Side by Side: A Contemporary Novel

Side by Side: A Contemporary Novel

by Jana Kelley

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Overview

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 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.
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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596694309
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Publication date: 11/17/2014
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 873,173
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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 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 janakelley.com.

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Side by Side: A Contemporary Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story and its insights into life in other cultures. so interesting to read about persecution and how God works in people's lives. I'll definitely read more by this author!
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Faith & Devotion, Side by Side, By: Jana Kelley Wow, this is such a  intense and heart pounding book! I was definitely on the edge of my seat for this story. It just amazes me what people in other countries endure when they speak out and believe in our Lord and savior. I am so glad that I read this book it opened my eyes more to what goes on in other countries. I wanted to cry out at the wrongs that happened. It breaks my heart to think that some people can be so cruel. Such a strong faith for someone so brave and young. I love the strong faith, devotion, love, compassion, and the strong faith. I pray that this books touches other peoples hearts as it has done mine. Thank you Jana Kelley for writing this truly wonderful book.What a beautifully moving and compelling story! 5 stars!       I highly recommend this book! It also makes a great gift!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Two women of two very different faiths will realize how great the saving power of Jesus can be when they have to work together to keep them both alive. Based on real events in the Sudan, author Jana Kelley uses her knowledge of missions work in other countries and the struggles Muslim women face when they convert to Christianity. For most it is a death sentence in keeping honor within the family and women are always considered lower than any male living in the family regardless of their age. It is an eye opening look at what is involved for Muslim women to walk away from the life they have always known to follow Jesus. Mia and Michael have always wanted to live in another country and when the job offer opened for Michael with the Kellar Hope Foundation, in Sudan to aid in missionary work, they decide to pack up their family of five and leave the life they have known in Texas to make a new life in a small town of Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. While things are vastly different, Mia is hoping for an opportunity to share her faith of Jesus with some of the Arabic women living nearby, but she isn't quite certain how. A co-worker of Michael's, Beth offers a suggestion to meet the neighbors using their children as common grounds to get to know one another. But Mia lacks a broader knowledge of the Arabic language and soon faces her own barriers as she tries to share her faith with her neighbor who becomes distant when it is first mentioned. Mia believes she isn't ready to hear the gospel just yet, and struggles to find a place to fit in, while being at home all day with the children. She wonders if this trip was really God's calling after all. For Halimah, she is struggling to find time to know the Jesus she is learning about in her Arabic Bible, the truth seems to find a place in her heart where she wants to believe everything she is reading about him. It will take an answer to prayer for Halimah to finally accept that Jesus is real. But if she tells her family, it might mean the end of her life, but she is hoping her family might be open to at least hearing all that she is learning about the Jesus of the Bible. I received Side by Side by Jana Kelley compliments of New Hope Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained in this review are strictly my own. What I loved most is how both Mia and Halimah discover God's divine purpose for both of them being precisely where they are despite the odds facing them both. It is difficult at times to fathom how violent a family can be against their own daughter when professing a faith in Jesus contrary to their Muslim upbringing and how degraded women are treated in that culture. Truly eye opening in that it showcases how truly blessed we are in the United States to have the freedom to worship and not face any retribution from our country or our family. I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
simpleharvestreads More than 1 year ago
Side by Side is a powerful and life-changing novel. Jana draws from her experiences as a missionary to weave real-life events to cast a story that will leave the reader changed forever.  Each day we go about our lives without a second thought to the blessings we have: food, housing, opportunities, choices, and most of all freedoms. Freedom to speak our minds, have choices over our bodies, and to share our love of Christ. Side by Side pulls us into a different world where Christians risk their lives everyday to stand up for Jesus. It also conveys the sacrifices missionaries and their families make on a daily basis to share the Gospel and minister to others. Side by Side gives the reader an appreciation for the blessings they have and will compel the reader to evaluate what they are willing to sacrifice for Christ. Jana’s characters are open and honest in her novel.  The reader can see the struggles of selfishness, pride, and frustration. I liked that those feelings are included and not glossed over. This makes her characters real and believable; it also encourages us to empathize with the characters. Jana additionally shows the plight of women in Muslim countries by including difficult topics such as female circumcision with tact. Her knowledge of the culture and her love of the Muslim people shine through in her characters. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. This book will change your worldview, give you first hand knowledge of the dangers of missionary work and give you information on how to pray for missionaries.  Side by Side is a must read for all Christians who would like to know how better to minister to Muslims. Thank you to the Litfuse Chicks and New Hope Publishers for a free copy of Side by Side in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own.
Shopgirl152ny1 More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting and eye-opening book that showed the perspectives of both a Muslim woman and an American woman living in Sudan and how they're paths eventually cross. I liked how Mia was portrayed as very human. She felt like her and her husband and children were supposed to move to Sudan to share Jesus with people, but once there it wasn't like she thought it would be. She was stuck at home a lot and felt like she wasn't making a difference. She started to get discouraged. Spiritual warfare was also shown as being very real. Halimah's story of how she came to Christ was fascinating. She struggled to find a good opportunity to witness to her family and friends knowing what could happen. There was a lot of information shown about the culture as Mia learns about it and we see a different view of it through Halimah's eyes. The spiritual content of the story was wonderful as some of the characters share their faith while Halimah learns and reads on her own, too. There's also much prayer involved. There's a suspenseful feel to the story as you don't know if or when Halimah could be found out or the risks Mia and Halimah take in sharing their faith. I would recommend this book if you want to know more about the situation many persecuted Christians find themselves in or what living in an Islam-controlled country would be like. It's definitely a good reminder to pray for all involved. I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.