In his new book, “Arman’s Freedom,” author and former missionary David Parks takes readers on an exciting journey with Arman — a man haunted by dreams and his past — who is running for his life.
Arman is a young man with secrets. He left his home in Iran behind in search of a new life and a graduate degree in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.
With his cousin and roommate, Farzin, Arman explores this new city and meets new friends. But his dreams haunt him, and he can’t shake off his past, no matter how many new experiences he pursues. One night Arman meets Yusef at a home where Christians Tom and Barbara welcome friends for Bible study. Yusef asks Arman the fateful question, “What are you longing for?”
Arman has no idea how to answer. He has never considered the question. But that will change.
While exploring the city and a local shopping center, the Petronas Towers, with Yusef and Farzin, Arman finds himself in the middle of a disaster. Explosions rock the towers, and Arman is the lone survivor among his friends. Arman is despondent as he realizes his friends are gone. He believes he could never experience a deeper grief. He could be wrong.
“Arman’s Freedom” falls into the category of missiological fiction, and the book keeps the reader’s attention as Arman searches for the kind of freedom he didn’t know he needed. A glimpse into Persian culture and social norms is a welcome bonus in this story of faith.
David Parks is a Birmingham native and former missionary to Southeast Asia. He currently serves as the Director of the Global Center and Contextual Learning for Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham. Parks loves to teach about missions and hopes Arman’s story will encourage a love of missions in his readers.
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