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When Brother Nathan was a child in Egypt, he witnessed the unthinkable--his own father's murder at the hands of terrorists. At first, he struggled with his powerful urge to seek revenge against his father's assassins. Today, he ministers in the very village where his father was killed, as well as in countless other cities and villages across Egypt and throughout the Middle When Brother Nathan was a child in Egypt, he witnessed the unthinkable--his own father's murder at the hands of terrorists. At first, he struggled with his powerful urge to seek revenge against his father's assassins. Today, he ministers in the very village where his father was killed, as well as in countless other cities and villages across Egypt and throughout the Middle East. Love Casts Out Fear tells the gripping story of a deadly attack, Nathan's initial anger, and forgiveness that makes way for redemption. It also gives a firsthand account of the challenges faced today by Middle Eastern Christians, and of God's provision for a ministry that touches the lives of thousands. Readers will passionately come alongside Brother Nathan in this true-life thriller as he shares the love of Christ in a dangerous place to claim Christ as Lord.


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When Brother Nathan was a child in Egypt, he witnessed the unthinkable--his own father's murder at the hands of terrorists. At first, he struggled with his powerful urge to seek revenge against his father's assassins. Today, he ministers in the very village where his father was killed, as well as in countless other cities and villages across Egypt and throughout the Middle When Brother Nathan was a child in Egypt, he witnessed the unthinkable--his own father's murder at the hands of terrorists. At first, he struggled with his powerful urge to seek revenge against his father's assassins. Today, he ministers in the very village where his father was killed, as well as in countless other cities and villages across Egypt and throughout the Middle East. Love Casts Out Fear tells the gripping story of a deadly attack, Nathan's initial anger, and forgiveness that makes way for redemption. It also gives a firsthand account of the challenges faced today by Middle Eastern Christians, and of God's provision for a ministry that touches the lives of thousands. Readers will passionately come alongside Brother Nathan in this true-life thriller as he shares the love of Christ in a dangerous place to claim Christ as Lord.

30 review for Love Casts Out Fear: A Jihad Survivor's Journey from Revenge to Redemption

  1. 5 out of 5

    Yibbie

    This book was simply powerful. Through the whole story, all he wants us to see is God’s power, His power of salvation, His power of peace, His power of Forgiveness, and His power of provision. My first thought… What has happened in our past doesn’t need to define our entire life. Brother Nathan suffered a childhood trauma that, by every standard this world knows, would give him an excuse for bitterness, hatred, and revenge. But, he didn’t take it. Instead, he chose to accept God’s promise that This book was simply powerful. Through the whole story, all he wants us to see is God’s power, His power of salvation, His power of peace, His power of Forgiveness, and His power of provision. My first thought… What has happened in our past doesn’t need to define our entire life. Brother Nathan suffered a childhood trauma that, by every standard this world knows, would give him an excuse for bitterness, hatred, and revenge. But, he didn’t take it. Instead, he chose to accept God’s promise that ‘all things work together for good to them that love God.” (Romans 8:28) His life is a beautiful testimony to God’s redeeming, sustaining power. My second thought… Teach your children while they are young. Teach them the deep truths. Ground them well in God’s Word. God will guide even the youngest child who is willing to listen. Even as a child of six, Brother Nathan knew his first response to his father’s death was wrong. He knew God’s commands. Those verses that he learned at his father’s feet called him to God’s path. He just didn’t want to follow it. Then he finds the real power of forgiveness. This is a story that has no end. Brother Nathan still serves the Lord despite persecution, and he calls to serve with him. I recommend that you read this book. I would even recommend it to a young audience. It does open with a violent scene, but it is told very delicately.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hyacinth

    I won this book in a goodreads giveaway and I thank you for choosing me. I really enjoyed this autobiography. The language was simple and heartfelt. The stories were moving and Nathan's Baba...I felt like I knew him. He made knowing his God attainable. This book I will read again. Fear is not of God... I won this book in a goodreads giveaway and I thank you for choosing me. I really enjoyed this autobiography. The language was simple and heartfelt. The stories were moving and Nathan's Baba...I felt like I knew him. He made knowing his God attainable. This book I will read again. Fear is not of God...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Josh Morgan

