Religion has left an undeniable mark in our world. Some see it as the answer to every problem, while others see it as the problem itself. Simply put, religion is the single greatest force in history. But in a much more intimate sense, what does religion mean to one life? In this honest, suspenseful, and moving memoir, author David Nasser tells of a life filled with heartbreak and healing. Forced to escape from a country gripped in a religious revolution, David and his family run for their lives in an attempt to find refuge. Through the lens of a terrified boy we see the destructive power of religion and the pull of peer pressure as he tries to fit into a new culture. Nasser's raw and transparent account of his transition from hating religion to having a living faith in Christ will impact readers from across the religious spectrum. His unflinchingly honest, yet humorous, assessment of the church from an outsider's point of view will both enlighten readers and spur them to renewed and refined outreach. For anyone who has seen the lie of religion, whether in Iran or Alabama or anywhere in between, Nasser offers the truth of Jesus.
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"Lloyd James portrays the Nasser family's dangerous emigration from Iran to the United States in 1979. Young David and his family left to escape religious persecution, but David experiences another form of persecution from his high school peers in the U.S. James's depiction of David's early Muslim education provides a rich contrast to life in our culturally diverse nation. Once in the U.S., David lacks the influence of his father's former prestige, but his life of affluence continues nonetheless. James gives authenticity to David's feelings of alienation and to his classmates' jealous remarks: "He only wears Armani . . . and spends $100 bills." Then a friend invites David to a Christian church, and, as he recalls, he moves from being "rich and unfilled to broke and satisfied"--but at the expense of his family's support. Nasser's powerful message captures the miraculous power and grace of God. G.D.W. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"