I recently received Behind the Veils of Yemen by Audra Grace Shelby in the mail to review for Bethany House publishers. I was anxious to read about the women of Yemen who live their public lives dressed in a shroud. It didn't take me long to read this book from cover to cover as the author engages the reader as if you are chatting with her over coffee. Audra's story begins in the United States where her family is boarding the plane for Yemen to leave everyone else behind.
I thought back to the predawn fight we had boarded in Texas the day before. I had not realized how hard it would be to tell our families good-bye. Our pain in leaving had doubled when we saw their pain in letting us go. -Audra Shelby
She goes onto tell of near death experiences for one of her family members before reaching the mission field. She would learn throughout her experience in Yemen and the US that God would be enough for all they would go through. Audra and her husband followed God taking with them their two-year old son, five year old son, and seven year old daughter. As I read I was reminded of Matthew 10:37
The person who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; the person who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of me. I had refused to accept that not only did God love my children more than I did, He also had created them for His purposes, not mine. Audra Shelby
This book was very educational as the author takes the reader along with her through language study, the culture of Yemen and the intimate lives of Muslim women. I found it especially eye opening that the women only veil themselves in public with some of them dressing like westerners underneath. They also always cover their hair without exception around any man that is not their husband. I would encourage you to read this book to understand the dress, language, religion and culture of Muslims. It was a fast read and I was encouraged by this devout woman who followed God to one of the most dangerous places in the world. Audra Shelby found and recounts in this book, how the "grace of God touches the lives in the midst of an Islamic stronghold." A must read. I received this book free from Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.