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Review: Behind the Veils of Yemen by Audra Grace Shelby


When Audra’s husband Kevin felt called to spread the gospel in Yemen, his wife doubted.  How could she move to a dangerously anti-Christian country, live there as a Christian woman, and take her young children there?  How could she, impulsive and opinionated, be missionary material? 

But she learned some important lessons from God: 

  • “He had chosen me not because of who I was but because of who He is.”  
  • “…not only did God love my children more than I did, He also had created them for His purposes, not for mine.”

And she accepted the calling. 

Beginning with a freak medical emergency, God led Audra every step of the way as she learned to connect with the women of Yemen.  First there was Fatima, the young language instructor, who showed Audra a woman’s life in Yemen.  Then there were Fatima’s many friends and relations, and later so many others.  

While being a devoted wife and mother to her own family (and that, too, ministered to the Muslim women, who believed all American women cheated on their husbands and disliked their children—an obvious Hollywood influence), Audra also reached out.  She dressed like the Muslim women; visited, celebrated, and mourned with them; traveled with them; and shared the love of Jesus with them, especially when their own religion failed them.

In this gripping book, we see how God protected Audra and her family through medical, political, and spiritual crises, how He worked in the hearts of the people of Yemen, and how we can help.  When the women of Yemen opened their lives to Audra, they also opened their fascinating world, full of emptiness, to us.   May God bless this book and the mission work that Audra’s family and others have done.  May He bring hope and meaning to many, also to those living behind the veils of Yemen.

I encourage you to read the first chapter of Behind the Veils of Yemen.   The book is available from Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 This is my 37th book in the 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge.

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