Wednesday, April 20, 2011

PEOPLE OF THE BOOK by KATHI MACIAS

Do we take our faith for granted? Do I share my faith freely? These are some of the questions my heart pondered as I read the pages of, "People of the Book." If we know Jesus as our Savior we are people of the book, but what we tend to forget daily is that people all across this world are persecuted for believing in the Savior we worship freely. They are not only judged. They are outcasts. They are killed. To me, that is the kind of faith I want to hold. A faith without fear that is trusting in a Savior and believing He is ALL that matters. Is my faith that strong? Would I stand for Him knowing such persecution was at every corner? I can only hope I would be as humble and brave in my faith as Farah Mohammed Al Otaibi.

Kathi Macias has written the, "Extreme Devotion Series". Book one, "No Greater Love", book two, "More Than Conquerors", book three, "Red Ink", and now book four, "People of the Book." In reading the first book I thought it was sure my favorite, but then I picked up book two and quickly knew I had yet another favorite. The entire series is like this. Each book different, but each one carries the same theme. Extreme Devotion to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. At what cost are we willing to follow? How much are we willing to leave behind to take up the cross and follow Him? It must be everything. We must be extreme in our faith!! You can check out each book of the series here at this link: http://www.newhopepublishers.com/index.php/books/extreme-devotion-fiction/

In, "People of the Book", we find Farah in Saudi Arabia in the middle of Ramadan. The Muslim faith is prevalent. Farah wants to grow deeper to Allah. She wants to increase her faith and hear from Allah. Even in the Muslim faith women are not allowed to worship as men do. She is even hiding her Muslim faith as it continues to grow, but she has many questions. She is searching. So is her cousin, Nura. Nura meets Sara through a web site designed for Muslims who have left their Muslim faith and now are following Christ. Sara is strong in her faith and wants to reach out to Nura. As she does, Nura, now reaches out to Farah. It is the beautiful ripple effect that happens when one reaches out to another.

Throughout these pages we see the turmoil in the lives of each of the young women. They each carry their own burdens that this world gives out at every corner. My heart broke as I read these pages. Kathi brought these characters to life. We see their pain. We see their struggles, but we too see the beauty that each of their lives hold. This book is powerful and poignant.

We are all searching for something. Something bigger than ourselves. A reason to wake each morning. A reason to smile. This is one of those series that is not only wonderful to read, but is life changing. This novel is eye opening and will bring you closer in your walk with Christ. May we reach out like, Sara. May we have strength like Nura and Farah to walk with God through all circumstances and be willing to stand alone for the Savior who gave His life for us.

This book was a gift from Kathi Macias for it's review.



Kathi Macias:
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.


■Beyond Me


■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


■Red Ink

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