Qureshi was diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer in mid-August, on the eleventh anniversary of his conversion from Islam to Christianity. The author shared news of his diagnosis and prognosis via social media on August 30. The announcement was met with shock and an outpouring of support from those who have been touched by his ministry, and it has now been shared and viewed by 1.7 million people on Facebook alone. Qureshi is beginning treatment September 12 and has requested prayer for a miraculous recovery.
While most events planned for the book tour had to be cancelled, Zondervan has doubled its efforts to support the launch with robust advertising, marketing, and PR campaigns. Unexpected developments have arisen too, such as a large online book group that plans to begin studying the book together in October. Prior to release, marketing included a valuable pre-order offer, as well as several ancillary resources for both churches and individuals.
"This is a bittersweet time for all of us at Zondervan," says Stanley N. Gundry, SVP and Publisher, Zondervan. "We could not be more proud of the bestseller status for No God but One: Allah or Jesus? and how readers are responding to the book and recommending it to others. Yet our hearts are heavy for Nabeel's cancer diagnosis. We are fervently praying for his complete healing."
Nabeel wrote on August 30 that he is relying on God in his cancer diagnosis, adding: "In the past few days my spirits have soared and sank as I pursue the Lord's will and consider what the future might look like, but never once have I doubted this: that Jesus is Lord, His blood has paid my ransom, and by His wounds I am healed."
About Nabeel Qureshi: Qureshi is the author of The New York Times bestselling and award-winning memoir Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (2015) and Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward (March 2016). Qureshi has lectured at more than 100 universities, including Oxford, Rice, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Hong Kong. He has been featured in countless media outlets including The Hugh Hewitt Show, Fox News, Fox & Friends, Christianity Today, and USA Today. In addition to his two master's degrees, Qureshi earned a medical doctorate (MD) from Eastern Virginia Medical School and most recently a master's degree at Oxford University. Nabeel and his family are currently living in the US. Additional information can be found at www.NabeelQureshi.com.
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