Behind the Veils of Yemen: How an American Woman Risked Her Life, Family, and Faith to Bring Jesus to Muslim Women

Behind the Veils of Yemen: How an American Woman Risked Her Life, Family, and Faith to Bring Jesus to Muslim Women

by Audra Grace Shelby

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An Insider's Compelling View of Life in a Muslim Country

When Audra Grace Shelby and her husband felt God calling them to minister in the Middle East, she was fearful--how would she raise her children in the heart of conservative Islam?

Armed with prayers and a faith that always seemed too small, the family made the move to Yemen, enduring deadly illness, uncertainty, and the unnerving experience of being Christians in an Islamic culture.

Yet God was at work, and Audra was invited to see what few Christian women have seen: behind the veils of Muslim women. Here she shares about the friendships she forged, about the opportunities to minister when her new friends' hopes shriveled and their own religion faltered--and how the grace of God touched lives in the midst of an enemy stronghold. With humor, passion, and honesty, she shows readers glimpses of life deep in the heart of Islam and the yearning heart of our loving God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441234384
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 400,172
File size: 858 KB

About the Author

Audra Grace Shelby served nine years as a Southern Baptist missionary in the Middle East, alongside her husband and four children. The daughter of career missionaries, she speaks frequently at conferences and in churches across the United States, and she has been on local and national radio talk shows and broadcasts. Audra and her husband remain actively involved in reaching unreached people in the Middle East and around the world through ministries such as Faith Comes By Hearing.
Audra Grace Shelby served nine years as a Southern Baptist missionary in the Middle East, alongside her husband and four children. The daughter of career missionaries, she speaks frequently at conferences and in churches across the United States, and she has been on local and national radio talk shows and broadcasts. Audra and her husband remain actively involved in reaching unreached people in the Middle East and around the world through ministries such as Faith Comes By Hearing.

