What an amazing book! Very rarely do I have the opportunity to read books that affect me so emotionally and spiritually, but this is indeed one of them. Tears don't come easily to me when it comes to books, but this was a book that brought the tears on many occasions, and I was reminded of the way God works His plans at all times in all situations.
The prayers in this book touched my heart again and again. Although they were being voiced by fictional characters, they were so real. To see characters who prayed to and relied on God for everything was an encouragement to me. And to have God speak back to them was a good reminder to me that prayer is a 2-way conversation.
This is the second book in a row that I have read about human sex trafficking, and I was horrified to discover that this is still something that is so prevalent in our world--even our country. I can't imagine how often this happens, and we know nothing about it.
I was pleased to see that even though the book was basically a "happy ending" book (no spoilers here), it was realistic. And is showed God's faithfulness in every situation, even when it makes no sense to us. This is a quick, inspiring read that I would highly recommend to anyone!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
The Deliverer completes the story of Mara, a child forced into prostitution who was set free with the help of Jonathan, a Bible college student. Mara is eighteen now and is trying to deal with her attraction to Jonathan even though she has never met a man she can trust. Jonathan too is drawn to Mara but knows that unless she becomes a Christian God's blessing will not be on their relationship. His friendship with another young woman Sarah begins to complicate things when Sarah thinks that he is serious about her.
Lawan is finally reunited with her little sister and her new parents, but struggles to understand her new life in a strange country and a completely different setting, I was very grateful that her adoptive parents accepted this and didn't push her or ridicule her but instead allowed her to show her emotions and loved her unconditionally.
Just as with the others in the series The Deliverer had a very powerful message and a relevant message, this time being Godly mentors and families for those without caring families. We see this lived out in Barbara helping Mara and Lawan's adoption.
I really admire the fact that the author must have done in-dept study for these books and wrote about the facts and information she found, I hope they impact or awaken someone to the tragedy of sex trafficking.
I received this book free from New Hope in exchange for an honest review.
Kathi Macias very capably takes you on a journey through pain, suffering, redemption, and forgiveness in The Deliverer. As you read, you will feel as though you know Mara, the main character. Sold by her family, Mara has been forced to spend most of her life as a sex slave. Now freed from slavery, Mara still struggles to leave behind the horrors of the past. She was saved by a young man named Jonathan, a Bible college student. Mara and Jonathan are two people from such opposite backgrounds. Is it possible for them to form a relationship together? Read The Deliverer to uncover multiple stories, depth, and hope. This book is definitely a page-turner! It is filled with intrigue - you won't want to put it down.
In the Deliverer, the third and final book of her Freedom Series, Kathi Macias once again tackles the problem of human trafficking. Mara, a beautiful young woman who has been set free after spending the majority of her life as a sex slave, must now discover how to set her mind and emotions free and learn how to trust God and others once again. To do this she must forgive othersÃ¢â¬âparticularly her parents who sold her to her uncle who placed her in unthinkable bondage. Does she dare try to visit her parents in Mexico again? Does she dare pursue a relationship with Jonathan, the college student who was instrumental in her release? Kathi concludes her series was an unforgettable, gripping novel that shows freedom and reconciliation are only possible through faith.
I just finished reading this, the last book in the Freedom Series, and in some ways hate to say goodbye to a lot of these characters I have grown to love. This is a wrap up of the first two books.
I would recommend that you read the first two books to really appreciate this hard subject of sex slavery of young girls...some as young as 5 and 6.
We rejoin Mara, she is now saving her money to go to Junior College, and working at the restaurant. She was rescued by the help of Jonathan Flannery, the young man, who was delivery pizza and helped in her rescue. Jonathan and his sister Leah are both now in college. Leah's friend Sarah, who has a big crush on Jonathan, has decided to spend Thanksgiving with the Flannery's instead of her own family. That way she will be closer to Jonathan.
We also travel with Lewan as she comes to the US, and her new family. What a heart breaking life this poor dear girl has had. You really feel yourself pulling for her as she is reunited with her sister Anna, and meeting her new family.
Some have already accepted the Lord as their Savior, and others are struggling with all that has happened to them. They are unable to forgive, and receive forgiveness.
Don't miss this heartwarming ending to this eye opening series!
I received this book from the Publisher New Hope, and was not required to give a positive review.