Monday, May 11, 2015

Side by Side by Jana Kelley

About the book:
Side by Side (New Hope Publishers, April 2015)

In the dusty, Islamic country of Sudan, Mia's life collides with that of another young woman.

A young Christian American mother, Mia finds more than one dark secret on the streets of Khartoum. She finds Halimah, a young, upper-class Arab student with a bright future in her family's business whose risky and secretive decision has put her life in danger. What happens when the path of young mother intersects with that of a spunky Sudanese student? God transforms them both . . . forever.

Part of New Hope® Publishers' contemporary missional fiction line,Side by Side opens the reader's eyes to the life of Muslims in Sudan as well as some of the struggles that Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for those who are persecuted for their faith as well as pray for the salvation of those who persecute.
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About the author:

Jana Kelley
 is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend college. She and her husband married a month after she graduated and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. Together with her husband and three boys, Jana enjoys travel and overseas living. After thirteen years in Africa and the Middle East, Jana and her family moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live.

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My Take:  I really enjoyed this book.  I liked learning what it is like for women in Arab countries and what they have to go through because of tradition. I couldn't imagine having my daughters go through female circumcision.  I also don't know if I would be willing to give up wearing jeans and being comfortable to having to wear long sleeves and skirts.  I found it interesting how when Mia went to see the dervishes that she felt that there was spiritual oppression.  I think if you would like to learn a bit more about the Muslim world then you would probably would enjoy this book.

I was sent a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review by Litfuse. 

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