of teaching our own interpretation of the Bible but he then proceeds to teach the reader his own interpretation of the Bible. I understand where this anti-intellectualism comes from but I think it's dangerous. Why ignore our rich history of interpretation to fall back into ancient mistakes and heresies? I also felt that their church model was surprisingly individualistic and self-centered with little room for worship or sacraments. I feel unqualified to be so critical as I have not dedicated my life to evangelizing Muslims but I do think this book is based on a faulty interpretation of the Gospels. This book does have some good things to say and could be a source of great encouragement and I would even recommend it to people who have doubts concerning the ability of Muslims to become Christians but it should be read with caution and discernment especially regarding the very firm views on Jesus' "discipleship program."

  4. 5 out of 5

    JoonHui

    It is an inspiring book but little insights of the theology and doctrines being used during their discipleship. Sounds phenomenon but I would rather be careful to have a little more understanding with such movement.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Arana

    Fabulous book for anyone who wants to educate themselves about ministering to Muslims.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary Grace

    It is good to be reminded of the miraculous work our God is doing presently. In Miraculous Movements, Trousdale tells stories of discipleship and conversion in primarily Muslim, often Christ-hostile, communities. It is inspiring to hear about faith multiplying exponentially in specific ways. My main frustration was that the perspective of these stories often feels like advertisements for the author's nonprofit and its success strategies. Is this an encouraging collection of stories, or is it an It is good to be reminded of the miraculous work our God is doing presently. In Miraculous Movements, Trousdale tells stories of discipleship and conversion in primarily Muslim, often Christ-hostile, communities. It is inspiring to hear about faith multiplying exponentially in specific ways. My main frustration was that the perspective of these stories often feels like advertisements for the author's nonprofit and its success strategies. Is this an encouraging collection of stories, or is it an instruction manual for evangelism? While the strategies are indeed scriptural and we do need to be called back to God's commands, I wish more care had been taken to prevent the reader from feeling condescended to. Overall though, reading this book was helpful in combating my cynicism and doubt and I am ultimately thankful for the reminder.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Greg Dill

    Many great stories of how God is using dreams, visions, and people among African Muslims and leading them to Christ. I liked how the author laid out some practical ways to help prod people into exploring and discovering faith in Christ on their own. These are some of the methods we ourselves use to introduce the Roma of Albania to Christ. But, the most profound thing I gleaned from this book was about the importance of intercessory prayer, perhaps something I myself lack. How prayer has opened o Many great stories of how God is using dreams, visions, and people among African Muslims and leading them to Christ. I liked how the author laid out some practical ways to help prod people into exploring and discovering faith in Christ on their own. These are some of the methods we ourselves use to introduce the Roma of Albania to Christ. But, the most profound thing I gleaned from this book was about the importance of intercessory prayer, perhaps something I myself lack. How prayer has opened opportunities to share the Gospel and see the most hardened people come to know the Lord. Prayer is indeed essential. But, some of the content of this book I found a bit troubling. Such as the gross inflation of numbers. "Thousands were led to Christ", and "hundreds of new churches were planted in just a few months", and "hundreds were being baptized". I would be curious to find how the author defines what a church is and what a new believer is. For example, is a family of 4 going through a Discovery Bible Study a church? And does a person's mere mental assent to the existence of Christ make them a believer? Furthermore, as one other reviewer alluded to, it does seem the author is focused more on getting conversions rather than making disciples. Conversions from one religion to another. Despite the few misgivings I have, this is indeed a good book. And, contrary to what proponents of missional movements or CPM would say, this IS just another method of evangelism, albeit certainly a biblical model indeed. As a missionary working in a Muslim context I have found some, not all, of these principals to be helpful in my own work in making disciples. But, as with anything in life, use discernment. As the author states, don't be confined to methods and programs, but instead yield to the Spirit as He works differently in all situations.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This is an incredible book. It will refresh your faith, encourage you, amaze you, inspire you, instruct you, and convict you. Most of all, it will cause you to realize anew that God is at work and transforming the hearts and lives of a people whom many Christians often have viewed as unreachable. Testimonies of former Muslims fill the pages as they tell of the spiritual emptiness and dissatisfaction that simmer beneath the surface of so many within the Muslim community, revealing their experienc This is an incredible book. It will refresh your faith, encourage you, amaze you, inspire you, instruct you, and convict you. Most of all, it will cause you to realize anew that God is at work and transforming the hearts and lives of a people whom many Christians often have viewed as unreachable. Testimonies of former Muslims fill the pages as they tell of the spiritual emptiness and dissatisfaction that simmer beneath the surface of so many within the Muslim community, revealing their experiences, many of them miraculous and supernatural, of coming to Christ. More than just a collection of anecdotes, however, this book provides practical guidelines for effective evangelism and discipleship following the model set forth by Jesus as He invested in the disciples. I highly recommend it! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson & the Blythe Daniel Agency as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lainey

    Every follower of Jesus should read this book! God is working so powerfully in the hearts of Muslims in some of the hardest places in the world. “Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is gre Every follower of Jesus should read this book! God is working so powerfully in the hearts of Muslims in some of the hardest places in the world. “Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭9:35-38‬ ‭NLT‬‬ https://www.bible.com/116/mat.9.35-38...

