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Book Blog Tour: Red Ink by Kathi Macias

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hrough November 15th, Christian Speaker Services is  hosting a blog tour for the book (along with numerous giveaways!). Red Ink, was a book I could hardly put down and gave my personal review of it here.  Below  is an interview with the author,

Questions/Answers from Kathi Macias


Red Ink is the third book in your four-book Extreme Devotion series. Each book is set in a different country, with the theme of first devotion and commitment to Christ above all else running through all four. How is Red Ink different, and who/what inspired you to write this book?

Red Ink is the only one of the four books that actually deals with someone being arrested and suffering specifically for her faith in Christ. The story is loosely based on my own personal heroine, Li Ying, who is currently serving a ten-year sentence in China for printing/distributing Christian materials, particularly to children. I pray for Li Ying daily, and I remind myself how very blessed I am to have the freedom to do what she did—without paying the price she now pays.

Can you give us a brief synopsis of this story?

A young Chinese woman, Zhen-Li—raised to observe the party line, including its one-child-per-family doctrine—falls in love with and marries a Christian, and adopts his faith. Though the couple downplays their Christianity in an effort to survive, Zhen-Li’s family is appalled, and she and her husband are ostracized. When she becomes pregnant for the second time and refuses to have an abortion, the persecution begins in earnest. Zhen-Li’s parents, under pressure from the government, pay to have Zhen-Li kidnapped and the baby aborted.

It is then Zhen-Li decides she must live up to her name—”Truth”—and take a firm stand for her faith, regardless of the consequences, and so she begins to regularly teach children about Zhu Yesu (“Lord Jesus”) and to distribute Christian literature every chance she gets. Based loosely on the life of Christian magazine editor Li Ying, currently serving a ten-year prison sentence in China, the story of Yang Zhen-Li tells the desperate tale of her incarceration and separation from her family, as she continues to minister to other prisoners, and even to her guards, leading to a surprising conclusion that will both stun and challenge readers.

How did you get into writing? Has it always been your passion, or is it something you came to later in life?

I’ve always wanted to write, for as long as I can remember. I was an avid reader even before I started kindergarten. I wrote a short story in third grade that the teacher liked so much she showed it to the principal, and they decided to turn it into a play for the entire PTA. I was hooked! One day when I was about 13, I was walking home from school with my then boyfriend (now husband), Al, and I told him I’d be a writer some day. He often reminds me how blessed I am to have been able to do what I dreamed of all my life.

I understand you’re running a special contest that has to do with this book. Can you tell us about it?

Actually, I’m running the same contest twice—two chances to win a free Kindle! To be eligible, follow these three steps:

  • You have to read Red Ink and post reviews on Amazon, CBD, etc., and/or your personal blog;
  • You must also be a follower of my Easy Writer blog (address below); and,
  • Let me know via my website contact email: mailto:ezyrtr@ca.rr.com that you have met the requirements and want to be entered.

The first winner will be announced in early November; the second in mid-December, just in time for a last-minute Christmas gift.

In addition to writing, you are a popular speaker at women’s event, writers’ conferences, and various venues around the country. How can people find out more about you, your writing and speaking, sign up for your weekly devotional newsletter (in English or Spanish), and/or just view your many book videos, etc.?

They can find me at my website (http://www.kathimacias.com) or blog (http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com). There is a “contact” button on my website if they’d like to send me a message. I always respond to all my emails!

 

 

 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided to me as a blog tour host by New Hope Publishers in exchange for posting this interview on my blog. Please visit Christian Speaker Services at www.ChristianSpeakerServices.com for more information about blog tour management services.

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Book Review: Red Ink by Kathi Macias

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his is an amazing, gripping book that kept me up too late at night!  I just had major surgery almost two weeks ago, and I was very thankful for something to keep me distracted and still (for awhile!).  Though fiction, this book is very realistic.

Three stories intertwine together throughout Red Ink by Kathi Macias: first a young mother in China is in jail because not only did she become pregnant with her second child which the government made her abort, she would not stop telling little children about Jesus nor denounce her Christian faith.  She is put into prison, separated from her husband and young son, and faced with wicked, horrid evilness.  She stands firm in her faith, even witnessing to her cell mate and the prison guard.

While this is taking place two elderly women in the United States, living in a retirement home, become prayer partners and one is often prompted by the Holy Spirit to pray for the people of China, as she used to be a missionary there. These women are also prompted to pray for the granddaughter of one of the residents of the retirement home, who is also secretly pulled into horrible wickedness.  At some of the worst times of either of these young women,  one of the elderly women wakes up, praying for her.  I was deeply reminded of the power of prayer.

I cannot do justice in this review to share how captivated I was by Red Ink, and how it really gripped my heart and gave me a new look at my freedom and those that take an awesome stand for Jesus in other countries.  I wonder if my faith is that strong – what would I do in the same situation?  As I was reading this, a dear friend of mine was struggling as she was saying goodbye to her daughter (who I used to babysit for) and her son-in-law and grandchildren as they left for the mission field.  It gave me a glimpse of how to pray for them and how God can use them.

Kathi wrote on Facebook to me: “This book is very special to me, as it is based on the true life of my own personal heroine, Li Ying, who is currently serving a ten-year sentence in China for the crimes of printing/distributing Christian literature, particularly to children–something we do here every day. I pray for Li Ying daily”.

Red Ink is the 3rd book in the Extreme Devotion Series by Kathi Macias. The first book is No Greater Love and the second book is More than Conquerors.  I am looking forward to reading these and other books by Kathi Macias.

A complimentary book of,  Red Ink was provided at no cost to me by Christian Speaker Services in exchange for my honest opinion of it.