By Jana Kelley
New Hope, 2017
Three women. Three impossible circumstances. One merciful God.
Mia, an American Christian, has lived in Sudan so long that persecution, harassment, and danger have become commonplace for her. Her tough outer shell threatens to harden her heart while her newly Christian friends, Halimah and Rania, former Muslims, are forced to live in exile outside Sudan. All three quickly discover that escaping danger in one place only means facing even greater challenges elsewhere. As God's mercy becomes evident in their lives, they must choose whether or not to offer mercy to those who don't deserve it.
Third in a trilogy, Mercy Triumphs opens the reader's eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, Mercy Triumphs reveals some of the struggles Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for new believers, those who are persecuted for their faith, and even for the salvation of the persecutors.
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Mercy Triumphs concludes an outstanding trilogy of stories set in the Muslim country of Sudan. Technically, it can stand alone – and if you only have time for one book, then read this one. However, reading the previous Side by Side and Door to Freedom would provide a better understanding and continuity to the series.
Mercy Triumphs is impressive, informative, and entertaining. It takes us to a geographical location that most of us have never experienced – and a culture that, however little or much we know about it, often raises fear. Any author can do diligent research and write a believable novel, but Ms. Kelley draws from her wealth of personal experience, and conveys a realness that makes this story come alive.
The story of Mia, Halimah and Rania is eye opening – especially if, like me, you might have grown a little comfortable in your faith. I was caught up in Mia’s life, who lived in a culture antagonistic to Christianity and wanted to follow Christ’s command to “go and tell” with the women she met. And if I initially felt that I had little in common with Halimah and Rania, I soon realized that we all share the same hopes, dreams, and love for family.
I found Mercy Triumphs so very inspiring in many ways, but the greatest personal impact has been the desire to pray daily and fervently for Muslim women around the world.
I was provided a free copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Author of the captivating novel Side by Side, Jana Kelley is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend East Texas Baptist University. She and her husband married a month after she graduated, and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. After 13 years living in Africa and the Middle East, Jana, her husband, and their three boys moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live.
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