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Jamil renounced a life of jihad when he encountered the life-changing message of Jesus Christ, but villagers and authorities in the hills of Afghanistan respond with skepticism . . . and even violence.

Relief worker Amy Mallory is shocked by the changes in her organization-changes with dire implications for the women and children under her care. And concern for her former assistant, Jamil, weighs heavily on her heart.

Former Special Forces veteran Steve Wilson faces off against the riots and corruption of Kabul's upcoming election. He's looking for something that will give his life purpose but is confident that he won't find it in Afghanistan.All three are searching for love and freedom in a country where political and religious injustice runs rampant. But when religious freedom becomes a matter of life and death, they discover that the cost of following Jesus may require the ultimate sacrifice.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 350
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414314760
ISBN-13: 9781414314761
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Jamil renounced a life of jihad when he encountered the life-changing message of Jesus Christ, but villagers and authorities in the hills of Afghanistan respond with skepticism . . . and even violence.
Relief worker Amy Mallory is shocked by the changes in her organization—changes with dire implications for the women and children under her care. And concern for her former assistant, Jamil, weighs heavily on her heart.
Former Special Forces veteran Steve Wilson faces off against the riots and corruption of Kabul’s upcoming election. He's looking for something that will give his life purpose but is confident that he won’t find it in Afghanistan.
All three are searching for love and freedom in a country where political and religious injustice runs rampant. But when religious freedom becomes a matter of life and death, they discover that the cost of following Jesus may require the ultimate sacrifice.

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Freedom's Stand, the sequel to J. M. Windle's novel Veiled Freedom, reveals a story of justice, bravery, trust, and love. In the days leading up to a pivotal election, aid worker Amy Mallory, ex-terrorist Jamil, and security contractor Steve Wilson become immersed in some of Afghanistan's religious and political turmoil. When they find themselves together again, facing danger and the loss of those who are dear to them, they are forced to ask themselves what they truly believe and whether they are willing to stand by it no matter the cost.

Jamil has left behind the New Hope aid compound in order to spread the Gospel but now faces fear of persecution from his fellow Afghanis. He holds to the hope of the story in Daniel 3 which tells of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego's escape from the fiery furnace, but he can't remove from his mind the fear that if he faces his own furnace, he may not be saved. Amy Mallory, having just returned from the United States to her project at New Hope, has found that things have changed drastically in her absence and that some of her charges have been given away in arranged marriages. Frustrated with the restraints of the Afghani culture and her own limitations, Amy struggles to be strong while trying to help the people she loves. Special Forces veteran Steve Wilson is in Afghanistan as a favor to a friend, but when he finds himself surrounded by corruption and lies, he begins to look for some greater purpose for his life, something to hold to when everything else fails. All three individuals seek what is good and just; however, in the midst of the riots and demonstrations, their situations have gotten more precarious and the justice they seek may come at great cost.

Freedom's Stand is certainly an intriguing story: a mixture of love, fear, hope, and redemption tied up with the cultural and political issues surrounding the characters. The struggles the main characters face as they try to seek both justice and forgiveness are thought provoking, and the love they learn to understand is beautiful to see. I would recommend this novel to anyone who embraces a good story, the search for freedom, and the sense of hope Christ provides. – Chelsea Molin, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Yelm, WA
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Way to start the morning!
    December 15, 2013
    ruthhill74
    Yelm, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have to admit that when I began this book, I really was not sure what I would think. It was a different sort of book than I normally read. I generally do not read books that deal with the afterlife. It was a little different to have the main character spend most of his life in the book as a dead man.

    As I continued to read the book, I was greatly impressed by the author's ability to tell a compelling story and create such intriguing characters. I cannot say that Daniel was someone I actually liked. I know a lot of reviewers felt sorry for him and grew to like him, but I cannot say I ever did. The end was actually a bit of a disappointment for me in that respect. I will say that the author minced no words when describing his depraved past.

    The thing that disturbed me most about the book was that it took a different view of the afterlife than I believe. I was able to set all that aside, but I do not like the idea of someone getting a second chance after death to make everything right--especially a character like Daniel. In my opinion, all the pain and suffering he felt after death did not atone for the atrocities he did while alive. I would have much preferred having the story follow the line of thinking in "A Christmas Carol" or "It's a Wonderful Life." I prefer the idea of changing your life while still alive rather than waiting for death. It would have been nice for Daniel to wake up at the end and realize everything was a dream and that he still had a chance to right some wrongs while alive.

