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Posted August 31, 2014
Posted August 7, 2014
Kathi Macias is known to me for her excellent writing, her bold statements and profound truths. I know all of the hymns that were either mentioned or alluded to in this novel, which made the story most meaningful to me. I also knew the story of Fanny Crosby from hearing about bits and pieces of it during my past, but having it put together in this way was fabulous to say the least. Whether you know the words and harmony of the songs or not, and even if you have never heard of Fanny Crosby, or you know the story well, this book is absolutely fantastic. Although "abuela" Eva walks Jolisa through the salvation story, it is done In such a natural way that the reader notices it, but it does not detract their attention. We can not all be like Fanny Crosby, (nor should we wish to be) but we can all bloom where we are planted.
This book is the third one in the Quilt series, but is easily a stand alone book. You will likely want to read the others, but it is not necessary to enjoy this one.
I received this free book from Fred at The Book Club Network and New Hope publishing and the author Kathi Macias in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
Posted July 18, 2014
This third book in Kathi Macias’s “Quilt Series” features Jolissa Montoya, a college-age girl with a stuttering problem. She lives with her uncle, who is verbally abusive and demeaning to her. This is the story of how she overcame her disability through an adopted grandma who taught her about Jesus, using a “Singing Quilt” that portrayed the life of Fanny Crosby. Readers will be inspired by this delightful story not to let fear or a disability prevent them from doing what God calls them to do. If we only ask, God will provide a way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2014
The Singing Quilt is the third book in the Quilt series. However, it is easy to read as a stand-alone. The story is based on a quiet Hispanic girl being raised by her abusive uncle, since her parents death. She meets a special elderly woman on her way home from work who she adopts as her "abuela" grandmother. This adopted grandmother takes her under her wing and shows her a special quilt and explains it meaning. The book is an easy, quick, enjoyable read. I can't wait to go back and read the first two books in the series.I recieved this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 10, 2014
The Singing Quilt
By: Kathi Macias
I love this Quilt series. This one is the story of Fanny Crosby. Fanny Crosby has always been one of my favorite speakers and song writers. Kathi did a wonderful job weaving the story into her story and being able to help someone in their life. What a life Fanny Crosby had being blind but she did so much with her life. She wrote hundreds of songs was a great speaker and was also very active in Christian missions. She didn't let her disabilities keep her fro doing what God's calling was for her.
Jolissa believed her calling was working with disadvantaged children. Jolissa has one problem how can she get the point across to the kids when she has a very bad speech problem. She stutters when she talks. The stuttering began after having to live with a mean uncle and how he treated her raising her after her mother died. Jolissa finally makes a friend in a older lady. Eva Pedrosa has a very special quilt each block tells a story. Each block makes Jolissa think of her own life. Can Eva help Jolissa? Will Jolissa follow her calling God has for her?
Another wonderful book by Kathi Macias. There is not a book by Kathi that I would not recommend . All books are God honoring and well searched.
Posted May 26, 2014
Within a few pages of beginning this beautifully-written novel, I was captivated by the three ladies who are featured prominently in The Singing Quilt by Kathi Macias, the third Quilt book she has written. It is the love story of a mighty, holy God as He woos a young woman not unlike many of us to Himself through the willing, obedient hands and heart of a woman over 80 years young who used the “singing quilt” to teach Jolissa of God’s love.
It is also a story about a woman who lives on through the tremendous hymns and poems that she wrote. She was blind almost from birth, an extraordinary woman who lived during a time in which most blind children and teens were unable to receive an education. Eventually, however, Fanny Crosby did get schooling, and her life story serves as inspiration for The Singing Quilt.
There is no doubt that the Lord sees us differently than we see ourselves. And we often understand Him as much harsher and unloving than He really is. In this book, through the hearts of Jolissa and Eva, and the life of Fanny Crosby, is demonstrated how the Lord wants us to see Him as a result of seeing His great love and mercy for us. And we see the results of seeing God differently, and living and loving as He would have us to. We are not victims of our circumstances as we each have something that the Lord wants us to do as we walk in the victory He won for us on Calvary.
This reader sees at least two sweet, primary spiritual themes in this beautiful novel. One, first and foremost, is God’s love. There may be other primary ideas that other readers see, so I won’t spoil it by sharing any others! I will say that one came as a complete surprise, as I was so wrapped up in the story that I didn’t think about anything except to hurry to see what would happen next, as well as seeing Jolissa’s experiences with her uncle – a man who was every bit as tormented as the verbal poison that he spewed on his niece.
This book is for all who have been abused, emotionally or spiritually, who feel trapped in their circumstances, who were led to believe they are worthless because of lies from the enemy. For teens and women of all ages who need a fresh touch from the Lord, a new hope of what He will do for you as well as what you can do to receive it. And maybe even for those who work with teens or young adults to be encouraged to show them the way. Jolissa and Eva are characterized so well that they could step out of the pages of the book to sit down and have a cup of tea. If you are a fan of well-written Christian fiction, you won’t want to miss this. Kathi Macias has a gift for sharing the heart of God through her writing, and I’m looking forward to reading many more of her novels!
