March 29, 2012
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
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.
March 16, 2012
"This can't last forever."
Days come and go. The pounding, like a steady sledge hammer, rhythmically continues. Weakness begins to set in. Moving a single muscle provokes ravaging pain. Each movement likened to lifting a hundred pound barbell. Strength drains out, with every breath, as dehydration from ongoing nausea wreaks havoc on the body's system.