Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Book Review: We Died Before We Came Here

Inspirational reading at its best. Author Emily Foreman takes you along on her faith journey that began in the wake of 9/11. She and her husband Stephen took seriously Jesus’ command to love your enemies and relocated their family to serve as missionaries in a Muslim country in North Africa. They paid the ultimate price when Stephen was killed by al-Qaeda extremists.

While most of us might wonder how a couple could put themselves and their four children at risk, her story puts human faces on Muslim people as the Foremans grow to love those around them while ministering to physical and spiritual needs. There’s the humor in everyday interchanges and the challenge of watching new friends draw close to Jesus, knowing the cost of conversion.

And then there’s the inspiration readers will draw from this family’s commitment in light of Galatians 2:20, “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” Stephen, when questioned about the danger of living and witnessing in a Muslim country, always told people, “We died before we came here.”

Published by NavPress, this true story is endorsed by Jerry Rankin, president emeritus of International Mission Board, SBC; Jerry Trousdale, director of International Ministries at Cityteam Ministries and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission.

The reactions of the Muslim people to Stephen’s murder and Emily’s own journey through grief to forgiveness is sure to surprise you and inform you about the reality of faith in the lives of those who take seriously Jesus’ teaching to reach the world.


K. Weber said...

Sounds inspiring and fascinating! As I just told my husband, I am going to have to get this from the library and read it, because your recommendations have proven to be reliable!

Shirley Brosius said...

Thank you, Karen. And thanks for sharing on FB.