40 Questions About Islam is just as the title describes. It is a brief albeit thorough examination of the Islam religion. And while it does not delve into great detail like some of the other books in the series, it does provide the reader with an excellent overview of Islam.
This is the 16th in the series which has been published by Kregel Academic and the fifth review we have done in this series. You can read a couple of the other reviews here (Heaven and Hell) and here (Salvation).
Like the others, it holds to a preset format that is effortless to follow and allows for the easy digestion of the information. This volume has seven parts the first six of which cover the history, theology and practice of Islam. But it is part seven which may be most beneficial for believers. It is practical information for the Christian in their relationships with Muslims. The advice would be to read parts one through six in sequence to get an understanding of Islam and then part seven to relate to the individual Muslim.
This volume is authored by Matthew Aaron Bennett, assistant professor of missions and theology at Cedarville University. Bennett has spent a number of years in North Africa and the Middle East and knows this subject well. There is no doubt he knows the religion of Islam and the day-to-day life of a Muslim.
Once more, this book will provide the reader with a comprehensive, yet not complex, overview of the religion of Islam. If you have just a cursory knowledge, this is an excellent beginning to launch into further study. Be sure to refer to the two-page select bibliography at the back.
This volume and this series are definitely one that every pastor and teacher should have in his library. It meets the need as a ready reference to Islam. In fact, if any believer wanted a healthy dose of Islamic doctrine, this is the book with which to begin.
Disclaimer: This volume was provided to me by Kregel Academic for a fair and honest review.