Thursday, October 27, 2011

Book review: Behind the Veils of Yemen

Back about a decade ago, I spent a year working as a missionary in Eastern Europe.  And I thought that I faced challenges in my time overseas, but when I finished reading a new book called Behind the Veils of Yemen, I realized just how minor my "problems" really were! Behind the Veils of Yemen is such a fascinating book- here's a bit about it, from the publisher's website:

With only prayer and a faith that always seemed too small, Audra Grace Shelby departed with her husband and children on a one-way flight to Yemen...deep into the heart of conservative Islam.
With honesty and passion, she shares her harrowing journey as a Christian woman thrust into a culture dangerously different from her own. From the friendships she forged, to her gnawing doubt and fear, to her offers of hope when her new friends' religion failed them, she gives us glimpses of a world most have never seen: behind the veils of real Muslim women--and how the grace of God touches lives in the midst of an Islamic stronghold.
I really enjoyed this book immensely.  The author does such a great job of describing the people that she met and got to know.  It is a fascinating and enlightening glimpse into a world so different from our own. I also really appreciate the author's honesty about her struggles with faith and the challenges that she faced, as well as her honesty about how God spoke to her and strengthened her in the toughest of times.  I can't recommend this book highly enough- and I really hope the author writes another and shares more stories about her time working in the Middle East.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Chosen Books to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.