Saturday, July 19, 2014
Ex-Muslim: How One Daring Prayer to Jesus Changed a Life Forever Review
Jesus revealed himself to a young, brash, Pakistani Muslim. But he didn’t just reveal himself; he turned Naeem Fazal’s world upside down.
Moving from Kuwait to Charleston, South Carolina, had been an adventure. Surrendering his life to Jesus Christ was actual treason. And yet, Jesus brought Fazal the most powerful peace he had ever experienced: “It filled the room. It grew roots in my heart and in my soul. It intoxicated me.”
In this riveting memoir, Fazal describes how God used extraordinary means to bring a young, underachieving, Muslim immigrant through Desert Storm, across the oceans, into college, and ultimately to pastor a Christian church in North Carolina. He demonstrates that no character flaw, no distance, no cultural chasm is too great for Jesus to reach across.
Fazal is candid about his shortcomings, practical about the challenges of cross-cultural engagement, and ultimately inspiring that God is capable of far more than we have grown to expect. He says, “Jesus consistently, stubbornly refuses to limit himself to my expectations. Which makes getting to know him an unfolding adventure of epic proportions.”
Whether you are a Muslim, Christian, or neither, Ex-Muslim makes a compelling case that life with Jesus Christ is a true adventure.
Naeem Fazal, a Pakistani, was born and raised as a Muslim in Kuwait. He came to the United States shortly after the Gulf War of 1990. In 1992, he had a supernatural experience with Jesus that changed the course of his life. In 2006, he planted Mosaic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also the cofounder of Charlotte’s citywide outreach initiative, What If Everyone. Naeem has been featured in several magazines and on Christian networks. He often speaks at conferences and churches.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers.
Cassandra's Review- Bare witness to the journey that this author has taken. It is a real page turner and will have you thinking long after you finish the last one. I would say that this book is more for adults. Not because it is bad in anyway but children just do not relate to certain issues at a younger age. The words that are written in each chapter will grip your heart.