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by Audra Grace Shelby

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Asia, Yemen, Non-fiction
  MichelleHH | Aug 10, 2015 |
NCLA Review: The fact that millions have not yet heard the Christian message seems unreal to most North American Christians. Thankfully, missionaries still take the gospel to unreached people and link us to those worlds. In the post-9/11 years, Audra Shelby, husband Kevin, and three small children spent nine years as missionaries in Yemen. We see their experiences through feminine eyes. Her woman-to-woman interaction with her neighbors shows the marked contrast between life as a Christian and as a Muslim. Though her new friends were hospitable, Audra sensed disapproval when she was identified as a Christian. The book reveals the sacrificial and totally human life of her family, its medical crises, frustration, and discouragement, as well as the delights Yemen and its people offered. Her engrossing tale vividly reminds us that 2,000 plus years after Jesus told his parable, fields are still ripe for harvest and the laborers are far too few. God is still “hiring.” Rating: 4 —DKW ( )
  ncla | Jul 31, 2012 |
Behind the Veils of Yemen by Audra Grace Shelby is an amazing look at the life of women in Yemen. In this book, Audra shares the journey her family takes from becoming missionaries through their time in Yemen. There are two things that really stood out to me in this book. First, God is always faithful and still works in many miraculous ways. Second, the life of Muslim women in Yemen is not what I expected. What many would consider degrading or abusive, they see as a way of life and honoring to God. I found it interesting that when the woman gather together and the veils come off, they are not drastically different than Western women. They share in each others lives. They discuss struggles and celebrate joyous events. They do everything they can to honor God and not bring shame to their families. However, their view of God is heartbreaking. Their god is not a loving god, but a vengeful god who is very impersonal. They fail to even get proper medical care at times because if it is God’s will they believe they will get well on their own. This book drove me to pray for God to remove the blindness these women have towards the true God. It also led me to give thanks for those going to foreign lands to bring the true God and the Gospel to those who need to hear. This book was both encouraging and heart breaking. This would be a book I recommend for anyone to read. ( )
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An Insider's Compelling View of Life in a Muslim Country

When Audra Grace Shelby and her husband felt God calling them to minister in the Middle East, she was fearful--how would she raise her children in the heart of conservative Islam?

Armed with prayers and a faith that always seemed too small, the family made the move to Yemen, enduring deadly illness, uncertainty, and the unnerving experience of being Christians in an Islamic culture.

Yet God was at work, and Audra was invited to see what few Christian women have seen: behind the veils of Muslim women. Here she shares about the friendships she forged, about the opportunities to minister when her new friends' hopes shriveled and their own religion faltered--and how the grace of God touched lives in the midst of an enemy stronghold. With humor, passion, and honesty, she shows readers glimpses of life deep in the heart of Islam and the yearning heart of our loving God.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:28 -0400)

Compelling memoir of an American woman and her family moving to Yemen, learning to live in the Islamic culture, and offering hope to Muslim women.

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