I read this book on behalf of “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Posted May 23, 2014
This is book #3 in the Quilt Series by Kathi Macias. Although this is a series, they are three separate books. So you don't have to read them in order. This book is on a quilt based on Fanny Crosby's life. It follows the life of Jolissa Montoya. Jolissa is a quiet, insecure Hispanic girl. She meets a very special lady who becomes her "adopted grandmother". This "adopted grandmother" shows her the quilt and tells her about the life of Fanny Crosby. This was a really good book. It is a very quick read. I would recommend this book to everyone!
I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.
Posted May 18, 2014
An Inspiring Journey!
A young Hispanic woman, Jolissa endured years of verbal and emotional abuse from her disabled uncle. Confined to a wheelchair her uncle was a bitter and cruel man who belittled Jolissa at every turn. A speech impediment made it difficult for her to communicate easily, but she felt a calling to help others, particularly children. She developed a friendship with an elderly woman who told her stories through the blocks in a very special quilt. Through this relationship and the stories she eagerly absorbed Jolissa began to feel God's presence in her life, a gentle moving that taught her to listen for direction for her future.
A very poignant and emotional tale of a young woman who suffered much loss and heartache in her life is beautifully presented by the author. Descriptive and moving, this tale of a beaten down young girl offers hope through the influence of a "grandmother" character who plays a significant role in this story. Eloquently written, Kathi Macias has woven the lives of two women together in an inspirational account of the story behind a very special quilt. The layers of the quilt represent the life of a woman who overcame her own obstacles which have a profound affect on Jolissa's healing and search for direction. This author has never disappointed me. Her stories are created with depth and sensitivity, and inspiration that touches the heart. Another Kathy Macias masterpiece!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the Book Fun For Readers Only program, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Posted May 17, 2014
This is truly a story in a story. Jolissa was orphaned at a young age and was sent to live with her uncle. He's confined to a wheelchair and is emotionally abusive to Jolissa. The story takes place after she's finished high school, taking classes in college, working at a dry cleaners and taking care of her uncle. Jolissa feels that God is calling her to work with the inner city disadvantaged children. She can't figure how God could use her with her problems. She has a speech impediment and English isn't her first language. With her accent and speech problem how will anyone understand her. When she is put on part-time work at the cleaners (where she works in the back away from the customers) she is devastated. How will she pay for her classes, help her uncle with the bills. On the way home she stops at a local church. The doors are open and she goes in. There she meets an older lady that welcomes her and asks if she needs someone to pray with her. Jolissa and her new friend become better than friends. Her new friend becomes her adopted grandmother. When she is shown the quilt Jolissa is told that each square represents Fanny Crosby's life and how she followed God's calling with her own disability. Fanny's disability never stopped her from her calling. Fanny is a real person and when you read the book you will recognize some of the things that she accomplished. She even became a public speaker and that's all I'm going to say on Fanny.
This book was a gift from author Vicki Hinze. Vicki is one of my favorite authors and when she asked me to read this and leave an honest review I was glad too. Also, I've read other books by Kathi Macais. She's truly a gifted author and her faith shines through in her books. This book is an easy read but I warn you, have a tissue by your side. I needed mine.
Posted May 12, 2014
The Singing Quilt is a delightful addition to the Quilts of Love Series.
Jolissa cannot fathom how God could use a stuttering, passive woman to accomplish anything great but through the story of Fanny Crosby, she finds that courage and life’s calling comes from God. In a story of two women’s prayers that lead to a much needed healing friendship, The Singing Quilt unfolds.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and found it to be an easy read that was encouraging and touching. At times, I found myself wanting to defend Jolissa from the hateful words of her uncle, but also found that her character possessed the quiet answer that turns away wrath (Proverbs 15:1). Sweet Eva gives Jolissa such incredible love and friendship. Adopting her as her own granddaughter and loving her through the hard decisions she has to make yet never manipulating Jolissa into doing anything.
The characters possessed godly characteristics and were sweet to get to know. The Signing Quilt is a wonderful story of friendship, forgiveness and miracles, a delightful read.
I received this book from the Book Club network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Posted May 5, 2014
I finished reading The Singing Quilt by Kathi Macias. What a great novel. The back cover drew me in and the book held my attention from start to finish. I want an abuela (grandmother) like Eva. I think most people would. I love how Ms. Macias had the story mirror life. God really does answer prayers, pay attention to details, and fill our lives with blessings when we are walking in step with Him. What may seem like a fairy tale to some who don’t know Him personally is a true life love story to those who call Him Father. This is a book I will happily share with others who also need encouragement and hope when things in life aren’t going so well.
I received this book for free from BookClubNetwork and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Posted March 20, 2014
This is another in the Quilts of Love Series. Kathi Macias weaves a skillful tale, and I love this one about an older woman who befriends a young one.
Jolissa is a young woman, an orphan, living with a verbally abusive paraplegic uncle. His constant criticism of her and her severe stutter has her convinced she can do nothing right. Her employer at the laundry where she works regretfully informs her he must cut her hours in half--now her tio will be mad that she can't give him more to meet the bills.
On an impulse, she enters a little church. There she meets an older woman, Eva Pedrosa, who tells stories about a quilt she has. In the stories about Fanny Crosby the young woman learns about another young woman who overcomes what appear to be insurmountable obstacles. Soon Jolissa is calling her new friend Abuela (Spanish for grandmother). With the encouragement Jolissa receives from her new abuela, will she begin to discover a little confidence in herself and in her God?