Deliver Me From Evil

Deliver Me From Evil

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by Kathi Macias

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Deliver Me from Evil introduces readers to Mara, an eighteen-year-old girl who has been enslaved for nearly ten years, having been sold by her parents in Mexico and then smuggled across the border into San Diego where she was forced into sexual slavery. Readers will also meet 18-year-old, Bible-college-bound Jonathan and his 16-year-old sister, Leah, whose paths cross…  See more details below


Deliver Me from Evil introduces readers to Mara, an eighteen-year-old girl who has been enslaved for nearly ten years, having been sold by her parents in Mexico and then smuggled across the border into San Diego where she was forced into sexual slavery. Readers will also meet 18-year-old, Bible-college-bound Jonathan and his 16-year-old sister, Leah, whose paths cross Mara’s and who become involved in her dramatic rescue. Interwoven between the stories of Mara, Jonathan, and Leah is the heartbreaking story of another young woman in captivity in the Golden Triangle of Thailand, whose past life mysteriously connects to the young people in San Diego.

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Sold by her father into sexual slavery at age eight, Mara, now 18, is forced to teach other young girls the rules of the game. When she meets Jonathan, an 18-year-old pizza delivery boy, her life changes. Bound for Bible college, Jonathan and his sister Leah decide to rescue Mara, and their story becomes intertwined with that of another young woman, enslaved in Thailand. VERDICT Macias ("Extreme Devotion" series) has taken a chance writing such a gritty novel for the CF market. Still, readers who can get past the subject matter will be rewarded with a compelling story, brisk pacing, and the requisite need of the well-drawn characters to rely on their faith to overcome great obstacles.

