Behind the Veils of Yemen
Audra Grace Shelby
Answering God’s call to become missionaries in Yemen meant that Kevin and Audra would pack up their entire family and immerse themselves in a new culture halfway around the world. This move also meant planting her family in a country entrenched in conservation Islam, a religion that had no respect for the Shelby family’s own Christian values and beliefs. While Audra thought that she was ready and that she knew what to expect, she encountered things beyond her wildest imagination, both good and bad.
Beyond the Veils of Yemen chronicles Audra Shelby’s experiences in Yemen; it tells the story of how one woman full of doubt and fear learned to rely on God and trust in Him. Audra beautifully tells the story of how she forged friendships with Yemeni women, discusses what they are like behind closed doors when they shed their veils and shares her heart for the Yemeni people. Story after story in this books shows how her family relied on and trusted in God and how He provided for them and met their needs. This story is written so honestly and passionately, the reader can really feel Audra’s heart and soul poured into it.
I enjoyed getting a glimpse into the life Yemeni women; learning about some of their customs and culture was fascinating. Shelby never came across as demeaning or harsh in her telling of these things. I was amazed at how boldly she shared her faith at times, taking their circumstances and sharing how her belief in God gives her hope and joy. Though she may not have felt like she could see the fruits of her effort at the time Audra Grace Shelby has planted seeds in many lives.
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