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576 pages
Mar 2009
Tyndale House Publishers

Inside the Revolution: How the Followers of Jihad, Jefferson & Jesus Are Battling to Dominate

by Joel C. Rosenberg

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When will the Iranians get a nuclear weapon? Will President Obama force Israel to accept a two-state solution? When will we capture Bin Laden? Will Iraq make it as a democratic country? The se and other questions about the Middle East fill our news sources. Inside the Revolution by Joel Rosenberg covers these and other questions the media does not address. He introduces us to the three major philosophies of the Middle East that are battling for the souls of the area: Islamic jihad, Jeffersonian democracy, and followers of Jesus.

The first section covering about half of the book deals with the proponents of Islamic jihad. Using anecdotes, news coverage, statistics, quotations, and their own websites and books, Rosenberg takes us inside the jihadist movement. He also interviews people involved in the fight against terrorism. He discusses the history, leaders, and theology of the radicals. He explains how insufficient the response and the understanding of the West have been. Some people will find this section scary and depressing, but it is only part of the story he presents.

Next, Rosenberg describes the secular movements in the Middle East that are promoting Jeffersonian democracy. He interviews movers and shakers who are working to promote freedom: Hamid Karzai, the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini, Nouri Al-Maliki, Jalal Talabani, and an assistant to King Mohammed VI of Morocco. He describes changes that these men are introducing in their countries and their fights against radicals. The final two sections set the book apart from others on jihad and the Middle East. These two sections are hard to put down, because they offer perspective one does not find in the general media. Rosenberg also includes a recommended resource list, an appendix of twenty terrorist plots that were foiled since the Twin Towers attack, copious endnotes, and an index.

Rosenberg is a Jewish Christian who is also a New York Times bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. His analysis and insight are refreshing; his outlook encouraging. His writing is forceful, vivid, and well reasoned. This is an extremely worthwhile book to read. Ė Debbie W. Wilson,

Book Jacket:

In 1979, the Ayatollah Khomeini seized power in Iran, unleashed the Islamic Revolution, and allowed his followers to seize the American Embassy in Tehran and hold 52 hostages for 444 days. Thirty years later, New York Times best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg takes you inside the Revolution. He explains how it happened, how Washington missed it, and how Iran could soon bring the world to the brink of nuclear war. Whatís more, Rosenberg argues there are now three revolutions in motionónot just oneó each of which could change the Middle East and the world forever.

  • Exclusive interviews with senior military and intelligence officials
  • Exclusive reporting from inside Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Exclusive insights from conversations with more than 150 Christian pastors and ministry leaders operating deep inside the Islamic world