Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Face to Face with Jesus: A Former Muslim’s Extraordinary Journey to Heaven and Encounter with the God of Love - by Samaa Habib and Bodie Thoene
About the book:
It starts as a story ripped from the headlines of the war-torn Middle East. An extremist faction of Islam bombs a church during a service. The one door in the back isn't big enough for five hundred people trying to escape.
Some are killed.
But after the chaos and fire and smoke, one young woman comes back to life.
In this thrilling true tale, death does not have the final word. From the first time Samaa heard the Lord Jesus calling her out of Islam into faith in Him, till she met Him face to face in heaven, her life is marked by God's supernatural love and power. Full of hope and encouragement, and overflowing with Jesus' love, her riveting account reveals the power of God to break through any circumstance--and is a moving reminder that, in a place beyond what we can imagine, we have a Savior waiting to welcome us face to face.
Wow! This story was amazing! She starts out with the explosion happening at her church, then goes back to her birth that almost wasn't. I loved learning about Samaa's life as she grew up having an ideal childhood and then the contrast when the civil war happened. It sounded like such a scary place to be a woman and the many miraculous times her and her sisters or friends were saved from being raped and murdered were truly amazing. She explains how she got saved and the persecution she was under from her family as she boldly witnessed to them. I especially liked how she showed how the members of her family each got saved. She showed what happened with some of her sisters afterwards, which was very interesting, too. Her dedication to prayer and fasting was inspiring and the many miracles that happened as a result were amazing. Sometimes, the story felt a bit disjointed when it would jump around, but overall it was very interesting and definitely challenged me to be bolder about my faith. I would definitely recommend this if you like true stories about persecution and miracles, especially from a charismatic viewpoint.
I received this book free from Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review.