Face to Face with Jesus: A Former Muslim's Extraordinary Journey to Heaven and Encounter with the God of Love

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It starts as a story ripped from the headlines of the war-torn Middle East. An extremist faction of Islam bombs a church during a service. The one door in the back isn't big enough for five hundred people trying to escape.

Some are killed.

But after the chaos and fire and smoke, one young woman comes back to life.

In this thrilling true tale, death does not have the final word. From the first time Samaa heard ...

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Overview

It starts as a story ripped from the headlines of the war-torn Middle East. An extremist faction of Islam bombs a church during a service. The one door in the back isn't big enough for five hundred people trying to escape.

Some are killed.

But after the chaos and fire and smoke, one young woman comes back to life.

In this thrilling true tale, death does not have the final word. From the first time Samaa heard the Lord Jesus calling her out of Islam into faith in Him, till she met Him face to face in heaven, her life is marked by God's supernatural love and power. Full of hope and encouragement, and overflowing with Jesus' love, her riveting account reveals the power of God to break through any circumstance--and is a moving reminder that, in a place beyond what we can imagine, we have a Savior waiting to welcome us face to face.

"This is a story I will never forget. Ever. This book will change your life. Get ready."--Bill Johnson, senior leader, Bethel Church, Redding, CA; author, When Heaven Invades Earth; co-author, The Essential Guide to Healing

"One of the most powerful testimonies to the reality and faithfulness of Jesus that I have ever read. You cannot come away from reading this book without being awed. . . . Samaa Habib's testimony is a story that must be heard."--Joel Richardson, New York Times bestselling author, teacher

"I am honored to know Samaa and have been encouraged by her faith in the Lord. Her story is one of great endurance and perseverance."--Mike Bickle, director, International House of Prayer

"In the midst of great opposition and unending persecution, Samaa takes us on a journey of heart-lifting hope. The depth of her prayer life and her resolute commitment to depend on Jesus will awaken you to know and share His matchless love."--Paul Eshleman, vice president of coverage, Campus Crusade for Christ International

"The writing is simple, clear and authentic, giving room to Habib's voice and providing many insights into Muslim culture. There are ideas presented that would be a great benefit to missionaries seeking to reach Muslims around the world, and there is much in this well written and encouraging book that will build up believers of all walks of life and callings.

With the testimony speaking of the person of Christ, the power of the Scriptures, and the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit to heal, guide and instruct, this would also make a great book to study with people who are new to the church and curious about what it looks like to live as a Spirit-filled Christian, à la the book of Acts, in contemporary society.

Face to Face With Jesus is riveting, wrenching and utterly compelling. Pick up a copy and take an amazing journey with the living, risen, reigning Jesus as He rescues, transforms and sends." --Foursquare.org

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800795795
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 152,693
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Samaa Habib grew up a Muslim in the Middle East and became a believer in Jesus Christ even before he appeared to her. Through this and other supernatural experiences, she shares the Lord's great love for people and his imminent return. She is now studying in America.

Bodie Thoene has written more than 65 works of historical fiction, selling more than 35 million copies and winning eight ECPA Gold Medallion awards. She and her husband, Brock, live in Nevada.

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

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    This book left me in awe and opened my eyes in more than one way

    This book left me in awe and opened my eyes in more than one way. About a young Muslim girl who finds herself in the middle of her countries Civil War life is not easy. Sunni and Shia Muslims are at war with each other and many suffer. Prominent families lose their status and wealth. They have to burn their furniture to keep warm, and many die from the cold. Food is scarce and many kill wild dogs or worse just to eat. There are bread lines but they are often fruitless and citizens are told there is no more bread to give despite standing outside for hours.
    During one of these times in the bread line a commotion begins and an angry mob begins fighting. Gunshots are fired, people are trampled and Samaa finds herself praying to God. By some miracle she is spared when she could have been dead. More so they were lucky enough to get bread. Realizing that none of her prayers were ever answered by Allah Samaa starts realizing there is more to this God than she knows, and she yearns to know more.
    Craving Jesus she begins finding out more and more on Christianity. She finds herself at some of their services, she begins Tae Kwon Do classes taught by Christians, and she begins to absorb all the knowledge she can. With that knowledge comes an unshakable faith that Samaa did not quite expect, and the hold she has always carried within her closes up.
    Loving her new relationship with God she yearns to share His love with others, especially her family. Tentatively she starts spreading the news to others. Despite persecution, despite others throwing rocks at her, and her own family beating her Samaa does not give up. Slowly her loved ones begin transforming and Samaa realizes this is only the beginning of her journey.
    An explosion at her church where she was a victim goes further to prove her theory that there is much more for her to do for Jesus in the world.




    This book is not for the faint of heart. This is a real story of one young woman's harrowing experience in a land where freedom of religion is not accepted, and where all Christians are considered traitors. It is heart-breaking, heart-warming, and will send you on a roller coaster. It will leave you breathless and you cannot help but to sit at the edge of your seat. The difference between this book and many others is this is one young girl's TRUE accounting of what happened to her, her family, and her land.
    I was left awed by this book. I was encouraged by Samaa's unflinching faith and I believe every encounter she detailed in this book. It is sometimes hard for us to accept such strong emotions and miracles. Sometimes it is easy for our minds to shed doubt on such things because certain circumstances are incomprehensible to us. But for me I loved this story and am grateful it was shared. I just know this book will go on to change lives, and I am thankful to have had the chance to read it. I have been recommending this book left and right, and will continue to do so. It woke me up even further to a lot of the issues pressing on Christians in other countries. Samaa's story is one of courage, faith, love, hope, determination, and the strength of Jesus. It just goes to show when we have Jesus on our side anything is possible.




    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Chosen Books in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

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