Writers are Readers

Do fiction writers write about non-fiction books? Of course they do! The best stories happen in real life. I’ve been promising book reviews and I felt like it’s about time I followed through. My first review is going to be about the most recent book I read, the life-story of Hazem Farraj. Mohammed, Jesus and Me is actually the first book I ever downloaded (iBooks!). That’s right – read the whole thing on my iPhone and I couldn’t put it down. This is a compelling story of loss, rejection, redemption, forgiveness and the acceptance that he found in Jesus Christ.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith who.for the joy that was set before him endured the cross Hebrews 12:2a

As an American-born Palestinian boy, he experienced the heartache of being abandoned by his mother at a young age. Unfortunatley, this served as forshadowing for later in his life when he would undergo the anguish of being disowned by his father for going against his Muslim upbringing. If you think about it, Farraj basically started out as an orphan; having parents and no family to belong to. It shares the common irony of being in the midst of a crowd yet being lonlier than lonely. I think many can relate to the depression that comes from not feeling wanted or needed. Thank God for the surrogates that he has inwaiting at the checkpoints of our lives, standing by to parent and shepherd our souls.

No matter your religious affiliation, reading about different cultures and religions is very thought provoking to say the least. But reading the accounts of a person who went from hopeless to hope-full, lost to found and blind to one with vision; that friend, speaks volumes. Who would even dream of denying all they have ever known if it meant harm, death or eternal damnation? Even so, with fear breathing down his neck, Hazem still chose Jesus over Mohammed. No one can scoot around the purity of his pursuit or the ripple effect from a life reborn. This book isn’t about blaming or pointing fingers. The power behind this book is one man’s testimony, motivated by Love. The Love that changed his life forever. The Love that took him in, cleaned him up and named him “son”.  It’s the same Love he could never do anything to earn or lose. Like any journey, his road has been paved with ups and downs. He takes you along as he learns to hear the voice of God and trust him unwaveringly. This is a must read. Through this book you’ll get a glimpse of where he’s been and where God is taking him. You are invited to know this Love for yourself.

You will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart.   Jeremiah 29:13

Hazem_Farraj_self-portrait

You can find Farraj not only on the cover of his book, but on tv. He is the host of Reflections TV, a broadcast that shares the love of Jesus all around the world. Connect with him at http://www.hazemfarraj.com. Jesus, Mohammed and Me is available on Amazon.

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” ― Stephen King

 

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