Reviewer

Jonathan Griffiths is an ordained Foursquare minister and FMI missionary to Great Britain.

  Who it's for

Missions leaders, believers who want to reach Muslims

  Details

  • Price: $14.99
  • Publisher: Chosen Books
  • Format: 272 pages, softcover and e-book

Though the world is a rapidly changing place demographically, there is still a lot we do not understand about one another’s cultures and beliefs. Growing up in multi-ethnic Birmingham, England, I was comfortable playing, studying and working with people of different tribes, tongues and religions, yet I still saw the way we segregated into our own tribes and remained ignorant of the deeper things in one another’s worlds.

Reading Face to Face With Jesus: A Former Muslim’s Extraordinary Journey to Heaven and Encounter With the God of Love gave me a much greater comprehension of the Muslim world of the Middle East. In an unnamed city, author Samaa Habib tells her story of seeking relationship with God in the faith of Islam, but instead finding Jesus.

Told with the help of historical-fiction novelist Bodie Thoene, this book comes with the same kind of intensity of other contemporary Christian biographies, such as The Hiding Place (Corrie ten Boom) and God’s Smuggler (Brother Andrew). It is good for us to read about missionaries, martyrs and radical followers of Jesus, especially those of us in the Western world, whose depth of persecution is currently more mildly annoying than a life-or-death struggle.

After hearing the gospel preached in different church meetings, and being under the tutelage of a Christian taekwondo instructor, Habib received prayer and encountered Jesus. She was suddenly converted from Islam to Christianity, and found the peace, joy and comfort she had been starving for.

As her country endured civil war, she began to endure personal war as family, friends and neighbors turned on her. But the story does not focus on the sufferings (of which there are many). Through it all, the Word of God, the comfort of the Holy Spirit and the joy of knowing Jesus rise above these things.

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.