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Mia is an American Christian who lives in Sudan and is use to its danger, harassment and persecution. She has become friends with three girls who are former Muslims that have converted to Christians and must now live in exile outside Sudan. Now they are facing greater danger. How can they now offer mercy to those that don’t deserve it?
Number of Pages: 296
Vendor: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.70 (inches)|
debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Mercy TriumphsSeptember 19, 2017debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Book 3 of the series and just as great as the other 2 books. The journey of this book takes on the continuing lives of Mia, Halimah (Sara) and Rania. We experience their trials and tribulations of being on a mission to spread God's word. As each women is in a different country, they are all tied to each other in special ways. Will they survive or be sentenced to death because of their beliefs?
I recommend this book and the whole series to everyone at any age. Each book is a page turner. I couldn't this book down, just wanted to know what was going to happen. This series is one that stays with you and makes you think. When you read these books you will want to talk to your friends about these women and what they endure on their journeys for Christ. Even if you haven't read book 1, 2, or 3 they can be read as a stand alone. I would suggest you read them all and get the most out of this series. Highly recommend you to buy these books today...!
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Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Definitely a must read to those who are facing persecution for their faith in Jesus!September 18, 2017Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Christian persecution.
Any of these three terms, most people on earth are aware of one or more of them. Did you realize how difficult it is for Muslims who convert from their faith to embrace the salvation of Jesus Christ instead? If they are immediately killed by their family members in order to retain the families honor in their own country, then they are immediate sought after by those who now have labeled them as "infidels" by their own religious standards.
I have had the distinct pleasure to read all the novels by Jana Kelley, based on the true life events of three distinct women who now have to face the foundations of the Christian faith, even if it means being killed. From an American missionary wife and mother, Mia, to one Muslim sister, Halimah, on the run for her very life, and the other Rania, trying to keep her own faith from being discovered by her family, all the while trying to figure out how to get out of the rapidly approaching arranged marriage to a Muslim man. The stakes have never been higher as each of these women will have to face just how strong their Christian faith is while living in a Muslim population where there is no tolerance for those who are trying to convert others to the Christian beliefs.
From Side by Side and then to Door to Freedom, Mercy Triumphs is the third novel that has documented the lifestyles of each of these women. From Mia who longs for someone to share her faith with, while trying to share her own testimony with those around her, without subjecting her family to violence, jail or being killed. She and her family are awaiting the approval of their passports to return home for a short while but they remain in the hands of one man who believes that Islam is the only religion. Halimah is faced with working in Nairobi after flying from her family who wanted to kill her. She desperately misses them and loves them but knows she can never return. She must be discreet if she contacts her sister Rania, who has been hiding her own newly found faith in Jesus. Perhaps the greatest reminder of what Christians in other countries face is the opening verse, "Mercy triumphs over judgement." James 2:13. This is the central theme of this novel.
I received Mercy Triumphs by Jana Kelley compliments of New Hope Publishers and Litfuse Publicity. This is so eye opening to those of us that live in America where we still have the freedom to practice our own religious faiths and persecution for us, just might be harassment from co-workers, family or friends who don't agree with our own beliefs. This will not always be the case as we watch the slow erosion of our freedoms beginning to slip away without noticing it is happening. Meanwhile things like persecution of Christians in other countries remains a segment on the news if even they care to report it, but we know it is happening on a daily basis without anyone knowing it is happening. I have LOVED this entire series because it highlights just what it might mean to those who are willing to die for their beliefs might just be the ones we want to embrace the most, including those 12 disciples of Jesus Christ who while spreading God's messages to the world, suddenly found themselves being the first of those who would die for their faith in Jesus Christ. For me, I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars and hope others will find the message of hope, faith and mercy in this book.
MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring third book in a powerful series.September 17, 2017MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jana Kelley has written a complex contemporary trilogy following Mia Weston as she and her family live in Sudan, hoping to make a difference through her husband's work at Kellar Hope Foundation. Nothing about life there is what Jana expected, but the family finds a "new normal" and Mia is determined to carefully share her Christian faith with the women she meets. Each of the three books shows both how perilous and how rewarding telling others about the forgiving love of Christ can be.
