Door to Freedom: A Contemporary Novel

Door to Freedom: A Contemporary Novel

by Jana Kelley

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"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 man-made 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625915160
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Publication date: 03/06/2017
Edition description: FICTION / Christian / General
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 532,401
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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. You can learn more about Jana at

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Door to Freedom: A Contemporary Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
VJones More than 1 year ago
Door to Freedom is a very educational book with a lot of insight into the Muslim faith and life in Sudan. To get the most out of this book, it would be beneficial to read the Prequel Side by Side first. But it can be read as a standalone. Door to Freedom picks up where Side by Side stops. They are very similar writing styles. Those who have read and liked Side by Side will also enjoy Door to Freedom. Through both of these books, a lot of information is presented regarding the lifestyle of the Sudan people. It also offers an insight in the Muslim faith and way of thinking. Through the characters of this story, the reader experiences the difficulties of living a Christian life in a country where it is illegal to convert away from Muslim. It opens the mind to the persecution that exists for Christians in a Muslim country. And it broaches the homesickness that comes with living In a different country, with a different language , and a completely unfamiliar culture. Door to Freedom is based on real-life events. Although the characters were not missionaries, this book is a great look at the missionary life and finding ways to share the gospel of Christ in a country that rejects Him. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"A great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me." 1 Corinthians 16:9. This quote sums up the entire theme behind Jana Kelley's latest novel Door to Freedom, her sequel to Side by Side in which the Weston's, a missionary family working for the Keller Hope Foundation in Sudan. For Michael and Mia along with their three children, they truly believe it is God's calling on their life to spend their next two years working for the foundation and offering hope to the Muslim community who wants to know more about Jesus, whom they refer to as Isa. It's not as simple as simply accepting Christ. For a Muslim to deny their faith often means death, especially when that faith leads them to Jesus. For one family it meant the beating of their oldest daughter Halimah who fled from her family and has no contact with them any longer. They don't even recognize her as being their daughter and any word of her whereabouts would most certainly lead to her death. Now her sister Rania has faced growing up without her sister and now struggles with the Muslim customs of an arranged marriage with any man her father chooses. She finds hope in the New Testament that Halimah left her and told her that this book contained all the answers she would ever need in her life. Could it be so simple that one book held all the answers to whatever she faced in life? If that is the case, then why would so many people be opposed to reading it? Michael and Mia face their own opposition at work where they can be investigated by the local authorities for even speaking about their Christian faith. It is a death sentence for anyone to attend to convert a Muslim to Christianity. During the Bible Study through Acts, they both believe that whatever the opposition in the community or at work is worth the price to tell others about Jesus, even if it would cost them their very lives. I received Door To Freedom by Jana Kelley compliments of Litfuse Publicity and New Hope Publishers. This is a remarkable story based on true events that shows readers that the life of a missionary isn't as always as easy as we might think it is. It is dangerous and often times results in the deaths of those simply trying to share the message of hope to those lost in Islam and all the restrictions that family members, especially women face. The best part is the message of hope and salvation that comes to those who find the true light and truth in Jesus Christ. I easily give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
This book was intense and amazing and very challenging to my own personal faith. Although aware of persecution in other countries for believing contrary to that country's mandatory beliefs, it is hard sometimes to really grasp the courage of those who are suffering. In this story, Michael and Mia, a young couple with several children, who live in Sudan and work for Keller Hope are torn between the desire to remain in that country and the challenge that sharing their faith it they do, will be. As they begin to spend more time together praying and reading the book of Acts, God also challenges their hearts towards speaking boldly about him. While at the same time, a dear friend who was initial a very bold witness is backing off a bit. The views from both parties are interesting and thought provoking. Will they be able to stand up under fire? Are they able to trust God no matter what the outcome and will they be ready if the suffering hits home? Mia's friend Halimah was beaten for her faith and disowned by her family. Halimah's sister Rania, is now seeking answers to her own unending questions. But knowing what happened already in her family, makes the searching even more dangerous and the stakes are high. As she begins reading the Gospel of John her sister left behind, she wonders... Is she willing to lose it all, and is it worth the cost? This book will definitely make you think! It may even lead you to some personal soul searching about what you believe, why, and whether it is enough. It inspired me to pray for those in other countries who are being persecuted for their faith, and be thankful that in spite of the changes in our own country, we still have freedom to worship and share the gospel. It made me consider the depth of my faith and trust in Jesus, and increased my burden for the lost. The author writes from personal experience and from the heart. This is a moving story that will inspire the reader! Be ready though, at times it is an emotional, and a bit frightening read. Truly not for the faint of heart. I received a free copy this book courtesy of Litfuse Publicity Group and New Hope Publishers to read. I was not required to review the book in a positive manner. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was given.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
I admit that when I saw that Jana Kelley had written a sequel to SIDE BY SIDE, I looked forward with anticipation to reading it. Never have I heard or read anything so compelling as Jana’s novels as to the life of a family with a heart for those who do not know Christ.. She has a true gift of showing the beauty and the hardships that come with living cross - culturally and the need of showing Christ to those people. Not once did I feel that Mia and Michael were putting on a show, or causing one or the other or their children to be a causality to the “missionary lifestyle”. This book and its prequel should be required reading for anyone who wants to truly win souls for Christ. Not only that, but I feel like I got a glimpse of life for Muslims in Sudan, and heard the cry of their heart. I do not think I will ever go to a foreign people, but I know my life has changed because of what I read in this book! Thank you to Elizabeth of Litfuse Publicity Group and New Hope Publishers for the opportunity to read this book. A positive review was not required. The opinions are my own.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Door to Freedom is a wonderful read by Jana Kelley. This story will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. A journey of faith, love, heartache and pain. It is heartbreaking story of the persecution these people suffer. This story is definitely an eye opener. Be sure to order your copy of Door to Freedom by Jana Kelley today. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 5 stars!
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
As the author asks on the front cover of the book, what happens when persecution hits close to home? In my estimation, the vast majority of American Christians have never experienced real persecution. Maybe we have tried to witness to someone about Jesus or invited them to church and they made fun of us for being religious. Maybe it caused some temporary mental discomfort, but that is a far cry from real persecution. In the opening pages of this story, Mia is remembering the young Sudanese woman who had spent months hiding in the home of Mia and Michael after being beaten severely by her father and brother following her acceptance of Jesus as her Savior. Mia and Michael are living in Sudan while Michael works with a refugee relief foundation. They went to Sudan with the full knowledge that their lives could be in danger. Across the city lives the family of the young woman they had helped. Her sister, Rania, has a copy of the Gospel of John that she gave her before leaving home. Rania is searching for real meaning in her life but is fearful that the little book will be discovered and she will beaten or even killed. Jana Kelley is not writing in a vacuum. She has lived in Africa and the Middle East and currently lives with her husband and three sons in Southeast Asia. I recommend reading this book. The story is fiction but it has a life-changing message. If you have been one of those who has whined about being persecuted when someone disagrees with you or doesn’t want you to talk about Jesus, learn from this story. You may even want to have your Bible open to the book of Acts as you read. Mia and Michael gained some tremendous insights from reading and studying Acts together. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.