My Son John

My Son John

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by Kathi Macias
     
 

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Murder. Could there be a more chilling word? Could it be any more horrible than to have a loved one killed, brutally and heartlessly, without obvious reason or motive? When Liz Peterson�s elderly mother is found viciously beaten to death in her home, Liz and her husband, Charles, along with their grown son, John, and teenage daughter, Sarah, are horrified beyond words

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Murder. Could there be a more chilling word? Could it be any more horrible than to have a loved one killed, brutally and heartlessly, without obvious reason or motive? When Liz Peterson�s elderly mother is found viciously beaten to death in her home, Liz and her husband, Charles, along with their grown son, John, and teenage daughter, Sarah, are horrified beyond words. Their previously predictable, respectable lives seem to have vanished without a trace, as they struggle to make sense of a senseless act.

And then a second blow�more devastating, if possible, than the first�rocks them to their core. John is arrested for his grandmother�s murder. As what�s left of the Peterson family begins to crumble under the weight of loss and accusation, the Petersons� longstanding Christian faith is put to the test in a way they could never have imagined, and unconditional love is stretched to its limits. Will family ties and relationships withstand such a crushing blow, or will evil succeed in dividing and conquering this once close and inseparable family?

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 40 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. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and was the 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net. Her novel set in China, Red Ink, was named Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and was also a Carol Award Finalist; her October 2012 release, Unexpected Christmas Hero, was named 2012 Book of the Year by BookandAuthors.net. Kathi �Easy Writer� Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al.

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ISBN-13:
2940016677026
Publisher:
Trestle Press
Publication date:
05/16/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
293 KB

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My Son, John 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
I've read a lot of inspirational books by Kathi Macias, but this one has become my favorite. Kathi has a way of getting to your heart, ripping it to pieces, and then knitting it back together again stronger than new. Liz Peterson received the shocking news that her mother is dead--murdered--with horror. Her son John is arrested for the crime, and Liz spins into a world too dismaying to handle. She realizes she needs to rally for her husband's and daughter's sakes, but how? The journey through these depths is too much for anyone to bear, and even God seems too far away to help. This is not a book you will pick up and set down as uninteresting or not worth your while. It is one you must read.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
I read My Son John several years ago, but it has left a lasting impression. It is one of those rare books that continue to ruminate in your mind. All I have to do is see the cover or hear the title and I immediately begin to think about the storyline. The situation is every mother and daughter’s nightmare. It is gut wrenching and unfathomable at the same time. During the first couple of chapters I kept holding my breath and hoping that it wasn’t what it was looking like. But alas it was. There are some decisions or actions that we take that no matter how sorry we are afterwards the harm that was done cannot ever be undone. This book addresses the issue of forgiving the unforgiveable. What do you do when your heart is absolutely torn in two? On the one hand you have your momma heart to contend with and on the other you are dealing with your daughter heart. Kathi Macias brings before you an absolutely impossible situation. She slowly peels back the layers and begins to let the light of God shine through. We are told in the Bible that nothing is impossible with God. My Son John is the embodiment of that verse.
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
My Son John By Kathi Macias How well do you really know someone? Even your own family? My Son John is a haunting tale of a mother’s worst nightmare. Liz Peterson receives word that her mother has died. But there’s more. She finds out that she was murdered. After the police question her and her family, Liz finds out that her son John has been arrested for the crime. Life as she has known it ceases to exist. Where is God when tragedy strikes and everyone has deserted you and you feel so alone and incapable? How can Liz go on living life knowing her son has killed her mother? Can Liz continue to love her son in spite of his murderous act? Mercy, grace, love, and hope resonant throughout this unforgettable story of forgiveness. My Son John should come with a warning. I cried, laughed, felt the mother’s pain, and absorbed the feeling of grace and forgiveness that just lifted off each page. Love no matter what, no matter how they turn out, no matter what they do, just keep on loving. What wonderful inspiration, and for it to come from Liz’s father who is in a nursing home and doesn't remember anyone was definitely word from God in Liz’s time of need. Isn’t this how God loves us? Unconditionally, no matter what. The whole time I was reading this book, the song Forgiveness by Matthew West played in my mind. I cannot wait to read more books by Kathi Macias. She does a superb job of intertwining Liz, her husband Charles, and their daughter Sarah’s reactions and journey from learning John has committed murder to acceptance and forgiveness. You must have faith—trust in God no matter what.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kathi Macias has done it again. She's written a book the reader can't bear to put down until the last page has been read. Macias powerfully depicts the emotional roller coaster ride a mother and her family face when her mother is brutally murdered. Every mother wants the best for her children. How can she survive the devastation she faces when the murderer is her own son? Macias delves into the heart of this mother as she struggles to hang on to her faith and forgive her son. Kathi Macias not only understands the anguish of a mother as she visits her son behind bars, but also the shame and guilt of the son in need of forgiveness.
Waits More than 1 year ago
This book is well written, easy to read,and plausible. The writer tells a story of a family that must deal with a tragedy in their own famly, and how events and circumstances grow their faith. I would recommend this book to anyone that is struggling with having faith, and being able to forgive. This book is helpful for not only personal growth but also contains discussion questions for group use.
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MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
This story was very emotionally moving and hard to put down. I loved the way the author presented the issues the family had to deal with on so many levels. Not for the faint of heart, but very inspirational. I also endorsed the book so my complete thoughts about the story are inside the cover.