Jerry Rassamni begins the book with the story of his conversion. Born in Liberia of Lebanese parents, he grew up in Lebanon as a secular Druze Muslim. He says that, as a youth, he never thought in religious terms, yet he became caught up in the Lebanese civil war and lived as a militant Muslim. Hatred and killing hardened him. Then it disgusted him. Looking for a way out, as soon as he had the chance, he came to the U.S. seeking an education. While in Texas, he met and married a Christian woman. Soon, he attended Bible classes, never expecting to join the church, but while there he learned to know and love his Savior.
The main part of his book is a detailed analysis of the weaknesses of Islam and the strengths of Christianity. Its goal is to create doubt in the minds of Muslims: doubt about the holiness of human nature, about the reliabiliity of the Qur'an and Mohammed, and doubt about the truthfulness of Islam's theology and traditions. At the same time, the book confesses the Christian faith in order to draw readers to trust the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Savior.
The Constantine Codex involves readers in an intriguing search for a rare Third Century copy of the New Testament. The search leads to Istanbul where discovery of the codex arouses the passions of zealous Muslims who try to destroy the precious document.
Of particular interest for many readers is a public Christian-Muslim debate that the book stages in Istanbul at the famous Hagia Sophia. It illustrates the challenge that Islam presents to Christianity and how the Christian faith more than meets that challenge.
The Constantine Codex is one of a series of popular novels written by noted historian Dr. Paul L. Maier dealing with archaeology, Christianity, and with opposition to the truth.
David Rohde, a recently-married American journalist completing research for a book on the Afghan war, travels south from Kabul to interview a Taliban leader before returning to the U.S. Without warning he is kidnapped and held for ransom by the Taliban in the tribal area of Waziristan for seven worrisome months of 2008-2009.
Both David and his wife Kristen tell the harrowing story of his captivity and eventual escape from their own points of view. In the U.S. Kristen works with a variety of government and private contacts in an attempt to negotiate his release. At the same time, David details his frightening experiences as a captive and provides practical insight to the political, cultural, and religious motives behind the complicated conflict raging in Afghanistan and Pakistan.