Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On My Nightstand - Red Ink by Kathi Macias

Kathi Macias' novel, Red Ink, is loosely based on the story of a Chinese journalist imprisoned for her faith. She captures real life in a way few authors achieve. I'm struck by the clarity of the message, the empathy for people in both free and oppressive societies, and her ability to keep me thinking long after I finished the book.

It’s difficult for me to refer to people in her book as “characters.” Each one is individual, from the imprisoned Zhen-Li to the teen hooked on drugs in America. Their lives intersect in ways they will not fully comprehend until they meet in heaven.

Not only does Red Ink share the terrible persecution in China, but it also reveals the love of God for His people and those who do not yet know Him. The author’s grasp on how God deals with each person brings clarity to our place in His overall plan.

In the past, I’ve read numerous books about those persecuted for their faith. After awhile, it becomes overwhelming. Red Ink’s multiple layers provide much food for thought. Love, hope, and joy triumph in the midst of difficulty both here and abroad.

If you care about others, whether you’re a Christian or not, this book is a must read.


Jessica Nelson said...

I've heard it's pretty good too. My SIL and BIL will be heading to China at the beginning of the year to teach English. I'm hoping things go well for them and nothing horrible happens.
Thanks for the review! I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving. :-)

Anonymous said...

We can never imagine what its like to per persucted for our faith or go through trials and tribulations like the people the characters are based on. Unless one goes on a lengthy missionary trip to these areas. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the review.

Jill Kemerer said...

I don't know if I can read this one, Susan, but if I'm ever in the mood for a deep book, I'll pick it up! Happy Thanksgiving!

patti said...

I can and will read it and CANNOT wait till December 1, when I can buy it.

It's on THE LIST!!!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

I've heard those who teach English in China often get opportunities to share God's Word. I'm sure they'll be briefed on what they can and cannot do.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Stephen -

We're so blessed in this nation. As citizens, it's our responsibility to safeguard our freedoms.

I hope we never face the horrors that Christians in other lands live through on a daily basis.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jill -

I understand your feelings. It's a sobering read, but filled with hope and a passion for the Lord.


Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Patti -

After you visited China, I'm sure you'll relate to the culture. Speaking of books, I'm looking forward to yours. :)