Monday, February 6, 2012

Behind The Veils of Yemen | Audra Grace Shelby | Book Review

Audra Grace Shelby
238 pages

{ About This Book }

Women began to arrive in the entry hall, peeling away their black outer coverings. I watched in amazement as shimmering bodies emerged from the black shrouds. One woman sparkled in a purple silk caftan, her arms gleaming with gold jewelry. I smiled to myself. If people only knew what was under those veils. I looked at their faces, artfully painted with makeup, not at all how they appeared in public: dark eyes in narrow slits. They were like the beauties of Arab folklore. I was awed by the transformation.
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.

~ from the book cover

{ About The Author }

Audra Grace Shelby served nine years as a missionary in the Middle East alongside her husband and four children. They remain actively involved in reaching the unreached people in the Middle East and around the world.

{ My Thoughts }

I am usually happy to read a book like this once, then hand if off to someone else. This book? It's staying in my personal library. Audra tells her story in a compelling fashion that leaves you feeling like you were there with her when she visited the tribal women in their remote village, your heart aching with hers as the six month old motherless baby of an adulterous relationship is left to cry alone in the dirt because she wet her hammock, and is considered bad luck. You feel her fear as she waits in agony for doctors to save her child when she falls ill, and you experience her joy as the Muslim women in her neighborhood begin to open their homes and hearts to her. This book is a fascinating look into the hearts and lives of the Yemenese, and into the mystery shrouded world of Muslim women.

{ Buy This Book }

Want to read this incredible story for yourself? You can purchase this book for $11.20 here.

{ Disclaimer }

I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of providing an honest review. All opinions are my own. This post is in compliance with FTC regulations.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a fantastic book! I'm putting it on my "must read" list!


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