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Side by Side

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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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“Side by Side is a beautifully told story that shares not only a glimpse into the reality of many Muslims who come to Christ (especially in Muslim nations), but the passion and struggles of those who follow God’s call to foreign countries. Set in the amazing, yet difficult landscape that is Sudan, it also provides readers with an opportunity to meet the people and experience the culture that few have been blessed to know firsthand. Compelling and fast moving, I couldn’t help devouring it in a day! I look forward to reading it again and again as well as share it others!”
– Jami Belewevent coordinator, Women of Faith

“Side by Side by Jana Kelley is an insightful and encouraging look at the lives of Christians living and working overseas and how God can use them to carry out His purposes among the people there. I was captivated!
Elaine Meador, wife of executive advisor to the president, International Mission Board

Jana’s novel gives insight into just how difficult it is for anyone who forms part of the majority religion of a country like Sudan to journey in finding Jesus. Yet, that miracle does happen! The book has a wonderful line of tension to keep the reader fascinated right to the end. A well-worth read. Highly recommended!
Norman Johnson, Sudan Support Network, South Africa