A Deadly Misunderstanding
A Congressman’s Quest to Bridge
the Muslim-Christian Divide
By Mark D. Siljander with John David Mann
essential reading for every Christian, Muslim and Jew
of good will around the world.” — The Washington Times
Winner of the 2009 Nautilus Silver Award
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During the spring and summer of 2006, I visited with Mark Siljander at his home in the Virginia suburbs outside Washington, D.C., talking with him about his fascinating career in and out of Congress and all around the world.
During the thirty years he has been involved in local, national and global politics, Mark has been on an atonishing odyssey, taking him to some of the most remote and hostile places in the world, forging ties with heads of state and foreign leaders, and pursuing a quest to share what he calls “bridges to common ground” between the cultures of east and west that could help heal the most pressing conflicts of our times.
Writing this book with Mark has been one of the most extraordinary journeys I’ve ever taken.
“[This book] documents what many of us instinctively believe: that people of the great faith traditions all share the same core beliefs and ideals.”
— Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the U.N., from the Foreword
“[This] insightful book … offers a blueprint for breaking the logjam of dissention that contributes to so much conflict today.”
— James A. Baker III, 61st U.S. Secretary of State, Chairman Iraq Group
“I have experienced first-hand the strategy underlying Mark’s book: that loving our enemies has the power to counter the threat of religious extremism.”
—Hon. Tony Hall, former U.S. Congressman (D-Ohio), U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Food Program, three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee
“I cannot overstate the importance of Mark’s strategic efforts to defuse the activities of radical Muslims worldwide. Many are convinced that he is on the cusp of what will prove literally to be the tipping point in realigning radical terrorist enemies.”
— Hon. Edwin Meese, fm U.S. Attorney General, Fellow of the Heritage Foundation
“An incredibly important work. It represents hope for the integration of civilizations.”
— Rod A. Beckstrom, coauthor of The Spider and the Starfish
“Warrants serious study and detailed analysis.”
— Cal Thomas, syndicated columnist/Fox News contributor
“A thought-provoking revelation and awakening that all should read and heed.”
— Gen. Teddy G. Allen, U.S. Army Lieutenant General (ret), Director of the Defense Security Assistance Agency
“Extremely well researched and the product of enormous thought … This book demands to be read.”
— T. Davis Bunn, author of Heartland and My Soul to Keep
“An astonishing piece of work… In a quietly passionate voice that speaks to our hearts, Siljander shows us how we can go from diversity to unity and from conflict to peace.”
— Ayatollah Ahmad Iravani, Ph.D., Director for Islamic Studies and Dialogue, Center for the Study of Culture and Values, Catholic University, Washington, D.C.
“I believe passionately that Mark has discovered a real pathway here—a means to open dialogue that we have not seen in centuries.”
— Dr. Ergun Caner, Dean of Divinity School, Liberty University
“I would like to recommend this powerful book to Muslims, Christians, Jews, and to all the faithful who are concerned about the safety and security of our planet and the wellness of the human family.”
— Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, National Director, Islamic Society of North America
“No Christian or Muslim will be unaffected after reading this book. Siljander’s paradigm-shifting discoveries could radically shift the contemporary religious landscape and help heal the rift between Islam and the West.”