Saturday, February 25, 2017

Door to Freedom by Jana Kelley



Jana Kelley has written a pair of contemporary novels that draw upon her years living in Africa and the Middle East, resulting in a look into a world few Western Christians have experienced.  In SIDE BY SIDE, readers are introduced to Mia, a young Texas housewife, who has moved to Northern Sudan with her husband and three children when Michael accepts a position with a health care foundation.  Slowly, Mia finds her footing and even begins to make friends with the local family next door.  Young children do not understand barriers and their desire to play together gives Mia and  neighbor Hanaan a chance to share their cultures with each other. Readers get honest peeks into shared family time, women's get-togethers, celebrations, and special foods. While Mia would like to share her faith, she knows the laws in Sudan, and so she waits.  Meanwhile, across the city, a young Muslim college student, faces an uncertain future.  Knowing that her education will soon end and then her father will seek a spouse from among the family's cousins, Haliman feels drawn to the small New Testament a professor had given her months before.  In stolen moments of alone time, she reads and re-reads the book, knowing that Jesus's words call to her.  When her new faith is discovered, Haliman is beaten by her father and disowned.  Before her father has time to send her away, or worse kill her, Haliman flees.  Friends find a place for her to heal -in the home of Mia and Michael. Side by side, Mia and Haliman learn much about life and God.
In the second book, DOOR TO FREEDOM, Mia adjusts to life after Haliman has been smuggled out of Sudan for a new life.  While having read the first book made the start of this book a smooth transition, I don't think a reader would have much trouble jumping into the second book without the first.  Just like the first book, DOOR TO FREEDOM is told from two viewpoints, one being Christian Mia and the other, a young Muslim woman.  Mia and Michael have found other Sudanese friends, including a couple who want to know more about Jesus.  But then it seems that the government is threatening to shut down the medical foundation where Michael works, and the couple begins to fear that they are being watched.  Beth, an American nurse, who had been Mia's first friend in Sudan warns Mia and Michael that they should not be so bold.  Meanwhile at Haliman's home, her younger sister is experiencing the aftermath of her sister's flight.  Now held up at the only daughter, Rania, is held almost captive in the family compound. Her father, fearing any influences that might corrupt this daughter, he quickly searches for a suitable husband, not caring that Rania hopes to study art.  Feeling hopeless, Rania remembers the tiny book of scripture Haliman gave her to hide, begging her to read someday.  Will fear rule over Mia and Rania, or will they see God's hand in what lies ahead?

Author Jana Kelley's style reads like nonfiction.  These tales of persecution are powerful and truthful, yet Kelley is respectful of the Muslim women and their lives.  She beautifully explains many of their customs, foods, and everyday life.  I learned much from reading these two novels.  Both are published by publisher New Hope whose mission is bringing to print books that challenge Christians in their beliefs  and their roles in God's mission.  I received copies from Litfuse and all opinions are my own.


More about the book.



Door to Freedom by Jana Kelley


Can you imagine the struggles that Christians face when living under Islamic law? Jana Kelley explores modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan in her new book, Door to Freedom. In the Islamic country of Sudan, Mia 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.
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{More about Door to Freedom}

Door to Freedom (New Hope, February 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.
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Jana Kelley

{More About Jana Kelley}

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.
Find out more about Jana at http://www.janakelley.com.





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