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Behind the Veils of Yemen 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gave the reader a glimple into the life of a devoted missionary and also the lives of Muslim women in Yemen. It was very interesting to peek at the lives of these people, the customs, hardships, poverty, malnutrition, being a women in a middle eastern country and being a Christian foreiner in this country. I enoyed reading about how the Lord worked in this missionary's life, simply amazing! Even when her faith was tested, the Lord remained at Shelby's side. Wonderful, encouraging, delightful read!
jilli71 More than 1 year ago
I would not consider myself to be an overly religious person, therefore that is not what attracted me to this book. It was purely my curiosity about the women behind the veils. This book gave me a glimpse of who these women are & the struggles they face with their own religion in a time where they are more aware of how different their lifestyles are from other women throughout the world. I give Ms. Shelby & her family a lot of credit for going to a place that is so harsh to share something they truly believe in.
hoosiers80 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Behind the Veils of Yemen by Audra Grace Shelby is an amazing look at the life of women in Yemen. In this book, Audra shares the journey her family takes from becoming missionaries through their time in Yemen. There are two things that really stood out to me in this book. First, God is always faithful and still works in many miraculous ways. Second, the life of Muslim women in Yemen is not what I expected. What many would consider degrading or abusive, they see as a way of life and honoring to God. I found it interesting that when the woman gather together and the veils come off, they are not drastically different than Western women. They share in each others lives. They discuss struggles and celebrate joyous events. They do everything they can to honor God and not bring shame to their families. However, their view of God is heartbreaking. Their god is not a loving god, but a vengeful god who is very impersonal. They fail to even get proper medical care at times because if it is God¿s will they believe they will get well on their own. This book drove me to pray for God to remove the blindness these women have towards the true God. It also led me to give thanks for those going to foreign lands to bring the true God and the Gospel to those who need to hear. This book was both encouraging and heart breaking. This would be a book I recommend for anyone to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this family's story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
easy read and good, left me wanting more information though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really loved the look into the lives of some Yemeni women! Great book!
Twogirlsandagarden More than 1 year ago
Good Morning folks. Here is another great book for you to add to your list of must reads! Behind the Veils of Yemen by Audra Grace Shelby is really a book that I looked forward to reading. Why you might ask? Well I was looking forward to the insight of a US missionary going to a foreign country, I wanted to see what she had to experience as well as how she, as well as her family were going to deal with those challenges. I would have to say honestly I was impressed by what I read. Let me start at the beginning.... Behind the Veils of Yemen is a book written by Audra Grace Shelby. It is just a little glimps into her life as a missionary to Yemen. Audra goes to Yemen with her husband and her three children, it is a struggle to leave her family and friends in the USA knowing that they were going to a country that is totally foreign, not woman friendly by any means and does not take kindly to Christians. Audra is very honest in the book when she talks about her struggles as a woman having to be cover-up in public, or as a Christian who has to deal with medical problems that arise with her family in the USA as well as once she is in a foreign country. Struggles for things that we take for granted such as clean water, running water, decent housing, loving husbands and families, even being able to get medical attention when you need it - not later when it could be too late! It was interesting to see how Audra's faith kicks in and reminds her that God is with her, that she is not alone. She may feel that she is facing the giants by herself but she is always reminded by something that she needs to rely on God and He will get her through it. This does not mean that she never gets upset at the circumstances, or mad at having to go through a situation, it means to stand firm with her God and wait for the results. That no matter how hard those results are God will strengthen her and she will be able to handle it! I was very impressed with the choices that were made by Audra, she chose to be a missionary and to go to Yemen with her family. She chose to stay true to her God and pray to Him even when others were not supportive and actually thought she was unclean, an infidel. She chose to pick the Yemen woman and their culture over the "American women" that were living in Yemen at the time. Something that had to really be very hard at the time! She chose to live in a country that does not support women, tries to keep them uneducated, covered and dependant on men. She chose to take her children to a country where they might not always be safe but that they would always be able to see God move in their lives as well as others. She lives by example to the rest of Christians that might be talking the talk but not walking the walk. We are here to do the work of the Lord, no matter how hard or uncomfortable that may be. Go pick up a copy of this book! I bet you look at things a little differently. I pray that it will prompt you to get out of your comfort zone and into God's zone! I want to thank Chosen a division of Baker Publishing Group for giving me this book free of charge. All they ask in return from me is to write an honest book review.
jonisbyrd More than 1 year ago
I could not put down Behind the Veils of Yemen...and now that I've finished it, it leaves me wanting to know more! I feel like I know Audra and the women she befriended in Yemen. I want to sit down and have tea with them! This is an ideal book for teenagers, too, as it is very family friendly but also informative about the world beyond us. It gives a broader view of the commonalities between us. It will challenge you to grow more deeply, to pray more intentionally, and it really helps you see life through the lens of God's sovereignty. As I said, I am blessed to have read it! I hope Audra writes a part two!!!
Johannanderson More than 1 year ago
