Saturday, May 16, 2015

Side By Side: A Blog Tour and Review

About The Book:


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 a 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.

About The Author:

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, were living in a remote African town. After 13 years residing in Africa and the Middle East, Jana, her husband and their their boys moved to Southeast Asia, where they currently live. You can learn more about Jana at www.janakelley.com

My Review:

This. Book. 

If there is one book you need to read in 2015 THIS IS IT!

By far, Side by Side is the most compelling novel I have read in a very long time. It was engrossing from the very beginning and I was up very late into the night reading this book.

To read the descriptions of Muslim girls in Sudan was absolutely heartwrenching. That anyone would be treated the way these girls are is so incredibly sad. However, what warmed my heart in the midst of pain and destruction was the friendship between Mia and Halimah. It was a beautiful friendship and a wonderful example of God's hand on both of their lives. It was an incredible book to write, and it really brings to life the hardships that Christian missionaries will, and do, face in Islamic countries. And a lovely recollection of how God uses His people.  A stunning, haunting book that will impact all who read it. The work of missionaries is a very important one, and books written like Side By Side are equally important to remind us of this work. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Side By Side online through Amazon. It can also be purchased at your favorite local Christian book retailer

***I received a complimentary electronic book of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***



About The Author:
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 college. She and her husband married a month after she graduated and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. Together with her husband and three boys, Jana enjoys travel and overseas living. After thirteen years in Africa and the Middle East, Jana and her family moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live.
My Review:
BUY IT: You can purchase Side By Side online through Amazon
***I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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