  10. 4 out of 5

    John

    I don't think I can do justice with a summary or review of this stunning little book except to say that it certainly has challenged my thinking. These sentences from Chapter 13 provide at least a glimpse of what "Miraculous Movement" has to tell us: "Don't start a program; develop a lifestyle of caring relationships. When people are a target of your program or a trophy that you want to get, they will know it in your way of dealing with them. Genuine love and friendship are what touch the hearts of I don't think I can do justice with a summary or review of this stunning little book except to say that it certainly has challenged my thinking. These sentences from Chapter 13 provide at least a glimpse of what "Miraculous Movement" has to tell us: "Don't start a program; develop a lifestyle of caring relationships. When people are a target of your program or a trophy that you want to get, they will know it in your way of dealing with them. Genuine love and friendship are what touch the hearts of people."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Azzam To'meh

    Very insightful on the disciple-making techniques employed by missionaries in Africa, the book demonstrates what is driving Muslims away from Islam and into Christianity; from the absence of a personal relationship with God, to a dark view of oneself, to the answering of needs by the Christian community as opposed to the Muslim one. The book shows what drives much of modern Islam and Christianity today, and thus should offers a good diagnosis, helpful for those wishing to fix the world around th Very insightful on the disciple-making techniques employed by missionaries in Africa, the book demonstrates what is driving Muslims away from Islam and into Christianity; from the absence of a personal relationship with God, to a dark view of oneself, to the answering of needs by the Christian community as opposed to the Muslim one. The book shows what drives much of modern Islam and Christianity today, and thus should offers a good diagnosis, helpful for those wishing to fix the world around them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marti Wade

    Re-read this in one sitting, in preparation for attending a conference featuring the author. It's long, though. Impressed by the author's humble delight in the counter-intuitive things God has done not only through their ministry but others as well. A "sequel" of sorts is due out later this month, along with a new book by David Garrison, which I hope will address ways folks in his circle have adjusted since the sometimes-maligned "Church Planting Movements" was written some years ago. Re-read this in one sitting, in preparation for attending a conference featuring the author. It's long, though. Impressed by the author's humble delight in the counter-intuitive things God has done not only through their ministry but others as well. A "sequel" of sorts is due out later this month, along with a new book by David Garrison, which I hope will address ways folks in his circle have adjusted since the sometimes-maligned "Church Planting Movements" was written some years ago.

  13. 5 out of 5

    John Avery

    We hear so many stories about Muslim people having dreams and visions of Jesus and then becoming followers. This book puts those stories in context because they come from authentic sources known to the author and his organization. What God is doing in many lives throughout the Muslim world is broader than spectacular individual conversions; He is raising up disciplers and leaders. New churches are being birthed and multiplication is happening. If you want the context, this book is a must.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Mott forbes

    I really enjoyed reading this. There were examples and testimonies of what God is doing in the hearts of Muslims and Christians. It also offers a very simple approach to starting a Bible study that not only instructs, but challenges one to step out in obedience to Christ.

  15. 5 out of 5

    John M.

    An eyewitness account of what is happening and has happened in Africa. Very encouraging and inspirational.

  16. 4 out of 5

    JoLayne Morneau

    This book moved me. It's a beautiful reminder of how much God truly loves and how much His Spirit can move through people. This book moved me. It's a beautiful reminder of how much God truly loves and how much His Spirit can move through people.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Great story, really poorly written.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Simmerman

    Absolutely love this book. Such an encouragement to my faith and increased my view of God!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dirk

    This book inpires, motivates, and teaches every ‘nomal’ Christian to go and make disciples. It describes the rapid and huge growth of the Christian church in the muslim world. It adjusted my expectations! The book describes how the gospel spread among even the most dangerous and resistant muslim communities by normal believers who simply obeyed and trusted the Lord. One of the key things in the approach is praying and searching for a person of peace: someone who has questions that islamic teacher This book inpires, motivates, and teaches every ‘nomal’ Christian to go and make disciples. It describes the rapid and huge growth of the Christian church in the muslim world. It adjusted my expectations! The book describes how the gospel spread among even the most dangerous and resistant muslim communities by normal believers who simply obeyed and trusted the Lord. One of the key things in the approach is praying and searching for a person of peace: someone who has questions that islamic teachers are able or willing to answer and therefore is open to the gospel. It surprised me to read that so many sheiks and imams are searching for certainty of salvation, and could not find it in islam. When such people went through a series of Discovery Bible studies and started leading Bible studies by themselves, rapid multiplication happened, even in areas that were very resistant. This is ome of the surprising aspects of this discipleship movement. Another contributing factor is God’s hearing of prayer, e.g. in the form of healing. In such cases the gospel spread rapidly, entire communities turned to Christ after the leaders invited Christians to teach their people from the Bible. Wonderful! CityTeam has seen 18,000 churches planted with 600,000 new Christians, ⅓ of which are muslims. The book describes how to do Discovery Bible studies and which passages to read in order to lead people to Christ. One of the great features is that this can be done by anoyone, no degree or Bible school needed! My church planting experience has been both positive and negative. I am at alow point now and received a well-needed this boost in confidence in the Lord! This book is just what I needed: it inspired me to use this biblical method, to pray with great expectations for the harvest, and to get going according to Mt28 and also inspire others. The book claims that the method it describes, is not limited to the muslim world. I am going to try it out!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jake Manning

