Monday, October 10, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: Deliver Me From Evil by Kathi Macias

The story of human trafficking has never been so up close and personal as it is in Deliver Me from Evil, the first book of the Freedom Series by Kathi Macias.

Years ago, Maria was sold by her parents in Mexico and smuggled across the border into San Diego where her name is changed to Mara. She is forced into sexual slavery and has long stopped dreaming of an escape from her miserable life.

Jonathan is eyeing graduation with anxiety. His dream of a professional baseball career gone, he is unenthusiastically planning to attend Bible-college. He wishes he had the close relationship with God that his parents and sister, Leah, have.

When Jonathan's and Mara's paths cross, their lives are changed forever. Unable to forget the girl whose face haunts him, he is pulled back to the place where their eyes met.

Across the world in Thailand, another young woman in captivity is mysteriously connected to the young people of San Diego.

I don't think I have ever been moved by a story so much as I was by Deliver Me From Evil. Macias delivers another thought-provoking, heartrending story that connects people of various circumstances. The subject of human trafficking is one we might not hear much of in this country. Perhaps we think it happens everywhere but in a country built on freedom. But as Macias's research shows, young people are sold into slavery right under our noses.

In this moving account of sexual slavery in two different countries, the reader is immediately drawn in by Macias's masterful storytelling. Deliver Me From Evil is a powerful read. It is not a book that you pick up for a quick read one afternoon. Its content is disturbing. It makes you want to hold your child a bit closer and pray for her a bit harder. And yet, through all that darkness, Macias manages to display the hope that comes from heeding God's call.

This is the first book in a planned series from New Hope Publishers--a house that has titled Macias's work, "Fiction with a Mission." While Macias's books have never been fluff, in her Extreme Devotion Series and this new Freedom Series, you can see her ministry evolving into a meaningful way to call Christians to be the servants God intended. Her books expose the evil that exists in our fallen world, and shine the light on our loving Father, who loves us so greatly that He gave us His only Son.

I challenge anyone who has read Deliver Me From Evil not to be changed by it.

Title:  Deliver Me From Evil
Author: Kathi Macias
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
ISBN-10: 1596693061
ISBN-13: 978-1596693067
SRP:  $14.99

Would you like to win a copy of Deliver Me From Evil? Here's how:

1) You must be a follower of The Book Connection in order to win.

2) Leave a comment stating how you follow and include your email address (you can't win if we can't reach you).

3) BONUS: Follow me on Facebook +1.

4) BONUS: Follow me on Twitter +1.

5) BONUS: LIKE the Freedom series Facebook page +2.

6) BONUS: Blog about this contest. Leave link here +3.

7) Winner must be 18 years of age or older and reside in the United States or Canada.

Deadline to enter is 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday, October 23, 2011. Only those following the rules of this contest are eligible to win. Book will be shipped via USPS media mail. The Book Connection is not responsible for lost or damaged goods.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions. The author is a client of mine through Pump Up Your Book and paid me to promote the book through a virtual book tour. That fee did not include a review. I received no monetary compensation of any kind to share my thoughts.


Megan @ Inspired by Fiction said...

I follow via GFC

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Megan @ Inspired by Fiction said...

I also follow on twitter:

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Megan @ Inspired by Fiction said...

I "like" the Freedom series facebook page too.

Megan Burns Tkacik
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Kathi Macias said...

Thank you so much for the insightful review of Deliver Me From Evil. Just as it is not an easy book to read, it was not an easy one to write--but a necessary one. Thanks to everyone who is helping me to spread the word!

Margaret said...

This sounds like quite an intense story! I'm a GFC follower.


Sheila Deeth said...

I follow via blogger and twitter, and have sent a friend request on facebook. And I really enjoyed the Muse.

Nice review; it sounds my sort of book.

sheiladeeth at hotmail dot com

Martha Lawson said...

I would love to win this book!! It sounds awesome.

old gfc follower

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

karenk said...

would love to read kathi's latest novel...thanks for the chance. i'm a follower, too :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

JHS. said...

Already a follower on GFC, FB and Twitter. This sounds like a fascinating read!


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Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I follow you on GFC, twitter, and Facebook. This sounds like an interesting story. Very nice review. Beverlysmcclure(at)aol(Dot)com