Litfuse Presents Side by Side by Jana Kelly

Side by Side

by Jana Kelly


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.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Jana’s website


I really liked this book, but sometimes it was difficult to read. This story is about two very different women, coming from different backgrounds and beliefs. As the story unfolds, these two ladies grow to depend on each other in many ways. When Mia and Halimah’s lives crossed, both of their lives changed. Mia moved to Sudan with her husband and Halimah was living in Sudan under the Muslim faith. While Mia was getting use to the new lifestyle’s of Sudan, Halimah was learning about faith in the real true God.

Reading this book was so intense, but yet so inspiring because these two ladies depended totally on God. When Halimah found faith in the Lord, life was not easy for her at home. She was shunned by her family, and beaten because of her relationship with God. Through it all Mia and Halimah trusted God and His strength and courage to get them through. Reading this book really made me thankful I live in America. We really don’t know how people around the world live. And even though this story is fiction, there are people who live this life today, and its really scary. What would we do if we couldn’t talk about our God every day? This is a must read for everyone!

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Jana Kelley

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.

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