It's rough and it's smooth. It's dark and it's light. It's a masterpiece. It's us. Here in Sudan. We are scared of it and drawn to it. There is an open door, and there is much opposition.
In the dusty, Islamic country of Sudan, Mia, who is raising her family in a Muslim country, has learned to boldly share her faith. Rania, the daughter of a wealthy Sudanese Arab, seeks to find the reason for her sister's sudden disappearance. Mia holds some of the answers, but both women quickly discover they must each walk through their own doors to freedom, the freedom that only comes when you trust God's sovereignty more than manmade security.
Part of New Hope Publishers' line of contemporary missional fiction, Door to Freedom, the sequel to Side by Side, opens the reader's eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, Door to Freedom also reveals 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 for the salvation of the persecutors.
Author of the captivating novel Side by Side, 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 East Texas Baptist University. She and her husband married a month after she graduated, and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. After 13 years living in Africa and the Middle East, Jana, her husband, and their three boys moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live.
Jana Kelley's "Door to Freedom" is the sequel to her novel "Side by Side" and it is a great continuation. Mia and her husband have decided to stay in Sudan with their children and continue their work; however there are issues that have arisen with the organization when Mia feels like they have finally gotten into a groove of living there. Rania is seeking answers to her sister's disappearance. As Mia and Rania's lives become more intertwined they also realize through whom they can each find answers and experience peace.
Jana does an incredible job with bringing the characters and the story as a whole to life.
While reading the details really brought to life the situations that these women find themselves in and the persecution that so many people are facing on a daily basis. It is so hard to imagine in my "cushy" life the trials and the horror that so many live with each day. This book is such a great reminder and so eye-opening to so many things that Christians and others are having to experience and choose whether to stand up for beliefs and live out their faith.
To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!
*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*
Monday, February 27, 2017
New from @KelleyJana: a captivating book about the lives of Christians going through modern-day persecution in Sudan
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