Book Review: People of The Book

3 May

Eighteen-year-old Farah, who lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, wants nothing more than to develop a deeper devotion to her Muslim faith. Then the prophet Isa—Jesus—appears to her in a dream and calls her to Himself. 

Her older brother, Kareem, who has never liked Farah, actively seeks to expose her for the sham he believes she is. At the same time, Farah’s 17-year-old cousin, Nura, begins frequenting an online chat room where former Muslims discuss their new Christian faith. While there, Nura meets an American girl of Muslim ancestry—now a devout Christian named Sara. However, Sara has problems of her own due to her 15-year-old brother Emir’s involvement with a gang.

The three girls’ lives dovetail until each finds herself at a place where her faith is put to the test. Will they remain faithful to the end? Will God protect and keep them safe in the midst of persecution and treachery? Or will they be required to pay the ultimate price for their faith?

 

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored more than 30 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association). Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time buzzing around in their new ride: Al’s 2005 sunburst orange Corvette.


My Impressions:  

People of the Book is the fourth book in Kathi Macias’ Extreme Devotion series.  Each book looks at believers in other countries.  This installment takes place in Saudi Arabia and involves two cousins who have come to know Isa or Jesus.  Macias creates an eye-opening world of the women of Saudi Arabia. A dangerous place to be a Christian, the Saudi Kingdom is also a place of repression especially of women. Forbidden to drive by law, women rarely are employed or formally educated, are restricted in dress and movement and are under the authority of their fathers, brothers and husbands.  The reader experiences the loneliness, oppression and fear such a life presents.

The cousins, Nura and Farah, come to know Jesus is completely opposite ways. Nura gains access to an internet chat room for Muslims interested in Christianity. She becomes friends with an American teenaged girl of Arab descent living in the Pacific Northwest.  Through their conversations, Nura becomes a believer in Isa (the Arabic name for Jesus).  Jesus makes Himself known to Farah through a dream.  Calling Farah to His Heart, Jesus frees Farah from her fear and doubt.   This mix of the modern tech world and the supernatural emphasizes the many ways God can work in peoples lives.  

People of the Book is sometimes a difficult book to read — you feel the danger of being a Christian in a hostile environment.  Violent things happen, even to God’s people.  Yet the words of Scripture ring through the pages —

And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Muslims refer to Christians as people of the book.  And it is through the obedience of God’s people — to pray, to speak a timely word, to go out of their comfort zones — that He accomplishes mighty works.  People of The Book reinforces the obligation of believers to witness to the lost, pray for their persecuted brothers and sisters, to be obedient to whatever He calls us to do.

I have read and reviewed all 4 of the books in this series, and I think People of the Book is the best.

Highly Recommended.  

(I received People of The Book from Pump Up Your Book in return for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To purchase the books in the Extreme Devotion series, click on the titles below.


No Greater Love

More than Conquerors

Red Ink

People of the Book

2 Responses to “Book Review: People of The Book”

  1. ccgevry May 3, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Thanks for the lovely review of Kathi’s latest. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ll be reviewing it for the tour too. These are such powerful books, that you said it is the best makes me even more eager to read it.

    Thanks again.

    Cheryl

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  2. Kathi Macias May 3, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    Thanks for the great review of People of the Book. I’d love to hear from some of your followers!

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