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New Hope Publishers
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Freedom Series
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6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Deliver Me from Evil 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
Deliver Me from Evil is a very compelling book. Although it is a work of fiction, the theme is one that we all need to know more about--modern-day slavery of children for the purpose of prostitution. I wanted very much to read this book, but was hoping it wouldn't be too graphic for me. I don't feel that it is too graphic. There is vivid description of the circumstances, but not too much detailing of the abuse itself. I think the author does a great job in dealing with the subject of modern-day slavery, by using contrast--contrast from one country to another, contrast in lifestyles, contrast in the outlook of "normal" teens with enslaved children. As I came to know the characters, I was saddened by the striking contrasts in their lives--Jonathan and Leah, American teens from a loving, Christian home; Mara, a teen-age sex slave in San Diego--sold by her parents in Mexico as a young child; and Chanthra, a sex slave in Thailand. The characters are very real, and the author makes it easy for the reader to have intense feelings for them. You can't read this book without getting emotionally involved. I want to do more than cry for the broken children. I want to give them hope for a future--a future that will be denied to most of them. This book gives us much to think about. What can we, or should we be doing to combat this evil of sex slavery? Although there is devastating heartbreak in this story, there is also the promise of a solution. I really appreciate the way that the author is able to show how God works in the lives of those who seek Him and who seek to do His will. I am anxious to read the next book in the series. I recommend this book to you, if you are concerned for the children who are caught in this web of evil.
CassWesselCW More than 1 year ago
Deliver Me from Evil (Freedom) by Kathi Macias Two realities collide when eighteen year old high school student, Jonathan Flannery, delivers pizzas to a seedy motel in San Diego. His sheltered eyes pop when he encounters Jasmine and Mara, both teenage prostitutes, who thrust him into a world that shocks and challenges him to reconsider his priorities. Jonathan’s sister, Leah, babysits for two friends with an adopted toddler from Asia’s golden triangle. As we meet two Asian teenage prostitutes, the seamy sex trafficking from which the toddler has been rescued is exposed. Mara, smuggled into the USA by her pimp ‘uncle’, resigns herself to her fate until she meets a pizza delivery boy with kind eyes. The consequences become life threatening for more than one person. Despite its difficult subject matter, this immensely powerful story, “Deliver Me from Evil” by Kathi Macias, compels the reader from the first page to the last. Probably one of Kathi’s best books, it challenges our preconceived notions and compels us to do something to abolish modern day slavery. This reviewer simply could not put down “Deliver Me from Evil” by Kathi Macias until the last words were read. Available in paperback and on Amazon Kindle, this book is well worth buying and reading.
Bonnie_Engstrom_writer More than 1 year ago
of the most powerful books I’ve ever read, as well as one of the most important. I expected reading about human trafficking, especially of women and young girls forced into prostitution, would be ho-hum, boring and filled with statistics. Not so! This is not a story about women who have chosen to become hookers for financial gain, but a story about innocents, some as young as ten. Some are kidnapped off the street on their way home from school; some are sold by parents in faraway countries, the parents believing they are giving their children better lives in America. The story is primarily told from Mara’s viewpoint. But, because she was abducted from her family at a very young age by the uncle she adored and trusted, not even she is certain how old she is. Possibly eighteen, maybe less. This is not a story about women who have chosen to become hookers for financial gain, but a story about innocents, some as young as ten. Some are kidnapped off the street on their way home from school; some are sold by parents in faraway countries, the parents believing they are giving their children better lives in America. Don’t let the subject matter put you off. It’s a book that is very difficult to put down; I even dreamed about it. Not bad dreams, but dreams of hope and restoration. I’m excited to read the sequel Special Delivery which I just received today. Macias has a gift for layering, alternating between the abducted girls and the family who hopes to reveal their plight, especially an eighteen-year-old boy who renews his faith and makes saving the girls his priority. If you want an ‘important’ read, get this book. It actually inspired me to start writing a novel about a situation that has been haunting me.
sh2rose More than 1 year ago
Kathi Macias hits her subject straight on, a subject that needs focus - slave trade in America. In this story, she gives life to a sickening reality by involving a family on several levels in the fight against this illegal and destructive activity. Sometimes a little slow but to get the clear picture read to the end!
Susanosb More than 1 year ago
One of the largest problems in our society today is human trafficking. Many Americans mistakenly think this only takes place in third-world countries, but unfortunately it is being discovered on a regular basis in our own backyard. Kathi Macias, in her book, Deliver Me from Evil, paints a vivid picture of a sexual slavery ring in San Diego, California. The story involves Mara, a girl who is sold by her parents to her uncle. They never realized what he had in mind for her. While delivering pizzas, Jonathan happens upon Mara and another girl, and although he is told by a man that they are his children, Jonathan’s conscience tells him otherwise. This is a gripping novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is entertaining, and yet educational, as you walk through the lives of these young people caught up in the horror of human trafficking.
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MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Deliver Me From Evil is a book that will challenge you in so many ways. One hates to think that sex slavery even exists, but yes it does! The story features 18 year old Jonathan, about to graduate from High School, and 18 year old Mara who was sold by her one family into slavery. Jonathan is going to Bible college in the Fall, but even though he has been raised in a Christian Family, his Dad is an assistant Pastor, he has not committed his life to Christ. Jonathan and Mara have a chance meeting at a Motel where he is delivering Pizza's. That meeting in the end is going to be a life changer for all. While this book is a fast read, it is not a subject that easy to deal with, but I'm glad that Kathi did. We should be on our knees that we have never suffered the fate of these poor innocents. 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!
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
