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Face to Face with Jesus – Samaa Habib & Bodie Thoene

Face to Face with Jesus is published by Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Face to Face with Jesus is published by Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

About the Book
About the Author (Samaa)
About the Author (Bodie)

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.

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It Is Finished – David Wilkerson

it is finished

Author: David Wilkerson

Publisher: Chosen Books

Summary: What’s the big deal with the whole “Old Covenant” and “New Covenant” thing? David Wilkerson presents the difference and importance of both in his book It Is Finished: Finding Lasting Victory Over Sin. If you have a sin you just can’t seem to get rid of, if you feel lost, if you feel like you’re failing trying to do it own your own, David Wilkerson reminds you that God has given you what you need to be free.

Review: I had never heard of David Wilkerson until my husband asked me about him because he’d heard about him from co-worker. That was back in 2011. From then until now I’ve not really thought much about him because everything my husband showed me seemed, to me, to be more prophetic. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being prophetic, it just didn’t really feel like it applied much to me. Then I read It Is Finished. . .

I grew up learning about Old Covenant and New Covenant stuff, and it’s always made sense to me, at least on a basic level. My husband and I have talked about it before but I could never explain how I understood it to work, but David Wilkerson makes it clear. I’m not even going to try and explain it because I don’t want to mess it up. I am going to tell you that if you’ve ever wondered how it works or what it means or even if there really was an “Old Covenant”, read It Is Finished. Not only will you come to a better understanding of the covenants, you will learn how fully living under the New Covenant will make you free.

What I love about David Wilkerson is that he doesn’t sugar coat things. He is not about “feel good” messages, he’s about bringing the truth of God’s Word to the people. In a world that seems to thrive on sugar coating, it’s really nice to hear the truth without all the fluff.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Baker Publishing Group/Bethany House/Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. All thoughts are my own.

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