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Litfuse Book Review: “Side by Side” by Jana Kelley


“Side by Side” by Jana Kelley


Review copy source: Litfuse

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


About the book:
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 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.

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My thoughts:

I was very impressed by this book. I love missionary fiction type books, but I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one – it was all excellent though! So deep and inspiring, and heart-tugging all at the same time.

Jana Kelley writes beautifully, talentedly, and very realistically. As the cover says: “inspired by real-life events” – Mrs. Kelley shares about the truths of it all. Life, especially as a follower of Christ, is hard in Sudan – in many places really. This book gives a real-life glimpse into such trials. But oh how encouraging it is! Real people really living for the Real Jesus.

I loved all the characters. The struggles Mia (the American) faced were very realistic. Getting to see even a tiny glimpse into the life and customs of those in Sudan was interesting.  And seeing the sacrifices one of the main characters made for Jesus was so inspiring and awing.

To be honest, this book is a hard one to review, but only because it was so good and so full. It’s one of those books. I highly recommend it to others. =)

I really loved “Side by Side”, and it really impacted me. I know it won’t be one I will soon forget!


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.

Find Jana online:website, Facebook, Twitter

I recieved a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers through Litfuse in exchange for my honest review which I have given.


I am a peculiar treasure who is passionately in love with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I love writing, reading, knife/tomahawk-throwing, and letter-writing, among other things. :)

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