Summary: Born into a Muslim family in the Middle East, Samaa grew up following Islam. Unsatisfied by following the faith of her family, Samaa came to know Christ after her experiences in tae kwon do and in church (that she secretly attended). When a bomb explodes next to her head during a church bombing, Samaa is killed and meets Jesus in Heaven. Her testimony and fire for God have shown Christ’s love not only to her family but to others around the world.
Review: I’m always skeptical about accounts of people who have “gone to heaven” because really, it’s not something to be trifled with. You know? It’s a serious thing! For me, there were a few specifics that gave the account more credibility (listed from the book in order of appearance):
- She grew up a devout Muslim. For a devout Muslim to make such a dramatic life changing decision is, in itself, a miracle. Only God can change a heart that dramatically!
- The fact that she faced persecution, even within her own family, and still she didn’t turn back.
- Her account of Heaven and Jesus matches up with what we know of them both from Scripture.
- The fact that her experience brought more of her family to Christ, and that she didn’t immediately share her experience with the world.
Did I agree with all her theology and uses of Scripture? No, and that’s ok because we really shouldn’t agree 100% with anyone but God. But I give her credit and don’t doubt her story because I didn’t live her story so who am I to say God didn’t move in her life the way she says He did. I especially like what she says on pg. 181 about people asking her what she saw in Heaven. She says, “People have asked if I saw the New Jerusalem and the twenty-four elders…or family members, angels, clouds of witnesses… It was all there, but my eyes were fixed on Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” Really, that’s how it should be in Heaven because it is all about Jesus. Not about the streets of gold or who from the earth is in Heaven. Jesus.
Her story is well told, and it’s not just about going to Heaven, it’s about her whole life. Had she not given us all the details (less her country of origin, for obvious reasons) we wouldn’t be able to make an accurate assessment about her experience as a whole. I, for one, am appreciative of her sharing her story. And I pray that she continues to live her life for God. We won’t know for sure until we get to Heaven if her story is true, but if you’re willing to read her account with your Bible close by, it’s worth a read!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.