All’s well that ends well: Review of The Deliverer by Kathi Macias

Finally! Book three in Kathi Macias’ Freedom series is here! And The Deliverer is everything I hoped it would be.

The Freedom series — which also includes Deliver Me From Evil and Special Delivery — shines a light on human trafficking, telling the story of a young Mexican girl, Mara, who was entrusted to her uncle and promised a better life in America. Mara becomes a victim of human trafficking until, almost by accident, she encounters a young man delivering pizza. You can read my reviews of the first two books by clicking on the book titles above.

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book, and it wraps up the continuing story of Mara and Jonathan, and others whose lives have been forever changed by human trafficking. I’m generally a happy endings kind of girl and this one definitely delivers. Sometimes, though, the cynic in me wants to reject a story with happy endings because in life, things don’t always work out that way.

Make that, in this life, things don’t always work out that way. What The Deliverer brings is the Gospel message — good news! The characters in Macias’ novels have been through some horrible, painful, tragic experiences, and it might be easy for us to say, Why doesn’t God stop that kind of suffering? My question is: Why don’t we? God doesn’t want people to be subjected to the horrors of sex slavery, as these books describe. BUT He can set things right. He can redeem the most awful circumstances. In this life. And in eternity. That is the good news in a nutshell, that God is one day going to make everything right, the way it was meant to be.

So, I’m okay with this book ending happily. With loose ends neatly tied up and people set on a path of healing and wholeness. Because that’s the ideal. That’s what we’re living and striving for.

Yes, human trafficking is terrible. And yes, God can make it right. And wants to make it right. And we can help him do that.

This was my favorite of the three books, and I’m so grateful that Macias tackles these tough issues to expose to the light deeds done in darkness. It can’t be an easy subject to write about, but she does so with grace and truth. The books opened my eyes to some ugly realities, but they didn’t leave me unchanged. That, my friends, is the power of the written word.

Read on for an interview with Kathi Macias.

While this is the third and final  book in the Freedom Series, I’m sure there are people who are just  learning about it. Would you please share what prompted you to write  these books on such topic as relevant and difficult as human  trafficking?

I was finishing up my previous fiction series for New Hope Publishers (the Extreme Devotion Series, dealing with the persecuted Church around  the world) when Andrea Mullins (the publisher at New Hope) asked me what topic I wanted to tackle next. We discussed a few possibilities, and  then she suggested human trafficking. I was aware of it and thought it  was terrible but had no idea how widespread it was. I agreed to do some  preliminary research and get back to her. When I discovered there are  more than 27 million people held in various forms of human trafficking  (sexual slavery, forced labor or military conscription, involuntary  donation of body parts/organs) and that many of them are children (including an estimated 100,000—300,000 MINORS held in sexual slavery in  the US today!), I was horrified. I was also convinced that I had to do  everything possible to help educate others about this widespread horror  and to call them to join the fight. Not only have I now written/released  the Freedom Series on human trafficking, but I’m speaking on it  everywhere/every chance I get.

What was your original objective in writing these books, Deliver Me From Evil, Special Delivery, and The Deliverer? And, what are you hearing back from people who have read the books? How are they taking action?

Originally my plan was to see the books alert readers to this horrific crime and,  hopefully, challenge them to get involved in fighting it some way. That  seems to be happening, but on such a larger scope than I had imagined.  The response from readers is overwhelming! Pastors have written to say  they are challenging their entire church to get involved on some level,  and I’m being invited to speak all over the country on this topic. I am  thrilled to see the Light being shined in this terrible darkness at  last! As for specific actions, pastors and civic leaders are inviting me  (or others in this ministry) to come and speak to their  congregations/groups to help educate them on this massive tragedy.  Readers tell me they are posting about my books all over the net to help  snag people’s attention. I’m getting invitations to speak on radio and  TV as well. I’ve also been contacted by readers who are getting involved  in setting up safe houses for rescued victims, which is a huge need. I  was even contacted by the Department of Homeland Security and invited to  participate in group conference calls on the topic. Overall, I’m  thrilled at the way God is using these books to help sound the alarm and  to “rescue the perishing.”

