Blasphemy: The Story of Asia Bibi

Laura Murray By Laura Murray, 3rd Nov 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2v5j_55i/
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"Blasphemy" is Asia Bibi's only voice to the outside world. A short read, it is a glimpse into her thoughts and emotions as she waits, condemned to death by hanging for her religious beliefs. Much has passed since the writing of this book, but it is worth the read.

The Book

A journalist went to visit Asia Bibi in order to write her story. She approached the book as a ghost writer, meaning, she wrote as if she were Asia Bibi. Asia cannot read or write, so this is the only way for her to get her story out.

It is a short read, I completed it in 2 hours (200 pages). It is to the point and flows nicely.
Her story not only shows her own plight, which is egregious, but also shows the plights of others that she comes in contact with. Other women in the prison are also innocent yet none are condemned. This book is a good glimpse into the thoughts and emotions of Asia Bibi as she languishes in prison.

Her governor was assassinated for helping her. The Minister that is the voice for minorities (Hindus, Sikhs, and Christians) was also assassinated because his support for her. Both brought her plight to the world stage in an effort to get her released.

Her family is constantly on the run due to death threats yet they strive to get her freed.
In addition to learning of her plight, you get a glimpse into what life is like for a Christian in Pakistan. It isn't easy. The conditions are very poor and simple. Yet she is able to see the hope of Jesus. The hope and love that she has, through Jesus, is what sets her apart from the others. Now she sees it.

Her health is deteriorating and she struggles to stay alive. The emotional ups and downs wreak havoc. And her appeals are consistently being delayed.

Post-Publication

Since the writing of this book, Asia Bibi’s appeal has finally been heard. However, the court caved to pressure from the Muslim community and upheld her conviction and sentence. Her last hope is the appeal to the Supreme Court.

Her family still speaks out in her defense. They strive to bring her plight to the forefront of politics across the globe. Recently, the family has discussed the treatment her daughters have endured because of all of this. As Asia suffers in prison, her family is also suffering.

Buy Her Book

I encourage all readers to read her book. The proceeds go to help her family. The book is written in such a way that any child above 12 years old could read it without having any issues. It includes topics such as rape, beatings, and suicide. So, I wouldn't go below 12 years old. However, the extremely graphic details of these types of incidents are not included in the book. So although these topics are broached, it is not graphic, making it an ok read for 12 years and older.

Keep Asia Bibi, her family, her lawyer, and her supporters in your prayers. They need them.

Purchase her book in print or as an eBook at any major online retailer (ie - Amazon, iTunes, etc).

About the Author

Laura left government service as an intelligence analyst on crime, drugs, and terrorism, to pursue writing. She started analyzing Christian persecution around the world and became a de facto expert on the subject. Laura strives to relate hard-to-get, complex information to her readers. Creating her own databases of information and working hard to create world wide networking partners, she is able to provide timely and detailed analysis on the issue. She also provides a one-stop-shop for prisoner information, persecuted stories, statistical analysis, and more. To connect with her via social media and/or to see more of her work, go to her website.

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Appeal, Asia Bibi, Assassination, Blasphemy, Blasphemy Laws, Christian, Christianity, Condemned, Convicted, Death Row, Death Sentence, Extremisim, Hanging, Islam, Muslim, Pakistan

Meet the author

author avatar Laura Murray
My passions in writing are in Christian persecution and food/health. I also love to pursue topics in terrorism and intelligence as my experience and education are in these areas.

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