Hello and welcome to Day #5 of the Virtual Book Tour of Red Ink by award winning author, Kathi Macias. Kathi has shared a lovely guest post with us and graciously offered three books for today's giveaway prize.
Followers of Divine Perspective will have a chance to win Book #3, Red Ink (China), Book #2, More Than Conquerors (Mexico) and Book #1, No Greater Love (South Africa)!
Without further ado, let's welcome Kathi and show her some love:
Cancer and Red Ink?
KATHI: What could Cancer Awareness Month and my latest book, Red Ink, possibly have in common? More than you might imagine! For you see, human nature is the same—across the generations, beyond national boundaries, spanning racial or cultural divides. Deep inside, we all have a heart that yearns for God. We may deny it, try to outrun or ignore it, or attempt to fill it with other things. But that yearning will never be satisfied except with the Real Thing.
When I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of nineteen, I had a baby in diapers at home, another one on the way, and a husband in the military who could be called away at any time. On top of that, we lived miles from any relatives and were clueless about what to do with what seemed a possible death sentence. Worst of all, neither my husband nor I were Christians—oh, nominally, sure, but not to where it made any real difference in our lives.
Looking back over the forty-plus years that have passed since that time, I am awed by God’s faithfulness. Not only did He heal me of my cancer (even when I didn’t know or care about Him!), but He raised up others to pray for us and to bring us into the Kingdom. And that’s where the connection to Red Ink comes in.
Red Ink, though purely fiction, was inspired by the true life story of my own personal heroine, Li Ying, a courageous young woman who is currently serving a ten-year prison term in China for printing/distributing Christian literature to children. I learned of Li Ying through Voice of the Martyrs, and I follow her progress on their prayer updates. I also pray for her daily and write letters on her behalf when I can. Yang Zhen-Li, the heroine in Red Ink, is modeled after Li Ying, but she also bears a bit of my own character as well. I tried to relate to how she must have felt when handed that ten-year sentence by remembering how I felt when the doctor spoke that ominous word: CANCER. I have learned over the years that there is no word, no sentence, no declaration of death that can stand in the face of Almighty God, and that’s what my heroine in Red Ink learned as well.
My prayer is that readers will come away with that same message burning in their hearts.
DIVINE PERSPECTIVE: We stand in agreement with you on that prayer Kathi. Thanks for sharing. We are grateful to God that you are still here to proclaim His name in such an awesomely moving way. Fiction with a mission...indeed.
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How far would u bend…how firm would u stand, if denying Jesus the Christ would save your life? #RedInk #BlogTour-http://wp.me/p17yoq-2KFirst up is Red Ink:
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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.
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Next up is More Than Conquerors:
True love ignites their passionate pursuit of His call. With violent crime on the rise and the political climate changing throughout certain parts of Mexico, the opportunity for open Christian witness, particularly in some areas of Chiapas State, is rapidly decreasing. Hector Rodriguez pastors a small church in the tourist-popular border town of Tijuana. He also routinely carries Bibles deeper into the hostile areas of Mexico, where he ministers despite increasing difficulty and persecution.
Hector’s mother accompanied him on one of those trips and felt God called her to stay in the little village of San Juan Chamula, where she uses the Scriptures to teach reading to the families who are open to it. In retaliation for Hector’s bringing the Bibles into areas hostile to Christians and in an effort to dissuade him from continuing to expand his ministry there, Hector’s mother is murdered. Hector must decide if he will continue his work despite his worries about protecting his wife and children.
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Last but not least, No Greater Love:
Forbidden romance, an unlikely martyr and an even more unlikely hero. Orphaned four years earlier when their parents, active in the African National Congress (ANC) movement against apartheid, were murdered—16-year-old Chioma and her 15-year-old brother Masozi now live and work on an Afrikaner family’s farm.
When Chioma and Andrew, the farm owner’s son, find themselves attracted to one another, tragedy revisits their lives. Chioma escapes to join an ANC rebel band in her effort to survive and gain revenge for her family and culture. When cultures clash in life-or-death struggles, Chioma must choose between violence and revenge—or forgiveness and selfless love.
Loosely based on historical events and set near Pretoria, South Africa, in the violent upheaval prior to ANC leader Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990 and his ascendance to the presidency of South Africa, this story of forbidden romance produces an unlikely martyr who is replaced by one even more unlikely.
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