For the love of Isa Masih (plus a giveaway)

Renee Ann Smith —  May 19, 2011 — 19 Comments

UPDATE: A winner has been emailed!

What do a former suicide bomber, a relief worker, and a special forces veteran have in common? They’re all trying to live out the call of Isa Masih in the war-torn land of Afghanistan. Not familiar with Isa Masih? You probably know Him by another name: Jesus the Messiah.

Jamil, Amy Mallory, and Steve Wilson are characters from Jeanette Windle’s novel Freedom’s Stand. In one way or another, these characters pay a high price for following Isa Masih. Though their story is a work of fiction, the lives and events depicted serve as vivid reminders of what our brothers and sisters in Christ are undergoing in a volatile part of the world.

Dr. Tom Little

Just last summer, we here in New York were reeling over the death of Dr. Tom Little, a Christian optometrist from my hometown, who had spent more than thirty years bringing medical care to remote parts of Afghanistan. One day while returning from an arduous trek to a small village, Dr. Tom, seven other foreign workers, and two Afghans, were gunned down by the Taliban. I didn’t know Dr. Tom as my older sisters did, but I saw how an event that happened half a world away affected many back here in the States.

Not only is Freedom’s Stand highly relevant. It’s also a story that can strengthen faith as it entertains. Therefore, I would label Freedom’s Stand a must-read.

However, be forewarned that it is not an easy book to experience. Oh, there’s nothing graphic or gratuitous within its pages. However, knowing how realistic the plight of the characters was made the story difficult to bear at times. I especially ached when reading about one young girl named Farah, who at age sixteen had come to believe that love was an illusion, no man could be trusted, and pain and heartache were a woman’s lot in life. I was left wondering, how many others in the world feel the same? And how can we help them hear about Christ?

How would I describe this story? Suspenseful. Riveting. Convicting. Hopeful. Why hopeful? Because in the end, the love of Isa Masih changes lives, renews hearts, and gives meaning to every sacrifice. A few of the characters even experience romance. Just enough to remind us that God puts the lonely in families and gives helpmeets to share the load as His children journey through life together—no matter where in the world that might be!

***Thanks to the Tyndale Blog Network for providing this book for me to review.

Follow this link to purchase your copy of Freedom’s Stand.

Follow this link to read more about the author, Jeanette Windle.

Now It’s Giveaway Time! I’m giving away my copy of Freedom’s Stand to one fortunate follower. (US and Canada only) Let me know two things in a comment. 1. That you’re interested in winning the book. 2. How you follow my blog–either through RSS feed, GFC, email, Facebook, Networked Blogs or twitter. The contest will run until Monday, May 23rd, at 11:59 pm, and I’ll announce a winner soon after.

(But, seriously, if you don’t win, you should treat yourself to this book!)

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

19 responses to For the love of Isa Masih (plus a giveaway)

  1. Wow! This does sound riveting!!

  2. Hi Renee, this book does sound very compelling and you have a personal connection to relate to this story through Dr. Tom Little. I would definitely love to win this book! Either way, I’ll have to get my hands on it. I’m a follower via RSS Feed.

  3. I would love to win this book! It sounds like an eye-opening experience. And relevant to today’s world.

    I follow via GFC.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  4. Thanks for joining in the giveaway fun, ladies! It’s a great book!

  5. This sounds like a fascinating book:) would love a chance to win. I follow on email

  6. I would love to read this book, it sounds really good.
    I am a email subscriber.
    twoofakind12 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  7. Thanks for sharing information about the book! I would like to win this/get a chance to read it! I follow through email and Facebook. Have a great weekend!

  8. I’ve seen this book advertised and thought it sounded like a good one! Thanks for the review. I follow through email. I would love to be entered.

  9. This sounds like a great book. I’d love to read it.
    I follow you via GFC and email.
    Thanks! 🙂

  10. thanks for sharing your book 😉
    i follow you via email!
    please add my name to your giveaway.

  11. Charlotte Kay May 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I do so want to be entered in this giveaway!
    Thanks for the chance!
    I am an email subscriber:)

    Many Blessings and Smiles:)
    Charlotte Kay

  12. definitely would love to win Renee Ann – gfc follow as well as email – thx!

  13. Hadn’t heard about Dr. Tom’s story until today =( Just recently our pastor was sharing with us how they struggled in the Middle East. He was imprisoned because of his faith and many others are!

    This book seems interesting! I definitely want to read this! (And since I’m not in Canada and US, I might have to purchase the book haha.. Very interesting book really)

  14. Hi Renee:

    Sounds like an interesting book. We have some friends who served in Afghanistan and knew Dr. Tom Little.

    Following through Google friend connect – not just for an opportunity to win the book, but I enjoy your writings.


  15. The book does sound riveting! I bet it is also a good reminder of how blessed we are in this country! I’m in. I follow through GFC.

  16. book does sound fascinating. Would love to read it and following you via google friend connect

  17. This sounds like a interesting book,OH how I wish I had more time to read. I will add this to my want to read list.

  18. Sounds like a very interesting book. Great review.

  19. i’m honoured! thanks Renee Ann 🙂
    look forward to its arrival [dbly so now that the postal strike has been averted!]

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