Sunday, May 10, 2015

Side by Side, by Jana Kelley {a book review}

About the book

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 a 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.

 
What I thought of the book
 
 Side by Side gave me a glimpse of life in Khartoum, Sudan, both of Muslim women and Christians. It was easy to visualize, with Jana's descriptions. A very captivating story, and hard to put down. I can empathize with Mia in her feelings of homesickness, as well as her desire to be able to share Jesus with others.

If you have a chance, be sure to read it.
 
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.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Jana’s website.

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Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.



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