Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” - John 14:6
It is a headline we have seen many times. A bomb rips through a church during service on the other side of the world. Five hundred people try to escape but there is only one door to leave through. Many people lose their lives. But this time, one woman comes back to life.
When Samaa Habib first heard the voice of Jesus Christ calling her to Him, she knew she was making a dangerous decision. Samaa grew up in a Muslim family in the Middle East and she knew that she would find opposition everywhere she looked, especially within her own family. But she was not prepared for what happened after the bombing.
After one of the bombs exploded next to her, Samaa met Jesus face to face in heaven. But He gave her a message that her time on earth was not finished. She took back with her a renewed hope and love, a spirit that would never be broken, and a mission to bring people of all walks of life to the Saviour who guides her.
Face to Face with Jesus: A Former Muslim’s Extraordinary Journey to Heaven and Encounter with the God of Love by Samaa Habib with Bodie Thoene is a heart-wrenching and inspiring account of Samaa’s early life, conversion, and unflinching faith in Jesus Christ.
Samaa was raised in a country that is 98% Muslim and where conversion to Christianity is considered punishable by death to many. But as her country plunged into a civil war and her family tried desperately just to stay alive, she found herself being called to Jesus through people who came into her life. After converting to Christianity, her struggles worsened but her faith grew and the supernatural power of Christ touched her life in many ways.
This is an incredible book. I was so moved by Samaa’s faith in the face of violence and death. Shortly after I finished reading the book, my pastor spoke of how difficult it can be for us in the West to understand miracles. He spoke about Christians in parts of the world where there is war and persecution placing a high importance on them when we don’t. This book shows you why.
I was so inspired by the stories of Christians who came to her country and spoke openly about Jesus Christ. I was glued to the pages in which she describes the church services and the community of Christians she belonged to. In the face of persecution, they stood strong for Jesus in a way that many of us will never have to experience. It is amazing to read these kinds of stories.
What I loved most about reading this book was reading about the conversions to Christianity of her family and friends. It really shows us the importance of patience and prayer in witnessing to our loved ones. It took a lot of time but even Samaa’s fiercest opponents were changed by her life and testimony.
Moving, inspiring, and permeated by His love, mercy, and grace, this book is an fantastic read. Looking at our faith through the eyes of a convert who faced persecution and terror for her decision will move and push your faith in incredible ways.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Chosen Books. The opinions expressed above are purely my own.