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.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Foreword Mike Bickle 13
1 Explosion 17
2 Miracle Child 31
3 Growing Up Muslim 37
4 Civil War 49
5 Famine 57
6 The Holy Book 72
7 Tremendous Revelations 78
8 Encounter with Love 85
9 Walking with Jesus 95
10 Supernatural Strength 102
11 The Cost of Following Jesus 114
12 Supernatural Bodyguard 121
13 The Seeds Grow 129
14 The Old Becomes New 145
15 A Bold Faith 158
16 Salvation of the Household 166
17 Heaven 174
18 Fighting for My Life 183
19 Healing Miracles 188
20 Deliverance 206
21 Miraculous Transformations 213
22 Provision by Heavenly Provider 219
23 Acts of Faith 224
24 Go to the End of the Earth 237
25 Going to America 240
Epilogue: Four Dreams 257
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
This book gave many details of Samaa's experiences as a converted Muslim in wartime. Details of some of her experiences were heart-wrenching but most believable. Quite an eye-opener to the life of a Christian converted from Muslim and still living in their native country with their Muslim family.
I feel sorry for her, that her brother and her father abused her more than two times as I guess. She continue to pray for them for a long time as long as she continue love them, no matter what. Until she finally mert Jesus in person after the bomb. I am proud of her. I now read chapter 19 close to 20.