Paul and Me: A Journey to and from the Damascus Road, From Islam to Christ

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Karim opens his Introduction with these words: "First things first: By writing this book, I am by no means comparing myself to the Apostle Paul, for he was able to say in 1 Corinthians 11:1, "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." The Apostle Paul is one of the most influential people in the history of Christianity. I am a humble servant who happened to be born in the city of Damascus, where Paul had his conversion. The glorious story of the Apostle Paul and my demure story intersect at several junctures, as you will soon see. I have been compelled to write by a burning desire to share the grace of God with people all over the world. I am confident that the Lord has graciously chosen to lead me step by step in His perfect will for my life, despite my failure to follow. I am also confident that He intends that my story be used to help others who are experiencing the darkness I once knew." James R. White, author of 'What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an' said the following: "Karim Shamsi-Basha has provided us with a moving, personal story of the sometimes winding, often messy road of grace tread by those blessed souls who find the glory of God in the face of Jesus the Messiah. His story of coming to know that the true Jesus from the background of Islam, together with the narrative of the life of Paul, provides a unique and edifying narrative that will bless many readers." Joni Eareckson Tada, founder of Joni and Friends, wrote: "Any Christian with the name Karim Shamsi-Basha already has my attention - the name alone invokes the complex and mysteriously veiled world of Islam and the Middle East. So how does this remarkable man, born and raised in Syria, suddenly release his grip on the Muslim faith to wholeheartedly embrace Christ? More to the point, how does this new convert become such an avid student of the apostle Paul?! Karim's story is as compelling as his deep and personal study of the Scriptures - and I promise, you will be wonderfully blessed as you get to know Karim Shamsi- Basha, as well as the apostle Paul, on the following pages. Read it and be... inspired." "I have been meeting weekly with Karim over the past several months as this book has taken shape, and I can truly say that this book will speak to the hearts of people all over the world. Weaving together the stories of Paul and Karim has been one of the most enjoyable and profitable experiences of my life. Stalker, Machen & Warfield are all brilliant in their descriptions of the great Apostle Paul, and Karim has inherited the gift from his earthly father who was a poet laureate in Syria. You will laugh and you will cry as you follow both journies in this unique volume. You will also be given a chance to write your own story at the end of each chapter as you reflect on God's dealings with you. This is a book you will want for yourself and for many others as well." - Michael Gaydosh, the Publisher