Behind the Veils of Yemen by Audra Grace Shelby
About this book
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.
I always enjoy missionary stories, so I wanted to read this one. Audra Shelby packed her family up and left for Yemen to minister to the people, no knowing what would happen, nor how they would survive. Nothing. But she did really have something and that is a love and passion for the Yemen people. I can’t imagine the fears a mom would face bringing her children in the danger situations that they would face.
Audra Grace Shelby doesn’t sugar coat their experiences as they ministered to these people. Their family struggled, Audra struggled just as the rest of us do. Audra shows herself as being real, and facing the real issues of life. She is honest about their journey, the fears as they we introduced to the Muslims, their culture, women, just their entire lifestyles.
I have a lot of respect for this author in the way she just left her home, and trusted God for her future. Things were not always great, in fact there were many struggles along the way, but they faced them, no matter how difficult they were. I am glad to have the chance to see a world I wouldn’t have seen had I not read this book. And as we saw in this story, God’s grace is always with us, He can and will reach out and touch the lives of those around us, even in Muslim situations.
This is a great read and I would be good for anyone to read really. So go purchase your copy and read the story for yourself.
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 has been on local and national radio talk shows and broadcasts. Audra and her husband remain actively involved in reaching unreached people in the Middle East and around the world through ministries such as Faith Comes By Hearing.