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Mrs. Kelley’s characters are so realistically portrayed that, having lived and worked in similar but different Muslim cultures, I could give a real life person for every single character I encountered in these books! Mia had so many of my own thoughts and reactions over the past 13 years of living in Muslim countries that at times I wondered if Mrs. Kelley had been reading my journal! But the fact of the matter is that Mrs. Kelley herself has lived in several similar settings so she is writing from experience, and she does it superbly!
I seriously can’t think of a single thing I didn’t like about these books. What I loved most is how they moved my heart to prayer and action for my Muslim friends and neighbors and those I don’t know around the world. It’s easy to forget how God is moving, and these books reminded me and spurred me to join Him in His work in any way I can!
Another thing I really appreciated about these books is how the characters, both major and minor, grew so realistically. None of them had a perfectly linear upward or downward growth pattern; instead there were highs and lows, moments of awe-inspiring faith followed by sinfully ignoring the guidance of the Holy Spirit and then repentance and then more upward growth, then times of distraction and stagnation, etc. No one in the book ever “arrived” spiritually and no one seemed to be a completely lost cause as seems to happen in a lot of Christian fiction. Every single character was on their own journey, and I was so impressed with how the author portrayed each journey so masterfully! Mrs. Kelley was even realistic enough and brave enough to have some good and likeable characters fall away from the Lord and not come back. It hurt just like it does in real life and was again a reminder to pray for some specific people as well as unknown ones on similar paths.
One word of caution: these books deal with some intense topics like female circumcision and harsh persecution so I strongly advise parents to preview these before handing them to teens. Nonetheless, I highly recommend these books to men and women alike who want insight into how the Lord is working in the Muslim world and in the lives of Westerners who live there! It will help you pray more effectively and support those you know living in these countries, and it might just move you to step out and talk to your Muslim neighbor across the street or maybe even move your family around the world!
Any of these three terms, most people on earth are aware of one or more of them. Did you realize how difficult it is for Muslims who convert from their faith to embrace the salvation of Jesus Christ instead? If they are immediately killed by their family members in order to retain the families honor in their own country, then they are immediate sought after by those who now have labeled them as "infidels" by their own religious standards.
I have had the distinct pleasure to read all the novels by Jana Kelley, based on the true life events of three distinct women who now have to face the foundations of the Christian faith, even if it means being killed. From an American missionary wife and mother, Mia, to one Muslim sister, Halimah, on the run for her very life, and the other Rania, trying to keep her own faith from being discovered by her family, all the while trying to figure out how to get out of the rapidly approaching arranged marriage to a Muslim man. The stakes have never been higher as each of these women will have to face just how strong their Christian faith is while living in a Muslim population where there is no tolerance for those who are trying to convert others to the Christian beliefs.
From Side by Side and then to Door to Freedom, Mercy Triumphs is the third novel that has documented the lifestyles of each of these women. From Mia who longs for someone to share her faith with, while trying to share her own testimony with those around her, without subjecting her family to violence, jail or being killed. She and her family are awaiting the approval of their passports to return home for a short while but they remain in the hands of one man who believes that Islam is the only religion. Halimah is faced with working in Nairobi after flying from her family who wanted to kill her. She desperately misses them and loves them but knows she can never return. She must be discreet if she contacts her sister Rania, who has been hiding her own newly found faith in Jesus. Perhaps the greatest reminder of what Christians in other countries face is the opening verse, "Mercy triumphs over judgement." James 2:13. This is the central theme of this novel.
I received Mercy Triumphs by Jana Kelley compliments of New Hope Publishers and Litfuse Publicity. This is so eye opening to those of us that live in America where we still have the freedom to practice our own religious faiths and persecution for us, just might be harassment from co-workers, family or friends who don't agree with our own beliefs. This will not always be the case as we watch the slow erosion of our freedoms beginning to slip away without noticing it is happening. Meanwhile things like persecution of Christians in other countries remains a segment on the news if even they care to report it, but we know it is happening on a daily basis without anyone knowing it is happening. I have LOVED this entire series because it highlights just what it might mean to those who are willing to die for their beliefs might just be the ones we want to embrace the most, including those 12 disciples of Jesus Christ who while spreading God's messages to the world, suddenly found themselves being the first of those who would die for their faith in Jesus Christ. For me, I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars and hope others will find the message of hope, faith and mercy in this book.
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Earlier this year I read the first two books in the series, Side by Side and Door to Freedom - both of which were really eye-opening.Read more