A moving biography: "Stranger No More" by Annahita Parsan

Born into a Muslim family in the country of Iran, Annahita Parson believed she was going to become a strong, courageous Persian woman like her mom had been. But after her first marriage tragically ends in her become a widow, she becomes trapped in a horrifically abusive marriage that causes her to question everything she had believed in life. "Stranger No More" is the true story of Annahita's escape from her life of abuse and into the arms of Jesus.

Parsan and Borlase have truly crafted an absorbing read, the sort of biography that will keep you in its grip as you enter into Parson's world. Her story is both heart-breaking and inspiring. I simply cringed as I read some of the scenes of the abuse she suffered, along with the losses she experienced when she was separated from her children. And I was truly saddened to read of the way that women are treated on a regular basis in other cultures (while recognizing that women in North America continue to be mistreated as well). But at the same time, I was really inspired by how Annahita is led to Jesus. I may not agree with every theological stance that Annahita holds, but I can certainly respect the way that the Holy Spirit moves in such a powerful way in her life and in the lives of those she has been called to minister to. And truly, it would be impossible to read this book and not see the role that prayer plays and how God chooses to move in miraculous ways. What an amazing story that brings glory to God!

"Stranger No More" is a well-written book, one that will plumb the depths of your emotions and leave you with a stronger faith as you learn about Annahita's experiences of going from darkness to light. I strongly recommend this book and award it 4 out of 5 stars.

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about the author...

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Annahita Parsan is an ordained minister in the Church of Sweden and leads two congregations, one of which ministers to the growing number of former Muslim refugees. She is a confident public speaker who has regularly shared her testimony with live audiences, journalists, and TV interviewers, even speaking one time at the invitation of the Queen of Sweden. Annahita has worked pastorally with hundreds of former Muslims and regularly trains churches to reach out to Muslims and disciple them once they join the church.

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