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If you truly love Allah, you will die for him. Your death will mean much reward for you and your family in heaven. Only death will prove your love.

It was the final test. A chance to win not only the love of Allah, but the love of her father - something she had never been able to earn. Esther took a deep breath and raised her hand in the air. At the age of 18, she had just volunteered to become a suicide bomber.

Defying Jihad is the true story of a girl growing up under radical Islamic rule, trained to believe her ultimate purpose was to serve Allah by dying as a jihadist. But two nights before she was to leave forever, she had a dream...one that would change the course of her destiny.

Against all odds, Esther became a follower of Jesus - even though leaving Islam meant her death sentence. But rather than kill her immediately, Esther's furious father challenged her to a series of public debates with Muslim scholars: the Bible versus the Quran. If Esther won, she might yet survive. But if the Muslim clerics won, Esther must renounce her Christian faith. For an entire month - if she lived that long - Esther would be brought before the mob daily to defend her newfound faith. Would God give her the words to argue against Muslim leaders, former friends, and even her own family?

Defying Jihad is an amazing story of a woman prepared to surrender all for Jesus - and whose life transformed from terror to overwhelming love.

©2019 Esther Ahmad and Craig Borlase (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Eye opening horrors of Islam

This is the most amazing terrifying story of the horrors of Islam. Every one should read it to understand this violent religion that is so far from the truth.  the woman suffer from such abuse and the men are ruthless. perhaps this story will set many free

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A must read

I loved this book!!I was drawn in right from the outset. Reading this book will give you a greater insight into extreme Islam and a greater understanding of what it means to be a true follower of Jesus. This book has had a profound effect on me as a Western world Christian. No one wants persecution but I tell you what, very few of us in the West truly know what it is to be a true disciple of Jesus. This girl certainly does.

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Compelling True Story

This is such a sad and yet inspiring story of what still goes on today. The writer is a true heroine and an inspiration to us all.
As a privileged westerner I can only imagine what this young lady ensured whilst never losing sight of what she believed in.
This has given me a lot of things to think about and I hope I can be more grateful for the life that we as free Western women lead.

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Couldn't stop listening!

I listened to Defying Jihad in one day.
When she told about Jesus whispering to her I felt tingles. Such a brave young woman. As a Christian I admire her courage
I especially liked the writing about her life with her mother; full of warmth and love. Plus she managed to convey the urgency of refugees fleeing for their lives.
Truly inspirational.

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Inspirational

Beautifully read and engaging true life story. Inspiring and thought provoking. I enjoyed it all.

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Fantastic

Very good book. Highly recommend. I found some parts similar to Nabeel Qureshi’s Seeking Allah Finding Jesus.

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Mind numbing voice

Liked the idea of the story but I just couldn’t bare listening to the readers voice

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worth the read... just a moving true story

I would recommend every Christian to read this book, such a amazing eye opener. 🙌

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Starter well but …

The story of this book at the start does grab you the first half of the book interesting

But after that it just becomes rather bizarre, with me unable to listen without bursting out laughing

The whole story of when esthers family find out she is a Christian and under house arrest is gripping, then during her house arrest there are some debates, which are adults arguing tit for tat how one religious text is fact and the other isn’t, Like either book stands up to any fact checking

Esther speaks of the story of Jonah and the whale as if this actually really happened, while this is a good story, any person living in a real whale is clearly not factually correct no matter which book you look at it from.

After this she speaks of several miracles, her mum being ill all the way thru the book until they pray for her and she is cured, never to be mentioned again

Her needing money only to pray and waking with the money in her hand and the piste de la resistance, curing a friend of diabetes after praying for her, I mean come on !!!

Esther seemingly having conversations with god himself, you would think he would be rather busy.

Everyone Esther meets questions her religion I just find this whole hard to believe, and the problem with that is it makes you question the whole book, to make you wonder if any of it is true.

But it did make me think and parts were interesting but if you are not a Christian you probably won’t like this book

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An amazing book from start to finish

When I started this book I really wasn't sure what to expect, the title had peeked my interest and I really wasn't sure what I was about to immerse myself in.
from the very beginning I was gripped,it was an insight into a life, a culture and a mindset that I was completely unfamiliar with.
From the narration to the way the story unfolds this book held me captive till the very end, the story tells of such sadness,fear and overwhelming joy.
Esther Ahmed is an amazing human we could all learn so much from her.

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  • 18-04-20

An Incredible True Story!!

This is one of the most amazing and incredible true stories of any book I've ever read or listened to!! It was hard to stop listening to it, and in fact for the last several chapters, I thought about stopping but just couldn't because I wanted to find out what would happen. It's the true story of a former devout Muslim girl who Jesus called to Himself just before she would have made a huge mistake!!

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  • Sarah Driver
  • 13-10-19

Thank you for sharing your story!

This book was incredible and I’m so grateful to Ester for sharing her story! I am so encouraged by her faith and God’s faithfulness!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-07-19

Amazing life story. Amazing Christ.

I couldn’t put this book down. How I have taken for granted the privilege I have in South Africa, to talk & share freely about Christ. I have a new hunger for a more intimate relationship with my Lord Jesus Christ.

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  • Amy K.
  • 21-11-21

Inspirational!

I love the fact that Esther truly studied both the Koran and the Bible in depth and was able to make educated arguments as to why she believes the way she does. I really enjoyed listening to her journey and I felt the narrator did an excellent job! (I’m a bit picky when it comes to narrators:) My heart was lifted and my faith was strengthened from listening to this book. Highly recommend!

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  • Becca Crouch
  • 18-06-20

A great book, revealing, and praising to God!

a great book, based on the amazing life of a woman used by God. It is eye opening to the truth of Islam and also shows just how good and faithful the God of the Christians is.

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  • Georgeen L. Hess
  • 09-02-20

Favorite book read in a very long time.

The story is compelling right from the start. This lady takes you along her life's journey. What she shares openly with her readers leaves you with bountiful hope.

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  • Jack Archibald
  • 06-07-19

A Model of Devotion for Christ

I loved it! Her story challenged me to faithfully witness by action and words in my sphere of influence.

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  • 30-06-19

Amazing true story

Loved this wonderful story of a young muslim woman’s amazing transformation! This book should be read by both Christians and Muslims.

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  • 25-06-19

A Must Listen

I thoroughly loved this story! I was gripped from its start to its finish! I hope everyone gets to hear the amazing and true tale of Esther Ahmad!

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  • 12-06-19

Brave Woman

It kept my interest loved the narrator....Glad I got this audio book...To share her faith...Wow..

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