By Kristen Johnson
Love Casts Out Fear, by Brother Nathan, is a truly beautiful story of what Jesus can do to heal the heart no matter what the circumstance.
Brother Nathan tells his story, starting from his childhood in a small village in Egypt, to the Arab Springs in Egypt and the international stage. His story begins with tragedy as his father was brutally murdered by terrorists when he was 6 years old in their little village Church. That day, he pledged retribution and revenge. But, Jesus changed his heart when he accepted salvation and he realized that he had to forgive. Once he was able to do that, his whole world changed.
What is most interesting about this book is the absolute and amazing faith that Brother Nathan and his family all put in God. They simply waited through their lifetimes through any difficult times and through any difficult decisions and God literally pulled them through and told them where to go. I am amazed and inspired by such devotion and faith. Time after time, that small voice would let Brother Nathan know where God wanted him to be of service. Instead of fleeing when things were terrible for Christians in 2013 until now really, God called them to stay and to minister to the persecuted Christians. What is amazing is that God also called him to minister to his neighbor Muslims, in spite of what the population was doing to Christians – oftentimes that was torture and death. When Muslims would ask the Church why they were helping by providing blankets, food, supplies and so forth, the answer was always very simple – “Jesus loves you and we do too.” What a phenomenally amazing way to follow Jesus’ command to turn the other cheek, and to love those who persecute you. I still have goosebumps after reading it.
I hightly recommend this book for believers and non-believers alike. You will be completely inspired by the overall message of God’s love, forgiveness, and commitment to service.
Luke 6:35 (NRSV): But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.[a] Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Serve all with love.
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