Behind the Veils of Yemen: How an American Woman Risked Her Life, Family, and Faith to Bring Jesu by Audra Grace ShelbyBehind the Veils of Yemen: How an American Woman Risked Her Life, Family, and Faith to Bring Jesu by Audra Grace Shelby

Behind the Veils of Yemen: How an American Woman Risked Her Life, Family, and Faith to Bring Jesu

byAudra Grace Shelby

Paperback | June 1, 2012

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An Insider's Compelling View of Life in a Muslim Country

When Audra Grace Shelby and her husband felt God calling them to minister in the Middle East, she was fearful--how would she raise her children in the heart of conservative Islam?

Armed with prayers and a faith that always seemed too small, the family made the move to Yemen, enduring deadly illness, uncertainty, and the unnerving experience of being Christians in an Islamic culture.

Yet God was at work, and Audra was invited to see what few Christian women have seen: behind the veils of Muslim women. Here she shares about the friendships she forged, about the opportunities to minister when her new friends' hopes shriveled and their own religion faltered--and how the grace of God touched lives in the midst of an enemy stronghold. With humor, passion, and honesty, she shows readers glimpses of life deep in the heart of Islam and the yearning heart of our loving God.
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 has been on local and national radio talk shows and broadcasts. Audra and her husb...
Title:Behind the Veils of Yemen: How an American Woman Risked Her Life, Family, and Faith to Bring JesuFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.27 inPublished:June 1, 2012Publisher:Baker PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Excellent but short I was disappointed that it finished so quickly, I felt that there was more to the story. I suppose that's what happens when you have an excellent book.
Date published: 2015-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yemen is Still Behind the Veil I recently read Audra Shelby's Behind the Veils of Yemen. My goal in reading the book was to learn about the lifestyle of Moslem women in Yemen. I wanted to get a feel for the culture and country. And since I was under the impression it is illegal to go to Yemen for the stated purpose of evangelising the populace, I was curious to find out on what pretext the Shelby's were entering the country. I did not learn overly much about the people of Yemen, men or women. I also did not come away with a feel for the culture or country. I have no more sense now than before about Yemen's geography, or demography, economy or government. I have been under the impression that Yemen was one of those very rich little countries where oil is the basis for strong economy. I knew from the news that some of Yemen's people were trying to bring in a more democratic government, but I wanted to know why their wealth, religion, and form of government were not enough to keep the people satisfied. The book did not answer any of my questions, even the one about what the Shelby's were supposed to be doing in the country other than being missionaries on language learning assignment. The book had several major themes, such as overcoming health difficulties to get to the field, continuing to overcome health problems while learning the language, and overcoming emotional/spiritual battles concerning the strength of Audra's Christian faith when compared to the strength of her Moslem friend's faith. Since I was once a member of Audra's religious group, I understand her pain. Once I learned that I was living in a very narrow interpretation of God's Word, the Bible, and that many other intelligent and reliable Christian people held other views, I began to question why it would be that I in my little group would have all the correct answers and everyone else in the world was wrong. I decided to allow for other people being right sometimes and that all were entitled to their opinions and interpretations the same as I was entitled to mine. The truth is that had I been born in Yemen of Yemenese parents who were Moslem and who reared me as a Moslem, I would be Moslem. I would not have somehow just known about God from a western fundamentalist Christian point of view. Children begin their lives soaking in the culture they are raised in. Of course their faith will be strong in the only way they have learned. Christianity and Islam have many similarities in that they both believe they are the only right way and that their God expects them to convert the rest of the world to their belief system. This belief is going to lead to conflict. Unless we come to an agreement to live in peace in spite of our faith difference, there is going to be war. There is no easy answer to this dilemma. My solution is this. Both Christianity and Islam have many principles and instructions calling for us to love our fellow humans. Both faiths call for moral and kind living. If we would agree to put the stress of our teaching on the principles of living our faith with such enthusiasm and energy that our lives would show forth the praise of God's glory, there would be no need to seek to convert either Moslem or Christian. We would soon be seen to be serving the same God. There is a line in Steel Magnolias where Dolly Parton says to Daryl Hanna, "God don't care which church you go to as long as you show up." Ms. Hanna has been in a terrific flap to get to her own church to take a casserole for a bereaved family. But the truth is, Ms Hanna can take the casserole to the family without the church. She can take it just because she is a caring human being. Sitting in a particular church is not as important as how you live Monday to Saturday. Audra's struggles with learning the language, overcoming health problems, over coming spiritual questions turn out to be the substance of the story, which of course did not meet what I wanted to learn about. However, Behind the Veils of Yemen is a compelling read. The book is reasonably well written and edited and has a personal quality. The book is worth reading, but not as a book to learn a lot about Yemen. "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
Date published: 2011-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moving and Challenging I was definitely intrigued by the opportunity to read Behind the Veils of Yemen by Audra Grace Shelby, as I have heard very little about the lives of Muslim women, especially of those living in the Middle East. This book really opened by eyes to the struggles that these women face as a result of their culture, their religion, their environment and the economic situation. It was difficult to read about their trials, their pain, and their acceptance of the oppression they suffer as normative. I felt my emotions pulled at over and over again at the stories shared. Shelby’s writing style was easy and enjoyable to read, feeling more like a beautiful descriptive tale than a factual autobiography, though the realness of the stories make it obvious that it’s no fiction creation. I’m not sure what Shelby’s goal was in writing this book, but if she desired to awaken awareness and a burden to pray for these women, then she definitely succeeded. The fact that she also only tells of the first three years out of nine that her family spent in missionary service in the Middle East, leaves you wanting to know more and to find out about the fate of these women she ministered to. Yet she may not even have that answer to share, as many times she had to trust the Lord to water and bring to maturity the simple seeds she sowed in their hearts. I would absolutely recommend this book as an excellent read, for the person who already has a burden for the mission field, yet perhaps more for the person who is still searching for God’s heart for the lost people of the world. I found that my own heart cried out along with Shelby’s and I was challenged and inspired by the revelations that God gave to her in her own journey.
Date published: 2011-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awaken your faith. Read this book! I will be the first to admit that I prefer a good fiction novel to a non-fiction book. But something about Behind the Veils of Yemen called to me to choose it first from the stack of books sitting on my desk waiting to be read. I am so glad I picked it up, as the author's heart-felt, grace-filled writing captured me from the first page. Shelby's book is unbelievably moving, a very well-written account of a true story that has the potential to change lives. I got so wrapped up in the story that I read it in one sitting! What I appreciated most about this book is that the author does not attempt to hide behind religious platitudes, doesn't attempt to pretend to be the "perfect" Christian who is untouched by earthly worries. Instead, her writing is honest and raw, and reveals the depth of the emotions of her heart, her struggles to believe in moments of crisis but also the triumph of God's grace and the power of the name of Jesus. The truth contained in the pages of this book will need time to mull over, to think about what God is trying to reveal to us personally through it's message. And it would be impossible to read this book without coming away with a new appreciation for those living in Muslim countries, people like you and I, people desperate to know that God loves them and that his love is not dependent on their own actions. I love what the author writes near the beginning of her book, where she states about God that "He had chosen me not because of who I was, but because of who He is". Now, there is a God worth serving, a God who loves us just the way we are, but who doesn't leave us there either, a God who chooses to use us to change the world, even when we don't deserve that honor. Thank-you Jesus! I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars. If you don't plan on reading anything else this year, please do read this book! Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Date published: 2011-10-07