    This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (jacobscafe.blogspot.com). In a time of increasing globalization and exposure to people with different ideas, cultures, values, and faiths, putting a face and a personal story to the Other can be quite powerful and meaningful in building love, respect, and understanding. Love Casts Out Fear: A Jihad Survivor's Journey from Revenge to Redemption is a personal testimony of one man's experience of pain, tragedy, hatred, and personal transformation This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (jacobscafe.blogspot.com). In a time of increasing globalization and exposure to people with different ideas, cultures, values, and faiths, putting a face and a personal story to the Other can be quite powerful and meaningful in building love, respect, and understanding. Love Casts Out Fear: A Jihad Survivor's Journey from Revenge to Redemption is a personal testimony of one man's experience of pain, tragedy, hatred, and personal transformation that has led to the transformation of many other lives. This book is the story of Brother Nathan, an Egyptian Christian who witnessed his father's murder by Islamic extremists. He details how this event changed his life and could have led him down a path of responsive, retributive violence (and he was planning on going down that path). However, the consistent love and support of community helped him experience the transformative power of Christ, replacing his fear and hatred of his father's murderers. He went on to build relationships and demonstrate the love of Christ to all in his community, including Muslims of the dominant, ruling party in his country. While many Christians in America claim to be oppressed and discriminated against and yet continue to show hatred to those "oppressors," Brother Nathan's story is a powerful reminder of priorities and what real oppression looks like. It also reminds us of what Christ's true love calls us toward. All those who want to continue to pursue self-protection at the cost of destroying others should read this book and remember core Christian values. The audiobook version was very well done, and narrative Youssif Kamal was excellent. I frequently had to remember that this book was not read by the author, as Kamal put appropriate emotion to bring the story to life. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sue Jackson

    This is a fascinating autobiography of a Christian boy-to-man in Egypt. Brother Nathan shows how difficult it was and still is to be a Christian living in a primarily Muslim country. He describes how he personally reacted to the fact that his father was killed because of that belief. His first person account sheds some light into what it must have been like to live and later to minister in a place like Egypt. Brother Nathan stopped being an angry and revengeful person and became a strong forgivin This is a fascinating autobiography of a Christian boy-to-man in Egypt. Brother Nathan shows how difficult it was and still is to be a Christian living in a primarily Muslim country. He describes how he personally reacted to the fact that his father was killed because of that belief. His first person account sheds some light into what it must have been like to live and later to minister in a place like Egypt. Brother Nathan stopped being an angry and revengeful person and became a strong forgiving man of faith. Although I believe and appreciate what he experienced, there needed to be more detail. It was like he had an epiphany and suddenly felt no more anger. Shortly after he had a renewed passion for the Christian ministry like his father. There needed to be more showing the inner struggles that he must have felt. He talks of his wife and kids but doesn't bring them into his story. Because of that, the book lacked some emotion in what had to be a difficult situation. Knowing how it impacted his family would have broadened the perspective. It could have shown the fear, and frustration, and the successes they felt as a family. Overall, this is a good book that tells of his personal experiences. It lets us see some of the expectations and customs of that area. Also, it helps us understand some of what he had to go through as a Christian in a Muslim world. And, it shows how his faith allowed him the freedom to love and forgive.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Sanders

    Perhaps because it parallels my personal journey I found this book spiritually uplifting. Granted, the persecution Brother Nathan has experienced much more overt. It saddens me that it is global in nature even now. I applaud his courage and tenacity. But he offered some themes for all Christians in times of tribulation: show love in the face of violence; trust God no matter how hopeless the circumstances may seem, listen for that inner voice as you pray & never doubt Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Perhaps because it parallels my personal journey I found this book spiritually uplifting. Granted, the persecution Brother Nathan has experienced much more overt. It saddens me that it is global in nature even now. I applaud his courage and tenacity. But he offered some themes for all Christians in times of tribulation: show love in the face of violence; trust God no matter how hopeless the circumstances may seem, listen for that inner voice as you pray & never doubt Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Kudos! cjs

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tom Burkholder

    In the book Love Casts Out Fear, authors Brother Nathan and David Culross tell the story of Brother Nathan, who when he was a child witnessed an horrible attack on his father which change the course of his life. The story tells of his anger, forgiveness and change of life to become a minister and take over and expand the work his father started! I would highly recommend this book. I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan Johnson

    My kids and I listened to this in the car at my husband’s suggestion. It was excellent! A great reminder of God’s grace and provision. So good for us to hear stories of the way the Lord is working in other parts of the world. There is some violence, but it is stated simply and not amplified. I didn’t think it was too much for my kids (ages 3-14).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mh Weyler

    The message of redemption and reconciliation is amazing. I loved how the author full of great humility pointed everything back to the Lord’s glory. His message is that only through the love of Christ will there ever be true peace and forgiveness. His life a testimony of this.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Rae