Deliver Me From Evil by Kathi Macias is the story of Mara, from Mexico, who at age five or six years of age was sold to her uncle who promised her a good life in the U.S. Instead he opened a brothel of young girls. Jonathan, a senior in high school about to graduate, crosses paths with Mara and Jasmine while delivering pizza in a motel. God does not let him forget the horror of on the faces of the younger girl. As we are involved with Mara's story, Kathi breaks away and weaves the story of a young woman, Chanthra, from Thailand, who is inexplicably connected to the story of Mara in San Diego. Kathi's book, Deliver Me From Evil, is a book about the destructiveness, devastation, and death of young girls and boys caught up in sex trafficking. A story of degradation, horrific circumstances, and unconscionable actions. Though Kathi's book is very poignant about the lives of the young girls and boys trapped in this lifestyle, without family to rescue them or choices of what happens to them, she is prudent in not going into specific detail. Deliver Me From Evil is written in a format that is informative, yet not inflammatory in the specifics of the devastation. Enough to move your heart and hopefully get you involved personally. It's heart-breaking at one end, and heart-warming at the other, knowing there are those who are willing to follow God's leading to get involved. Kathi does not shy away from the hard issues of today's world of human sex trafficking. This is a book to open the eyes of Americans and the rest of the world to this tragedy going on around us, even in our own back yards-a reality occurring now. Just as God used Jonathan and his family as part of rescuing these girls, this family could be yours! If you feel God's call on your life to get involved, please listen and obey. The lives of young girls and boys are at stake. Though not appropriate for younger ages, this is a book that is helpful for parents to teach their children to follow safety rules of staying in groups together and running for help if a stranger or relative tries to molest or capture them. Upper teens and young adults would gain a lot of information that will again, hopefully encourage them to get involved. This book was provided by the author through Christian Speakers Services in exchange for my honest review. Not monetary compensation was exchanged.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
The subject matter in this book is not an easy read at all. It's heart breaking in moments and you can most certainly feel the despair and helplessness these girls feel and you just want to reach out and save them from this miserable horrible life. It's hard to believe Mara still manages to survive this ordeal and manages her sanity at the same time. She's unbelievably strong and I greatly admire her as a character. She's got a huge amount of strength to be able to put up with this kind of life. However, the story that really got to me was the one with Chanthra and Lawan. As the book progresses, her story gets bleak, and gets bleaker each time she appears. It was difficult to read yet it shows what millions of people are enduring as a result of sexual slavery, and are not fortunate enough to get out of this horrible vicious cycle. I liked the relationship they had and thought it was interesting of the author to tie both these girls to another family in the US. It wasn't obvious at first, and when the reader understands, it makes their story even more tragic. The plot was good, however what bugged me was the ending. I do realize it is a Christian Fiction novel, so obviously it's going to be different from other fiction novels I have read. Yet I just can't believe the ending. It just did not seem realistic to me. The idea of the bad guys not even doing anything even at gunpoint is just not possible. They're criminals. I'm sure they can overtake a couple of teenagers as well despite a gun being held by one of them. The ending just seemed way too good to be true in my opinion. Because I just could not accept this ending, it made a huge impact on my opinion of the book. Had the book ended different (ohhh I don't know? maybe at least give Jefe a big punch to the head???) then I would have given this book a much better grade. Otherwise, I just felt disappointed with it. Despite my dissatisfaction with the ending, I still liked the book. This is Christian Fiction so there are a lot of references to God. I can't say I recommend this to everyone, but I do think it should be given a read through. Slavery, in all kinds of forms does still exist.
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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Perhaps one of the most powerful books I've read in a long time, exposes the world of child kidnapping and human trafficking. Often times we think this happens in other countries far away from us, but we would be so shocked to learn that it may in fact be happening in our own neighborhoods in this country. Using a fiction based story, Deliver Me From Evil by Kathi Macias is an eye-opening and tragic story of one girl, Maria whose name is changed to Mara is sold by her family in Mexico to her uncle in hopes of a better life. The better life she had dreamed of turns into a nightmare when she learns she has been sold into a prostitution ring and her uncle is running it. Now year later, Mara has found a way to cope, a way to place herself outside of what is happening to her body in hopes that one day she will die from the hands of one of clients who beats and abuses her. She knows she can never escape and find a life of freedom again. Jonathan is on the verge of graduating high school and works nights delivering pizza at Slice of Italy. Only tonight's delivery will change his life forever when he encounters a young girl running from a motel room, half naked, begging him for help. An older man appears and takes the young girl back from him, claiming he is her father and she is mentally unstable and hasn't been taking her meds. Just as Jonathan tries to intervene, Mara calls for the young girl and validates the story. Thinking nothing more of it, Jonathan leaves, but can not forget the image or the young girls face pleading for his help. In the novel, Deliver Me From Evil from Kathi Macias, the first book in the Freedom series, Kathi takes the reader into the world of human trafficking in the prostitution market within San Diego as the setting for this story. Finding it difficult to read as a parent of two girls, this book really hit home for me. Wondering if this isn't really occurring in our own towns and neighborhoods as young girls go missing, claimed by police as merely runaways or the victims of internet dating. How would a parent ever know if their child wasn't a victim of this senseless crime that is happening all over the world, especially when kids are walking home from school or attending late night events or a day at the beach. This makes the reader more aware that these things are happening and even want to take a proactive approach at seeing this end. Not just criminals placed behind bars but for the need of this type of service to end and the tragic lives that are taken away forever, finding a way to heal the pain inside. I want to thank Kathi for taking a stand and writing a difficult novel with a strong story line like this one, if not to create an awareness in us, but to cause us to help in finding a way to stop this abuse once and for all. I received this book compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours and New Hope Publishers for my honest review and highly recommend it. Not a subject for young adults but definitely something that the church ministries should all actively be pursuing in their own communities. The more aware we become, the more we can find a way to end this nightmare for those involved. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.
Danzingfool More than 1 year ago
Simply amazing. This book wasn't an easy one to read, but it's such an important issue. I think everyone should read it to open their eyes to the atrocities of human trafficking and sexual slavery and develop a heart for these victims. Kathi Macias tackled this tough subject with such empathy and grace. She delves deep into the emotional aspect of the issue without dragging the reader through the mud with too many gritty details. She also provides us breathing space from the atrocities by allowing us to spend time with a nice Christian family being drawn towards stopping this injustice. But at the same time she never shies away from the truth. The way she wove together stories from around the globe seamlessly completely wowed me. Her storytelling prowess is top notch. I go back to amazing. Simply amazing.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Deliver Me from Evil is a very powerful book about the horrors of sexual trafficking. This story focus's around children of very young ages. It is a disturbing and heart breaking book to read to say the least. I did not enjoy it for reading pleasure. It opened my eyes to the very detestable evil that is lucking out there. I at one point wondered if I wanted to read on. While I know this is fiction, there are real live scenarios of this happening in our very own back yard right now.