Jesus revealed himself to a young, brash, Pakistani Muslim. But he didn’t just reveal himself; he turned Naeem Fazal’s world upside down.
Moving from Kuwait to Charleston, South Carolina, had been an adventure. Surrendering his life to Jesus Christ was actual treason. And yet, Jesus brought Fazal the most powerful peace he had ever experienced: “It filled the room. It grew roots in my heart and in my soul. It intoxicated me.”
In this riveting memoir, Fazal describes how God used extraordinary means to bring a young, underachieving, Muslim immigrant through Desert Storm, across the oceans, into college, and ultimately to pastor a Christian church in North Carolina. He demonstrates that no character flaw, no distance, no cultural chasm is too great for Jesus to reach across.
Fazal is candid about his shortcomings, practical about the challenges of cross-cultural engagement, and ultimately inspiring that God is capable of far more than we have grown to expect. He says, “Jesus consistently, stubbornly refuses to limit himself to my expectations. Which makes getting to know him an unfolding adventure of epic proportions.”
Whether you are a Muslim, Christian, or neither, Ex-Muslim makes a compelling case that life with Jesus Christ is a true adventure.
|Contributor(s)||Naeem Fazal, Kitti Murray (With), Erwin Raphael McManus (Foreword)|
|About the Contributor(s)||Naeem Fazal
Naeem Fazal was born and raised as a Muslim in Kuwait. He came to the United States shortly after the Gulf War of 1990. In 1992, he had a supernatural experience with Christ that changed the course of his life. He was ordained in 2001 at Seacoast Church. In 2006, with the help of Seacoast Church, the ARC, and Mosaic LA, he planted Mosaic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Naeem has been featured in Relevant magazine, Leadership Journal, and Charlotte magazine.
Erwin Raphael McManus (Foreword)
Erwin Raphael McManus is a storyteller, an activist, and a creative. Erwin serves as the principle visionary and primary communicator of Mosaic in Los Angeles. He is the author of eight books, the founder of Temple Bags, and his films include Crave: The Documentary.
|Release Date||Jun 10, 2014|
- Review by Simply Healthy Mama
An experience one night led him to call out Jesus' name. Soon after, Naeem converted to Christianity and has since led countless others to Christ. I love how he pointed out all the things that led to his conversion to Christianity. For example, if the Gulf War did not happen, he would not have come to America and he likely would have never become a Christian. It's a great example of how God is always working behind the scenes to lead people to Him even when we don't realize what He is up to!
I enjoyed reading about his experiences in various American churches and how he came to where he is now--the evangelist at Mosaic, a large and growing church in Charlotte, NC. From a Muslim to the pastor of a large Church--Jesus' grace never ceases to amaze me!
You will not be disappointed by this book. It will cause you to smile, to laugh and maybe to shed a few tears! (Posted on 6/7/14)