Side by Side, a novel inspired by real-life events
Side by Side, a novel inspired by real-life events    -     By: Jana Kelley
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In the dusty Islamic country of Sudan, a young Christian American mother named Mia finds more than one dark secret on the streets of Khartoum. What will happen when her life collides with Halimah---an upper-class Arab student with a bright future whose risky and secretive decision has put her life in danger? 224 pages, softcover from New Hope.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.60 (inches)
ISBN: 1596694300
ISBN-13: 9781596694309

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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.

Author Bio

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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  1. kingsdaughter1611
    IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Eye Opening Novel!
    May 9, 2015
    kingsdaughter1611
    IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I first got this in, I was just kind of so-so about reading it. I have read my fair share of biographies and they tend to be slower paced and I hate to say it, some aren't that interesting. But after opening and reading the first chapter, I was hooked on this one! And then to find out, it isn't a biography at all? Only a novel loosely based on real life events:) Ahh me, yes this is the life of a book reviewer.

    I found this book to be fascinating and an eye opening experience. I have friends who are missionaries, I know what they go through and have heard their stories. But this was different. Seeing it through the eyes of a mother with little children, her daily struggles and wanting to give up, made me realize what it is really like for people on the mission field. It shows in clear detail how she struggles with the dress differences, taking care of three youngsters and wanting to reach out to the women around her.

    This is a very upfront look at the Islamic religion. There were some things in here that were hard to read and it is detailed. But I think it is good for us in America to see how our lives are different from other areas. My daily troubles really seem so small compared to what the women in Sudan are going through. It really opened my eyes and made me thankful. As I said above, this is not a true story but is based on true events. Still, it is an excellent book.

    *Disclosure* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% mine.
  2. debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Side by Side
    May 9, 2015
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a great story of two women from different parts of the world and different views on religion. This is a great story on GOD having control of all our situations as long as you keep your faith and belief in HIM. This is about a family that moves to Sudan to do mission work and how they survive in a very different culture. You meet the women of this country and learn how much different it is for them then being an American women.

    It is a great book and makes you realize that how blessed American's have it to be able to believe in the religion of you your choice then in other countries that you have to believe in what your country believes. If you do not follow the countries religion will result in shame to your family and death for you.

    I would recommend this book to everyone, especially those that are thinking of the mission field and women of all ages, it is a great read and is done in a very professional and faith based way. It does a great job of telling both sides of each women's stories. Jana does a great job of making you feel like you are apart of the story. Buy this book.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Litfuse. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
  3. Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    eye-opening
    May 6, 2015
    Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Side by Side" is an eye-opener and relevant book for today. No matter where we all live, our communities are becoming more and more diverse and along with that are opportunities to learn about different cultures, and to also share one's own beliefs. Jana does an excellent job with writing this book as I was immediately drawn into it and the scene was set that I was felt as if I was experiencing the story as well. It is so easy to forget about the struggles that Christians living in other countries may be dealing with on a daily basis and also how other cultures may be treated. This book will help all of the readers to expand their worldview and develop a deeper understanding of life in other countries and become more culturally aware. This is a great choice if you are looking for a thought-provoking and inspiring read.
  4. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A tale of risky decisions and dark secrets!
    May 6, 2015
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  5. Booklover10
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An unforgettable story
    May 2, 2015
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Side by Side is a book that I will not forget. The risk, the secrets, and the rules all lead to the tension in this book. There were some parts of this book that I was completely shocked by. I had no idea that certain things happened in Sudan, Africa.

    I admired Mia being able to set aside her fears to move to Sudan for the gospel. I have talked with several of my missionary friends who are moms and they have shared with me the same feelings that Mia expressed in this book. I think that I would feel that same way when it came to taking care of my family.

    It was hard to read what Halimah went through and what certain choices cost them. I know many in real-life are just like her and I am amazed. The relationships she had was interesting to read about.

    I appreciated that Jana Kelley wrote this book from some of her real-life experiences while living in Sudan. Her knowledge adds so much to the story. It also helped that she put her own struggles in it through the character Mia. It gave the reader a wonderful perspective of what it would be like to forsake it all and move to a different country for the sake of the Gospel.

    Days later after reading the final chapter of this book, I can not get the story out of my head. It is one that will be recommended over and over by me.

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    I received this book free from New Hope Publishers and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
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