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My Name Used to Be Muhammad: The True Story of a Muslim Who Became a Christian Hardcover – November 5, 2013
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In many ways, Tito's story is terribly tragic. He is disowned by his family, he loses the love of his life, he is repeatedly beaten and mocked, and he suffers fifteen years in prison for his beliefs before finally being released in 2006 for medical reasons--particularly diabetes, stroke, and heart problems. But at the same time, Tito's story is one of glorious redemption. Through all of his trials, Tito finds the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is a greater gift than all of the wealth in the world.
Tito's experiences bring to my mind the words of the Lord to Joseph Smith while in Liberty Jail: "My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes" (D&C 121:7-8). Tito's life is a reminder to me that no matter how dark life may seem to be, Christ will never forsake us. He will ALWAYS be there.
One note: In the book, Tito does not mince words in his descriptions of abuse, drug and alcohol use, sexuality, and harsh prison life. Some of his descriptions are graphic and are obviously not meant for children. However, for adults of all Christian faiths, I offer my highest recommendation for "My Name Used to Be Muhammad". Download it. Read it. And change your life because of it. You won't regret it.
The book is well written and flows easily as we follow Tito from chapter to chapter. There are times of intense affinity, such as growing up in a small, close-knit religious community; striving through early adulthood to remain chaste; leaving home for years to attend to religious training and duties; intense scripture study.
I realize that as an American, there are some places I can't go on this Earth or I'll be killed, because of my nationality, my religion, my government, or my race. After reading Tito's story, I appreciate now that those would call me an infidel and spill my blood share a great many commonalities with me and others of my culture, race, religion and nationality. We are not as different as we suppose. We all share similar devotion, faith, hopes and dreams.
Reading about Tito and his preparation from a young age to serve God, and attend a religious university doesn't sound so that foreign to me. Watching Tito court his girlfriend, as they talk about their faith and plan for a life together, try to keep their religion central in their lives, and face temptations and struggles together, nothing out of the ordinary from my own experience. There were times I wanted to shout out, "No, Tito! Don't do it!" and other times I was dumbfounded by the amazing circumstances of Tito's deliverance.Read more ›
As he falls further and further away from Islam he finds himself falling closer to Christ. He attends church with a friend and discovers the healing love and acceptance of Christianity when he attends the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cairo. Eventually seizing the opportunity to be baptized, Muhammad changes his name to Tito (the Italian version of Titus) and embraces the gospel tightly. This dedication to Christ eventually leads to imprisonment where he was given a life sentence...
Never giving up hope and never giving up on his faith, Tito tells his story of life as a child of extreme Islam, his conversion to Christianity and paying the price for his dedication to God by serving 15 years in terrifying conditions. A prisoner in a corrupt system of government.
All I can say about this book is wow.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good and very revealing!! For anyone who wants to know the truth!Published 4 days ago by Nancy L. Ralls
No review, thank you! I am glad I read the book for myself but I couldn't give a recommendation now.Published 5 days ago by Trooper
This was so inspiring! I admire this man and his ability to not give up his beliefs for convenience or even his life. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed reading this true story, I found it very inspirational. It again reminded me that I can do hard things and that I am super grateful for the life which I have. Read morePublished 17 days ago by CMiller
This was an incredible read about his life and road to becoming a Christian. I had no idea of the realities of things that happen for good and bad in the Islamic culture. Read morePublished 1 month ago by litlpeach
It was most interesting and insightful as to another culture. I just wanted to know more about what happened to him after he came to America. Well written and easy to read.Published 3 months ago by viking