Monday, March 26, 2012
It has been nearly 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic. I noticed at Barnes and Nobles they have several choices in books for young readers. I may make a trip back to browse more from this subject.
Sarah Emma Edmonds had left Canada at a young age and relocated to Michigan where she worked as a farm hand. She was physically hardy, independent, brave, bold. When the Civil War began she enlisted in the Union Army as a man, her new identity was Franklin Thompson. Thankfully she was able to work as a nurse, which meant she was able to have more privacy in her living quarters, "instead of a crowded company tent.".
Later she interviewed for and got a job as a spy. Several times she crossed Rebel enemy lines disguised as a black slave man or woman. She also disguised herself as an Irish peddler woman. She made 11 spying missions for the Union. She was apparently a talented actor and master disguiser.
I loved reading this book! It is a story I'd not heard before. I learned that there were over 400 women during the Civil War that disguised themselves as men in order to fight in the war.
Emma Edmonds was a gutsy woman. She certainly had no qualms about rebelling against society and culture standards for her day. She made a decisive and brave choice to fight for her country.
Her personality was such that she was not an impulsive dreamy person. She was instead intelligent, perceptive, wise.
For more information about Sarah Emma Edmonds:
Published by Harcourt August 1, 2001
Young Adult Non-Fiction/Civil War/Spy/Biography
This book to me would be for ages 9 and up.
I bought my copy at the Barnes and Nobles store:
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Book Review: Simon And The Easter Miracle, A Traditional Tale For Easter by Mary Joslin and Illustrated by Anna Luraschi
I must first state that this hardcover book has lovely watercolor illustrations from the front cover to the back cover. I enjoyed seeing some of the same familiar animals on more than one page: such as the frisky cat, long nosed puppy, and yellow beaked bird. Each page has much to view, the pictures alone can bring about discussion while reading the book to small children.
This is a book geared for young children. I understand that at a 5 year olds age telling the Easter story is different, than telling an Easter story to a 11 year old, or a 15 year old.
As a child grows older more detail is given.
My 8 year old granddaughter and 6 year old grandson do not understand fully the word peace, at least not as they will at an older age.
Peace to them is something or someone that is friendly and calm, loving and docile.
Real peace as we are taught in the New Testament, is only made possible by Jesus. Because of His shed blood on the cross we are no longer an enemy to God. We are made in a right-standing, we are at peace with Him.
I understand what the author was trying to present in her book. I do believe an additional page should have been added. After the page about the place of crucifixion. I believe a brief and simple explanation, as to why Jesus died on the cross, and why we have "real" and "true" peace. That even when we have a "no good very bad day." We can have peace inside our hearts no matter how old we are.
I believe the use of a dove is a starting point, but not the end all for this book.
Easter is not just the previous day of crucifixion, but the risen Christ Jesus that conquered death.
Another emphasis in the book is on kindness, this too is important. But kindness should always come from the well-spring of a heart focused on Christ Jesus.
The last page is unclear to me, maybe a riddle? Maybe, because Simon was kind he was materially blessed?
Blessings are not always material. The choice of blessing is up to the Lord. And not for us to propose.
Published by Lion Hudson 2012
For ages 5 and up
Link for book @ publisher:
http://www.lionhudson.com/detail.php?product_id=3666049Included is a reading sample
Thank you to Lion Hudson and Kregel Publications Book Tour for my free review copy!
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Saturday, March 24, 2012
|Author Kathi Macias|
Special Delivery is book two in the Freedom (human trafficking) series. For anyone who may not have read book one, Deliver Me From Evil, can you fill us in on the focus of the series in general, and Special Delivery in particular?
The Freedom series is a three-book fiction series built around the horrifying topic of human trafficking. People often ask me why I decided to write about such a dark topic. First, I explain that I’m not writing about a dark topic; I’m writing about the Light that shines in that darkness. And second, I believe the Church should be at the forefront of the modern-day abolition movement to set the captives (modern-day slaves) free. The three books in this series specifically follows the life of a young woman named Mara, who was sold into sexual slavery by her own parents in Mexico, and then smuggled across the border into San Diego by her uncle who then served as her pimp. A strong sub-plot throughout the series tells of two sisters in the Golden Triangle of Thailand, Chanthra and Lawan, who are also trapped in a brothel. Finally, a teenage girl named Francesca, kidnapped in Juarez, Mexico, and forced into prostitution, is introduced in book two. Special Delivery picks up two years after book one, Deliver Me From Evil, ends, and continues with the stories of Mara and Lawan, as well as others carried over from book one. Mara hopes she is finally free to pursue her own life because she was rescued from the brothel and her testimony helped lock up her uncle for life. But the man has underground connections and is driven by revenge to reach out from behind bars and deliver the ultimate punishment to his niece.
This isn’t the first fiction series you’ve written on nationwide and even worldwide social issues, the one previous to this being the persecuted Church. What draws you to these difficult topics?
