Wednesday, November 17, 2010
RED INK by Kathi Macias
When I began turning pages I could not stop. We see that we are all connected in one way or another. God reaches out to us to intercede for others. That is where we find Laura and Julia. They are friends, sisters in Christ, who are prayer warriors. God is doing a work through these willing vessels who are connected to others in Christ that they may never meet on this side of heaven. These ladies stand out with such strong faith. They are working to reach others and God has a plan to do just that. I found myself wanting to follow their example.
We also meet Maggie, a young girl in trouble. She has lost her way, but thinks she has found love in one man, Jake. But Jake is not who she thinks he is. While he is feeding her drugs he has plans for this young girl that will change her life forever. She is searching for love, but looking in the wrong places. She is in a pit of despair, but there is a God above who is watching her every move. There is a God above who is about to bring a change of His own in the lives surrounding Maggie. My heart was breaking for Maggie through this story. I wanted to see her overcome every obstacle in her way.
We now meet beautiful Zhen Li, a Chinese woman, who is not afraid to share her faith. A mother, a wife, and a daughter of the King of kings. She is imprisoned for sharing her faith, but this does not stop her. As tears fell I wanted to reach out to her myself. I just wanted to comfort her as she was comforting her friend, Mei, who shared a prison cell together. Persecution is alive between these walls. As each breath comes Zhen Li must make a choice. She chooses Christ and through her, life changes for others in her path. She is determined, she is brave, and she finds all the strength to face each day in her Lord Jesus Christ. We see what happens not only to Zhen Li, but to her family, the very parents who turned away from her for the faith she stood for.
We learn to not quiet the Spirit, but pray without ceasing. We learn to stand strong in Christ even when we are unsure of the consequences we face. We have a mighty God who is stronger than any prison cell or captor. This is a beautiful story. It is a powerful story. It is one that everyone should read. Red Ink is the third book of the Extreme Devotion Series. It follows No Greater Love and More Than Conquerors. I promise my friends, you will be blessed beyond words as you meet Zhen Li and those who are tied to the Red Ink of our Lord who gave His life for us.
This book was a gift by Kathi Macias for it's review.
Award-winning author Kathi Macias has written more than 30 books, including the award-winning devotional A Moment a Day and the popular “Matthews” mystery novels.
Kathi has won many awards, including the Angel Award from Excellence in Media, fiction awards from the San Diego Christian Writers Guild, 2008 Member of the Year from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association), and the grand prize in an international writing contest.
With women’s ministry as her primary interest, Kathi is a popular speaker for women’s retreats, conferences, and churches. A mother and grandmother, Kathi and her husband, Al, call California home.
■How Can I Run a Tight Ship When I’m Surrounded by Loose Cannons?
■More than Conquerors
■Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today
■No Greater Love