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A Christmas Journey Home: Miracle in the Manger
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New Hope Publishers / 2011 / Paperback
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Forced to face their personal demons, Isabella and Miriam soon discover a common yearning that will bind them together in a most miraculous way.
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: 2011
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During Isabella Alcantara?'s seventh month of pregnancy, her parents and siblings are murdered in gang- and drug-related violence, simply because their home was targeted by mistake. Isabella knows she was spared only because she now lives in a different location, but she knows too that the same thing could easily happen to her and her husband, Francisco. When her grandfather offers to hire a coyote to bring them across the border to America, she agrees. But Francisco and Isabella are abandoned by the coyote and left to die. Francisco then valiantly sacrifices himself to get Isabella to safety. Homeless, nearly penniless, pregnant, and alone, Isabella determines to find a way to honor her promise to her beloved husband.Living on one of the smaller spreads along the Arizona border, Miriam Nelson becomes furious with God and turns from her faith when her border patrol agent husband, David, is killed in a skirmish with drug smugglers. Though her mother and young son do their best to woo her back from the anger and bitterness that have overtaken her, they make little headway.Two widows one driven by fear and a promise, the other by bitterness and revenge must make their journeys along different pathways, but with the same destination: a barn full of animals that stands waiting for them on Christmas Eve. Forced to face their personal demons, Isabella and Miriam soon discover a common yearning that will bind them together in a most miraculous way.
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Susan OsbornFullerton, CAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Very Special Christmas StoryDecember 24, 2011Susan OsbornFullerton, CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Christmas Journey Home is a very special nativity story that shows the presence of our Lord in the most difficult of circumstances. Isabella and Francisco Alcantara flee from their home near Ensenada, Mexico, when Isabella's parents and siblings are murdered in gang- and drug-related violence. Isabella is pregnant with their first child. However, the circumstances that greet them across the border turn out to be worse than what they left behind and make them question their decision. Miriam Nelson, whose border patrol agent husband was killed by drug smugglers, is filled with bitterness and anger. Through a miracle only God can perform these two women meet on Christmas Eve and discover the true meaning of Christ's birth. This book is thought-provoking, and Kathi Macias has provided an excellent read.
Edna Tollison5 Stars Out Of 5A great Christmas StoryDecember 5, 2011Edna TollisonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have read almost everyone of Kathi's book and I have to say I think this is the best one. This is really two stories in one combined. I love Christmas stories and this one is about Isabella Alcantara and her young husband Francisco. After her parents and siblings were gunned down for no reason by the "Coyote" in Mexico, her grandfather gave up his life's savings to get her and her husband and their unborn child out of the country. They had paid all the money they had to a "coyote" to see them safety across the border into the USA and to a safe house, but he robbed them of all they had and left them to die in the desert.
The safe house that they finally found was nothing but a slave and prostitute house for the helpless. They stole away and found themselves in the desert again where Francisco was gunned down by some drug smugglers. Now alone and ready to have her baby she wondered in the desert until she found a farm of another young woman and her son. She hid in the barn until the little boy found her and that is where she had her baby. Just as Jesus was born so long ago in a stable with the animals around.
I want to thank the author Kathi Macias for sending me this copy to read and review. I love the book and I am sure you will too.
Bethany LeBedzConcord, NCAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Surprising SympathiesNovember 13, 2011Bethany LeBedzConcord, NCAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've got strong opinions about illegals sneaking over American borders, and I bet some of you do, too. Well, thanks to Kathi Macias's A Christmas Journey Home, I have a whole new perspective on the issue! Isabella, an illegal immigrant hoping for a better life, and Miriam, mourning the death of her border-patrol husband, seem to be separated by more than a boundary line. One woman's journey has brought her closer to God, while the other woman's journey has brought her further from God. But, miracles happen on Christmas Eve.
Written with sensitivity and insight, A Christmas Journey Home drew my sympathies on both sides of the border. Instead of the fluffy, easy holiday read I expected (I should have known better with Kathi's book!), I received a thought-provoking fictionalization of the real-life drama that happens every day here in our country as well as in Mexico.
I highly recommend A Christmas Journey Home, and it would make a perfect gift for the readers on your list.
RuthUpstate SCAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Brokenhearted Hope!November 10, 2011RuthUpstate SCAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have read K. Macias' mystery fiction series and wanted more. This story sounded like it might have a mystery to it. Wow! Did it ever.
It's heartbreaking to see how we human beings can so mistreat one another. What a sacrifice on the husband's part. What a grand conclusion; not just in the USA but Grandfather in Mexico. What wonderful faith, trust, and peace!
This book is staying, not getting loaned, but selfishly hogged for re-read, re-read.....
I encourage you to get it, read it, digest what it really says. Oh yes, any preconceived notions about certain topics and themes WILL fly out the window. At least they did for me. In other words the book is also a thought-provoking eye-opener.
Rhonda Rhea5 Stars Out Of 5Not your average Christmas storyNovember 7, 2011Rhonda RheaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Connecting with the characters and their difficulties was reflexive for me in Kathi Macias' A Christmas Journey Home. I found myself wrapped up in their lives and rooting for them from the get-go. What an amazing story of the difficulties on both sides of the illegal immigration issueÃ¢â¬âyet all surrounded by the grace of God and His amazing power to heal and rebuild lives. A super read! What a great Christmas gift for a friend. Or a gift for yourself!
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