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GIVEAWAY TWO copies of RED INK by KATHI MACIAS - REVIEWED



WHAT THE BOOKS ABOUT
Red Ink by Kathi Macias (New Hope Publishers)
A young Chinese woman, Zhen-Li—raised to observe the party line, including its one-child-per-family doctrine—falls in love with and marries a Christian, and adopts his faith. Though the couple downplays their Christianity in an effort to survive, Zhen-Li’s family is appalled, and she and her husband are ostracized. When she becomes pregnant for the second time and refuses to have an abortion, the persecution begins in earnest. Zhen-Li’s parents, under pressure from the government, pay to have Zhen-Li kidnapped and the baby aborted.

It is then Zhen-Li decides she must live up to her name—"Truth"—and take a firm stand for her faith, regardless of the consequences, and so she begins to regularly teach children about Zhu Yesu ("Lord Jesus") and to distribute Christian literature every chance she gets.

Based loosely on the life of Christian magazine editor Li Ying, currently serving a ten-year prison sentence in China, the story of Yang Zhen-Li tells the desperate tale of her incarceration and separation from her family, as she continues to minister to other prisoners, and even to her guards.

About the AuthorKathi is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 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 recently won the prestigious 2008 member of the year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) at the annual Golden Scrolls award banquet. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding their Harley.

QUESTIONS /ANSWERS FROM KATHI MACIAS
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Red Ink is the third book in your four-book Extreme Devotion series. Each book is set in a different country, with the theme of first devotion and commitment to Christ above all else running through all four.

How is Red Ink different, and who/what inspired you to write this book?
Red Ink is the only one of the four books that actually deals with someone being arrested and suffering specifically for her faith in Christ. The story is loosely based on my own personal heroine, Li Ying, who is currently serving a ten-year sentence in China for printing/distributing Christian materials, particularly to children. I pray for Li Ying daily, and I remind myself how very blessed I am to have the freedom to do what she did—without paying the price she now pays.

Can you give us a brief synopsis of this story?A young Chinese woman, Zhen-Li—raised to observe the party line, including its one-child-per-family doctrine—falls in love with and marries a Christian, and adopts his faith. Though the couple downplays their Christianity in an effort to survive, Zhen-Li’s family is appalled, and she and her husband are ostracized. When she becomes pregnant for the second time and refuses to have an abortion, the persecution begins in earnest. Zhen-Li’s parents, under pressure from the government, pay to have Zhen-Li kidnapped and the baby aborted.

It is then Zhen-Li decides she must live up to her name—"Truth"—and take a firm stand for her faith, regardless of the consequences, and so she begins to regularly teach children about Zhu Yesu ("Lord Jesus") and to distribute Christian literature every chance she gets. Based loosely on the life of Christian magazine editor Li Ying, currently serving a ten-year prison sentence in China, the story of Yang Zhen-Li tells the desperate tale of her incarceration and separation from her family, as she continues to minister to other prisoners, and even to her guards, leading to a surprising conclusion that will both stun and challenge readers.

How did you get into writing? Has it always been your passion, or is it something you came to later in life?
I’ve always wanted to write, for as long as I can remember. I was an avid reader even before I started kindergarten. I wrote a short story in third grade that the teacher liked so much she showed it to the principal, and they decided to turn it into a play for the entire PTA. I was hooked! One day when I was about 13, I was walking home from school with my then boyfriend (now husband), Al, and I told him I’d be a writer some day. He often reminds me how blessed I am to have been able to do what I dreamed of all my life.

I understand you’re running a special contest that has to do with this book. Can you tell us about it?
Actually, I’m running the same contest twice—two chances to win a free Kindle! To be eligible, follow these three steps:

• You have to read Red Ink and post reviews on Amazon, CBD, etc., and/or your personal blog;
• You must also be a follower of my Easy Writer blog (address below); and,
• Let me know via my website contact email: mailto:ezyrtr@ca.rr.com that you have met the requirements and want to be entered.

The first winner will be announced in early November; the second in mid-December, just in time for a last-minute Christmas gift.
In addition to writing, you are a popular speaker at women’s event, writers’ conferences, and various venues around the country.

How can people find out more about you, your writing and speaking, sign up for your weekly devotional newsletter (in English or Spanish), and/or just view your many book videos, etc.?
They can find me at my website (http://www.kathimacias.com ) or blog (http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com ). There is a “contact” button on my website if they’d like to send me a message. I always respond to all my emails!


REVIEW:RED INK
By Kathi Macias
Published by New Hope Publishers
ISBN# 9781596892794
315 Pages

Back Cover: A young Chinese woman, Zhen-Li—raised to observe the party line, including its one-child-per-family doctrine—falls in love with and marries a Christian, and adopts his faith. Though the couple downplays their Christianity in an effort to survive, Zhen-Li’s family is appalled, and she and her husband are ostracized.