    There are two main purposes behind this book: 1) To reveal how God is moving among Muslims specifically (through dreams, visions, and miracles) 2) To reveal Jesus' counterintuitive disciple-making strategy (compared to the current, western way of making disciples) Trousdale gives his readers many stories of Muslims finding Christ, and then goes on to explain how successful the "Disciple-Making Movements" have been. Too often Christians focus on mass-marketing movements and focus on conversion rathe There are two main purposes behind this book: 1) To reveal how God is moving among Muslims specifically (through dreams, visions, and miracles) 2) To reveal Jesus' counterintuitive disciple-making strategy (compared to the current, western way of making disciples) Trousdale gives his readers many stories of Muslims finding Christ, and then goes on to explain how successful the "Disciple-Making Movements" have been. Too often Christians focus on mass-marketing movements and focus on conversion rather than discipleship. Trousdale gives his readers the steps and strategies to follow the "method" that Jesus used, which keys in on prayer, developing a lifestyle of caring relationships, seeking a "person of peace," and starting a discovery Bible study with that person and his members. (4.0)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    Encouraging account of God working in Islamic nations I love how this not only records testimony after testimony of God's ministry to Muslims, but also offers a practical outline of how to disciple unbelievers to conversion. I was skeptical of the method at first glance, but the author offers excellent biblical support and the evidence of rapidly growing Christian faith throughout Muslim communities. Wish our American evangelism looked more like this. Highly recommend this book to any Christian, Encouraging account of God working in Islamic nations I love how this not only records testimony after testimony of God's ministry to Muslims, but also offers a practical outline of how to disciple unbelievers to conversion. I was skeptical of the method at first glance, but the author offers excellent biblical support and the evidence of rapidly growing Christian faith throughout Muslim communities. Wish our American evangelism looked more like this. Highly recommend this book to any Christian, especially leaders!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sconesy Cider

    The stories and principles in this book to have helped to re-ignite my passion to share with the Word of God with the unreached and engaged people groups of the world. I feel of the principles taught in this book follow the biblical model of Christ’ ministry. I’m excited to attempt them in my community and among my friend groups. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in evangelism or discipleship. At the very least it will stir a passion in you for lostness.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ferdi-Marina Louw

    These are amazing testimonies to God supreme power. I'm not in North Africa and have not experienced people with those world views. I do see very similar results in reports from other cultures where workers use different strategies but experience the same supernatural powerful working of God. We all know that methods and recipes don't work always in the spiritual world, but these people have faith in God that lacks in most established churches. These are amazing testimonies to God supreme power. I'm not in North Africa and have not experienced people with those world views. I do see very similar results in reports from other cultures where workers use different strategies but experience the same supernatural powerful working of God. We all know that methods and recipes don't work always in the spiritual world, but these people have faith in God that lacks in most established churches.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Lanzone

    Great book full of great stories about how the Holy Spirit is working in the Middle East, and tens of thousands of Muslims are coming to know Christ. Complete with practical guides for churches all over as well. Definite must read for church leaders, or really any Christ follower.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    She Opener This book opened my eyes to the wonderful things God is doing in the Muslim world. It also revealed that others feel same as I always have about the modern Western church.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    Praising Jesus the whole way through these many real-life stories of Muslim-background believers. Also, lots of practical information on the "Discovery Bible Study" method. A great primer for anyone working with unreached Muslims. Praising Jesus the whole way through these many real-life stories of Muslim-background believers. Also, lots of practical information on the "Discovery Bible Study" method. A great primer for anyone working with unreached Muslims.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Petros Scientia

    It's very encouraging to know that other Christians are experiencing the leading of Jesus Christ in real and practical ways. As an added bonus, I learned something about how to present the Gospel and how to teach the Bible. It's very encouraging to know that other Christians are experiencing the leading of Jesus Christ in real and practical ways. As an added bonus, I learned something about how to present the Gospel and how to teach the Bible.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rodney J Bowers

    This is a life changing strategy for the serious Christian who wants to see the world changed through making thousands of obedient disciples of Jesus. The real life testimonies will renew your confidence in the miracle working God who responds supernaturally to the prayers of the obedient. Wow!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rod Innis

    A great book on how God is working in places we see as impossible to reach.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paola Alexandra

    Inspiring

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