MERCY TRIUMPHS has Mia, her husband and their children preparing for a visit back to Texas, but unsure if their travels will be approved by the Sudanese government. Meanwhile Halimah, a young convert whose story is told in the first two books, is working with refugees in Kenya. Living under the name Sara, the new believer fears for her future but finds assurance that God will protect her.
So when her younger sister living in Dubai with an aunt and uncle asks her to visit, Sara believes God is leading both women to a new safe life.
Based on true events, Kelley's novels show how complicated life is for Christians living in Muslim dominated societies. The stark differences between American society and life in Sudan is clear, and while it may be difficult to understand, we see that Mia truly comes to love the place which was home for three years. As Jana Kelley writes on her website, she write(s) about faith and culture and about living a life that meshes the two," and she does it with an authenticity that is eye opening, entertaining, at times suspenseful, but mostly inspiring. I received a copy of this title from LITFUSE. I was not compelled to write a review. All opinions are mine.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Inspirational SeriesSeptember 8, 2017Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was so excited to be getting book three in this series. And although each book is a stand alone, I highly recommend you read them all! Once you read one, you will be so moved, you'll want to read the others anyhow.
What I loved most about this book is the real feel. Jana does such a great job of describing the place and writing the story, you feel like you are really there. You feel the fear, the danger, and you struggle with your faith. But your faith also grows as their faith grows. Each character, is special in their own way, I felt like I knew them personally. The three women, Mia, Halimah, and Rania each have different choices to make, struggles to deal with, and learning to trust God takes on a whole new meaning as their lives change.
Faith is the same for all of us, but we all learn it through different tests. Persecution, harassment and just trials of everyday life in a Muslim country are portrayed well in this book, including some not so fun to read experiences. Yet, I feel like you will walk away with a greater love for the Lord, readiness to share Him with others, and love for the Muslim people. I know I did!
Please pick up a copy of all three books in this series to read. Your life will be changed.
I received my copy courtesy of Litfuse Publicity and New Hope. I was not asked to review this book positively, only to give my honest opinion.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Christians living in a hostile environmentSeptember 5, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is the third book in the trilogy. While it reads well on its own, I would suggest reading the previous books to get a full picture of the life of the characters involved.
The main character is Mia. She and her husband have been in Khartoum, Sudan, for three years. (Previous novels in the series cover earlier experiences.) Her husband works for an NGO while Mia runs their home. Both try to share Jesus with people they meet. Doing so in a Muslim country requires serious discretion. One of the converts from a previous novel is Halimah. She had to flee her home when she became a Christian. She ended up helping in a refugee camp in Kenya, having adopted an assumed name. She has an opportunity for a job in Nairobi and moves to the big city. Her sister, Rania, is another major character. She is studying art in Dubai, staying with relatives. She has kept the fact that she is a Christian from her family. She faces an arranged marriage to a Muslim upon her graduation.
Kelley does a great job of describing the situation of Christian converts in a Muslim country through the eyes of these three women. Converts will probably be disowned by their family and may be beaten. If they have a business, others will refuse to patronize it. They may not be able to get jobs. They may be arrested and detained. It is always difficult for converts as there is not the support system to sustain their faith we see in western countries.
Kelley also does a good job of describing life in general for Americans living in Sudan. We are made aware of the clothing restriction on women. We experience the intermittent electricity. We sweat in the heat. We read of refugees and mistreatment. We are concerned with the possibility of being caught in the uncertainty of an attempted coup.
I recommend this book to readers interested in the living conditions for Christians abroad. You will get a glimpse of modern day persecution and the providence of God. You'll experience the struggles Christians face when living under Islamic law. While this book is fiction, Kelley is clear that the stories are based on real events. She has also included a glossary for the foreign words she used.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Litfuse. My comments are an independent and honest review.