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Posted August 14, 2013
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.
Posted June 13, 2013
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.
Posted June 12, 2013
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.
Posted August 30, 2009
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 5, 2009
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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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2009
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