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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Side by Side

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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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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My Thoughts:
Jana Kelley has written a book that is so relevant for the times in which we live.  Side by Side is a story of the great cost of lives surrendered to Jesus Christ.  Kelley gives readers a picture of Muslim life in Sudan.  Kelley flawlessly weaves important facts about Muslim life among a fictional account with characters that come to life and jump off the pages of the book and into your heart and mind.  
The story is hard to read in some places.  With 24 hour news and constant media images, it has been too easy to become desensitized to what our brothers and sisters all around the world are facing in their attempt to live their lives in faith for the One True God.  Kelley's story and her characters bring the reader face to face with a genuine look at and evaluation of their own personal commitment to Christ in the face of persecution.
While reading Side to Side, I kept asking myself these questions:  Do I love God enough to spend myself for others like Mia?  Would I follow Christ in faith and trust as Halimah did regardless of the cost to me physically and emotionally?  
After reading Kelley's book, I am burdened with the need to pray for the Mia's and Halimah's across the globe like never before!  I encourage you to get this book, read it and then share it with others!

*I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of giving my honest review.