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Posted December 23, 2013
What an amazing book! Very rarely do I have the opportunity to read books that affect me so emotionally and spiritually, but this is indeed one of them. Tears don't come easily to me when it comes to books, but this was a book that brought the tears on many occasions, and I was reminded of the way God works His plans at all times in all situations.
The prayers in this book touched my heart again and again. Although they were being voiced by fictional characters, they were so real. To see characters who prayed to and relied on God for everything was an encouragement to me. And to have God speak back to them was a good reminder to me that prayer is a 2-way conversation.
This is the second book in a row that I have read about human sex trafficking, and I was horrified to discover that this is still something that is so prevalent in our world--even our country. I can't imagine how often this happens, and we know nothing about it.
I was pleased to see that even though the book was basically a "happy ending" book (no spoilers here), it was realistic. And is showed God's faithfulness in every situation, even when it makes no sense to us. This is a quick, inspiring read that I would highly recommend to anyone!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Posted January 13, 2013
The Deliverer completes the story of Mara, a child forced into prostitution who was set free with the help of Jonathan, a Bible college student. Mara is eighteen now and is trying to deal with her attraction to Jonathan even though she has never met a man she can trust. Jonathan too is drawn to Mara but knows that unless she becomes a Christian God's blessing will not be on their relationship. His friendship with another young woman Sarah begins to complicate things when Sarah thinks that he is serious about her.
Lawan is finally reunited with her little sister and her new parents, but struggles to understand her new life in a strange country and a completely different setting, I was very grateful that her adoptive parents accepted this and didn't push her or ridicule her but instead allowed her to show her emotions and loved her unconditionally.
Just as with the others in the series The Deliverer had a very powerful message and a relevant message, this time being Godly mentors and families for those without caring families. We see this lived out in Barbara helping Mara and Lawan's adoption.
I really admire the fact that the author must have done in-dept study for these books and wrote about the facts and information she found, I hope they impact or awaken someone to the tragedy of sex trafficking.
I received this book free from New Hope in exchange for an honest review.
Posted December 27, 2012
Kathi Macias very capably takes you on a journey through pain, suffering, redemption, and forgiveness in The Deliverer. As you read, you will feel as though you know Mara, the main character. Sold by her family, Mara has been forced to spend most of her life as a sex slave. Now freed from slavery, Mara still struggles to leave behind the horrors of the past. She was saved by a young man named Jonathan, a Bible college student. Mara and Jonathan are two people from such opposite backgrounds. Is it possible for them to form a relationship together? Read The Deliverer to uncover multiple stories, depth, and hope. This book is definitely a page-turner! It is filled with intrigue – you won’t want to put it down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2012
Grace, discovery and promise radiate from the pages of this most recent novel in the Freedom series. In “The Deliverer” former slave Mara Jimenez struggles to recover from the horrible abuse she suffered for more than a decade. Will her past forever taint her present life? Will she learn to trust, to find love, but even better, will she find faith?
Former child sex slave Lawan flies alongside the missionary Joan to her new life in America. How will she react when she meets the Johnson family and her biological sister, Anna Mali? Will the girls accept each other? Will Lawan adjust to her new surroundings?
Jonathan and his sister Leah continue their education at Bible College. Will Jonathan discover God’s plan for his life? Will he figure out which girl God wants him to marry? Will Leah’s friend, Sarah, succeed in her bumbling efforts to engineer her heart’s desire?
The villain, Mara’s uncle Jefe, attempts to hold onto his position as boss of the jail yard. Will he succeed or fail? Mara’s parents in Mexico, Rudolfo and his battered wife Cecelia, struggle in desperate circumstances. Will Cecelia survive to see her daughter again?
Throughout, “The Deliverer” Jesus Christ, although unseen, walks alongside the Flannery and Johnson families. Will they and their friends discern God’s will for their lives? Will they live faithfully in their efforts to follow Christ?
Set in San Diego, Mexico and Thailand, this book pulls together the threads of the previous two novels, “Deliver Me from Evil, Freedom Series book #1”, and “Special Delivery, Freedom Series book # 2, and like those two books, it also compels us with the plight of slavery victims. Unlike those two books that drive us to the end wondering what will happen, in this book, we see how slaves can recover to live a free and normal life. Filled with God’s mercy and grace, this book also oozes hope. I heartily recommend it as the perfect wrap-up to the series.
Posted September 18, 2012
I just finished reading this, the last book in the Freedom Series, and in some ways hate to say goodbye to a lot of these characters I have grown to love. This is a wrap up of the first two books.
I would recommend that you read the first two books to really appreciate this hard subject of sex slavery of young girls...some as young as 5 and 6.
We rejoin Mara, she is now saving her money to go to Junior College, and working at the restaurant. She was rescued by the help of Jonathan Flannery, the young man, who was delivery pizza and helped in her rescue. Jonathan and his sister Leah are both now in college. Leah's friend Sarah, who has a big crush on Jonathan, has decided to spend Thanksgiving with the Flannery's instead of her own family. That way she will be closer to Jonathan.
We also travel with Lewan as she comes to the US, and her new family. What a heart breaking life this poor dear girl has had. You really feel yourself pulling for her as she is reunited with her sister Anna, and meeting her new family.
Some have already accepted the Lord as their Savior, and others are struggling with all that has happened to them. They are unable to forgive, and receive forgiveness.
Don't miss this heartwarming ending to this eye opening series!
I received this book from the Publisher New Hope, and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted September 5, 2012
I've been impressed with Kathi Macias's writing for years, but this might be my favorite of the whole lot. If you haven't read the first two of the series (Deliver Me from Evil and Special Delivery), you might want to get them and read them first. This ones concludes the story of Mara, a girl placed into sexual slavery by her tio (uncle). In the first book, she is rescued by Jonathan and his sister and a friend.
Mara finds herself attracted by Jonathan, but feels unworthy of him. She pushes his attentions away.
Jonathan wants to get better acquainted with her, too, but two things stop him: Mara doesn't act interested in him, and she is not a Christian. And then there's Sarah, Jonathan's sister's friend who has such a crush on him.
Across town, a small girl named Lawan arrives in a strange country with a strange language to the home of her sister, Mali--oh, no, her name is Anna now. Mali-Anna calls the adults Mom and Dad, but Lawan doesn't think she will ever be able to do that. She, too, has been a victim of heartless people who prey on children.
Kathi's ability to weave two tales together to create a lovely tapestry excels in this book, the third and final in her Freedom Series.
Posted October 5, 2012
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Posted October 4, 2012
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