Sunday, October 2, 2011
Book Review: A Christmas Journey Home by Kathi Macias
If you want a sweet romance, don't pick up Kathi Macias' books. If you like easy Christianity stories, avoid her novels. No sloppy agape' there.
Kathi's works of fiction inevitably leave you thinking about how much faith you have--or don't have. They leave you praying for certain people and those who help them.
A Christmas Journey Home is no exception. Isabella's abuello feared for her and her esposo Francisco's lives, as well as the life of their unborn bebito. Isabella's parents and siblings were all killed by a murderous gang of drug runners, along with other random households around their little village. Don Alfredo gives them his savings, and they find a coyote to guide them across the border. Instead, the coyote takes their money and leaves them in the desert south of Phoenix, Arizona, with no food or water.
Meanwhile, on a small acreage near there, a bitter young widow lives with her little boy and her mother. Her border-patrol husband had been killed recently by Mexicans crossing the border illegally.
It was inevitable they will meet--after all, this is a novel, and both families were introduced at the beginning of the book. I won't ruin your reading of the book by telling you all the in-between stuff, but I'll let you in on a secret--it ends in a very Christmasy way.
A warning, however. Be prepared to wonder if your faith equals the faith of the heroes of this beautiful little book. You will be inspired to draw a little closer to God yourself. Thank you, Kathi.