With continued unrest across North Africa and the Middle East since the beginning of the so called “Arab Spring”, my heart breaks for the thousands of women and children caught in the crossfire of the struggle. Many have been displaced, lost husbands and loved ones and are suffering through the cold winter months with little hope. While there are Christian women going through much of the same suffering, those that know Jesus have a hope that the Muslim women do not. Please join me in prayer for those who are living in a dark time with no hope of seeing the burden lifted. Pray that Christians will reach out to them with the touch of Jesus, ministering not only to physical needs but spiritual as well, as they share the Good News of the Gospel.
Things I Never Told My Mother (ISBN 978-1-60266-010-6) is a story set in the North African country of Tunisia. Deception has become a way of life for Iman. Ignored in her early years by her career-minded parents, the sudden intrusion of her mother into her life pushes Iman to become something she never imagined. Though Muslim, her loose lifestyle leads her into many dangerous encounters with the opposite sex. When true love does finally come her way, she finds herself incapable of returning it, perhaps losing forever the best opportunity to escape her mother’s reach. Desperation leads to desperate measures and even a reanalysis of her own faith. Could God love her? This is the question Iman asks herself as she things back over all the things she never told her mother.
This book brings us face-to-face with a side of Islam many of us do not realize is there–secular Islam. Yet, many Muslim live in areas that allow a freedom that sometimes causes them to swing from the very conservative norms of the religion to a lifestyle that looks virtually nothing like what we would consider normal for the average Muslim. I look forward to your comments on this book, as it is “spicy” and yet realistic for many Muslims in secular societies. If you are interested in an Arabic copy of this story, please let me know.
My desire in beginning this blogsite is to be able to share with you my love for Muslim women, to talk with you and hear from you about my books, and to dialogue on issues related to reaching Muslim women for Christ. I welcome women from both Muslim and Christian backgrounds, western and eastern, to visit and share with me your stories, thoughts and dreams in relation to our common journey in Christ and desire to see Muslim women come to know Jesus.