November 15, 2012

Unexpected Christmas Hero: A Must Read Holiday Story

If you spend a few moments looking around my blog you’ll quickly discover that I am a huge fan of Kathi Macias’ books. She is an author who is using her writing gifts to craft stories about difficult subjects that educate and enlighten the readers. Every time I read something which Kathi has written I am challenged to change my thinking and or actions.

Her holiday book, for this year, focuses on homelessness. I did not realize until I began reading Unexpected Christmas Hero how little I really knew about this subject. For example, I was unaware of the fact that  about 25% of the homeless in America are families (one or two parent) with young children.

There was much that I learned from the story of Josie and her two children. Thrust into poverty suddenly through no real fault of their own they struggle to survive daily and do so only because of the goodwill and help of others. Along the way they meet Rick, a homeless Vietnam vet, who does a great deal to help them navigate the streets. He also becomes their unexpected Christmas hero. To say more would ruin your reading experience but I really was touched by this novel.

Unexpected Christmas Hero: Author Interview

I've been anxiously awaiting the release of Kathi Macias' holiday book Unexpected Christmas Hero. Of course, it did not fail to disappoint. As with all of Kathi's books I found myself carving out a place on the couch to read it from cover to cover. I will be posting my review in a separate post.

In the meantime I am delighted to feature an interview with the author which provides background information for the readers of this story as well an inside story regarding the cover of the book. You have the opportunity to possibly help a family be reunited. Don't miss the "story behind the story."

Here's more from Kathi:

September 18, 2012

The Deliverer-Review & Giveaway

As someone who is an avid reader of Kathi Macias' work, I've come to expect the unexpected from her books. That is one of the things that sets her apart as a Christian fiction writer. You can never be sure where her well weaved stories will take you. But you can be certain that before the tale is over, you will be challenged or changed in some way. And in no small measure.

This has been especially true of The Freedom Series which includes Deliver Me From Evil, Special Delivery, and The Deliverer.

The series exposes the atrocities of human trafficking which is a problem that has reached epidemic proportions in our own country as well as around the world. I'm embarrassed to admit that I prior to reading this series I thought of human slavery as more of a "third world" problem. How wrong I was. It is a growing problem America. (more information is available here)

September 17, 2012

The Deliverer: Interview With Kathi

Award-winning author Kathi Macias has recently penned and published The Deliverer which is the final book in the Freedom Series. I have personally found the entire series to be riveting and quite possibly some of the most life-changing fiction that I have ever read.

In short, I am a fan of Kathi's work. Not only is she a great writer. She is also an advocate and an educator.

Today, I have the honor of interviewing Kathi to learn more about the Freedom Series along with other projects and ministry activities which she is currently involved in. Tomorrow, I'll be sharing my review and also giving away a copy of the book. I hope that you'll come back and enter to win. You don't want to miss any of the books in this series.

April 16, 2012

Silent praise

"Silence is praise to you, Zion-dwelling God, and also obedience. You hear the prayer in it all." Psalm 65:1-2 The Message

I come from a "church background" where typically noise is denoted with praise. The louder we sing, the more we clap, the larger the crescendo of the instruments the more passionate our praise. And, might I add, the more measurably meaningful our worship.

At least, that is what I was taught.

But just because someone says it, doesn't mean it is so. Which is why when I recently stumbled on this verse during my daily Bible reading it provoked some thought. I've read plenty of verses that associate noise with worship.

Yet, to God, even SILENCE is praise.

I can't help but wonder if sometimes our silence before God is more sincere and heartfelt than all of the noise we make in an attempt to praise Him.

Sometimes it is the only response we can muster when we are truly in awe of Him.

Has there ever been a time when you've praised God with silence?

April 3, 2012

Grasshopper Syndrome

As a person who struggles with chronic illness occasionally I have dealt with something I refer to as "Grasshopper Syndrome." Many have suffered from this ailment along life’s road. Perhaps you've heard of it.

The Old Testament gives a powerful example in Numbers 13: 30-33. Spies had been sent out to explore the land of Canaan and bring back a report. When they returned and reported what they had seen the children of Israel exhibited symptoms of this "dis-ease."

March 29, 2012

Special Delivery: Review & Giveaway

Deliver Me from Evil, the first book in Kathi Macias' Freedom Series, which exposes the horrors of human trafficking, left me anxiously awaiting the arrival of Special Delivery.

This second book is the continuing story of Mara, a young woman once enslaved in a human trafficking ring, and Jonathan the pizza boy turned Bible college student who aided in her rescue. Their relationship, which is strained at best, gives insight into the deep emotional trauma experienced by someone who has been victimized so severely. I'm now anxious for the final book in the series, The Deliverer, to see how things progress.

I am thankful that the beginning of Special Delivery was a refresher of sorts because it had been awhile since I read Deliver Me from Evil. Within minutes of picking it up, I was completely engrossed. So much so, that I read it from cover to cover. I found it impossible to put down with the character's lives hanging in the balance. For me the book was riveting. Just as it is with a really good movie, by the time I'd finished the book, I was emotionally spent. This is something that I've rarely experienced from a fictional work.

It was all-too-real.

March 18, 2012

Special Delivery: Author Interview

Today I have the privilege of interviewing one of my favorite Christian fiction authors, Kathi Macias. What an honor it is to get inside of the heart and mind of this very bright and gifted writer.

Over the past year I've read at least a half dozen of her books. Each one has educated and challenged me as a Christian. I would venture to say that there is no writer in the world of Christian fiction who has impacted my life in the way that Kathi has. I'm grateful for the gift that God has given her and the ways in which He is using her to shed light on very critical issues in our society.

I recently read Special Delivery. It was impossible to put down, as in I read it from cover to cover. I was compelled to know what was going to happen next. I will post my review separately but let me simply say that it is impossible to adequately describe the impact that both of the books in the Freedom Series have had on my life. I can hardly wait for book #3.
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