As a Christian, I believe I am compelled to use my God-given gifts to honor God in all I do—and that includes exposing the deeds of darkness, calling sinners to repentance, and taking a stand for righteousness by doing all I can to help rescue those who are suffering. I dare not turn my back on “the least of these.” I also believe that God placed this sort of burden on my heart even before I became a Christian at the age of 26. I’ve always been a champion of the underdog, a “soap-box” preacher, if you will. When I met Jesus, I simply redirected that passion toward His people, realizing I couldn’t effect real change in my own strength anyway.
With your obvious passion to right social and moral wrongs through the power of the Gospel, how did writing and speaking enter into that?
I’ve known I wanted to be a writer since I was a child—never wanted to do anything else. When I was a teenager I told my then boyfriend (now husband) that I was going to be a writer one day. What a blessing that God allowed me to fulfill that dream! After becoming a believer and growing in my faith, it was natural to take my passion to fight for others and incorporate it into my writing. Speaking, on the other hand, was an entirely different story. I was terrified of public speaking when I was young, and the day I received Christ I made a “bargain” with God, promising to do anything He asked of me—so long as it didn’t include public speaking. (Does God have a sense of humor or what???) Now, when I stand in front of audiences where I believe God has called me to speak (and actually find myself enjoying it!), I tell my listeners that if God has called them to do something and they feel it’s impossible, they can consider me their “visual aid” that NOTHING is impossible with God IF we will simply take that first step of obedience and let Him fulfill His purpose in and through us.
With the topics of the worldwide persecuted Church and human trafficking under your belt, what other issues are you dealing with in your writing?
My Christmas 2011 book, A Christmas Journey Home, dealt with the immigration/border problem, and my Christmas 2012 novel, Unexpected Christmas Hero, will be about homelessness in America. The next issues-related fiction series I have on tap—which I am just starting to write, by the way—is called the “Patches of Courage” series and will begin releasing in late January 2013. Book one is The Moses Quilt, based on the life of Harriet Tubman, and will be followed by The Christmas Quilt and The Impossible Quilt. This series of books will highlight historical American women whose Christian faith enabled them to walk in great courage and make a difference in the lives of countless people.
Where can people find out about you and your books/speaking/appearances?
They can go directly to my website (www.kathimacias.com or www.boldfiction.com) or my Easy Writer blog: http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and various other social sites. Would love to hear from all of you!
Where can people find out about free book giveaways on this blog tour?
The blog tour host is giving away a set of two books from the Freedom Series - Book 1 (Deliver Me From Evil) and Book 2 (Special Delivery). Also, readers can follow @ChristianSpkrs on Twitter or follow on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CSSVBT.TheFreedomSeries for more book giveaway locations on the tour.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for posting the author’s interview on my blog. This blog tour is managed by Christian Speakers Services (http://ChristianSpeakersServices.com).
(All the above provided for me for free including a copy of the book from Christian Speaker Services.)
Special Delivery begins two years after the introduction to the characters from book one Deliver Me From Evil. We continue with Mara's story of her life now, after her delivery from the life as a sexual slave. She is working as a waitress and living on her own. There is not a day that goes by that she does not think of the life she'd lived, her bitterness grows. As the story progresses we realize she is still in danger from her past.
Brother and sister--Jonathon and Leah have never forgotten Mara, and wonder how she is; but because of privacy they keep their distance. Jonathon and Leah continue to pray for Mara.
Francesca or Frankie, continues to hope for a release from her predators.
On the other side of the world and in the Golden Triangle area, precious Lawan is struggling with each day in her captivity.
I feel Special Delivery is a well-written, personal, emotional, gutsy stand against child sex trafficking.
Each character has a dramatic story.
Mara, Francesca, Lawan are unaware of the prayers of the faithful that have never given up.
Special Delivery is haunting and memorable---after the last page is read I continued to think about the characters. Days later I am still moved by this story.
I have loved this series from the first page of book one, Deliver Me From Evil.
Kathi Macias has taken a difficult and tragic subject, and turned it in to a passionate plea to the world, to become an advocate and prayer warrior for the precious children that have been sorely abused.
Kathi writes fiction not with the aim of entertaining readers, but with the aim of bringing to our attention a much needed defense for warfare on the battlefield of child sexual exploitation, slavery, abuse, and trafficking.
We can know longer express "we didn't know" and thus sweep this issue under the rug so to speak. But we must become an advocate for children, who have been indoctrinated in to believing that not only do they not have a voice, but that they are mere chattel.
Link for my previous review of Deliver Me from Evil:
Book three in this series is entitled: The Deliverer available fall of 2012
For more information about this subject:
Published by New Hope Publishers 2012
Christian Fiction/Child Sex Trafficking/Child Abuse/Prayer
Link for book @ Christian Book: