Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Ex Muslim- Naeem Fazal

★★
Kindle Edition 256 Pages, 
10th June 2014, Thomas Nelson
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.
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Ex-Muslim was, for the most part, and inspiring and compelling account of Naaem Fazal’s conversion, spiritual journey and ministry. There is plenty here of what he has learned, to inspire readers to a deeper relationship with God, or to challenge us in our current situation. I recall making a number of highlightings on my Kindle of passages which spoke to me in some way, and I would certainly keep this book to read again.

The only reason for the lower rating was really personal. I just found parts of the book, dare I say, a little tedious in places. Much of the book is really related more to the growth of the author’s church and ministry, especially the last parts. I suppose I personally was expecting a Muslim testimony, which was more related to the author’s life as a Muslim and his conversion. So in this degree, I was a little disappointed and did not find the book as good as I expected, but I can understand why Mr Fazal wrote as he did.

If you are seeking a book which gives insights into Islamic beliefs, teachings, practice and Middle Eastern Culture, and a more detailed account of the author’s ultimate journey to Christ, I would recommend Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi, also published by Thomas Nelson. However, if you are looking for a book which details spiritual growth and lessons after coming to Christ, this would be a good book to choose.

I received a free Kindle EdItion of this book from BookLook Bloggers for review. I was not required to write a positive one, and all opinions expressed are my own.

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