Ms Shelby is a talented writer who has brought us a lively, inspirational, heartbreaking account of her time spent in Yemen ministering to Muslim women. It was inspiring to see how the Lord God continued with her as an everpresent help in time of need (something many Americans have forgotten). I found the book to be timely, in that, many of us are seeking some insight into those who seem to hate Americans. May the Lord protect her and her family as she continues to reveal Islam's dirty little secrets in their treatment and disdain of women. I eagerly await Ms Shelby's sequel as she reveals more about the women she introdused us to in this her first book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book Review: Behind the Veils of Yemen by Audrey Grace Shelby If God placed the missionary calling on your life, would you go? What if he called you to a dusty, desolate land; where sickness, disease, and death were rampant? Audra Grace Shelby said yes and she wrote a book that describes her family's harrowing journey from America to the culture shock of Yemen. Making friendships, facing trials, and questioning her own faith at times, Audra chose to continue interceding for the Muslim women's souls, and trying to keep her weary one. In an honest, friendly way, Audra shares her difficult, yet miraculous journey with the rest of the world. This book was indeed one of fine quality, crafted as a suspenseful novel, yet true in every way. I enjoyed her stories, {which were all true} and her obvious love for God, her family, and the suffering female population of Yemen. There were times I disagreed with her doctrine, HOWEVER, arguing doctrine will do nothing for this book. The book overall was a wonderful one, and I enjoyed the little bits of Arabic she put into it {along with the English definition}. I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys tales of mission life, and anyone who wants to read an awesome "mini-biography" Abby H. Bethany House Publishers gave me this book in exchange for this {honest} review
bookreviewer1977 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book immensely. The author does such a great job of describing the people that she met and got to know. It is a fascinating and enlightening glimpse into a world so different from our own. I also really appreciate the author's honesty about her struggles with faith and the challenges that she faced, as well as her honesty about how God spoke to her and strengthened her in the toughest of times. I can't recommend this book highly enough- and I really hope the author writes another and shares more stories about her time working in the Middle East. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Chosen Books to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.
LynnetteGai More than 1 year ago
I was inspired and compelled to keep reading this book. Let Audra Grace Shelby take you to a place only few women have gone before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
pitchingpencils More than 1 year ago
In Behind the Veils of Yemen, Audra Grace Shelby details the experience of her family in Yemen as Christian missionaries. After a period of prayer and self examination, Shelby and her family decided to move to Yemen, a center of conservative Islam. Knowing that they could possibly be risking their lives, they decided to bring the word of God to the people of Yemen. Throughout the book, Shelby honestly describes her own difficulties and doubt as she becomes friends with Muslim women and attempts to share her own faith and the love of Christ with these women. Whether she is walking the streets of Yemen or attending a Muslim wedding, Shelby gives readers a glimpse into a world that few will ever see, and she does so with compassion and love for these women behind the veils. Shelby's book is unique in that rather than focusing on the politics of Islamic relations or the men that dominate their culture, it instead gives readers a view of women's lives in an Islamic stronghold. By describing her relationships with these women, Shelby allows readers to see these women with compassion, rather than just pawns of a totalitarian religion. Indeed, we in America who often have very little contact with Islamic women surely do not understand their day-to-day lives. Their passion for their own religion is also much of a mystery. Through her book, Shelby gives us a chance to see these women with love and realize the power of God in their lives. May we continue to pray for the missionaries in Islamic countries who bring Christ to those in spiritual need.
leftyjewel More than 1 year ago
Behind the Veils of Yemen By Audra Grace Shelby Well, I always knew I wasn't missionary material and reading this book confirmed it! I can love people but I have a hard time with dirt, germs and foreign food. However that does not keep me from wanting to see people reached for God, and I guess that is why I love to read a good missionary story. This is one woman's narrative of going into the Islamic community and blending in with the women there so that she could show them Jesus. She did literally become like one of them; learning their customs, mode of dress, and language. She made deep friendships with these women and saw a side of Islam that we never hear about. She also gave great insight into the heart and mind of a missionary and how they can leave it all behind to go to a foreign culture. Written in a beautiful and captivating style, this book is sure to capture the attention of any person who reads it. I read my copy in one sitting. I always hope to walk away from a good book having learned something that applies directly to my life-wanting it to touch me in a positive way. This book did that but not in the way I expected. Although the story of the missionaries' lives and the people they ministered to was touching, that is not where God met me. Instead He used this book and author to speak to me about a struggle I have been going through in my own life. God asked me personally, "Do you trust me enough without having to know why?" and I realized that I need to work on that one. This is a book that I will not soon forget. Read it-you will not be disappointed. I received this complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers for this review. A positive review was not required and the opinions expressed here are my own.
Chris_Hartley More than 1 year ago
"Behind the Veils of Yemen" is the story of an American woman who has a daring love, a caring love, and a sharing love for the women of the Middle East. Audra Shelby makes herself courageously available to Muslim women who are shrouded in darkness, both in body and spirit, for the sake of the gospel. In spite of various intense and personal trials she is willing to be uncomfortable, inconvenienced, and spent in order to have a part in advancing God's kingdom. This book will inspire each reader to press into God, and press on for His glory. I highly recommend taking this journey into the world of unreached women, led by one who longs to share the heart of her faithful God.