Friday, November 5, 2010

Red Ink by Kathi Macias - and a GIVE AWAY!

Red Ink by Kathi Macias (New Hope Publishers)

A young Chinese woman, Zhen-Li—raised to observe the party line, including its one-child-per-family doctrine—falls in love with and marries a Christian, and adopts his faith. Though the couple downplays their Christianity in an effort to survive, Zhen-Li’s family is appalled, and she and her husband are ostracized. When she becomes pregnant for the second time and refuses to have an abortion, the persecution begins in earnest. Zhen-Li’s parents, under pressure from the government, pay to have Zhen-Li kidnapped and the baby aborted.

It is then Zhen-Li decides she must live up to her name—"Truth"—and take a firm stand for her faith, regardless of the consequences, and so she begins to regularly teach children about Zhu Yesu ("Lord Jesus") and to distribute Christian literature every chance she gets.

Based loosely on the life of Christian magazine editor Li Ying, currently serving a ten-year prison sentence in China, the story of Yang Zhen-Li tells the desperate tale of her incarceration and separation from her family, as she continues to minister to other prisoners, and even to her guards.


My Thoughts:

EVERYONE should read Kathi Macias’ Extreme Devotion series!! EVERYONE! If you do, your life will be forever changed! Never have I read stories that have convicted me, encouraged me, challenged me and lifted my heart to heaven’s gates with praise more than this incredible series!

I just finished Red Ink, and this book is powerful! At first it seems as though Macias is telling two totally unrelated stories. Yet as the book goes on, the stories become a reflection of one another and tell the story of God’s sacrificial love for ALL mankind in a way that will make you want to fall prostrate at His feet – praising Him for the gift of salvation! Red Ink takes you into the deepest, darkest bowels of China’s hatred for Christianity, and readers are made to realize that the persecution of the church is real and that we should ALL be praying for those who pay with their lives for simply worshiping the Savior.

Alongside this story, Macias reveals the dark heart of human depravity that exists among those who traffic in drugs and the destruction of innocent lives. In a country free to worship the Savior and tell others of His love, there is a dark evil that preys on human lives with unmerciful vigilance.

Yet in every circumstance there is a BLESSED HOPE that is alive and that beats within the heart of every person who has gone to the cross of Christ for forgiveness. There is strength, there is compassion, there is an everlasting promise of eternal life in the presence of the Savior! Oh reader, do NOT miss this book – Red Ink – and do NOT miss this series – Extreme Devotion. May we all serve Christ with such extreme abandon!


I HAVE AN EXTRA COPY OF THIS INCREDIBLE BOOK TO GIVE AWAY! LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION ON THIS REVIEW TO BE ENTERED TO WIN!

About the Author

Kathi is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 30 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and recently won the prestigious 2008 member of the year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) at the annual Golden Scrolls award banquet. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding their Harley.


An Interview with Kathi


Red Ink is the third book in your four-book 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 Red Ink different, and who/what inspired you to write this book?

Red Ink is the only one of the four books that actually deals with someone being arrested and suffering specifically for her faith in Christ. The story is loosely based on my own personal heroine, Li Ying, who is currently serving a ten-year sentence in China for printing/distributing Christian materials, particularly to children. I pray for Li Ying daily, and I remind myself how very blessed I am to have the freedom to do what she did—without paying the price she now pays.

Can you give us a brief synopsis of this story?

A young Chinese woman, Zhen-Li—raised to observe the party line, including its one-child-per-family doctrine—falls in love with and marries a Christian, and adopts his faith. Though the couple downplays their Christianity in an effort to survive, Zhen-Li’s family is appalled, and she and her husband are ostracized. When she becomes pregnant for the second time and refuses to have an abortion, the persecution begins in earnest. Zhen-Li’s parents, under pressure from the government, pay to have Zhen-Li kidnapped and the baby aborted.

It is then Zhen-Li decides she must live up to her name—"Truth"—and take a firm stand for her faith, regardless of the consequences, and so she begins to regularly teach children about Zhu Yesu ("Lord Jesus") and to distribute Christian literature every chance she gets. Based loosely on the life of Christian magazine editor Li Ying, currently serving a ten-year prison sentence in China, the story of Yang Zhen-Li tells the desperate tale of her incarceration and separation from her family, as she continues to minister to other prisoners, and even to her guards, leading to a surprising conclusion that will both stun and challenge readers.

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?

Actually, I’m running the same contest twice—two chances to win a free Kindle! To be eligible, follow these three steps:

  • You have to read Red Ink and post reviews on Amazon, CBD, etc., and/or your personal blog;
  • You must also be a follower of my Easy Writer blog (address below); and,
  • Let me know via my website contact email: mailto:ezyrtr@ca.rr.com that you have met the requirements and want to be entered.

The first winner will be announced in early November; the second in mid-December, just in time for a last-minute Christmas gift.

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 my website (http://www.kathimacias.com) or blog (http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com). There is a “contact” button on my website if they’d like to send me a message. I always respond to all my emails!



A complimentary copy of this book was provided to me as a blog tour host by New Hope Publishers in exchange for posting this interview on my blog. Please visit Christian Speaker Services at www.ChristianSpeakerServices.com for more information about blog tour management services.


9 comments:

Mocha with Linda said...

Kathi Macias is a wonderful author. This sounds like a great book.

Kathi Macias said...

Thanks so much for the glowing review of Red Ink (and the entire Extreme Devotion series). This has not been an easy series to write, but a necessary one. I pray it will bless many, not only with a good read but also with a deeper call and commitment to prayer and intercession. Blessings to you and your readers!

Cheryl said...

No need to enter me. I already have my copy. This is a wonderful series and I can't wait to read this one.

Cheryl

barbjan10 said...

This is an incredible story and it breaks my heart knowing that it is true. The poor woman who it is written about is indeed armored with courage from God. She deserves many prayers. I would like to win the book also to read so I can sign up for the other contest. Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win this book. I hope I do.

Sharing Christ's Love,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Cindy W. said...

What a wonderful review Kim. I would love to read Red Ink. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.


Blessings,
Cindy W.

countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

ProjectHope7 said...

my heart was very moved to view your review. I was not aware of this book or Kathi Macias writings until tonight. Though it is fiction, the fact that it is based on truth moves my heart so deeply. as a former foreign missionary myself and still involved with missions friends around the world, I would love to have this book to review. My 14 yr old granddaughter is also an avid reader and homeschooler and I would love to have her review it after me.China is near and dear to my heart in much prayer...For those of you who haven't read the works about the life of Hudson Taylor, I also highly recommend it... His story will change your life too. I llok forward to reading Red Ink soon!

cathy b
@projecthope7 twitter
pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com
http://insearchofthepest.blogspot.com

Renee said...

please enter me in the giveaway. This book sounds great

reneesuz82(at)msn.com

karenk said...

thank you for the opportunity to read kathi's latest novel :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Kim said...

Cathy B. You are the winner! Please be watching for my email!!