I couldn't put this book down. If you are hungry for real life experiences and stories of how amazing Jesus is, this book is a MUST read. I was please with the amount of scripture used in the book. It helped me realize how blessed I am and that I can lean on the Lord so much more.
This is Samaa Habib's story. It is a story of hope. And it is a story of miracles.
Samaa was raised Muslim, but she came to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. But for someone born and raised in the Middle East this was not a decision to be made lightly. Samaa and her sisters faced persecution at home from family members who did not leave the Muslim faith.
But throughout the persecution Samaa stood firm even when beaten to renounce her beliefs.
But in an act extremism the church Samaa was attending was attacked in a series of bombs. And this fateful day when she should have died her life was about to be a statement of the power of God. Even in her pain and suffering Samaa faces persecution from the local medical personnel because of her faith. But through it all Samaa comes into a closer relationship with her Saviour and is even a living witness to the power of God to fellow patients.
This is not your typical near death experience encounter with God. Samaa doesn't have an experience of visions of glimpses of Heaven that are the focal point of her experience rather her journey was an encounter with God and His love and His sustaining presence even during times of persecution.
This is an interesting book that is timely during this time of persecution of Christians who live in the Middle East among their Muslim family, friends, and neighbors. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy reading personal insights and experiences. This would also be an excellent addition to a church library.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Chosen in exchange for my honest review.
Only God (and Samaa) knows if her story is the real deal, but everything seems to line up with Scripture as far as I'm concerned. Devout Muslims don't just randomly turn to Christ and then give accounts of their death, experience in Heaven, and return to earth. Her explanation of Heaven lines up with how Isaiah described it as far as feeling unworthy and only being able to see Jesus. The fact that her experience brought other family members to Christ is huge as well. Definitely worth a read if you're willing to sit and read with a Bible in hand to double check the verses she references. Samaa's story is all about how God worked in her life, and while I don't agree with everything she writes I don't discount her story either.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.