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8.15.2014

Face to Face with Jesus ~ Review

Face to Face with Jesus
By Samaa Habib
   with Bodie Thoene

A Former Muslim's Extraordinary
Journey to Heaven
And Encounter with The God of Love

This is Samaa Habib's story.  It is a story of hope.  And it is a story of miracles.  

Samaa was raised Muslim, but she came to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  But for someone born and raised in the Middle East this was not a decision to be made lightly.  Samaa and her sisters faced persecution at home from family members who did not leave the Muslim faith.

But throughout the persecution Samaa stood firm even when beaten to renounce her beliefs.

But in an act extremism the church Samaa was attending was attacked in a series of bombs.  And this fateful day when she should have died her life was about to be a statement of the power of God.  Even in her pain and suffering Samaa faces persecution from the local medical personnel because of her faith.  But through it all Samaa comes into a closer relationship with her Saviour and is even a living witness to the power of God to fellow patients.

This is not your typical near death experience encounter with God.  Samaa doesn't have an experience of visions of glimpses of Heaven that are the focal point of her experience rather her journey was an encounter with God and His love and His sustaining presence even during times of persecution.

This is an interesting book that is timely during this time of persecution of Christians who live in the Middle East among their Muslim family, friends, and neighbors.  I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy reading personal insights and experiences.  This would also be an excellent addition to a church library.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Chosen in exchange for my honest review.    


It starts as a story ripped from the headlines
of the war-torn Middle East.
An extremist faction of Islam bombs a church during a service. The one door in the back isn't big enough for five hundred people trying to escape.
Some are killed.
But after the chaos and fire and smoke, 
one young woman comes back to life.
In this thrilling true tale, death does not have the final word. From the first time Samaa heard the Lord Jesus calling her out of Islam into faith in Him, till she met Him face to face in heaven, her life is marked by God's supernatural love and power. Full of hope and encouragement, and overflowing with Jesus' love, her riveting account reveals the power of God to break through any circumstance—and is a moving reminder that, in a place beyond what we can imagine, we have a Savior waiting to welcome us face to face.