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: "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."
Dr. Frank Barker, Pastor Emeritus of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, wrote the Foreword and shared: "Karim has drawn an interesting analogy of his spiritual journey and the Apostle Paul's. It is truly an intriguing parallel. Karim's near-death experiences and Paul's, the big shift required to believe in Christ, the struggle to accept the overwhelming implications of Christ's claims, the dramatic life-changing impact when Christ is truly accepted - all comes through loud and clear.
A special feature of this book is the insertion of selections from two of my favorite authors, B. B. Warfield and J. Gresham Machen. I am glad that you will be introduced to men whose writings can truly change your life as they have mine. This book is also very instructive concerning the barriers Muslims and those of other religions face in accepting the claims of the Gospel, and gives insight in how to help them work their way through these barriers."
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