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Behind the Veils of Yemen: How an American Woman Risked Her Life, Family, and Faith to Bring Jesus to Muslim Women by [Shelby, Audra Grace]
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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 black 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.
"This book is a must-read."--Avery Willis, executive director, International Orality Network; former vice president, Overseas Operations, International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention
"A compelling tale, skillfully told, of a young family embarking upon an extraordinary adventure with God."--Karen O'Dell Bullock, Ph.D., professor of Christian heritage, B. H. Carroll Theological Institute

About the Author

Audra Grace Shelby served nine years as a Southern Baptist missionary in the Middle East, alongside her husband and four children. The daughter of career missionaries, she speaks frequently at conferences and in churches across the United States, and she

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800795180
  • Publisher: Chosen Books (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LQR4WU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #360,858 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story starts with attending the conference that will hopefully send this family as christian missionaries to Yemen. But then audra`s husband suffers an almost fatal mystery illness. However the family arrive in Yemen and begin language study. Audra becomes a friend of her language helper and is invited to female gatherings. One of these is a wedding celebration where she quickly discovers you can wear almost anything under the modest apparel worn outside. During this time there is a riot in town and then the army is out in force. The family relocate after finishing language study but not before a bizarre illness strikes Audra`s daughter. Through this Audra learns to trust God even when she doesn`t understand. At the new home Audra is initially frustrated at not being able to really meet the local women. This is overcome because she chooses to wear her modest clothes on a visit to a village when other english speakers did not. They soon need help and this is promised in the form of a mission trip by a supporting american church. But then there is a suicide bombing and the trip is cancelled. Audra becomes pregnant with her forth child and flies back to america to have the baby but then heir are complications. Audra learns something of the heart of God through this time.
Read this book if you want to be culturally aware but also read it to hear how God works through us.
I have two minor complaints. First I would have liked to have heard some perspective from the male viewpoint even if just snippets. Second I want to know what happened next.
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My first thoughts were - why?? Why take your small children to live in Yemen? But the book answers all that and I found myself fascinated by the lifestyle they immerse themselves in.
Includes some sad parts - facts of life for that part of the world unfortunately, but well done to them for going there and sharing more than just their beliefs.

Well written and easy to read - recommended.
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I greatly enjoyed this insightful and easily read book about a missionary's experiences in Yemen. I found it to be extremely honest- too often missionary biographies and autobiographies and seem distant and removed- this book doesn't hide the very real trials of life in a country like Yemen but testifies to the grace of God over all. Highly recommended!
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Really easy to read, lots of detail about the culture and making decisions to move to Yemen. Great testimonies.

Would have appreciated more from the ending, but really enjoyed reading it.

Gets me excited for mission.
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Have just finished reading this book. It is a lovely, well written book which, once started, was hard to put down. It gives a good insight to how the women of Yemen live. I also liked the fact that the author has included lots of Arabic words & phrases.
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