Wednesday, April 8, 2009

My Son, John by Kathi Macias

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

My Son, John

(Sheaf House Publishers April 2009)


Kathi Macias


Kathi Macias is an award-winning author of more than twenty fiction and nonfiction books. She has also ghostwritten and collaborated on books for a number of well-known individuals. She is a staff member for The Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service and a member of The Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network, Christian Authors Network, American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Writers Fellowship International, Advanced Writers/Speakers Association, for whom she serves as membership chair, and Orange County Christian Writers Fellowship. She is the 2008 winner of AWSA’s Golden Scroll Award.

A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Macias is a credentialed minister and served as an associate pastor at a large church in Southern California, where she did biblical counseling, trained small group leaders, and oversaw support/recovery ministries. She is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and has appeared on several radio and TV programs.


Murder. Could there be a more chilling word?

Could it be any more horrible than to have a loved one killed, brutally and heartlessly, without obvious reason or motive?

When Liz Peterson's elderly mother is found viciously beaten to death in her home, Liz and her husband, Charles, along with their grown son, John, and teenage daughter, Sarah, are horrified beyond words. Their previously predictable, respectable lives seem to have vanished without a trace, as they struggle to make sense of a senseless act.

And then a second blow—more devastating, if possible, than the first—rocks them to their core. John is arrested for his grandmother's murder. As what's left of the Peterson family begins to crumble under the weight of loss and accusation, the Petersons' longstanding Christian faith is put to the test in a way they could never have imagined, and unconditional love is stretched to its limits. Will family ties and relationships withstand such a crushing blow, or will evil succeed in dividing and conquering this once close and inseparable family?

Watch the chilling trailer!!

If you would like to read the first chapter of My Son, John, go HERE

Margie's comments: Wow! When I first received this book in the mail and I refreshed my memory of the back cover copy, I wasn't sure I could read it. But I'm glad I did. (Not without a lot of tears and lots of Puffs tissues.) Kathi Macias has taken an unthinkable situation for any parent to face and woven a story of love that transcends our human ability to love—unconditionally, with God's help. She compassionately takes us through the journey of one family as they choose to stand united in love in spite of the betrayal of one of their members. What an awesome picture of God's incomprehensible love lived out in the lives of these characters! And what a reminder that true love is an act of the will. This is a story that will stay with me for a long time. It is not a read for the faint of heart.

1 comment:

Kathi Macias said...

Amen, Marjorie! Not for the faint of heart, indeed--but those whose hearts long to walk in the footsteps of a Savior whose love in always unconditional. Thank you so much, and many blessings to your readers!