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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Book Review: People of the Book by Kathi Macias


Kathi Macias wrote another heartwrencher. In many Muslim households, particularly in Muslim nations, it is a major affront to convert to Christianity. Those who do face estrangement from their families, at best, to death, at the worst. People of the Book takes a look inside two families as two young women take the courageous step to follow Isa (Jesus).

The book details the lives of an American-Arabian Christian girl, Sara; her chat-room friend in Saudi Arabia, Nura; and Nura's cousin Farah. It all takes place during Ramadan, the season of fasting and prayer for Muslims.

Farah is a devout Muslim, more devout than most women. She seeks a closer walk with Allah, and she hopes that this Ramadan will be the one when Allah will reveal himself to her. Instead, she has a wonderful, disturbing dream of Isa, who calls her to His Heart. She worries that somehow her brother Kareem, jealous of her parents love for her and of her devotion, will find out. He hates her, although she doesn't understand why.

Nura, cousin to Farah, is the only child of indulging parents. She has her own computer in her room, and there's a chat room where she often visits with an American friend, Sara. Sara tells her often about Isa and His love for people. She encourages Nura to accept Isa into her life. When Nura takes that step... Well, you must read the book to find out.

Sara has her own set of problems. Her younger brother, Emir, has been messing around with a gang and gets into trouble--serious trouble. He lies in the hospital severely injured by his so-called friends. Sara blames herself because she covered for Emir when he spent the night out and she caught him. She should have told her parents. She's incredibly afraid he will die without committing his life to Christ.

This is one of Kathi Macias' Extreme Devotion series. I think once you have read one, you will want to read the others: More than Conquerors, Red Ink, and No Greater Love. This lady writes soul-searching, prayer-invoking, edge-of-the-seat fiction about some of the Christian world's scariest situations. Your faith will grow, your prayer life increase, and you will wonder at Kathi's own courage to write such books.

Thanks, Kathi, and God bless you!