    I realize that I come from the perspective of an evangelical Christian, and that could turn some people off to my review, and that is fine. The stories I mentioned are favorites of mine that deal with people coming back from the dead as angels or ghosts. Those stories can still be enjoyed by me in spite of my personal beliefs. Understand that my issues with the book were making things right while still alive instead of waiting until after death.

    My only other complaint was the ending. I felt that the author somewhat rushed the last chapter or two, and I would have preferred a little more explanation at that point. But that is just my preference.

    Would I recommend this book? I really depends on many things. If you are one who enjoys a well-written story about divine justice and the afterlife, this may very well be the book for you. I cannot fault the author for writing a book that embodied a clever tale with a variety of characters and situations. However, if you are like me and prefer to see people handle the issues of their lives before they die, this book may not be the one for you.

    I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are one hundred percent my own.

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  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of the best novels since...Veiled Freedom!
    August 24, 2012
    Jo
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The sequel to 'Veiled Freedom', 'Freedom's Stand' returns to Afghanistan to continue the stories of Jamil- former suicide bomber turned itinerant health worker and teacher of Isa Masih, Amy Mallory- humanitarian aid worker, and Steve Wilson- private security contractor who is looking for a mission to believe in. All three are searching for love and freedom. But in a country where political and religious injustice runs rampant, the cost of either may be higher than they realize...

    After I read this book, it made the rounds of my sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles and assorted other friends and family. It's finally come back to me for another reading and I enjoyed it just as much the second and third times through. It is a delight to read a novel where the truth of Scripture is presented with such passion and accuracy! Jeanette Windle definitely knows her military, her Afghanistan, and her Bible. There is only one small complaint I would make, and that is that when I first discovered Windle's novels I was so thrilled that they were so long! Finally, a book that took more than an evening to read. But since Tyndale started publishing her books they seem to get shorter and shorter. Mrs. Windle, your fans in New Zealand say 'the longer the better!'

    'Freedom's Stand' is no light-and-fluffy story to be read and forgotten, but a sobering and challenging account of the hardships that belivers in other nations face, and a reminder to pray for God's people who do not enjoy the same freedoms we do.
  3. Mount Dora, FL
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Not Your Kind of Book?
    December 8, 2011
    M. Pieper
    Mount Dora, FL
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What's a literary fiction/romance/chick lit/YA girl like me doing in an action-adventure place like this? That's what I wondered when I first opened FREEDOM'S STAND by Jeanette Windle. Its Aghanistan setting seemed as much out of my comfort zone as its characters' lives of intrigue and adventure.

    In this sequel to Windle's Christy-nominated VEILED FREEDOM, Amy, a relief worker, returns to join forces with Steve, a former Special Forces officer, and Jamil, her former assistant and recent convert to Christianity. No, this didn't seem like my kind of book at all. But I kept reading. Why?

    First, because the characters and I share a passion for people and for the cause of Christ. Second, because this story comes direct from both headlines and the prayer letters of friends who also work in NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in that part of the world. And third, because the author's careful descriptions, realistic dialogue, and powerful plotline compelled me. Windle pulled me into her story and never let me go.

    Deception, suspense, imprisonment, and persecution amid inward and outward battles for faith and freedom--this book has it all. Read VEILED FREEDOM first, then hurry on into FREEDOM'S STAND. You'll be glad you did.

    Even if it's not your kind of book.
  4. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Freedom's Stand
    August 25, 2011
    kattrox
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A novel about the plight of women and children in Afganistan and of the conditions to which they are subjected and religious persecution. From working as carpet weavers, illiteracy to young girls being given to men as wives that are not of the girls choosing. Encompasses the lives of Amy Mallory from New Hope Foundation (a safe haven for women and children), Jamil a healer, Farah a girl who is looking for more in life and other prominant characters. This book does tear at the heart and will make the reader reflect on the hardships these people face everyday. I am happy that I live in a free country and have the freedom of choice.