It seems there is always someone in your books who is an intercessor. Why is that important for you to include?

This  is vital to me, and as you said, I almost always include an intercessor  in my novels. I know there were intercessors in my own life who prayed  me through some incredibly dangerous and difficult times, and I  appreciate those heroes of the faith more than I can express.  Highlighting their importance in my books accomplishes two things: it  enables me to honor those faithful intercessors who often get no  recognition in this world, and it also calls others to get involved in  intercession as well.

You  write books as you often call them, parables with a purpose, on topics  such as human trafficking, the persecuted church, illegal immigration,  and your Christmas 2012 book is about homelessness. Some might call you  an advocate. Why is it important for Christians, and the church as a  whole, to discuss these issues?

You’re  right that I call my novels “parables with purpose,” because I believe  Jesus is our example and that’s what He told to His followers—parables  with purpose. He didn’t just tell them “nice stories” to entertain them.  He told stories that would grab them right where they lived, and then  challenge them to change their hearts, their minds, and their lives. The  Church has always been at the forefront of serious social change,  leading the charge to abolish slavery for instance, and leading the  charge on these other issues is right where the Church needs to be now.  The first step is to discuss the issues, to make people aware of them,  and then to call them to action. I believe gripping fiction is one of  the most effective ways to do that.

Will  you give us a glimpse, a taste of things to come — without getting too  far ahead — of what’s in store for your next series and books on the  horizon? 

In addition to the 2012 Christmas novel, Unexpected Christmas Hero,  dealing with homelessness in America, I will be releasing a new series  starting in January. The first of the three novels is called The Moses Quilt,  and it deals with a contemporary interracial romance, set against the  background of a quilt that tells the story of the courageous,  faith-filled woman known as Harriet Tubman. A contemporary novel dealing  with the issue of abortion will follow, with the first woman doctor in  America, Elizabeth Blackwell, as our backdrop heroine. The final book  will be built around the much beloved Fanny Crosby, as we deal with the  issue of people with disabilities. That series is from New Hope  Publishers, but I also have a book releasing in the Spring of 2013 from  B&H Publishers called Last Chance for Justice. It’s part of the multi-author Bloomfield Series, and I’m very excited about it.

You also write a devotional blog. Can you tell us what the focus is and where we can find it?

I  started writing a weekly devotional several years ago, in response to a  request from the then newly formed group CAN (Christian Authors  Network). I sent it out as a group email and had about 40 recipients  then. The devotional mailing quickly grew and expanded beyond the CAN  group, with countless readers signing up to receive it. I also started  posting it each week on my devotional blog , which is part of my primary website ,  where you will also find my “Easy Writer” blog, which is more  writing-related. (You can also sign up there to receive the weekly  devotional in your inbox.) Over the years the devotional has been picked  up by Crosswalk, Black Christian News, Latino Christian News (I offer  it in Spanish as well as English), Believe.com, Christians in Recovery,  etc., so the readership has mushroomed beyond anything I ever imagined.  God is amazing, isn’t He?

Finally,  we know you as an award-winning author, but you also enjoy speaking for  women’s events, and other groups, as well. On what areas or topics do  you focus your speaking presentations? How can a church or group find  out more about having you speak for their event? 

I  speak on various topics, including the issues I address in my books,  but on other topics too. One of my most requested topics is “When  Passion and Purpose Collide.” That, along with several other popular  topics, can be found in the speaking section of my website . To see my current speaking schedule and/or to explore the possibility of having me come and speak, visit my website and click on the Christian Speakers Services button to make contact. You can also see some of my speaking endorsements here.

For opportunities to win a free copy of The Deliverer by Kathi Macias, please visit Facebook.com/CSSVBT.KathiMacias.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in  exchange for posting the author’s interview and/or book review on my blog. This blog tour  is managed by Christian Speakers Services .

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2 thoughts on “All’s well that ends well: Review of The Deliverer by Kathi Macias

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