Wednesday, January 18, 2017

{Book Review} "Fleeing ISIS, Finding Jesus" by Charles Morris and Craig Borlase

Rating: 4/5

Fleeing ISIS, Finding Jesus: The Real Story of God at Work is a book inspired by the question "Is this the end of Christianity in the Middle East?" After reading a New York Times article with this title, Morris and Borlase wanted to seek out answers. Travelling to Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, they conducted interviews with many refugees who have been forced to flee from ISIS. The true stories from those interviews have been compiled in this book.

Fleeing ISIS, Finding Jesus tells story after story of men, women and children who have been forced to leave their lives behind in search of safety from ISIS militants. The unique thing about each of these stories is how Jesus has revealed Himself to them. In the midst of utter chaos and destruction, these men and women have stories of their conversions from Islam to Christianity after hearing of Jesus in refugee camps, from fellow captives, or in dreams. The resounding answer to the question of whether or not Christianity is dying in the Middle East is most definitely, "No!" To hear all about how God is using the persecution of Christians in the Middle East to spread the gospel, you simply need to read this book. While many of the stories are heartbreaking, it is also incredible to read about the power God has in the midst of such violence in destruction. It's easy for Western Christians to say we trust Christ; it's amazing to read of stories of believers in hostile communities living out their faith.

While Morris and Borlase write about sensitive issues, they do so with great care. The true stories of persecution are heartbreaking to read, but also incredible because within each story, Jesus' power to save is woven. This is a book that will make you more aware of the persecution that Christians are facing in the Middle East. It's a hard read, but it's definitely a book worth reading.

I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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