Monday, May 2, 2011

People of the Book by Kathi Macias


Farah lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with her family, and wants nothing more than to develop a deeper devotion to her Muslim faith. She sees the month of Ramadan as her chance to 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. Her brother, Kareem, who has never liked her, seeks to discredit her.

Farah’s cousin, an only child, frequents an online chat. She discovers former Muslims discussing their new belief that Isa is much more than a Muslim prophet—He is actually the Son of God. She becomes acquainted with an American girl of Muslim ancestry—now a devout Christian—Sara. Sara has problems of her own due to her brother Emir’s suspicious behavior.

Each finds their faith put to the test. Will they be true to their beliefs? Will God protect them, or will they pay the ultimate price for their faith?

Read what others are saying about Kathi's book here.

Wow, Kathi has done it again.  I have totally enjoyed all four of the books in this Extreme Devotion series that Kathi has written.  Though it is a series each book can be read as a stand-alone.  They are totally different character, setting and plots.  Each book is full of suspense and action with multicultural and mission themes.  You learn what it really was/is like to live in the culture that Kathi is using for her setting.  I really can't say enough about her Extreme Devotion series that she has put together.  This book, People of the Book, takes you to the Middle East and you learn what it is like to live in the Muslim culture where the families are truly devoted to Allah.  Kathi has put much research into her book(s) to produce this wonderful book and series.  She knows how to pull the reader into the story so you don't want to set the book down. You feel for the characters as if they are truly real.  Beautifully done Kathi.  I was introduced to Kathi's writings in 2008 and she hasn't failed me yet to produce a good book.  She not only writes fiction, but she has written many non-fiction books as well.  I have yet to go wrong with a book that has Kathi Macias' name on it.    

Other books in this series:
No Greater Love
More than Conquerors
Red Ink






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Prologue

Eighteen-year-old Farah Mohammed Al Otaibi lay bruised and bloody on the floor beside her bed. The image of her soft mattress floated in and out of her consciousness, but she had no strength to drag herself from her current position. Even the slightest movement brought stabs of excruciating pain, so she tried to remember to keep her breathing shallow and her body still.
How long had she been here? Hours, certainly. Days? She couldn’t be sure. Her father and brother had covered the windows with heavy, dark cloth, blocking out any light that might help her keep track of time.
Hunger wasn’t an issue, for who could think of food when the pain was so intense? But thirst? Oh, how she longed for just a sip of cool water! Surely her mother would sneak in soon and bring her some. She had always taken care of her before—
Before…
The memory was back, though she tried desperately to block it out. Impossible. She could never forget that moment in time, for it was the dividing line between the before and after of her life. Before the tragedy that led to her brother’s discovery. Before her father had flown into a rage over what he considered his daughter’s betrayal and treachery. Before they had threatened to kill her in order to preserve the family’s honor. Before her mother had tried to intervene…
Hot tears pricked the back of Farah’s eyelids, as the vision of her mother’s face before—and after—swam in front of her eyes. The pain in her heart at that moment far exceeded anything she felt in her body. Then suddenly, inexplicably, the meaning of her name—Farah, joy and cheerfulness—burst into her consciousness. Despite her agony and sorrow, Farah was unable to hold back the brief burst of laughter that exploded from her aching chest. How absurd that her parents had given her a name that implied happiness, and yet she now wondered if she had ever truly understood or experienced any of it in her not quite nineteen years of life.
But then she had met Isa, and everything—both good and bad—had changed forever….

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored more than 30 books and ghostwritten several others. Her most recent release is People of the Book, the fourth and final book in her Extreme Devotion series. 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 was named 2008 Member of the Year by AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association). Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding in Al’s new sunburst orange Corvette.

You can reach Kathi or find out more about her writing and speaking at kathimacias.com. You can also visit her “Easy Writer” blog at http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com/.

A copy of this book was provided for review by Virtual Book tours



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2 comments:

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the wonderful review of Kathi's latest. I am eager to read this one as well. Having read the previous books in this series, I agree with all you've said.

Your readers can follow Kathi's tour at http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/02/09/people-of-the-book-virtual-book-tour-may-2011/

Thanks again.

Cheryl

Kathi Macias said...

Thanks for the great post about People of the Book. I look forward to hearing from your readers. Blessings!