SOURCE: Solid Ground Christian Books

Solid Ground Publishing

September 10, 2013 19:55 ET

New Book, "Paul… and Me" Tells Personal Story of Conversion from Islam to Christianity

BIRMINGHAM, AL--(Marketwired - September 10, 2013) - Karim Shamsi-Basha details his journey from Syria to the United States, and his faith journey from Islam to Christ in his new book "PAUL . . . and me: A Journey to and from the Damascus Road -- From Islam to Christ." The book is available online at or Amazon: Paul and me -- A Journey.

Shamsi-Basha came to the United States in 1984 at the age of 18 and remained Muslim. It was not until 1992, when working as a newspaper photographer he suffered a ruptured aneurism in the brain, resulting in a month long coma. He "woke up" seeking answers about what had happened to him. His miraculous recovery and search for the truth led him on a path to redemption that would eventually separate him from friends, family and his homeland.

The timing of this book with the Syrian crises exploding is short of astounding. Shamsi-Basha prays that his book will lead to peace, the peace he has always wished for his homeland.

Watch a video about Shamsi-Basha and his journey at and see how he has inspired others on their own faith-walk.

About Karim Shamsi-Basha

Karim Shamsi-Basha grew up a Muslim in Damascus, Syria, but accepted the love of Christ partially in 1996, and fully in 2008. He is an award winning photographer and author with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee.

His work has been published in many magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Sports Illustrated, People, Time, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Portico, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Parenting just to name a few. He also taught photojournalism at Samford University from 1995-2005. Shamsi-Basha's published books include: Home Sweet Home Alabama, Shelter from the Storm, and The Beauty Box. He has also written an essay for the book: Alabama Christmas along side Helen Keller and Truman Capote. In addition to his books, Shamsi-Basha has written for several publications including the editorial page of the Birmingham News/ on matters pertaining to Arab-Americans and politics, as well as B-Metro, Portico, Birmingham magazine, and Aramco World magazine. PAUL . . . and me is his latest writing project. You can see Shamshi-Basha's photography work, and his photo blog:

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