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But when Miriam told her husband what she had done, he promptly left her and their little girl. Miriam tells her story in a new book by Rosemary Sookhdeo titled .
What is shocking is how many of these women come from strong, evangelical backgrounds.
The simplicity and security that Islam seemed to offer appealed to her: She decided to convert and married a Muslim man.
But within a few years, cracks began to form in her new faith.
She was mesmerized by the beauty of the mosques and spellbound as she heard the daily calls to prayer.
Miriam had been raised a Christian, but had turned against God when her mother died.
As more and more Muslims immigrate to Western countries, Christians will likely find themselves mixing with them at work, in the college classroom, and in their neighborhoods.
While we should welcome opportunities to develop friendships and share our life and faith, marriage is altogether different. We must do all we can to help our children remain faithful to the one true God and His only Son, who alone died for our sins: Jesus the Christ.
We must remind them of the Apostle Paul's admonition in Second Corinthians that we not be yoked with unbelievers.
If you know young Christians tempted to marry outside the faith, talk to them. From Break Point, Copyright 2007 Prison Fellowship Ministries. Box 17500, Washington, DC, 20041-0500." Heard on more than 1000 radio stations nationwide.
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Many converts, like Miriam, are brought up by Christian parents, accept Christ, and get involved in church activities.
But as they grow older, their commitment fades, or they become disillusioned with Christianity. Younger women often meet Muslims at college—men who convince them that there is really not much difference between Islam and Christianity.