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.

As with all of Kathi’s books Unexpected Christmas Hero had me from the first page. I spent an entire day reading it to see what the outcome would be for each of the characters. The story left me counting my blessings. It also challenged me to consider what I might do to help the many people who are less fortunate than me...especially during this season.

That is the reason that I love this author’s work. It makes the reader realize that there is something that they can do to help others in "seemingly" hopeless situations. It is often something that would be thought of as insignificant or small. We all can play a part in making a difference. The author always conveys within the story the very necessary reminder that no situation is hopeless with God. He is able to do miracles in the most difficult circumstances…and use people to be His hands and feet.

I highly recommend that you begin your holiday season by reading Unexpected Christmas Hero and then pass it along to friends. It will put things into proper perspective while bringing hope. I also recommend that you search out other books by this author. Each one of them has been life-changing for me. I believe that they will be for you as well.

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the prestigious 2008 member of the year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) at the annual Golden Scrolls award banquet. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al.

To catch the "story behind the story" check out my interview with Kathi here. You'll find all of her contact information and the ways you can connect with her via social media within the interview.


Kathi Macias said...

Thank you so much for the great review, my friend. Blessings to you and your readers/followers!

Melinda Lancaster said...

You are welcome. Thanks for another great read!

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Margaret Feinberg said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Melinda. I will keep this is mind. 

melindalancaster said...

You're welcome. All of Kathi's books rock. 
PS: Can't wait to get my copy of Wonderstruck so I can continue reading! 

melindalancaster said...

You're welcome! 

Kendra Burrows said...

Looks like a good read. Thanks for sharing, Melinda!

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