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.
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Review 1 for Face to Face with Jesus: A Former Muslim's Extraordinary Journey to Heaven and Encounter with the God of Love
Real and Inspiring...this book left me in awe!
Date:June 25, 2014
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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Review 2 for Face to Face with Jesus: A Former Muslim's Extraordinary Journey to Heaven and Encounter with the God of Love
This is a fascinating, at times nearly unbelievable, story of a young woman's conversion from Islam to Christianity. Raised in a country and culture that is beyond my comprehension, I felt a mixture of doubt, hope, and acceptance...mixed with a tinge of envy, for the closeness she has with Jesus as I read the experiences she survived. Sometimes it is hard to grasp the atrocities faced by others, yet I can not imagine her survival without the supernatural intervention of God.
The story, co-authored by Bodie Thoene, is a gripping story that keeps you wanting to read just one more page before turning out the lights. I did get a little confused sometimes about the time frame of events, but that could be my own fault since I read at bedtime. However, the book gives you a lot to think about and to pray about. Not only is it a call for action to do just a bit more for those who have yet to turn to Jesus, but is also a nudge to examine my own relationship with Jesus. I certainly recommend this book.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing, in order to write a review. I was not required to write a positive review.
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Review 3 for Face to Face with Jesus: A Former Muslim's Extraordinary Journey to Heaven and Encounter with the God of Love
Powerful and Inspirational
Date:June 16, 2014
"Face to Face with Jesus" is a powerful and inspirational book. I found myself face to face with one young Muslim woman's journey as she expressed the effects of Islam on women. Samaa lived in a war torn country dominated by the communists. She came from an educated and privileged family. The war took all of that away but in return she found Jesus through a self-defense ministry in her town. Jesus offered her, a woman, what Islam could never offer. He gave her salvation, dignity, acceptance and worth and for that she was willing to accept horrendous punishments from her brothers and father. In time most of her family would ask Jesus into their lives. She is to be commended for her persistence. It would be many years before her father became a believer.
Samaa also died in a bomb blast, met Jesus face to face and was sent back to complete the work he has for her.
As a woman living in a Western culture, I have been largely ignorant about the treatment of woman in much of the rest of the world, especially Islamic cultures. After reading this book, I know that I am privileged and feel grateful for where I live and how I am treated. I recommend this book which I received as a complimentary copy for review from Chosen a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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Review 4 for Face to Face with Jesus: A Former Muslim's Extraordinary Journey to Heaven and Encounter with the God of Love
Samaa's story reads like a chapter of the Book of Acts in the New Testament.
What she has to say, what her testimony cries out, is a wake-up call for Christians. God is alive- He is very active in our lives. He is loving, powerful and wants a super-natural lifestyle for His children.
I was enthralled and challenged by this book. Wake-up call indeed.
Growing up a devout muslim in a 3rd world Islamic country, Samaa wanted desperately to have a relationship with Allah. He wouldn't answer. In the midst of a civil war, near starvation, where just waiting for bread in the breadline could mean a chilling death, and going from wealth to poverty began to disillusion her. Muslim against muslim, doing unspeakable violence to each other, and as she battled to survive each day amidst the danger and fear, God intervened. He used a missionary living among the muslims of her country, teaching Tae Kwon Do classes for free to the public. An amazingly courageous man, he spoke openly about Jesus and shared the gospel at every class. He had a worship and prayer time, for which any muslim in that country could have killed him with the approval of the community. He gave Samaa a children's Bible, and then Jesus came to her in a dream. He loves the muslim people! And she reminds us of this.
Her life, completely, simply, profoundly given over to Christ, is an adventure. She survived persecution, even from her own family, who by the way did come to Christ. She never stopped sharing the gospel no matter the cost, which was frequently high.
She survived death.
Terrorists bombed her church. She was standing right next to a bomb that detonated and killed and injured many. She had a death experience, saw Jesus face to face, and came back to continue to share the gospel and encourage the church. Her recovery was long and painful, and she experienced persecution even from the muslim doctors and nurses while she lay near death. Still, she lovingly shared the gospel with them. Prayed for them. Such a contrast between her actions and what mine might be. Getting to know Samaa through the pages of her extremely well-written story has changed me.
The fact that my favorite author, Bodie Theone was the American writer who helped tell the tale is the cherry on top. I love this woman's writing and have had my faith increased over and over in her own books.