    This book does have excellent character development and starts out well but however I did have trouble staying into the novel a little ways through and am not sure it can be a stand alone type being second in a series it definately needs to be read in order. Dialogue and scene works and it challenged me in my faith. I would recommend it but only after reading the first.
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A realistic view of current events
    July 13, 2011
    KLouie16
    Cedar Hill, Tx
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book gave a realistic view of current events of Christians living in a Muslim country.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Jeanette Windle
Located in: Lancaster, PA
Submitted: January 20, 2011

    Tell us a little about yourself.  As the child of missionary parents, I was raised in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. My husband Marty and I served as missionaries for 16 years in Bolivia before moving to Miami, then Lancaster, PA, where my husband heads a Christian ministry involved in more than 50 countries on five continents. I have currently lived in six countries and traveled in more than thirty, including Afghanistan. When not writing books, I head up a communications department and magazine for our ministry and mentor Christian writers in a number of countries around the world. I have fifteen books in print, including political/suspense best-seller CrossFire and 2010 Christian Book Award finalist and Christy Award finalist Veiled Freedom, to which Freedom's Stand is a sequel.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  If Veiled Freedom answered the question of what is true freedom (true freedom cannot be bestowed on another people through arms or an aid package, but only through individual hearts transformed by coming face to face with Jesus Christ), the question Freedom's Stand addresses follows inevitably. Once you've found true freedom in Isa Masih, Jesus Christ, how far will love carry you in sharing that freedom with others. In the context of Afghanistan, such a question is far from rhetorical. Even as Freedom's Stand goes to print, Red Cross therapist and war amputee Sayed Mossa is but one Afghan Isa-follower who finds himself on death row for his faith under the current Karzai regime. My motivation in writing this sequel to Veiled Freedom was not just to finish the story of Jamil, Amy, and Steve, but to raise a voice for my brothers and sisters in Christ behind bars or suffering unjust persecution for their faith, not only in Afghanistan but across this planet.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Above all, I want every reader to come face to face with the Person of Isa Masih, Jesus Christ, the only true Hope of lasting change and freedom for any people. But I would also like readers to close this book with a better understanding of Afghanistan and the Muslim worlds and how vital and interconnected events there, especially such issues as freedom of worship, speech, human rights, are to our own country's future and security. Even more so, to be challenged to raise their own voices on behalf of the persecuted church.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I can say honestly that Freedom's Stand has been the hardest book I've ever written, ripping out my heart and soul with its message of courage, faith, and sacrificial love. Above all because while fiction, this book is about real people in real situations. I remember while researching in Kabul talking about the future of Afghanistan with a humanitarian volunteer who both as a female and follower of Jesus Christ was facing escalating threats in her position. Did she see things as getting better? Would democracy and freedom eventually somehow ooze out of this mess on its own, as Western embassies fantasized? And what did the current deteriorating situation presage for the safety of volunteers like herself? I will never forget the look in her eyes as she paused for a long, silent moment before answering, "It's going to come to the shedding of blood." She paused again before adding calmly, quietly, "And I'm willing for that blood to be mine." Her courage, the Sayed Mossas and so many others who are quietly, facelessly impacting Afghanistan with the love of Isa Masih, Jesus Christ, inspired not only the writing of Veiled Freedom and Freedom's Stand, but indelibly impacted my own heart and life. I came away with a commitment to pray unceasingly for Afghanistan and the persecuted church, and a fresh understanding of the immeasurable depths of God's love and His unrelenting call to daily, living sacrifice on the part of His children.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Perhaps just one quote from Freedom's Stand: "Steve had once challenged Amy that change could only come to a culture when its own people were willing to change. And not only to change, but to lay down their own lives, instead of asking others--like, say, American soldiers--to bring about that change. An unlikely prospect, since what could possibly impel a hurting and bitter populace to change from rage to forgiveness, from violence to peace? Amy, John Atkins, Jamil himself had thrown the answer into Steve’s face until he could no longer dismiss it. Once again, love. Love of the Almighty Creator of the Universe stepping into a troubled planet in the human form of Isa Masih, Jesus Christ. Love of Christ-followers who would leave comfortable homes and lives to step into a troubled nation in some distant corner of the planet, pouring out their lives in service to a people who too often didn’t even appreciate their sacrifice. Love that could transform a terrorist and would-be suicide bomber into an itinerant health care worker willing to risk freedom and wellbeing to offer relief in the name of Isa Masih. And then in the end to offer his life, no longer out of hate and vengeance, but in deliberate, willing sacrifice."

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