Forced to choose between family and faith, her choice may also become life or death…
She could never forget that moment in time–the dividing line between the before and the after of her life.
Farah wants nothing more than to develop a deeper devotion to her Muslim faith. She sees the month of Ramadan as her chance to draw nearer to Allah, and pursues that goal. All goes well until the prophet Isa–Jesus–appears to her in a dream and calls her to Himself.
- Farah Mohammed Al Otaibi lies bruised and bloody on the floor beside her bed. The image of her soft mattress floats in and out of her consciousness, as does the rank smell of urine and feces and blood. But she has no strength to drag herself from her position. Even the slightest movement brings stabs of excruciating pain, so she tries to remember to keep her breathing shallow and her body still…. Surely her mother will sneak in soon and bring her water. She had always taken care of her before–
People of the Book is Kathi Macias’ fourth book in her Extreme Devotion Series. For me, it’s the most intense and moving so far. It’s not an easy book to read, but one that needs to be vocalized around the world about “honor killings” here and abroad, mostly against women and young girls.
Kathi methodically and aptly describes the story of a young Saudi teen, Farah, who wants nothing more than to draw closer to Allah during Ramadan.
The atmosphere in Farah’s home is mostly stable and loving, except for her brother Kareem’s hatred and jealousy of her. That tension underlies the whole story, as Farah searches for Allah more sincerely than Kareem. It seeps even deeper when Farah determines to find out more about Isa, who has appeared to her in her dreams, while hiding that reality from her family and suspicious brother. Her father and mother’s trust in her is displayed by allowing her access to the internet. But the roots of bitterness in her brother’s life are made evident throughout the pages, as he schemes and watches Farah openly and with hatred, hiding it from no one.
This is a book of what happens when a young teen finds Isa and tries to live out her life of faith, and how it clashes with the Muslim faith. The unconscionable realities of ‘honor killings’ are cautiously and secretly revealed so as not to bring ‘dishonor’ to their family.
Through Kathi’s telling of the story, you fear and palpably feel the tension and animosity as does Farah. You are captured into the Muslim life, learning of what life is like for men versus women–a way of life that bombards your heart and mind with heartfelt horror and disbelief. She differentiates the Gospel of love and redemption from the realities of murder (“honor killings”) when one doesn’t adhere strictly to Islam.
As the story ties itself to the life of a young Christian girl with Muslim ancestry in a chat room in the Pacific Northwestern part of America, it’s also a wake-up call for Christians everywhere to be praying for the non-practicing-Muslim Christians (new “people of the Book”) and salvation for Muslims everywhere.
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