My Review and (Giveaway Opportunity): “A Christmas Journey Home” by Kathi Macias

A poignant Nativity story portraying Christ’s hope even in the most desperate situation.

For Kathi’s interview, go here.

Bio:

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored more than 30 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, and won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association). Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al.

GIVEAWAY: 

A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY HOME is the first annual Christmas novel by Kathi Macias. Post a comment on the blog to enter your name for a free book giveaway. Details at http://christianspeakerservices1.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/1616/


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My Review:

Miriam Nelson, who lives on a small ranch along the Arizona border with her son, Davey, and mother, Carolyn, has turned her back on her faith because God allowed her husband, David, a border-patrol agent, to be killed by drug smugglers crossing the border.

Isabella and Francisco Alcantara leave Ensenada, Mexico, with the financial help of her grandfather, Don Alfredo.  Isabella’s parents and siblings had been shot to death by a vicious, unprovoked drive-by shooting.  As more shootings continue to occur, Don Alfredo wants his granddaughter, who is seven-months pregnant, to leave for the U.S. with her husband through the aid of a ‘coyote.’  However, the ‘coyote’ absconds with the money, leaving them stranded in the desert.

Kathi weaves an authentic story of the hardships and difficulties that Isabella and Francisco encounter en-route to the U. S., crossing through an unknown desert for days on end.  Their fears, hunger and thirst are palpable as they run out of food and hide from any source of harm.  One can ‘taste’ the dusty sand, ‘feel’ the empty stomachs and excessive heat by day and cold by night, and ‘cower’ with them as they seek shelter at night.

A thought that came to me while thinking about Kathi’s book (while in church), is whether we will follow the Lord despite the fact that circumstances aren’t working out to our expectations.  God is sovereign.  He knows what is going on. He knows what He is doing. Do we trust Him?  It’s a question we all have to ask ourselves, and Kathi brought this out very distinctly in her book.

In A Christmas Journey Home, Isabella and Miriam both have to decide how they will respond to their predicaments.  One is driven by fear and a promise, while the other by bitterness and revenge.   It’s Christmas Eve, and God will use whatever or whoever is available to bind them together.  Will they be able to face their personal losses, set aside their distrustful feelings, and ultimately reconcile their differences?

Come read this difficult yet sensitive book, and see what God speaks to you about.  There’s a message for each of us.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for posting the author’s interview on my blog. This blog tour is managed by Christian Speakers Services.  No monetary compensation was exchanged for my review.

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