Karim opens his Introduction with these words: "First things first: By writing this book, I am by no means comparing myself to the Apostle Paul, for he was able to say in 1 Corinthians 11:1, "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." The Apostle Paul is one of the most influential people in the history of Christianity. I am a humble servant who happened to be born in the city of Damascus, where Paul had his conversion. The glorious story of the Apostle Paul and my demure story intersect at several junctures, as you will soon see. I have been compelled to write by a burning desire to share the grace of God with people all over the world. I am confident that the Lord has graciously chosen to lead me step by step in His perfect will for my life, despite my failure to follow. I am also confident that He intends that my story be used to help others who are experiencing the darkness I once knew."