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Posted February 21, 2013
People of the book was not an enjoyable read, it wasn't supposed to be.
I didn't read it for personal pleasure. It was a shocking, frightening read about two young women's commitment to Christ that led them to die for Him.
They professed their faith even though they knew they would likely die for it. They prayed for those who persecuted them. Imagine such commitment and Christian fruit in persecution!
It was a beautiful story in a sad way, but perhaps the ending was the best ending for a Christian, if to live was Christ for them then to die was gain.
It really will cause you to think of the Christians in foreign countries and to remember those Christians in our prayers,
It certainly should not be read for enjoyment but for awareness and perhaps only for mature readers who will not be side tracked by the story and forget the truth, don't let your learning stop with this though.
As Naomi Zacharias said, "Once you have been made aware, you have a responsibility to care."
The author wrote this book well, though it is harsh, it is not graphic.
I received this book free from the publisher it exchange for an honest review.
Posted October 29, 2011
Farah Mohammed Al Otaibi lay bruised and bloody on the floor beside her bed. The image of her soft mattress floated in and out of her consciousness, as did the rank smells of urine and feces and blood. But she had no strength to drag herself from her current position. Even the slightest movement brought stabs of excruciating pain, so she tried to remember to keep her breathing shallow and her body still.
How long had she been here? Hours, certainly. Days? She couldn't be sure. Her father and brother had covered the windows with heavy, dark cloth, blocking out any light that might help her keep track of time.
Hunger wasn't an issue, for who could think of food when the pain was so intense? But thirst? Oh, how she longed for just a sip of cool water! Surely her mother would sneak in son and bring her some. She had always taken care of her before -
The memory was back, though she tried desperately to block it out. Impossible. She could never forget that moment in time, for it was the dividing line between the before and after of her life. Before the tragedy that led to her brother's discovery. Before her father had flown into a rage over what he considered his daughter's betrayal and treachery. Before they had threatened to kill her in order to preserve teh family's honor. Before he mother had tried to intervene.
Hot tears pricked the back of Farah's eyelids, as the vision of her mother's face before - and after - swam in front of her eyes. The pain in her heart at that moment far exceeded anything she felt in her body. Then suddenly, inexplicably, the meaning of her name - Farah, joy and cheerfulness - burst into her consciousness. Despite her agony and sorrow, Farah was unable to hold back the brief burst of laughter that exploded from her aching chest. How absurd that her parents had given her a name that implied happiness, and yet she now wondered if she had ever truly understood or experienced an of it in her not quite nineteen years of life.
But then she had met Isa, and everything - both good and bad - had changed forever.
In the novel, People of the Book by Kathi Macias, we get the opportunity to view first hand through the eyes of Farah, what it's like living in Saudi Arabia and living as a practicing Muslim. However when Farah's life is interrupted by a vision from Isa, Jesus Christ, she feels conflicted in whether what she has believed all her life has been a lie, and with that knowledge, changing her faith is not that simple. It would mean certain death if her family found out. Will she be willing to take that risk?
I received this novel compliments of Kathi Macias for my honest review and once again she doesn't disappoint her readers. This one was a 5 out of 5 star in my personal opinion and gave me insight into just how much we take our religious freedoms here in the United States for granted. No where can someone select another religion and feel free to practice their beliefs and remain safe. Whereas, in places like Saudi Arabia, you may in fact lose your life for choosing something other than Islam as your religion.
Posted August 1, 2011
As cousins Farah and Nura observe Ramadan, a month-long holy time for those of the Islamic faith, each ponders what is expected of them as devout Muslims. One night, Farah dreams that Isa, or Jesus, is calling her to believe that He is the Son of God, a belief that will put her at odds with her Islamic upbringing. Soon she learns that her cousin Nura has been chatting online with Sara, an American Christian of Saudi ancestry. As the two cousins explore their new faith, Sara begins to question hers when her brother dies as a result of gang violence.
"People of the Book" is not a light or subtle read. Written for a Christian audience, it is a blatant and arrant story of what happens in some communities to people, especially women, who consider Christianity. American readers, especially, will be struck by the disparity between the freedoms they enjoy and the restrictions that people in other parts of the world face as they read this story. Its place in the Extreme Devotion series is fitting.
