Ex-Muslim: How One Daring Prayer to Jesus Changed a Life Forever

Ex-Muslim: How One Daring Prayer to Jesus Changed a Life Forever

Ex-Muslim: How One Daring Prayer to Jesus Changed a Life Forever

Ex-Muslim: How One Daring Prayer to Jesus Changed a Life Forever


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400206070
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 06/17/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Naeem Fazal 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 Christ that changed the course of his life. He was ordained in 2001 at Seacoast Church. In 2006, with the help of Seacoast Church, the ARC, and Mosaic LA, he planted Mosaic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Naeem has been featured inRelevant magazine, Leadership Journal, and Charlottemagazine.

Kitti Murray and her husband, Bill, are part of an urban church plant network in Downtown Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, where they also live. Kitti is a mother of four grown sons, three daughters-in-law, and two beautiful grandkids. When not writing, planning events for Apartment Life, or watching her grandbabies, Kitti can be found biking to her favorite coffee shop.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xiii

Foreword xv

1 Come On Down 1

2 Mahmood 17

3 Stranger in a Strange Land 27

4 Life Interrupted 41

5 Stranger in a Strange Land, Part Two 57

6 The Lamb of God 75

7 Bollywood Aspirations 91

8 Church Stories 103

9 Ashley's Story 117

10 Hope for the Hopeless 131

11 Growing Up and Getting Ready 145

12 Mosaic 161

13 God Out of Context 179

14 What If Everyone 191

15 An Invitation to an Unconquerable Life 205

Afterword 219

Acknowledgments 223

Notes 225

About the Author 229

Fazal Family Album 231

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Every chapter explodes with pure awesomeness. You will laugh. You will cry. And you will love Jesus more. I promise.”

Derwin L. Gray, lead pastor, Transformation Church; author, Limitless Life

“Naeem’s story is really a story of God’s passionate and relentless pursuit of people.
Reading it will remind you that God is in your story, in your life, drawing you closer to him.”

Mark Batterson, lead pastor, National CommunityChurch;
New York Times bestselling author, The
Circle Maker

“Every page of Naeem’s story is a reminder that—no matter what’s going on in your life—you can discover and sustain a hope that transcends your current circumstances.”

Pete Wilson, lead pastor, Cross Point Church;
author, Plan B and
Let Hope In

“My friend Naeem is a trophy of God’s grace. In this book,
you’ll experience his remarkable story in a way that will illuminate the path of your spiritual journey as well.”

Steven Furtick, lead pastor, Elevation Church; New York Times bestselling author, Sun Stand Still

“Ridiculously funny, witty, and certain to keep your attention. Naeem’s story is mind blowing, a real testimony to the power of God redeeming a new generation.”

Peter Haas, lead pastor, Substance Church; author, Pharisectomy

“With crosscultural candor, unexpected humor, and his passionate love for Jesus,
Naeem Fazal shares an inspiring epic adventure of faith in Ex-Muslim. His perspective not only provides insight into the Islamic culture, but also reveals the power of the Gospel to transcend any barrier, label, or expectation.”

Chris Hodges, senior pastor, Church of the Highlands; author, Fresh Air

“Don’t let Ex-Muslim fool you into thinking it’s just a personal story. It is beyond rich and layered in a much larger and deeper message—one the church so badly needs to hear.”

Robyn Afrik, speaker, author, and CEO of Afrik Advantage

Ex-Muslim will encourage you to rethink whether your relationship with God is cultural and performance-based, or is based on embracing the grace and kindness of God.”

Rick Bezet, founder and lead pastor, New Life Church in Central
Arkansas; author, Be Real

“Naeem’s redemptive story is proof that God can do anything in our lives. No matter where we have been or our current circumstances, God can use us to make a difference in our world. This is a must-read!”

, founder, The Rocket Company

Fazal is one of the most dynamic, Christ-centered, voices of his generation;
and after reading Ex-Muslim,
you’ll know why.”

Mark DeYmaz
, founding pastor, Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas; author, Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church

“Naeem’s life illustrates the strength and faithfulness of God and his story reflects
God’s love and mercy.”

Michael Morri
s (Moose), Seacoast Church

“Naeem’s modern-day encounter with Jesus is like reading about the apostle Paul’s run-in with Jesus over two thousand years ago. You’ll be captivated from the first page.”

, executive national sales director, Mary Kay Cosmetics

“The first time I heard Naeem tell his story, it startled me and spurred me on to greater faith in Jesus. Ex-Muslim will give you a loving push to let God do more than you could ask or imagine in your daily life.”

, founder, naptimediaries.com; cofounder, The Influence Network

“This story will ignite passion, fervor, and exuberance with expectancy.”

-Dr. Satish
, International Family Church

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