Saturday, April 18, 2009

My son, John by Kathi Macias

Being a book reviewer is wonderful. I get to read the latest and greatest and let’s face it, sometimes not so great Christian Fiction. For those of you who don’t get this opportunity, especially in light of the recent recession, never fear. Your local library is bound to have the selection of books I review. Or, why not start a Book Club at your local church or playgroup?

Lately my house has been so busy; it’s been hard to catch up with housework. What makes it even harder is when I’m asked to review a book such as My Son, John by Kathi Macias.


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?

Kathi Macias is a talented writer. Only someone with such a talent could write a powerful and compelling story such as this one. The story takes us into the unimaginable horror when a family must confront the truth about their son.

Why is this so confronting? I guess it’s because we all have secrets. Some are small and wouldn’t hurt anyone. But others, well let’s just say they can cause enormous pain in the lives of those around us. What do we do with that pain? Do we turn against the one who’s caused it or do we forgive and move on?

Kathi’s book is about a family who must make those very choices. This is a great thought-provoking book and I look forward to reading more of Kathi’s books in the future.

  • Genre Contemporary Women's Fiction
  • Release Date Available Now
  • Author Kathi Macias
  • Publisher Sheaf House
  • ISBN 978-0-9797485-4-7
  • Format Paper Back 225 pages


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