Posted May 23, 2011
This story is about two Muslim teen-agers living in Saudia Arabia and one teen-ager living in the United States. Nura and Farah (from Saudia Arabia) are cousins. Nura and (Sara, from the United States) have been corresponding via a chat room. Sara has been chatting with Nura about Jesus. Nura has been taught to belief that Isa (Jesus) was a mere prophet of Allah, nothing more. So Nura is very intrigued with Sara's Jesus as being the Son of God. Sara is hoping that Nura will come to know Jesus. Farrah on the other hand is a very devout Muslim and is hoping for a touch from Allah during Ramadan. Farah at one point has a vivid dream about Isa (Jesus) and now she is confused and has many questions but no one to talk to about her dream. Nura and Farrah will eventually pay a price for standing up for their convictions. I can not remember when a story has touched me in an almost disturbing way. I had never heard of "honor killings" before, and to be truthful I am appalled that they exist in the world today. I feel this story challenges and inspires us to be the faithful Christians that we ought to be. We need not fear for standing up for what we believe in. This story will shake you to the very core. It needed to be written and I thank Kathi Macias for doing such a great job in doing so. I can't wait to read more of Kathi's books!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2011
This is not the first book by Kathi Macias that I have read, nor will it be the last. Her Extreme Devotion books take her readers through different areas around the world, and speaks volumes of the work of Christ in each place. Kathi puts her whole heart into writing these Extreme Devotion books and it really shines through. It is one of the many reasons why I love to read these books by her. These are not your every day, light Christian fiction stories. No, not by a long shot. Oh, yes they ARE Christian fiction, that much is for certain. But, the power of God that moves through these beautifully written novels, and the love that Kathi pours into them, is a deep and emotional kind of novel.
In People Of The Book, we are taken to the lives of 3 different women. This story centers around Saudi Arabia, a place where it is unlikely heard of that one will be a devout Christian, an among the Saudi streets are 2 young women.....one of whom befriends the third woman, who lives in America. When the Saudi women become interested in learning more about Christ and the Bible....well, I was so torn at what happens to people over there. It truly ripped my heart in half to read it. I found myself becoming a part of Susan, the young woman in America, who prayed for these women and tried her best to be a witness to these poor young women, albeit through an internet connection.
This book is NOT for the readers looking for a fun reading time. Oh, you will get lost amongst the pages for sure, as I found myself in a grip so strong I couldn't have put this book down, had I wanted to. But, it is not full of humor, it is not full of romance. It is full of true and real happenings among the world today and it is emotional turmoil in some spots. By the end of the book, I was in awe and in tears from the power Kathi's book held over me.
I highly recommend this book with the highest of 5 star praises, though it is certainly deserving of so many more than simply 5. It is a book that will change your life. It is a book that will make you think. It is a book worth the time in reading. I recommend that you read all this wonderful books in this particular series for the emotion and the feeling that Kathi weaves in the pages, though they do not need to be read in any order, for they are easily stand alone titles. Beautifully done, Kathi, and I hope that this is not the end of this series!
Posted May 18, 2011
Matthew 5:10 states: "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." This is exemplified in Kathi Macias's book, People of the Book. Kathi vividly shows the price two young women, Farah and Nura, pay for seeking the truth and ultimately worshiping Isa Masih, Jesus Christ. They live in Saudi Arabia, where Christian faith marks them as traitors to Islam. However, Jesus encourages them through an online chat friend, Sara and quiets their spirits through His still small voice. The constant tension of these young women struggling with their faith and the realization they could be killed if anyone finds out makes this a page-turner. I highly recommend this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 26, 2011
Book four of Kathi Macias's Extreme devotion Series is another great story of persecution and strife in the lives of Christians. The title, "People of the Book" intrigued me from the onset. As I read the book, I was able to discover what the book title was all about. I have never known very much about the Islamic faith, but in reading and following the story, I was able through the main characters to learn of the many differences in that religion and the Christian faith. Kathi has penned a story that involves young people making decisions about their faith.
Farah, in Saudia arabia was deeply engrossed in growing in her muslim faith, but the Lord Jesus had a call on her life, and her cousin Nura was witnessed to about the Christian faith in a chat room by a former believer of Allah (Sara) in the United States. These events sets the stage for life-changing experiences, and even death in their lives. The story makes one question what one would be willing to go through for their faith. Kathi has written another great book that subtlety displays the power of God in this dark world. I highly recommend it!!
People of the Book is Kathi Macias' fourth book in her Extreme Devotion Series. For me, it's the most intense and moving so far. It's not an easy book to read, but one that needs to be vocalized around the world about "honor killings" here and abroad, mostly against women and young girls.
