From the first this story plucked my heart strings then played a bittersweet sonota straight through to the very satisfactory ending. The reader follows Jolissa Montoya from alleyway hideout into the cool interior of a small church where she meets a mentor, Eva Pedrosa who encourages the young woman through the songs and poetry of Fanny Crosby. As Eva uses a quilt to tell Fanny Crosby's life story, Jolissa's heart begins to sing in the face of daily adversity. The Singing Quilt by Kathi Macias touched this reviewer's heart providing encouragement exactly when needed. This is a great read for a time of struggle...or anytime. This book deserves the five stars it received.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Singing Quilt by Kathi Macias. It's easy to read and I couldn't put it down. Kathi masterfully weaves a story of our main character, Jolissa, who is going through life with the problems she feels alone in dealing with. She meets and becomes friends with a kind, godly woman who begins to share bits and pieces of the life of Fanny Crosby through the patches of the singing quilt. The stories of Jolissa, and Fanny Crosby, who wrote thousands of hymns and poems, are artfully blended together as they each learn to depend on God. I loved this book!
Kathi's books make you really care for the characters. The quilt series can be read in any order as they are each a stand-alone book. Once you read one, you will want to read all three!
Kathy Macias is a prolific writer who's written 35 books at the time of this writing. Her first successful series was the "Matthews"series of mystery novels. I asked her why she chose to write The Quilt Series. She said that she'd been working on books that on heavy topics (Red Ink among others) and wanted to write something a bit "softer." The Quilt Series is based on the stories of three strong women: Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D., Harriett Tubman, and Fanny Crosby. The Doctor's Christmas Quilt focuses on the pro-life conflict and is about a doctor who is very pro-life whose daughter becomes pregnant out of wedlock. The Moses Quilt focuses on bridging the racial and generational divides.
The Singing Quilt is based on the backdrop of the life of Fanny Crosby. I knew Ms. Crosby wrote lots of hymns, but did not know that she was the first woman to address the U.S. Senate and was heavily involved in the abolitionist movement --her blindness never impeded her as she went about the Lord's calling on her life. Fanny's courage inspired another young woman -- Jolissa Montoya, a shy, young Hispanic girl, believes God is calling her to work with disadvantaged children in the inner city and is convinced it is impossible until one day she is shown The Singing Quilt. I was convicted yet again that nothing -- lack of knowledge, fear, a disability -- real or perceived -- can keep God from fulfilling His purposes through us if we are willing. You will love Jolissa's story!
I asked Kathy to tell me something that her myriad readers might not know about her -- she said she had written two books with Rosey Grier, one fiction and one non-fiction, but when they went to conferences or events, the press surrounded Rosey and basically ignored Kathy. A sharp media person finally noticed her on one occasion and asked Rosey who she was -- that huge ex-football player said she was his bodyguard!
Kathy has recently accepted the post of Senior Editor for Elk River Publishing -- she said she'd decided to basically "retire" and then this opportunity came along. I'm so happy her talents will still be used to guide aspiring writers through the publishing process.
I was given a copy of The Singing Quilt by New Hope Publishers for my unbiased review.
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.