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NCC's Friendship Press offers book on Islam

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Date Thu, 13 Dec 2001 14:48:28 -0600

Dec. 13, 2001  News media contact: Linda Bloom7(212)870-38037New York
By United Methodist News Service*

A second edition of God is One: The Way of Islam will be available in
January through the National Council of Churches' Friendship Press.

Originally published in 1989, R. Marston Speight's text won acclaim from
both Christians and Muslims for its portrayal of Islam and introduction to
Christian-Muslim relations. The author, a United Methodist and former
missionary, spent 23 years living among Muslims in northern Africa.

Speight, a Texas native now retired and living in Connecticut, wrote God is
One while he was director of the NCC's Office of Christian-Muslim Relations
from 1979 to 1992. That office has produced the second edition in
partnership with Hartford Seminary's Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam
and Christian-Muslim Relations.

The second edition includes a new six-session study guide and a new resource
section listing books, videos and other resources for further study of
Islam. An afterword places the material within the context of recent
developments in the Islamic world and provides up-to-date statistical

A basic reference book on Islam for Christians, God is One: The Way of Islam
explains the Islamic faith and highlights such points of agreement for
Christians and Muslims as the devotion to one God. It presents who Muslims
are, what they believe and how their faith not only unites them but also
shapes every aspect of their lives.

The paperback book (about 170 pages, $9.95) can be ordered by calling
Friendship Press at (800) 889-5733 or sending an e-mail to

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*The NCC communications office provided information for this article.

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