Sunday, May 3, 2015


Side by Side (New Hope Publishers, April 2015)
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.

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 THOUGHTS AND VIEWS OF THIS BOOK:  How would you react if someone you loved and cared about told you they were selling all they owned and moving to Sudan?   Jana Kelley takes you on a journey of Mia and her husband Michael as they take this big step in their ministry.

This book centers on Mia and how she tries to find her place in ministry.  Her struggles as a stay-at-home mom and no friends in a new country where there is a language barrier. Her feelings of inadequacies are soon put the test when a young Sudanese woman named Halimah who seeks out the help of her husband.

This is the story of a journey of a young Sudanese woman who defies her family and Muslim heritage and accepts Jesus Christ.   It is her story of escape and finding help through Mia and her family.

This is a perfect read for families who are headed to the mission field, already on the mission field and who are ministering to the unreached people or hard to reach people of this world.