Kathi methodically and aptly describes the story of a young Saudi teen, Farah, who wants nothing more than to draw closer to Allah during Ramadan.
The atmosphere in Farah's home is mostly stable and loving, except for her brother Kareem's hatred and jealousy of her. That tension underlies the whole story, as Farah searches for Allah more sincerely than Kareem. It seeps even deeper when Farah determines to find out more about Isa, who has appeared to her in her dreams, while hiding that reality from her family and suspicious brother. Her father and mother's trust in her is displayed by allowing her access to the internet. But the roots of bitterness in her brother's life are made evident throughout the pages, as he schemes and watches Farah openly and with hatred, hiding it from no one.
This is a book of what happens when a young teen finds Isa and tries to live out her life of faith, and how it clashes with the Muslim faith. The unconscionable realities of 'honor killings' are cautiously and secretly revealed so as not to bring 'dishonor' to their family.
Through Kathi's telling of the story, you fear and palpably feel the tension and animosity as does Farah. You are captured into the Muslim life, learning of what life is like for men versus women-a way of life that bombards your heart and mind with heartfelt horror and disbelief. She differentiates the Gospel of love and redemption from the realities of murder ("honor killings") when one doesn't adhere strictly to Islam.
As the story ties itself to the life of a young Christian girl with Muslim ancestry in a chat room in the Pacific Northwestern part of America, it's also a wake-up call for Christians everywhere to be praying for the non-practicing-Muslim Christians (new "people of the Book") and salvation for Muslims everywhere.
This book was provided by Christian Speaker Services in exchange for my honest review.
Posted April 13, 2011
The story revolves around the lives of 3 teenagers: Sara, a Christian living in America, and Farah and Nura, cousins living in Saudi Arabia. Sara's family are Christian converts, who were at one time devout Muslims. Sara reaches out to Nura on an online chat forum where Christians talk to Christian converts with Muslim backgrounds. Nura, curious about the Christian faith and if Isa (Jesus) is more than just a prophet to Muhammad, begins asking Sara many questions. Sara enjoys answering questions and through this online relationship, they become friends world's apart but close in prayer.
This is a book that will cause everyone to question their own faith walk and think how far we would go to worship God and not deny Jesus as the Son of God regardless of the consequence. This is a book that I highly recommend for teenagers and adults, alike. It's a wonderful book with a brilliant message, with a glimmer of hope in the midst of all the challenges these teenagers experience.
Posted April 12, 2011
Kathi Macias has created a book that reaches into us and speaks to our heart. My favorite quote from the book was, "God doesn't make mistakes". This book came at the right time. Years ago I felt called to the missions. I don't mean foreign missions. I was called to be a teacher. I started out in private schools and ended up in public. God uses us where he sends us. I have always said that God has placed me as a teacher to plant seeds and lets someone else water them. With all that is going on in the world of teaching, I was beginning to doubt my calling. That doesn't mean that God won't one day move me out of teaching. This book was an affirmation for me. I deal with students of all cultures and religions. In that way, I can relate to Sarah who spends time speaking to Muslim girls in Saudi Arabia. She meets Nura in a chat room and tells her about Jesus, Isa as Nura calls him. She shares her faith with her cousin Farah. Both of them are called to Jesus. They give their life to him knowing what it could cost them. I felt for Sarah carrying the burden of a murdered brother and not having the reassurance he had accepted the Lord. I felt for Nura and Farah who wanted their families to know Isa. How willing are we to step out for God. What cost are we willing to pay?
Up until this week, I taught an after school writing class. I had a young man who constantly asked me about my beliefs and what it meant to be a Christian. He told me that his mom had told him that she was going to get him a Bible, years had gone by, and he still didn't have one. My mother once again donated a Bible to give to him. He bugged me for three days until I got it to him. Inside the Bible I had marked the passages for the Roman Road, a simple prayer he could pray for salvation and my email address so he could contact me whenever he had questions. I was excited at the end of the day I shared it with one of our secretaries. She looked at me and thanked me for blessing her. I told her I would continue doing what God told me to do no matter what. I was looking for this job when I found it, and will not lose it until God is ready for me to lose it. A few minutes later, someone else came out and told me I needed to watch what I said to students because I could be fired. I've been accused of bringing my religious beliefs into my classroom when I agreed with a parent's concerns because of her Christian beliefs. This book will go on my shelf at school because my students need to see what goes on. If I can put great Christian books on my shelves then I am planting seeds. I pray that God will continue to bless Kathi and authors like her. I pray he will continue to bless them with stories that will reach others.
