There are some books that you read, finish, and move on. And then there are books that you read and feel profoundly thankful were written. For me, Forward in the Face of Fear: My Life for Christ in the Muslim World by Edgar Feghaly is in the second category.
This newly-released autobiography is riveting. If you think biographies are less than engaging, you haven’t read this book. From preaching the gospel under sniper fire to sheltering refugees in the center of war to witnessing and seeing dramatic conversions of Muslim men and women, this book will hold your attention.
But it’s more than a page turner. Forward in the Face of Fear impacts on a deeper level than simply entertainment. This book will…
Strengthen your courage—Do you ever hesitate in fear where God has pointed forward? There’s something about a biography—especially a modern-day biography like this one—that makes God’s promises come alive as we see them displayed against the backdrop of real life situations. As you read stories of God’s miraculous provision, protection, and blessing, it will challenge and renew your faith to press forward against the obstacles in your own life.
Renew your faith in the power of the gospel—Do you believe the gospel can penetrate the Islamic world? One of the things I love about this book is that it highlights the great power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As you read accounts of Muslim men and women who turned to Christ and of churches planted in the most unlikely places, you’ll be reminded of the power of the gospel—and motivated to share it with faith.
Challenge you to pray—As you read stories of God’s miraculous provision, protection, and blessing, it will challenge you to use the resource of prayer more in your own life and ministry. It will also help you understand better how to pray for missionaries. Although not every missionary serves in war-torn regions, every missionary faces spiritual warfare. As you read of the spiritual attacks the Feghalys served through, it will give you a greater understanding of the need your missionaries have for prayer.
Deepen your love for God—One of the verses that comes to mind as you read this book is Acts 20:24, “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
Dr. Feghaly loves the Lord and lost people enough that he is willing to endanger his own life to preach the gospel in dangerous places. Reading his story emphasizes the value of the gospel and reminds you that Christ is worthy of our all.
If you are looking for a book that will challenge your faith, prayer, witness, and love for God, I highly recommend Forward in the Face of Fear.
(Striving Together Publications is offering two extra bonuses for those who order through April 15—a free copy of the ebook as well as a five-lecture course by Dr. Feghaly on “How to Witness to a Muslim.”)