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Freedom's Stand

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  139 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Jamil renounced a life of jihad when he encountered the life-changing message of Jesus Christ, but villagers and authorities in the hills of Afghanistan respond with skepticism . . . and even violence. Relief worker Amy Mallory is shocked by the changes in her organization--changes with dire implications for the women and children under her care. And concern for her former ...more
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Published May 18th 2011 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Sheri Salatin
Aug 09, 2011 Sheri Salatin rated it it was amazing
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The characters in this so book are so real, I feel as though I’ve made a friend. The story follows four lives – Amy, Steve, Jamil and Farah. Each one with a different viewpoint of life and each one tugging on your heart.

Amy Mallory, American relief worker, has a heart for Afghanistan and in particular the women of that country. She longs to see the women set free from their subservient obedience to the men over them and for them to live knowing the love of Isa Masih (Jesus Christ).

Jamil’s heart
Christine Lindsay
Jun 06, 2011 Christine Lindsay rated it it was amazing
There are books that are entertaining, and others that are important. And then there are books that are wonderfully both. It is no wonder that Freedom’s Stand by Jeanette Windle has just been nominated for the Golden Scroll Award. I wish I could rate this book highter than a 5.
Freedom’s Stand is sequel to Veiled Freedom where we catch up with American relief worker, Amy Mallory, and Steve Wilson, former US soldier now private security contractor in modern-day Afghanistan. Both Amy and Steve are
I was going to give this book a lower rating because I finished Freedom’s Stand not knowing that it was the sequel to another book, Veiled Freedom. I wish I would have known it was a sequel because I had such a hard time getting into this book. It felt like the author expected me to already know characters and referenced or hinted at events that I was completely unaware of. That irritated me while reading it, but now, at the end, knowing there was a whole book before this I no longer hold that a ...more
Dina Sleiman
Aug 18, 2014 Dina Sleiman rated it it was amazing
An amazing journey through Afghanistan. Highly recommended, especially if you want to better understand the politics, religion, and culture of this area.
The first book in the series (Veiled Freedom) captured my interest and intrigued me--as a romance, an exploration of faith and service, and a revelation of the cultural and political situation in Afghanistan. I fell in love with all the main characters and had to keep reading to find out what happened to them. I can't remember a time that I stayed up half the night reading to finish a book, then immediately bought the sequel and read it the rest of the night. The first book had a satisfying endi ...more
Jun 04, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
After the Taliban’s defeat in Afghanistan, the country struggles to find a new leader and a new government. Corruption and religious intolerance plague the nation’s leaders. Caught in the middle are three followers of Isa Masih, Jesus Christ: Jamil, a healer, who has found Jesus after a life of jihad; Amy, a US woman who is called to minister to women and children in Afghanistan; and Steve, a Special Forces agent. Will they find love and freedom in the middle of a political and religious battle? ...more
Dec 06, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
A novel about the plight of women and children in Afganistan and of the conditions to which they are subjected and religious persecution. From working as carpet weavers, illiteracy to young girls being given to men as wives that are not of the girls choosing. Encompasses the lives of Amy Mallory from New Hope Foundation (a safe haven for women and children), Jamil a healer, Farah a girl who is looking for more in life and other prominant characters. This book does tear at the heart and will make ...more
Autumn Blues Reviews
Jul 05, 2011 Autumn Blues Reviews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Shockingly compelling, Windle's words are prophetic proof of the rampant evil in the Islamic society.

I found myself constantly forgetting this novel is fiction as I traveled through Afghanistan with Amy, Steve and Jamil. These characters seem so realistic as you take in their daily struggles for a cause so dear a reoccurring theme to this very day in real life Afghanistan. In the U.S. we take for granted the freedom to worship freely and to share our thoughts and belief's with others, especially
Jul 24, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
Author: J. M. Windle
Publisher: Tyndale
June 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4143-1476-1
Genre: contemporary

Find something to believe in . . .

Jamil renounced a life of jihad when he encountered the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. But his new mission as an itinerant health worker in the hills of Afghanistan is met with skepticism and even violence.

Returning to Kabul, relief worker Amy Mallory is shocked by the changes in her organization—changes with dire implications for the women and
Ruth Hill
Jul 04, 2011 Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing
Okay, I'll be honest. I was not excited at all about reading this book at first. Modern novels like this don't usually grab my attention. Well, I will say the author did a fantastic job of drawing me in from the very beginning. I wanted to read the book and find out what happened to the girl at the start of the story.

Unfortunately, the author lost me again as the next chapters came about. It became a chore to wade through all the characters and the story and try to fill in the missing pieces. I
Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it it was amazing
It took me a really long time to finally sit down and finish this book - but despite its length and complexities it eventually drew me in and brought me to tears as events unfolded. Detailed, imaginative, painfully authentic, and ultimately inspiring, Freedom's Stand is a book worth wrestling through and stepping outside of one's genre comfort zone if necessary in order to read it.

Without having read Veiled Freedom and being sadly remiss in keeping up with global news, this sequel can be a bit
May 31, 2011 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Can the Afghan People Ever Know True Freedom?

Aid worker Amy Mallory returns from a trip stateside to find overwhelming and seemingly negative changes to the New Hope Compound. The rescued women have been put to work doing the backbreaking job of carpet-making, the area she secured to give them more living space has been turned into a business, and most troubling to Amy, several of the women have been married off to strangers.