    I know it's someone's story, but it was written in such a cliche, almost patronizing tone and i just didn't enjoy it. I know it's someone's story, but it was written in such a cliche, almost patronizing tone and i just didn't enjoy it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Easy and outstanding read! The story was very interesting and moved along at a nice pace and the message was well presented.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Merry Greene

    Interesting, but did not impact me emotionally as much as I would think it should. Upsetting to think that Christians still endure such hardship in Egypt today.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Beeman

    I really liked this book. It gave me food for thought.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carol Mcalister

    Interesting look into a different culture.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Curtis

    I had a difficult time reading through this book because the title and description misled me regarding what I would be experiencing. I do not doubt the significant effect on the author’s life that the traumatic event had which led to his seeking for revenge, but I did not feel the weight or terror of it through the writing. Between this dark event and the turning point for the young boy who experienced it there is also little wrestling or struggle written of in a way that helps the reader relate I had a difficult time reading through this book because the title and description misled me regarding what I would be experiencing. I do not doubt the significant effect on the author’s life that the traumatic event had which led to his seeking for revenge, but I did not feel the weight or terror of it through the writing. Between this dark event and the turning point for the young boy who experienced it there is also little wrestling or struggle written of in a way that helps the reader relate the very real pain experienced. My general critique of the book is that it’s relaying of the story often felt very stilted and focused on retelling chronological events rather than any sort of adventure or experience to be enveloped in. The best chapters are at the end of the book when the author speaks of his time giving a lecture in front of many people very different than himself as well as when he relays the events of the Arab Spring in Egypt and the Christians’ response. I would have enjoyed more detail about this speech as well as more detailed personal stories of love instead of violence during the recent events in Egypt. In the end, I whole heartedly agree with the author’s conclusion that Jesus is the only way to solve the perpetual cycle of violence in this world. I have no doubt that he has lived this out among his people in Egypt and I am thankful to hear that there are many Christ followers responding with love in the face of evil on a daily basis in places I have never been. I only wish there was more time spent on this central element of the Christian faith throughout this book. Thank you to Baker Books for providing this book for review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    There is always something fascinating about reading another person’s story. I am a very curious person and crave to know what others think about life, about how they deal with certain situations, and about their personal experiences. Learning about other people allows us to enter into their story, to see life through their eyes, and vicariously experience new things. In Love Casts Out Fear, Brother Nathan tells the story of his life; of how he grew from having a heart of hatred for evil done to There is always something fascinating about reading another person’s story. I am a very curious person and crave to know what others think about life, about how they deal with certain situations, and about their personal experiences. Learning about other people allows us to enter into their story, to see life through their eyes, and vicariously experience new things. In Love Casts Out Fear, Brother Nathan tells the story of his life; of how he grew from having a heart of hatred for evil done to his family to having a heart of love for all people. He shares God’s role throughout his life and his early battle to allow God to remove the hate. The story is a quick read, very engaging, and inspiring. I enjoyed the simple language it was written in and his reflections on the events he had been through. His message is beautiful and powerful; that Jesus is the answer to non-violence. I enjoy books like these because they open your eyes to another reality. Living in the USA, I haven’t experienced the same fear of persecution as believers in other countries. Brother Nathans story invites us into his reality. This is a wonderful book with a powerful story and message. Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mariejkt