I don't want to give the story away here, there's too much to tell anyway, it's a book you read on the edge of your seat, turning page after page, long after you should be doing something else or sleeping.
Face To Face With Jesus is an education in the muslim culture, and in a simple, profound faith that walks in obedience. Seeing what it looks like close-up. Being refined by persecution and poverty is a blessing in disguise sometimes. This powerful testimony caused me to reevaluate everything. To a person who likes her comfort a tad too much, that could be hard. Except it wasn't. I am so excited to read about the reality of God's work in the present day that I find myself longing and praying for more Jesus. More of the Holy Spirit and so, so much less of me. I have read chapters of this book over and over.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an unbiased written review.
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Review 5 for Face to Face with Jesus: A Former Muslim's Extraordinary Journey to Heaven and Encounter with the God of Love
This is a compelling conversion story!
Date:June 4, 2014
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A story for the ages is Samaa Habib’s conversion experience and her trials in Christ. She was a young Muslim girl when she converted to Christ after realizing that Allah was not answering her prayers. When being nearly crushed during civil war in a mob that broke out while she was waiting in a bread line, she “cried out in desperation to the God of Abram, Isaac, and Jacob…” She relates her gradual journey to the God of Love through being invited to a Ta kwon do class that was being held by missionaries in the gym of the local school. At first glance, this is just too good to be true. After reading her story I know that my hesitation is because I am not used to seeing God work in an intense and miraculous way. I see the provision of God and His hand in the situations she encounters that only God can work in. I have no doubt that her life experience has happened the way she relates it to us. Samaa tells her story in somewhat basic conversational sentences which reflect her grasp of English as a second language, bringing a realistic feel to this book. Her knowledge of the Scriptures is evident and her application of God’s Word to situations she encounters is enlightened. Her trials and triumphs are real and bring to my mind the verse in 2 Cor. 2:14, “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” (NKJV) There are a few loose ends left in the narrative and she sometimes stretches a Bible verse a little beyond context. Her death experience which took her to be “Face to Face with Jesus” is a reach for me. However, I do know that if God wants her to speak with Christ, face to face, and return to earth to tell of it, He will make that happen. I see nothing in the scriptures to tell me that anyone in present day, with the Word made perfect, will go to heaven and then return to tell about it. The only thing for you to do is read her story and draw your own conclusion. John 16:12-13 gives insight to this. His ways are not our ways. I give this four stars. I received a free copy of this book from Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review. This review is my opinion.
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Review 6 for Face to Face with Jesus: A Former Muslim's Extraordinary Journey to Heaven and Encounter with the God of Love
Habib grew up in a Muslim family in a nation 98% Muslim and where radical Muslims considered Christian converts traitors worthy of horrible death.
She shares about the civil war in the country, Sunni and Shia Muslims fighting, seeing atrocities against civilians. At times her family crawled around in the house so they would not be shot through the windows. Her father went bankrupt and there was no more school for her.
Her life would change dramatically when she began attending a Taekwondo class. She was given a children's Bible and at age fourteen became a Christian. She attended church. She had a dream where Jesus appeared to her. She began to pray for her family. She was beaten by her brother, received threats from her neighbors, and hated by her father. She experienced miraculous protection from God as she was attacked several times.
There was a bombing in her church and Habib was badly injured with burns and a split skull. She died and went to heaven, seeing Jesus. He gave her the option to return to earth which she chose, giving her life to His service. She had a lengthy and miraculous recovery from here severe injuries, even while being persecuted by Muslim doctors and nurses. She continued to witness, first as a waitress, then a model and real estate agent. Miraculously, she went to the U.S. to mission school and then on mission journeys. She continues with the mandate to wake up the Church and encourage Christians to speak the Good News.
Habib reveals a great deal about Muslim culture and belief. About her conversion, along with several of her sisters, she wrote, “In Islam my father would be justified in killing us. It would be an honor killing as we lived in a shame culture and the only way to remove shame was by death.” (122) She persevered in her faith and ultimately saw her mother and finally her father come to faith in Jesus.
Hers is a powerful story of God moving among the Muslims. It shows the high cost of a Muslim becoming a Christian. She encourages us to pray for Muslims, that God would send out laborers for the harvest. Read this memoir and know that God is moving today among the Muslim believers. It will inspire you to get on your knees.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.