God likes it when His people pray boldly, and as Naeem Fazal found out, sometimes those bold prayers get answered in ways that we might not expect. Ex-Muslim: How One Daring Prayer to Jesus Changed a Life Forever (Thomas Nelson, 2014) is the story of how Fazal came to pray that prayer, the unexpected answer, and what happened next.
Fazal, was born and raised a Muslim in Kuwait. He ended up in North Carolina, and experienced a change that resulted in him leaving his Muslim faith in favor of Christianity. Not only did he become a Christian, but he has become a church-planting pastor.
Ex-Muslim is his story, and it is a fascinating story, a story which grasps the tensions inherent in a conversion story of this type. I was hooked from the beginning. The story is fascinating, it’s written by a master story-teller, the tension between the old and the new, between the Muslim faith of his childhood, and the Christian faith that he now claims as his own is compelling. The evidence of Jesus in his life can’t be denied.
As an autobiography, this book makes for a great read. As an account of how God, how Jesus, how the Holy Spirit works in the lives of non-believers this is a ‘must-read’ book. But beyond that, this is a not so subtle reminder that Jesus’ Great Commission is still as applicable today as it was when He gave it to the Apostles 2000 years ago (Matt 28:19-20). Someone shared the gospel with this militantly anti-Christian, and at the proper time, Fazal accepted the good news. But he didn't stop there. His life since has been one of proclaiming Jesus.
With whom have YOU shared the gospel recently?
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