3 reasons not to read this book

Kathi Macias’ “People of the Book” is a dangerous read, and I can only recommend it if NONE of the following apply to you:

1. You are comfortable with the level of your spiritual life.

2. You are unwilling to love Muslims.

3. You don’t want to think about being persecuted for your faith.

Or, if these statements do apply to you, but your heart is open, then find yourself a copy of this book. For a chance to win it, leave a comment on this blog and/or click here to leave comments on other blogs participating in the blog tour. Macias is giving away her entire four-book “Extreme Devotion” series on May 2 to someone who leaves a comment on one of the participating blogs.

That said, I couldn’t put this book down, and I’m eager to read the other books in the series. Macias transports you to a world about which you know little or nothing. I walked away from this book feeling several things: ashamed that I take for granted how easy it is to follow Christ in the United States, love for a people group with whom I don’t have a lot of contact, and desire to take more risks in sharing my faith.

Wow. There’s my one-word review. This book changed my life. I hope that doesn’t sound like an oversell, but I’m serious when I say read it with caution. You just don’t know what God might do with you after reading it.

But don’t let my words alone convince you. Watch the book trailer here.

And read on for an interview with Kathi Macias by Christian Speaker Services.

“People of the Book” is the fourth and final book in your Extreme Devotion series. Each book is set in a different country, with the theme of first devotion and commitment to Christ above all else running through all four. How is “People of the Book” different, and who/what inspired you to write this book?

People of the Book was the most difficult of the four Extreme Devotion series books to write, but it is also the strongest when it comes to a call to personal commitment to Christ and to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. With each of the books, I began drafting the manuscripts through Internet research, since I had never lived in any of the four countries and had only visited one of them. After the original draft, I worked with someone who either currently lived in the country or who had recently spent many years there. People of the Book was the toughest because the Saudi women I connected with via the Internet were understandably apprehensive about associating with me. Most, in fact, were terrified to do so. I was therefore quite pleased to meet a young woman named Dolly Dahdal here in the States who, until just a few years ago, had spent the majority of her life in Saudi Arabia and understood perfectly why I had chosen to write this book. We shared a passion to help expose the fallacy of “honor killings,” a horrific crime perpetrated primarily against women and girls who in some way bring “dishonor” on their Muslim families, and Dolly was a major contributor to the authenticity of this book.

Can you give us a brief synopsis of this story?

Eighteen-year-old Farah, who lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with her family, wants nothing more than to develop a deeper, more meaningful devotion to her Muslim faith. She sees the month of Ramadan as her chance to draw nearer to Allah, and she pursues that goal throughout the holiday. All goes well until the prophet Isa—Jesus—appears to her in a dream and
calls her to Himself. At the same time, her only brother, Kareem, who has never liked Farah, actively seeks an opportunity to expose her for the sham he believes she is.

Meanwhile, Farah’s seventeen-year-old cousin, Nura, has begun to frequent an online chat room where former Muslims gather to discuss their new faith, based on their belief that Isa is much more than a Muslim prophet—He is actually the Son of God. While there, Nura becomes acquainted with an American girl of Muslim ancestry—now a devout Christian named
Sara—and a friendship quickly develops. However, Sara has problems of her own due to her fifteen-year-old brother Emir’s involvement with a gang.

The lives of Farah, Nura, and Sara ultimately dovetail until each finds herself at a place where her faith is put to the test. Will they remain faithful to the end? Will God protect and keep them safe in the midst of persecution and treachery? Or will they be required to pay the ultimate price for their faith?

Kathi, how did you get into writing? Has it always been your passion, or is it something you came to later in life?

I’ve always wanted to write, for as long as I can remember. I was an avid reader even before I started kindergarten. I wrote a short story in third grade that the teacher liked so much she showed it to the principal, and they decided to turn it into a play for the entire PTA. I was hooked! One day when I was about 13, I was walking home from school with my then boyfriend (now husband), Al, and I told him I’d be a writer some day. He often reminds me how blessed I am to have been able to do what I dreamed of all my life.

I understand you’re running a special contest that has to do with this book. Can you tell us about it?

Not only are there several opportunities to win a copy of the book on various blog sites included in this tour, but I’m giving away the entire four-book series at the end of the tour to someone who leaves a comment on one of the blogs, so be sure to check them all out and leave comments on each one!

In addition to writing, you are a popular speaker at women’s event, writers’ conferences, and various venues around the country. How can people find out more about you, your writing and speaking, sign up for your weekly devotional newsletter (in English or Spanish), and/or just view your many book videos, etc.?

They can find me at one of my websites (http://www.kathimacias.com; http://www.theTitus2Women.com) or on my Easy Writer blog at http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com.
There is a “contact” button on my Kathi Macias website if they’d like to send me a message. I always respond to all my emails!

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for posting the author’s interview on my blog. This blog tour is managed by Christian Speaker Services (www.ChristianSpeakerServices.com).


13 thoughts on “3 reasons not to read this book

  1. I want these books! 🙂 A former student and now close friend is a devout (not radical, just committed to her peaceful faith) Muslim and I adore her! My friendship with her has taught me so much about life, love, faith, and the commonality of the human condition. You might like to watch her and her husband in this local documentary that won national and international awards and aired on PBS nationally a couple years ago: http://vimeo.com/15462727 And she’s working on a new project — the trailer is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U85AvY2p_Ac

  2. Hi Lisa. This is an outstanding review. I read the book and couldn’t agree with you more on the 3 reasons you stated for not reading this book.

    Two weeks out, I’m still contemplating it. And, like you, I am going to have to read this entire series. People of the Book opened my eyes & heart. That is something that I need to experience more often.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Follow our Twitter feed (@ChristianSpkrs) and visit http://www.facebook.com/CSSVirtualBookTour.KathiMacias.PeopleoftheBook for more locations of blog posts. Kathi Macias will be giving away 1 free complete 4-book set of the EXTREME DEVOTION SERIES. Per Kathi, “I’m giving away the entire four-book series at the end of the tour to someone who leaves a comment on one of the blogs, so be sure to check them all out and leave comments on each one!

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