Wednesday, March 1, 2017

It's rough and it's smooth. It's dark and it's light. It's a masterpiece. It's us. Here in Sudan. We are scared of it and drawn to it. There is an open door, and there is much opposition.

In the dusty, Islamic country of Sudan, Mia, who is raising her family in a Muslim country, has learned to boldly share her faith. Rania, the daughter of a wealthy Sudanese Arab, seeks to find the reason for her sister's sudden disappearance. Mia holds some of the answers, but both women quickly discover they must each walk through their own doors to freedom, the freedom that only comes when you trust God's sovereignty more than manmade security.

Part of New Hope Publishers' line of contemporary missional fiction, Door to Freedom, the sequel to Side by Side, opens the reader's eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, Door to Freedom also reveals 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 for the salvation of the persecutors.

Author of the captivating novel Side by Side, 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.

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What 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.

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