Thursday, May 21, 2015

SIDE BY SIDE by Jana Kelley, New Hope Publishers

Mia, a Christian mother from the United States, and Halimah from an upper-class Arab family both live in Sudan and become friends despite the differences in their religious beliefs. Mia shares the Word of God with Halimah who eventually converts to Christianity. Halimah’s family learns of her secret and disowns her through beatings, cutting off her hair, burning all her clothes and shoes banishing Halimah from the family home. Mia and her husband Michael then attempt to aid in Halimah’s escape to Southern Sudan for her protection from further harm.

The journey of Halimah as a Christian convert is met with danger and the belief in God through prayer, reading the Bible, and Mia and Michael’s efforts helps Halimah to go forward never giving up until she reaches Southern Sudan in safety.

This novel is a fictional account of a Muslim converting to Christianity against dangerous repercussions that any Muslim may face in their country because they are not allowed to change from the Islam faith to any other religious belief. The novel is lengthy and may have been edited more but an interesting read regarding how converting to Christianity can be detrimental to some. I recommend to readers who wish to learn some of the consequences many face when changing faiths in an extreme religious based environment.

I received this book free from New Hope Publishers through the Litfuse Publicity book review program in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.

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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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