Jamil has found peace traveling the countryside, using his medical skil
I would say this book was ripped from the headlines, only its not. The press rarely covers the emotionally laden issues of religious freedom and womens rights that Jeannette Windle exposes so well. Freedoms Stand is powerful! I loved the multiple points of view, each logical within its own system, that characterized Veiled Freedom. The ending left me longing to know what would become of the would-be suicide bomber. In Freedoms Stand we follow him as he takes his healing skills and infant faith i ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Dianna rated it it was amazing
Relief worker Amy Mallory returns to Kabul, Afghanistan after vacationing in Miami. When she arrives at the foundation expecting everything to be as she had left it she is Shocked to find so many changes made, and without her approval. She finds that her New Hope organization, a refugee for women and children, has been turned into a workplace.

Jamil is happy to be free and to be able to teach of the ways and love of Jesus Christ. But spreading the message proves harder than he thought it would be
May 19, 2011 Renee rated it it was amazing
What do a former suicide bomber, a relief worker, and a special forces veteran have in common? They’re all trying to live out the call of Isa Masih in the war-torn land of Afghanistan. Not familiar with Isa Masih? You probably know Him by another name: Jesus the Messiah.

Jamil, Amy Mallory, and Steve Wilson are characters from Jeanette Windle’s novel Freedom’s Stand. In one way or another, these characters pay a high price for following Isa Masih. Though their story is a work of fiction, the live
Jun 14, 2011 Rel rated it it was amazing
Eager doesn't begin to describe my feelings waiting for Jeanette Windle's Freedom's Stand to release. The sequel to the excellent Veiled Freedom, picks up the lives of Jamil, Amy and Steve three weeks later, time enough for many things to have changed in their lives and in Afghanistan. Unflinchingly honest in her portrayal of political corruption and human rights abuses, the dilemmas and compromises faced by aid agencies and the positive and negative elements of Western intervention, Jeanette sh ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it
Just ordered this book from CBD. Can't wait to read it! Have heard great reviews.

At long last -- I begin to read with great anticipation.

Finished this a couple of weeks ago. Wonderful. The thing that stands out in my mind as far as the culture goes, is getting inside the mindset of what it feels like to be a 'burqa' rather than an individual female. Also how very young the girls are married by arrangement between men. They have no say, and many no opportunity for education. There world is confin
Celena Janton
Jan 01, 2015 Celena Janton rated it really liked it
This book was very interesting, especially considering current events in the Middle East. Though it's fiction, it definitely gives the reader a better understanding of what's really going on over there. This it the first book I've read by this author. The story was interesting, I liked the characters, and I definitely recommend this book!
Alison Ross
Nov 20, 2014 Alison Ross rated it liked it
Part of me wanted to rate this a 4 or 5, and part of it a 2. Though it was a good and well written story, I found it verged on religious (Christian) propaganda. Afghanistan does not need another religion to "save" it. Also, I believe many people have been oppressed in the name of Christianity, right in our own part of the world.
Aug 14, 2015 Quin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Freedom's Stand by Jeanette Windle is one of the most though-provoking stories that I've read in a long time. It was so eye-opening in the way that it revealed the plight of women and children in present-day Afghanistan. I highly recommend this book.
Mar 02, 2013 Marlo rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book, but I walked away just liking it. I've read several books about the Middle East, especially Afghanistan, that have grabbed me and made me read until the end, but this book wasn't one of them. The first several chapters were a bit confusing and just difficult to get into. It really wasn't until I was halfway into the book that I began to care what happened to the characters. Even then, it wasn't as compelling as I wished. However, I appreciated the Christian perspectiv ...more
Daralyn Hollenbeck
Aug 19, 2014 Daralyn Hollenbeck marked it as to-read
Sequel after 'Veiled Freedom'
Leigh Ann
Jan 21, 2014 Leigh Ann rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book much more than the first one. Even though the first one dragged it had all the history, this one took off and had some interesting situations as this lady lived out her life in Afghanistan. Read this one much quicker.
Sep 08, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it
Jamil is an Afghani who convert to the Christianity. Needless to say , this poses many difficulties in his life. He is imprisioned for his beliefs.Amy is a relief worker who works for women's rights. Steve is a special forces veteran. All three lives intertwine in a search for freedom and love.

Windle is a good author. Her style is easy. I do wish though there was a glossary of sorts to explain Afghani words.
May 23, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
This was more riveting than the first book....It lets you see the personal horror of young women and prisoners in Afghanistan by putting you in their point of view. It is certainly not a free country, and we should be thankful for our own liberties as well as touched by the plight of these people. There was a little more romance in this than the last, but still not much.
Mike Brand
Apr 23, 2012 Mike Brand rated it it was amazing
Wonderful in its handling of the trials Afghans face since being "freed". Jeanette brings out powerfully the challenges facing the common people and the most weak in their society, along with our own complicity in seeking only what is best for our country. Yet, I love how she brings out the fact that there is hope - when the hearts of people are changed.
May 12, 2013 Christine rated it it was amazing
In short: I LOVED this book! I was already impressed with this book's predecessor, "Veiled Freedom", but this was even better than the first. In time, I plan to write a longer review (for this one and the first book) but for now I will say that it is well worth the read :)
Aug 02, 2011 Cheri rated it really liked it
I love this author and this one is set in Afghanistan. The author's parents were missionaries and her books always put how to find the love of God no matter what circumstances you might be in.
Aug 18, 2012 Angela rated it liked it
Good book-great message. However, I do not agree with the reviews on the back that claim Freedom's Stand is the next Kite Runner-not even close!
Jen Barker
Dec 27, 2012 Jen Barker rated it really liked it
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Fascinating but heartbreaking look at life in Afghanistan.
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As the child of missionary parents, award-winning author and journalist Jeanette Windle grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. Her detailed research and writing is so realistic that it has prompted government agencies to question her to determine if she has received classified information. Curently based in Lancaster, PA, Jeanette has lived in s ...more
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