When Shelby and her husband answered God's call to minister in the Middle East, she was fearful---and wondered how God would use her to bring Jesus to conservative Muslims. Offering an eye-opening look at life for Yemeni women, she tells about the friendships she forged and how God's grace touched lives in the heart of Islam. 272 pages, softcover from Chosen.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 272 Vendor: Chosen Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches) ISBN: 0800795180 ISBN-13: 9780800795184 Availability: In Stock
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.
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.
Author: Audra Grace Shelby Located in: Albuquerque, New Mexico Submitted: July 27, 2011
Tell us a little about yourself. My husband and I served nine years as Southern Baptist missionaries in the Middle East, along with our 4 children. I am the daughter of (retired) career missionaries to South America and the Caribbean. I have also called Texas and Alabama "home". I love heirloom sewing, knitting, and gardening, as well as writing and speaking. My husband and I remain actively involved in global missions.
What was your motivation behind this project? I began writing it as a legacy for my children - that they would know the Lord as I have known Him, and that they would not forget the extraordinary ways He has worked in our lives. God broadened those borders into a much larger arena as part of His bigger plan.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I pray that readers will gain glimpses of our mighty God working through extraordinary circumstances and go deeper in their personal relationship with Him. I also pray that readers will gain understanding of the lives and needs of Muslim women and see opportunities behind the veil.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Describing scenes of Yemen in the book made me 'homesick' to return. As I recalled the treasured afternoons I spent with women 'behind the veil', I yearned for another opportunity to sit and drink tea with them, and share their lives again. Also, I wept repeatedly over my poor keyboard as I remembered God's powerful intervention in near-death experiences. It was wonderful to remember our amazing God!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Well, the Lord is my greatest influence and inspiration - I simply wouldn't BE, without Him. I depend on His Word for everything. I have also enjoyed books by Kay Arthur, T.W. Hunt (i.e. The Doctrine of Prayer, The Mind of Christ), Charles Swindol (biographies of biblical figures), James Dobson, and so many more. I have been inspired by biographies of Christian missionaries (Adoniron Johnson, William Carey, Lottie Moon, etc.).
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I am an ordinary person in the hands of an extraordinary God.