Young women developing a friendship through an on-line chat room shouldn't be troubleÃ¢â¬âunless one or more of them is from Saudi Arabia and the topic of discussion is Isa MasihÃ¢â¬âJesus Christ. People of the Book is a tale of searching and finding, of love, courage, and sacrifice. And if the inevitable clash of a young girl's faith and Muslim family honor is painted with deadly and heart-wrenching realism, interwoven throughout is the comforting reminder that cradling the smallest falling sparrow are the everlasting arms of a loving heavenly Father. A story that will challenge hearts and minds.
Book four of Kathi Macias's Extreme Devotion Series is another great story of persecution and strife in the lives of Christians. The title, "People of the Book", intrigued me from the onset. As I read the book, I was able to discover what the book title was all about. I have never know very much about the Islamic faith, but in reading, and following the story, I was able through the main characters to to learn of the many differences in that religion and our Christian faith. Kathi has penned a story that involves young people and their faith.
Farah, in Saudia Arabia was deeply engrossed in growing in her Muslim faith, but the Lord Jesus had a call on her life, and her cousin Nura was witnessed to about the Christian faith in a chat room by a former believer of Allah (Sara) in the United States. These events sets the stage for life-changing experiences and even death in their lives. The story makes one question what one would be willing to go through for their faith. Kathi has written another great book that subtlety displays the power of God in this dark world. This is a great book and a must read!
Do we take our faith for granted? Do I share my faith freely? These are some of the questions my heart pondered as I read the pages of, "People of the Book." If we know Jesus as our Savior we are people of the book, but what we tend to forget daily is that people all across this world are persecuted for believing in the Savior we worship freely. They are not only judged. They are outcasts. They are killed. To me, that is the kind of faith I want to hold. A faith without fear that is trusting in a Savior and believing He is ALL that matters. Is my faith that strong? Would I stand for Him knowing such persecution was at every corner? I can only hope I would be as humble and brave in my faith as Farah Mohammed Al Otaibi.
Kathi Macias has written the, "Extreme Devotion Series". Book one, "No Greater Love", book two, "More Than Conquerors", book three, "Red Ink", and now book four, "People of the Book." In reading the first book I thought it was sure my favorite, but then I picked up book two and quickly knew I had yet another favorite. The entire series is like this. Each book different, but each one carries the same theme. Extreme Devotion to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. At what cost are we willing to follow? How much are we willing to leave behind to take up the cross and follow Him? It must be everything. We must be extreme in our faith!!
In, "People of the Book", we find Farah in Saudi Arabia in the middle of Ramadan. The Muslim faith is prevalent. Farah wants to grow deeper to Allah. She wants to increase her faith and hear from Allah. Even in the Muslim faith women are not allowed to worship as men do. She is even hiding her Muslim faith as it continues to grow, but she has many questions. She is searching. So is her cousin, Nura. Nura meets Sara through a web site designed for Muslims who have left their Muslim faith and now are following Christ. Sara is strong in her faith and wants to reach out to Nura. As she does, Nura, now reaches out to Farah. It is the beautiful ripple effect that happens when one reaches out to another.
Throughout these pages we see the turmoil in the lives of each of the young women. They each carry their own burdens that this world gives out at every corner. My heart broke as I read these pages. Kathi brought these characters to life. We see their pain. We see their struggles, but we too see the beauty that each of their lives hold. This book is powerful and poignant.
We are all searching for something. Something bigger than ourselves. A reason to wake each morning. A reason to smile. This is one of those series that is not only wonderful to read, but is life changing. This novel is eye opening and will bring you closer in your walk with Christ. May we reach out like, Sara. May we have strength like Nura and Farah to walk with God through all circumstances and be willing to stand alone for the Savior who gave His life for us.
This book was a gift from Kathi Macias for it's review.
Kathi Macias shows readers how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things all over the world, in her extreme devotion series. This author quickly captures the reader's attention and shows God's love in action through the hard times her characters face. Since I'd read all the books in this series, I was anxious to receive a review copy of the last installment, The People of the Book, which focuses on teenage girls in Saudi Arabia.
Sara and Nura are teenagers who develop a friendship through an on-line chat room. Sara is a Christian living in America and Nura is a Muslim girl living in Saudi Arabia. Sara prays, witnesses to Nura and tells her where to read the bible on-line.
This is a haunting tale of young people facing tough choices from one corner of the globe to the other. My heart strings ached as I read of the dangers these Saudi women faced just for thinking about reading the bible and talking about God. The challenges these young girls encountered, captivated my thoughts. I contemplated their hardship, danger and courage they faced in order to take a stand for Christ in their country.
This author reminds the reader that many people don't have the religious freedoms we enjoy here in America. As I read, I was compelled to pray for people like Nura and Farah, who are facing prison sentences and/or death for serving the one true God. Kathi reminds the reader that God's word is alive, and it can touch the human heart and mind in very unique and real ways. I was reminded that God can do far more than we can even imagine through prayer and reading the bible...it's powerful!
Kathi has an extraordinary gift of telling a compelling story that comes alive in the heart and mind of the reader. The constant tension between the characters and the dangers they faced, made this a page turner for me. These characters came alive...the call on their lives was authentic and the battle for their hearts and their minds real. I felt compassion for these teens as they struggled with their faith, hope and courage to seek the face of the Savior. They were also overwhelmed by the unconditional love God wanted to give them. Kathi Macias once again has skillfully penned a believable, captivating; mission minded novel...one that will stay in your heart and your mind. I know you'll find yourself sharing this story with your friends. I can't stop thinking about this story and the characters. I highly recommend The People of the Book.
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