About the Book
There will be pain ahead, and trouble and problems that I won’t be able to fix on my own.
But in them all, I know God will be there, calling me to look to him. Inviting me to take the next step toward his open arms.
And I will say yes.
Annahita Parsan was born into a Muslim family in Iran and grew up with the simple hope of one day finding a good husband, having children, and doing some good in the world. Married and a mother before she turned eighteen, Annahita found herself unexpectedly widowed and trapped for years in an abusive second marriage that she later fled—discovering instead a God who might love her.
Stranger No More is the remarkable true story of Annahita’s path from oppression to the life-changing hope of Jesus. Fleeing Iran across the mountains into Turkey, she spent months in the terrifying Agri prison before a miraculous release and flight to Europe, where she and her two children knelt in a church and prayed, “God, from this day on we are Christians.”
Filled with unthinkable circumstances, miraculous rescues, and the quietly constant voice of Jesus, Stranger No More leads readers deep into the heart of God and draws them toward the same call that Annahita heeds today: using her past to save others from theirs. As the leader of two congregations in Sweden, Annahita has baptized hundreds of former Muslims since her own conversion, has seen firsthand the powerful ways God is at work among those who have left Islam behind, and is reminded every day that saying yes to God is always worth the risk.
About the Author
Annahita Parsan is an ordained minister in the Church of Sweden and leads two congregations, one of which ministers to the growing number of former Muslim refugees. She is a confident public speaker who has regularly shared her testimony with live audiences, journalists, and TV interviewers, even speaking one time at the invitation of the Queen of Sweden. Annahita has worked pastorally with hundreds of former Muslims and regularly trains churches to reach out to Muslims and disciple them once they join the church.
Praise for Stranger No More
“What an amazing story of God's faithfulness to Annahita and finally to her extended family. Though she has gone through horrible experiences she finally found Jesus who was the only person that could heal her, help her and restore her and give her a new vision for her life.
Everybody should read this book to get a sense how life could look like in some of the most difficult places on earth. All who work with refugees or immigrants must read that book. It will help them to understand what many of these precious people have gone through before finding shelter.”
—Daniel Waheli, author of Lessons Learned in the Lion’s Den
“This heroic and granular plight of a refugee will turn your heart towards the broken and displaced. Yes, you will wince at the grit and reality of a life torn by tragedy – and yet you will also come near to a life redeemed by a God who reveals His strength in weakness. You simply will never be able to look at the refugee crisis thru the lens of superficial statistics anymore. And yet you will also celebrate how an intentional, purposeful Savior chooses to intervene against human brutality. An inspiration.”
—Benjamin K. Homan, President of Langham Partnership
“Tremendous to read Strangers No More. I pray that many more Muslims will fasten their gaze on Jesus, as Annahita Parsan has done. They will discover that God is love. Thank God for non-western theologians, such as Annahita. There is more to discover about God's love and glory, and Christians who read the Bible through Middle Eastern eyes have a unique contribution to make. Don't stop now, Annahita. I am sure there is a second God-glorifying book inside you that will bless us as has this one.”
—Bob Blincoe PhD, President, Frontiers USA
“Every single person is on a journey to know Jesus, even though we may not often know it or see it. Annahita Parsan shares an amazing, inspiring and gripping story about her journey to a faithful Savior. You won’t be able to believe all that she endures and you certainly won’t be able to put the book down once you start. This story gives us a fresh perspective on the refugee crisis we face today.”
—Andrew Mayo, President and CEO of MBF
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