It is then Zhen-Li decides she must live up to her name—"Truth"—and take a firm stand for her faith, regardless of the consequences, and so she begins to regularly teach children about Zhu Yesu ("Lord Jesus")

Based loosely on the life of Christian magazine editor Li Ying, currently serving a ten-year prison sentence in China, the story of Yang Zhen-Li tells the desperate tale of her incarceration and separation from her family, as she continues to minister to other prisoners, and even to her guards.

Review: I anxiously awaited the review copy of this intriguing third book in the Extreme Devotion series by Kathi Macias. The realism and hope are two things I really enjoyed in this book. It’s really an encouraging, eye opening series. God says in his word that if we trust in Him, He can do far more than we could even imagine. Examples of this are found in the bible over and over again. The Lord is real today and doing things in the lives of His people that don’t seem possible; not in this day and age. The bible also says all things are possible if we put our trust in God.

Zhen-Li is a woman who put her complete trust in God when the government, her parents and fiancé said that it was a crazy thing to do. But her heart kept telling her mind it was the right and the only thing she could do. She prayed for strength and courage.

Not only does Kathi illustrate the rough conditions in China and their prisons, but Kathi Macias also describes a different prison young girls find themselves in if they are not careful here in America. Sex trafficking is very real and a multi-million dollar business here in the USA and abroad.

Maggie is a young rebellious girl set on not graduating high school, but running off with Jake, a handsome guy she’s fallen for. He promises to take her away from all of her troubles and it will be just the two of them forever.

Maggie has a grandmother in River Valley nursing home. Maggie’s stolen from her unsuspecting grandmother to help support her drug habit. Her grandmother has issues of her own, but feels for her disturbed granddaughter. What has come of her and why?

It was hopeful to see how the Lord lays people on your heart and in our minds to pray for people we don’t know personally. Kathi a good job of weaving the spiritual thread of prayer warriors; people willing to get out of their comfort zone and do what the Lord lays on their hearts, whether they feel up to it or not. When the Lord wakes Julie up in the middle of the night to pray for a woman she’s never met in China, she is faithful to do it. Then the Lord prompts her to pray for Maggie, Margaret’s granddaughter, who she knows at the nursing home. Julie says to God, “If You don’t stop keeping me up praying all night, Lord, I’m going to drop dead from exhaustion.” She had to laugh. “I’m sorry, Father. Forgive me my impatience, please. It’s a privilege to pray for all these needs, but I must admit that I do get a bit tired at times.”

I enjoyed this story of people living out extreme devotion to our Heavenly Father. It reminded me of bible stories I’d read about Paul’s trials and God miraculously intervening on Paul’s behalf. Those and the stories in this book are amazing stories of faith, courage and devotion. I can’t wait to read the last book in this series called People of the Book, out early 2011.

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network
www.bookfun.org


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36 comments:

  1. It sounds like a great interweaving of characters! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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  2. I just read a book like this and it is really convicting. Thanks for offering this one.

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  3. I forgot to leave my email address.
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  4. Thank you so much, Nora, for the thoughtful and extensive review of Red Ink. Many blessings to you and your readers!

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  5. We are so lucky living in the US...all we take for granted. Thank you for offering this book!

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  6. I am follower.

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  10. Red Ink sounds like an intriguing story of suffering for the cause of Christ. I'd love the opportunity to read it.

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  11. I had not heard of this series, but it sounds intriguing. I really enjoyed the interview, and have added her sites to my favorites to follow them. I'd love to win a copy of this book, and will be looking for the first two in the series at Mardel tomorrow!

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  13. I always love your interviews. This book has a wonderful story line, and I would love to read it.
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  16. LOVE Kathi's books, and this one is much more precious as it's about someone Kathi actually knows. It's humbling to even know it's about Li.
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  17. Wow. This book looks really good. In my history class, the whole one child thing comes up once in a while... i can't even imagine it. Thank you so much though for the chance of getting this eye opener!
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  18. I am a follower.
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  19. It would be a true honor to win a copy of this book which sounds like a great read!
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  20. a fabulous posting....thanks for the opportunity to read kathi's latest novel :)

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  21. i'm a follower :)

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  22. This sounds like such a good book. Please enter me to win.
    Thanks for the opportunity!
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  23. What an inspiring book Red Ink must be by this review! All things are possible if we put our trust in God.
    I would love a chance to read Red Ink.
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  24. This story is a real glimpse into the life of another culture and I know I will enjoy reading Kathi's book.
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  27. What an incredible woman this story is about. This book has interested me for a long time and I have been trying to win it on other giveaways. I appreciate Katni's generosity in the giveaway and the chance to win. Also, Carmen sent me, and I'm happy she reminded me of this giveaway. I hope I will be blessed with winning this time.

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  31. I would love to receive a copy of Red Ink. Persecution in China is very real, and the torture that prisoners experience ranges from separation from family to unbelievable atrocities. Kathy seems to be an amazing writer to tackle such a complicated subject. Thank you! Jeanette Cameron
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  32. I would love to read this book! Persecution in China and the one child rule are so against God's plan. But it did bring about the adoption of a little baby girl into my extended family. Love my little cousin!

    Blessings,
    Kim

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  33. I am a blog follower

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