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Door to Freedom, a sequel to Side by Side, by Jana Kelley
Rania, the daughter of a wealthy Sudanese Arab, wants to find out how and why her sister suddenly disappeared. In the dusty, Islamic country of Sudan, Mia, who is raising her family in a Muslim country, has learned to boldly share her faith. She holds some answers to the disapearance. Both women learn they must independently walk through the doors of freedom that only comes with trust in God. Christians face many struggles when living under Islamic law.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.80 (inches)|
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Deana5 Stars Out Of 5Let Freedom RingMarch 1, 2017DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What would it be like to give up everything you had and move to a foreign land ? You don't speak the language and the culture shock is enormous when you get there. . As you settle in to this new place you are to call home now , you must rely on your faith to keep you safe. For Mia and her family it is a journey that will find them surrounded by a culture that died not believe in Jesus. The author has written a story that had me glued to the book as a world I have never seen was opened up to me with poetic words.
Mia and her husband Michael have come to live in Sudan where it is hot and dusty. Modern conveniences are few and far between. I loved how boldly they were as they shared Christianity with others. I can't imagine the danger they would be in if they were caught speaking the name of Jesus. Mia wants to fit in with the women in her village and made a great effort to be their friend. The story is riveting and at times heartbreaking and brings forth the struggles they endure. I thought Mia and her husband were very devoted to their work to spread the gospel and loved how the author showed them at times in danger of being found out.
My favorite character was Rania . She was very open to learning about Jesus but had to keep it hidden from her family. Her curiosity was pure and I loved how the author used scriptures to guide Rania through the teachings of Jesus. The story made me understand better the Muslim traditions and I found them fascinating. The journey that Rania takes is very compelling and it opened my eyes to the people who are persecuted daily for their religion. I can't imagine how hard it would be to stand up in a foreign land and declare that you are a Christian.
It is easy for us to forget about the many missionaries throughout the world, but this book reminded me that everyday somewhere someone is taking a stand for their beliefs. The story really delivers a powerful look into a world that few have witnessed and the many traditions that they hold with honor . We may not have the same beliefs but we all want freedom.
I received a copy of this book from LitFuse. The review is my honest opinion.
Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5eye-opening readFebruary 27, 2017Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jana Kelley's "Door to Freedom" is the sequel to her novel "Side by Side" and it is a great continuation. Mia and her husband have decided to stay in Sudan with their children and continue their work; however there are issues that have arisen with the organization when Mia feels like they have finally gotten into a groove of living there. Rania is seeking answers to her sister's disappearance. As Mia and Rania's lives become more intertwined they also realize through whom they can each find answers and experience peace.
Jana does an incredible job with bringing the characters and the story as a whole to life.
While reading the details really brought to life the situations that these women find themselves in and the persecution that so many people are facing on a daily basis. It is so hard to imagine in my "cushy" life the trials and the horror that so many live with each day. This book is such a great reminder and so eye-opening to so many things that Christians and others are having to experience and choose whether to stand up for beliefs and live out their faith.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5When persecution strikes with the faith they believe in stand true?February 24, 2017Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"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.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Inspirational and Challenging to My FaithFebruary 23, 2017Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful novel of Christians in a hostile environmentFebruary 22, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This novel is a sequel to Side by Side. In this story, Mia and her husband are in north Sudan. Michael has been working for a humanitarian organization in the country for two years. Mia has been getting to know her Muslim neighbors while raising their three children. Another major character in the novel is Rania, the young daughter of a Sudanese Arab. She misses her older sister who suddenly disappeared, leaving her a small book Rania keeps hidden.
This is a great novel about the life of Christian humanitarian workers and Muslims in Sudan. It is a land of Sharia law but those Mia knows are kind and friendly. The novel reveals some of the struggles and dilemmas Christian workers face when living in a Muslim country where proselytizing is often illegal.
This is another powerful novel from Kelley. She spent thirteen years in Africa and the Middle East and her novels are based on actual events. This one reveals the fragile nature of having a humanitarian organization in a hostile environment. It also portrays the plight of women in a predominately Muslim country.
The novel reveals the pain humanitarian workers inexperience while being so far away from their families back in the U.S. Yet it also reveals the joy those same workers experience knowing they are exactly where God wants them to be.
I recommend this novel to those who want to get a good picture of what it is like to be a Christian in a foreign and hostile environment.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Litfuse. My comments are an independent and honest review.