Video of how Hazem Farraj became a follower of Christ
His book, in the picture above, is available through Amazon. A Kindle edition is also available.
I really got a lot out of his talk, even though it was given on a Sunday morning in a church in America. So unfortunately, we have a couple of blockages to the free flow of information right there. Outside America the culture of that fine country can seem quite different and even jar a little, just as I think New Zealand culture must with Americans. Add to that the lamentable propensity different churches display in that different ministers develop their own slightly idiosyncratic way of speaking that is soon accepted as normal and then normative. If someone new comes along to talk they have to adapt to this particular method of communication or perhaps find themselves not being taken seriously as an authority figure by some in the congregation.
Having spoken in different churches & observed others sometimes languishing in this predicament I know it happens far too much. You know, I think it's kind of cute how different people in different churches think they have to use their "preaching voice" to talk about God to the same people they already discuss God - and every other subject - with every day of the week in a perfectly normal voice. Or their "prayer voice" to talk to God publicly when again they freely talk to him as a dear father when they are alone (by the way I include myself & my own church in the criticism, we all face this).
I say it's kind of cute, but it's mainly a little sad as it's not particularly missional or outward looking is it? To me it seems too much like Paul's warning about speaking in tongues to the Corinthian church "If someone new comes in will they not think you are mad?" (1 Cor 14.23). Or at least a little weird. Full disclosure: I have someone I love who is visiting different churches at the moment trying to reestablish a lost relationship with God who finds this kind of thing widespread & extremely off-putting, so I am more sensitive to church culture than usual. We ourselves may become used to it but people who don't know us find it alien. Why unnecessarily put one more strange thing in the way of someone getting closer to God?
Anyhoo, Hazem finds himself talking to a group of very lovely people who, like all little groups, have this little cultural tick. I don't want to put too fine a point on it as this is obviously a great group of people with a great minister, I just want to prepare you for what may be a new cultural experience. I think you will easily forgive any strangeness as the content of the talk is otherwise very real and quite moving.
Interestingly, he is sure that there are soon going to be a lot of Muslims coming to Christ throughout the world.
A thirty minute talk with some informative pictures too. I really recommend it to understand how hard it can be for a Muslim to turn their back on everything for the sake of the truth.