    "Love Casts Out Fear" by Brother Nathan is a memoir about growing up as a Christian in Egypt and forgiving the men who murdered his father and then bringing the gospel to his homeland. Brother Nathan has such a wonderful way with words. I have been very blessed by his story of how wanted revenge for his father's killers to faith in Jesus to following the Lord's call for his family in Egypt. He talks about some of the discrimination he has seen and has had happen to him at the hands of Muslim bel "Love Casts Out Fear" by Brother Nathan is a memoir about growing up as a Christian in Egypt and forgiving the men who murdered his father and then bringing the gospel to his homeland. Brother Nathan has such a wonderful way with words. I have been very blessed by his story of how wanted revenge for his father's killers to faith in Jesus to following the Lord's call for his family in Egypt. He talks about some of the discrimination he has seen and has had happen to him at the hands of Muslim believers. I was really impressed on how he followed the Lord's leading even when others were telling not to and how God used him when he obeyed the Lord. It was a very interesting memoir and I was really impressed and encouraged by this book and I plan on keeping to read again to remind myself of forgiveness when I need the reminder. A very powerful book and I highly recommend it. I was given this book from BakerBooks a division of Baker Publishing Group for my honest review and was not required to give a positive review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    I was awarded this book on goodreads in exchange for an honest review. First off, thank you for the opportunity to read this. I was blown away by this book and wish the world would read it. At a very young age, Brother Nathan's father is killed by terrorists, an act he witnessed. He grew up with extreme hatred and anger-focusing solely on revenge. Thankfully, his heart is enlightened by God's word and His lessons of forgiveness. This turned all his rage and bitterness into peace-spreading the wo I was awarded this book on goodreads in exchange for an honest review. First off, thank you for the opportunity to read this. I was blown away by this book and wish the world would read it. At a very young age, Brother Nathan's father is killed by terrorists, an act he witnessed. He grew up with extreme hatred and anger-focusing solely on revenge. Thankfully, his heart is enlightened by God's word and His lessons of forgiveness. This turned all his rage and bitterness into peace-spreading the word of God as he shares his story. With all of the anger in the world, whether it be racism or simply rage against a person-what a blessing to read about someone who rightfully was enraged and turned his life around. I highly recommend this book to anyone. Was an extremely quick read, so not intimidating to the most hesitant reader. It made me really look at my life, the grudges I hold-which nowhere measure to the one that was rightfully held by this man and really reconsider what exactly I am doing!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Love Casts Out Fear" is a memoir about Brother Nathan's life as a Christian in Egypt. Nathan's father--a pastor in rural upper Egypt--was killed by terrorists when Nathan was 6 years old. He planned gun-wielding revenge on those killers for years until he realized that Jesus wanted him to forgive them. He then went on to do Christian ministry in Cairo, Egypt during some very interesting times. This memoir covered his life up until 2013 and included descriptions of his parent's lives as well. Nat "Love Casts Out Fear" is a memoir about Brother Nathan's life as a Christian in Egypt. Nathan's father--a pastor in rural upper Egypt--was killed by terrorists when Nathan was 6 years old. He planned gun-wielding revenge on those killers for years until he realized that Jesus wanted him to forgive them. He then went on to do Christian ministry in Cairo, Egypt during some very interesting times. This memoir covered his life up until 2013 and included descriptions of his parent's lives as well. Nathan's past has allowed him to reach out to those stuck in the revenge cycle to show the way to true peace. Nathan's story shows how God has been at work in his life and in Egypt. It also shows what life is like for Christians in rural Egypt and in Cairo. It's written in a casual style that's easy to read. Overall, I'd recommend this interesting book. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    This is a good book about one man's life experience following Christ in a country where Christians are persecuted on a daily basis. The author sees his father killed by terrorists at the young age of six and vows to find the killers when he is able and to end their lives. He is torn by inner conflict until he turns 11/12 yrs old and gives his life to Christ. The rest of the story, from that point, is about his experiences following Jesus, in a country where Christians are the minority and are d This is a good book about one man's life experience following Christ in a country where Christians are persecuted on a daily basis. The author sees his father killed by terrorists at the young age of six and vows to find the killers when he is able and to end their lives. He is torn by inner conflict until he turns 11/12 yrs old and gives his life to Christ. The rest of the story, from that point, is about his experiences following Jesus, in a country where Christians are the minority and are discriminated against. It is an eye opening story of a brave and true believer; however, I feel like the title is a bit misleading or maybe I was expecting a more raw/emotional jihad mentality that lasted into the author's adult life. At any rate, it is definitely worth taking the time to read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Shepherd

    I received this book free through Goodreads. I was swept up in the remarkable events in Brother Nathan's life. His devotion to his mother, his love for his father, and his determination to follow God's plan make him a very likable person. In addition to all the above, I was absolutely astounded to discover how little I knew about religion in Egypt. What an eye-opening experience reading this account became. I passed it along to my daughter, who is Director of Christian Education at her church. I received this book free through Goodreads. I was swept up in the remarkable events in Brother Nathan's life. His devotion to his mother, his love for his father, and his determination to follow God's plan make him a very likable person. In addition to all the above, I was absolutely astounded to discover how little I knew about religion in Egypt. What an eye-opening experience reading this account became. I passed it along to my daughter, who is Director of Christian Education at her church. I cannot wait to get her reaction.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Hassig

    One I started reading this book it was hard to put down. Brother Nathan's story is thought provoking & I would highly recommend this book. One I started reading this book it was hard to put down. Brother Nathan's story is thought provoking & I would highly recommend this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Simona

  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    leannebarrington69

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pam Striebel

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Mathieu

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Myers

  30. 5 out of 5

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