Saturday, May 9, 2015

Side By Side By Jana Kelley With #Review

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 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.

MY REVIEW-When I first got this in, I was just kind of so-so about reading it. I have read my fair share of biographies and they tend to be slower paced and I hate to say it, some aren't that interesting. But after opening and reading the first chapter, I was hooked on this one! And then to find out, it isn't a biography at all? Only a novel loosely based on real life events:) Ahh me, yes this is the life of a book reviewer.

I found this book to be fascinating and an eye opening experience. I have friends who are missionaries, I know what they go through and have heard their stories. But this was different. Seeing it through the eyes of a mother with little children, her daily struggles and wanting to give up, made me realize what it is really like for people on the mission field. It shows in clear detail how she struggles with the dress differences, taking care of three youngsters and wanting to reach out to the women around her.

This is a very upfront look at the Islamic religion. There were some things in here that were hard to read and it is detailed. But I think it is good for us in America to see how our lives are different from other areas. My daily troubles really seem so small compared to what the women in Sudan are going through. It really opened my eyes and made me thankful. As I said above, this is not a true story but is based on true events. Still, it is an excellent book.

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**


Deanne said...
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Deanne said...

I very much enjoy reading fiction based on fact. I am not into soft fluffy stories. I like descriptive stories that are well researched. I know I would enjoy this one. Thank you for the review.

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