Arana’s latest novel delves into the conflict within the Muslim community between those who stay true to their religion and those who convert to Christianity. Powerfully written, this is a story about what it means to live a life worthy of God’s calling and about what love, faith and forgiveness can lead to.

When a single bullet ends the life of her student and friend, Sabirah, Austia Donatelli knows that Sabirah’s conversion to Christianity put a target on her head within her Muslim family. Ministering to the women in the local Muslim community under the guise of running an English as a Second Language program is risky for Austia and could cost her her life. As danger begins to intensify around her, Austia is faced with a decision: Will she stay true to her faith and mission at the risk of her life? (DAVID C. COOK, Aug., 389 pp, $14.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melanie E. Bates