People of the Book, Extreme Devotion Series #4   -     By: Kathi Macias
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New Hope Publishers / 2011 / Paperback

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

Farah's cousin frequents an online chat 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, her cousin 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 15-year-old brother Emir's involvement with a gang.

Each finds her faith put to the test. Will they remain true to their beliefs? Will God protect them in the midst of persecution and treachery? Or will they be required to pay the ultimate price for their faith?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.80 (inches)
ISBN: 1596692820
ISBN-13: 9781596692824
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Series: Extreme Devotion

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Will God protect and keep them safe in the midst of persecution?Farah lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with her family, and wants nothing more than to develop a deeper devotion to her Muslim faith. She sees the month of Ramadan as her chance to draw nearer to Allah, and pursues that goal. All goes well until the prophet Isa Jesus appears to her in a dream and calls her to Himself. Her brother, Kareem, who has never liked her, seeks to discredit her.Farah?'s cousin, an only child, frequents an online chat. She discovers former Muslims discussing their new belief that Isa is much more than a Muslim prophet He is actually the Son of God. She becomes acquainted with an American girl of Muslim ancestry now a devout Christian Sara. Sara has problems of her own due to her brother Emir?'s suspicious behavior.Each finds their faith put to the test. Will they be true to their beliefs? Will God protect them, or will they pay the ultimate price for their faith?

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  1. Miriam Jacob
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    People of the Book by Kathi Macias
    September 30, 2013
    Miriam Jacob
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    People of the Book reminds us of our awesome responsibility to share Christ's love with others. This extraordinary book with its strong and moving plot, action-packed story and real-world characters, reveals the touch of a loving Savior to a lost and hurting world.

    All people have choices to make, and all choices have far-reaching consequences, some more life-affecting and life-altering than others.

    In Book 4 of the "Extreme Devotion" series, with rare grace and sensitivity, Kathi Macias makes a compelling story come alive in the hearts of people, proving that God's Word has incredible power to transform lives in unimaginable ways.

    With the extraordinary power of her pen, Kathi skillfully crafts a captivating, thought-provoking, and missions-oriented novel in which we see God touching the human heart.

    "People of the Book" searches for and finally finds Jesus Christ in an extraordinary tale of love, courage and sacrifice. Within the inevitable clash of faith, family honor and deadly, heart-wrenching realism, the people of "People of the Book" are held tightly in the everlasting arms of a loving, heavenly Father, who desires our heartfelt devotion above all else. To God be all the glory!

    © Miriam Jacob
  2. Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    February 21, 2013
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    People of the book was not an enjoyable read, it wasn't supposed to be.

    I didn't read it for personal pleasure. It was a shocking, frightening read about two young women's commitment to Christ that led them to die for Him.

    They professed their faith even though they knew they would likely die for it. They prayed for those who persecuted them. Imagine such commitment and Christian fruit in persecution!

    It was a beautiful story in a sad way, but perhaps the ending was the best ending for a Christian, if to live was Christ for them then to die was gain.

    It really will cause you to think of the Christians in foreign countries and to remember those Christians in our prayers,

    It certainly should not be read for enjoyment but for awareness and perhaps only for mature readers who will not be side tracked by the story and forget the truth, don't let your learning stop with this though.

    As Naomi Zacharias said, "Once you have been made aware, you have a responsibility to care."

    The author wrote this book well, though it is harsh, it is not graphic.

    I received this book free from the publisher it exchange for an honest review.
  3. Carrie
    IA
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    You'll Love People of the Book!
    September 17, 2011
    Carrie
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    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you liked Red Ink, then I believe that you'll love People of the Book. It draws the reader into the lives of two Arab women as they dare to face the "dangerous" possibility that their faith in Allah is false and that "Isa" is far more than a prophet. The heightened depth of emotion and appreciation for "Isa" is stirring. Once again, Kathi Macias brings closely touches the heart and reminds us of our need for a relationship with our wonderful Savior. I also think that it's a good reminder to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. And, it encourages me to pray for their persecutors and that they will come to Jesus, too. I'll end by saying, don't miss reading People of the Book!
  4. MaryAnn
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Saudi girls find faith
    August 26, 2011
    MaryAnn
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    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Farah and Nura, two Muslim girls in Saudi Arabia, are drawn to Isa (Jesus), whom the Quran claims is just a prophet. Could He actually be God, as the people of the Book claim? Farah meets Isa in a lovely garden in her dreams. He says He's come to draw her to His heart. Nura gets to know Sara, an American teen, in a Christian chat room online. Sara's story is interwoven with the Muslim teens' as she struggles with faith and her wayward brother.

    If Farah and Nura choose to follow Isa they know they could face intense persecution and even death. Farah makes every effort to be a devout Muslim woman, but she doesn't experience the closeness to God she longs for. Her brother, Kareem, despises her and seeks opportunity to crush her. She fears what might happen if he finds out what she and Nura have discussed. Will Farah and Nura choose true faith over family and tradition?

    This heart-rending tale brings forth the reality of Middle Eastern life and religion. It challenges as it touches the spirit, all the while reminding the reader of how God works in individual lives. I have known people who have worked in Riyadh and have a friend who interacts with Saudis in the US, so this book was especially interesting. I applaud Kathi Macias for her Extreme Devotion series with stories of Christians around the world. People of the Book is the fourth of these, and each novel stands alone.
  5. quinnsaunt
    Southeastern Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Holding on to faith despite dangers.
    August 1, 2011
    quinnsaunt
    Southeastern Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As cousins Farah and Nura observe Ramadan, a month-long holy time for those of the Islamic faith, each ponders what is expected of them as devout Muslims. One night, Farah dreams that Isa, or Jesus, is calling her to believe that He is the Son of God, a belief that will put her at odds with her Islamic upbringing. Soon she learns that her cousin Nura has been chatting online with Sara, an American Christian of Saudi ancestry. As the two cousins explore their new faith, Sara begins to question hers when her brother dies as a result of gang violence.

    "People of the Book" is not a light or subtle read. Written for a Christian audience, it is a blatant and arrant story of what happens in some communities to people, especially women, who consider Christianity. American readers, especially, will be struck by the disparity between the freedoms they enjoy and the restrictions that people in other parts of the world face as they read this story. Its place in the Extreme Devotion series is fitting.
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