I had not read many books of a conversion from Islam to Jesus Christ. Therefore, this book was important to me and my praying for Muslims. It showed me that the Holy Spirit uses many means of bringing Muslims to the Cross. I was so gripped by Naeem's testimony that I now find myself carefully following his Charlotte church on Facebook and praying for it. A worthwhile read!
This is a fascinating personal account detailing events leading up to the author's conversion to Christianity shortly after arriving in the U.S. He also tells about his two brothers and sisters' conversions to Christ, and brings us up to the present day. The author is now the pastor of a unique church that he and his wife started. I've read a lot of books of Muslims coming to Christ, but this was one of my favorites!
This book, mostly memoir and part motivational, is written by a Pastor of a current multiethnic congregation. Born and raised in Kuwait and raised as a Muslim, Fazal and his family lived through the Gulf war. He and his family were still living in Kuwait before they emigrated to the United States, to make their home in South Carolina. Though conversion to Christ was seen as treason by his Muslim parents, Fazal turned his life to Jesus. Fazal found a real purpose and zest in life that led to a full life of marriage and ministry.
I found this book personal, encouraging, and challenging. That was pretty much what I expected out of this book. I found this book hard to follow at times, and I was unclear as to where his Pakistani origins fit in. Fazal is very honest about himself before and after he came to know Christ. When he and his family were still in Kuwait, one of Fazal's brother's shared his faith with Fazal, challenging him, "Ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you. He will, in His time." But it wasn't until they came to the US to live in South Carolina, that Fazal turned to Jesus, encountering both Jesus and the devil in his quest for the supernatural. I'm aware and Fazal is aware, that many people, even believers, will dismiss him as mentally unstable. Yet God is not limited by conventional means in revealing Himself to us and reports tell us that He often reveals Himself to Muslims through dreams and visions. In closed or restricted societies, like North Korea, He is reported to work in this way. This book shows the deep divide between what this author calls the Western style of "doing church" and actually "pursuing the Savior," and I wonder how much our Western model of organized Christendom can actually drive us from, rather than to, Jesus Himself. The author's baggage, while real, was basically uninfluenced by our Western mind-set.
I recommend every person to read this personal but challenging book. I recommend every Christian read it and not only to learn about how best to reach Muslims. We need to read it because Fazal helps us see the deep divide between Americal Christianity and biblical discipleship and between "churchianity" and following Jesus. We will gain insight into how to reach Muslims and question the quality of our relationships with God. I recommend that every non-believers, especially Muslims, read this book because it lets them that Jesus can be to them what they look for in Allah, and far more.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booklook Bloggers.com in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.
This book is a great testament to God's providence and amazing, pursuing grace. It is the story of Naeem Fazeel and His radical encounter with God. Naeem grew up in a Muslim home in the middle east, and when he came to the United States for college he was not expecting the radical changes that would take place in his life. God miraculously found him and got ahold of his heart and this book tells his story. The book provides valuable insight into the life of a muslim family, as well as what it is like for a muslim to convert to christianity. I found myself incredibly fascinated by so many of the stories that are told in this short book. Though I didn't agree with everything found in the book, I greatly appreciated the passion with which it was written. The book overall was relatable to even believers that have not faced what he has faced, or come from a muslim background. He is open about the trials that he faced and how God used them to grow him in his faith. Naeem who is now a church planter/pastor has a powerful testimony of how God rescued him.
God likes it when His people pray boldly, and as Naeem Fazal found out, sometimes those bold prayers get answered in ways that we might not expect. Ex-Muslim: How One Daring Prayer to Jesus Changed a Life Forever (Thomas Nelson, 2014) is the story of how Fazal came to pray that prayer, the unexpected answer, and what happened next.
Fazal, was born and raised a Muslim in Kuwait. He ended up in North Carolina, and experienced a change that resulted in him leaving his Muslim faith in favor of Christianity. Not only did he become a Christian, but he has become a church-planting pastor.
Ex-Muslim is his story, and it is a fascinating story, a story which grasps the tensions inherent in a conversion story of this type. I was hooked from the beginning. The story is fascinating, it's written by a master story-teller, the tension between the old and the new, between the Muslim faith of his childhood, and the Christian faith that he now claims as his own is compelling. The evidence of Jesus in his life can't be denied.
As an autobiography, this book makes for a great read. As an account of how God, how Jesus, how the Holy Spirit works in the lives of non-believers this is a Ã¢â¬Ëmust-read' book. But beyond that, this is a not so subtle reminder that Jesus' Great Commission is still as applicable today as it was when He gave it to the Apostles 2000 years ago (Matt 28:19-20). Someone shared the gospel with this militantly anti-Christian, and at the proper time, Fazal accepted the good news. But he didn't stop there. His life since has been one of proclaiming Jesus.
With whom have YOU shared the gospel recently?
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