I enjoyed this book immensely. At the end of the year when I must choose my top 10 favorites, it is going to be very difficult because God has sent some great books my way. I would recommend this book not only to Christians but also to anyone interested in the difference in Christian and Muslim beliefs and what people are willing to do for their beliefs. This is necessary read.
Posted March 29, 2011
Kathi Macias shows readers how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things all over the world, in her extreme devotion series. This author quickly captures the reader's attention and shows God's love in action through the hard times her characters face. Since I'd read all the books in this series, I was anxious to receive a review copy of the last installment, The People of the Book, which focuses on teenage girls in Saudi Arabia.
Sara and Nura are teenagers who develop a friendship through an on-line chat room. Sara is a Christian living in America and Nura is a Muslim girl living in Saudi Arabia. Sara prays, witnesses to Nura and tells her where to read the bible on-line.
This is a haunting tale of young people facing tough choices from one corner of the globe to the other. My heart strings ached as I read of the dangers these Saudi women faced just for thinking about reading the bible and talking about God. The challenges these young girls encountered, captivated my thoughts. I contemplated their hardship, danger and courage they faced in order to take a stand for Christ in their country.
This author reminds the reader that many people don't have the religious freedoms we enjoy here in America. As I read, I was compelled to pray for people like Nura and Farah, who are facing prison sentences and/or death for serving the one true God. Kathi reminds the reader that God's word is alive, and it can touch the human heart and mind in very unique and real ways. I was reminded that God can do far more than we can even imagine through prayer and reading the bible...it's powerful!
Kathi has an extraordinary gift of telling a compelling story that comes alive in the heart and mind of the reader. The constant tension between the characters and the dangers they faced, made this a page turner for me. These characters came alive...the call on their lives was authentic and the battle for their hearts and their minds real. I felt compassion for these teens as they struggled with their faith, hope and courage to seek the face of the Savior. They were also overwhelmed by the unconditional love God wanted to give them. Kathi Macias once again has skillfully penned a believable, captivating; mission minded novel...one that will stay in your heart and your mind. I know you'll find yourself sharing this story with your friends. I can't stop thinking about this story and the characters. I highly recommend The People of the Book.
Posted March 27, 2011
As I started to read this book, I was so intrigued that I could not wait to turn the next page. People of the Book starts with two different sets of people, one is set in America with a young Christian girl that get onto chat rooms and tries to get people to believe in God. The other set of people live in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and are of the Muslim faith.
I found this so interesting as it tells of the women in this Muslim county and how different they are from American women. The women in Saudi Arabia are really not counted as anything except what they can do to please the men. They have to stay covered from head to toe and they live in the very hot desert but I had no idea that they may have computers, but this if fiction, or it may be so. I think that this is the best one yet in the series as I learned things that I had seen on TV.
Taken from the first page of the book "The dividing line between the before and after or Farah's life had actually been drawn earlier than she realized, during Ramadan, the eighteenth such observance of the holy month during Farah's brief lifetime." Farah has a cousin that has already begin to think of Jesus "prophet Isa" her name was Nura and she had been in a chat room with an American girl Sara, and Sara loved Jesus and to leave a seen planted but she and Nura had really become friends. Farah had a younger sister and an older brother. The brother Kareem hated Farah but he didn't really care for the fasting and praying with his father during Ramadan which was the most holiest time of the year.
As the girls kept in touch with each other through the Internet, so many thousands miles away there were some things that happened in each of their lives, that would separate them from ever getting in touch with each other again in this world.
I have read a lot of Kathi's books and as I have said before I think this in the best one yet and she has written some very good Christian books.
I received this book for free from CSS tours for this review"
Posted March 27, 2011
This book for me was very hard to put down...it is well written and part of Kathi's Extreme Devotion Series, the 4th one. It gives a very big insight into life...especially for woman...in Muslim Saudi Arabia. I sure wouldn't want to live there.
The story focus on 2 cousins who live in Saudi Arabia, and a brother and sister living in River Crest Washington.
Farah and Nura come from devote Muslim families, and Farah especially is trying to develop a much stronger relationship with Allah. Sara and Emir parents are converts to Christianity, and the teens have been brought up as Christians.
I really came to appreciate living in the USA, all that we take for granted in our religious freedoms. Bring out the tissues, there are some very hard parts, and very strong love of the Lord!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Hope Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Posted January 12, 2013
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