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.
- Great example of why we need Christian autobiography
David Nasser tells a good story. That is happens to be about him and real is even better. I know Nasser through his connection to the Glory Revealed projects. I read the book that he wrote in connection with the first CD. I still frequently listen to the two CDs that are part of that project.
I picked up Jumping Through Fires when it was on sale. It isn’t him reading the book, but the narration is very good.
David and his family escaped from Iran during the 1979 revolution. David’s father was a Colonel in the Iranian Air Force and was in danger of being killed under the new regime. They eventually made their way to the United States and David eventually became a Christian. This is the story of how that happened and how he has gone on to become a speaker and writer.
The book is fairly brief (the audio is unabridged and only 4 hours 21 minutes) or 171 pages in hardback. But like Just Courage by Gary Haugen, it is well worth the short read (or listen). This time it is more for the stories than the great insights. It is not that his insights are bad, but that his stories are really good.
I have been trying to do Morning and Evening fixed hour prayers (not so fixed in my life but trying). The evening prayer for this week includes this line, “Give me instead things that are profitable for me and all who seek rightly to praise you. I ask this grace in the company of all believers…” David Nasser’s story is this for me. It is a profitable story that reminds me what it means to follow God. This is why I like Christian biographies so much. I cannot live just on Christian biography, I need more, but when I do read Christian biography like this I am nourished.