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A Christmas Journey Home: Miracle in the Manger (Understanding the Books… (edició 2011)

de Kathi Macias

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During Isabella Alcantara's seventh month of pregnancy, her parents and siblings are murdered in gang- and drug-related violence, simply because their home was targeted by mistake. Isabella knows she was spared only because she now lives in a different location, but she knows too that the same thing could easily happen to her and her husband, Francisco. When her grandfather offers to hire a "coyote" to bring them across the border to America, she agrees. But Francisco and Isabella are abandoned by the coyote and left to die. Francisco then valiantly sacrifices himself to get Isabella to safety. Homeless, nearly penniless, pregnant, and alone, Isabella determines to find a way to honor her promise to her beloved husband. Living on one of the smaller spreads along the Arizona border, Miriam Nelson becomes furious with God and turns from her faith when her border patrol agent husband, David, is killed in a skirmish with drug smugglers. Though her mother and young son do their best to woo her back from the anger and bitterness that have overtaken her, they make little headway. Two widows--one driven by fear and a promise, the other by bitterness and revenge--must make their journeys along different pathways, but with the same destination: a barn full of animals that stands waiting for them on Christmas Eve. Forced to face their personal demons, Isabella and Miriam soon discover a common yearning that will bind them together in a most miraculous way.… (més)
Membre:PamelaBarrett
Títol:A Christmas Journey Home: Miracle in the Manger (Understanding the Books of the Bible)
Autors:Kathi Macias
Informació:New Hope Publishers (2011), Paperback, 240 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
Etiquetes:Christmas, Mexico, drug wars, gangs, Christian Fiction

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A Christmas Journey Home: Miracle in the Manger de Kathi Macias

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I have read almost everyone of Kathi's book and I have to say I think this is the best one. This is really two stories in one combined. I love Christmas stories and this one is about Isabella Alcantara and her young husband Francisco. After her parents and siblings were gunned down for no reason by the "Coyote" in Mexico, her grandfather gave up his life's savings to get her and her husband and their unborn child out of the country. They had paid all the money they had to a "coyote" to see them safety across the border into the USA and to a safe house, but he robbed them of all they had and left them to die in the desert.

The safe house that they finally found was nothing but a slave and prostitute house for the helpless. They stole away and found themselves in the desert again where Francisco was gunned down by some drug smugglers. Now alone and ready to have her baby she wondered in the desert until she found a farm of another young woman and her son. She hid in the barn until the little boy found her and that is where she had her baby. Just as Jesus was born so long ago in a stable with the animals around.

I want to thank the author Kathi Macias for sending me this copy to read and review. I love the book and I am sure you will too.
  EdnaT | Dec 5, 2011 |
In this tale, perfect for the holiday season and beyond, we meet Isabella a young pregnant Mexican woman who has suffered a horrifying loss. Her grandfather offers a way for her to leave it behind and start anew by being smuggled across the border. Miriam is a recent widow; her husband, a border agent was killed in a fight with drug smugglers.

Miriam lives on the border and Isabella crosses but both of them are put to tests of their faith - in their God, in their beliefs and in themselves. These two strong women learn much in their interactions with each other but mostly they learn the meaning of love.

Faith and God play very strong roles in the story as is appropriate for a Christmas tale. Miriam is a woman who has been deeply hurt but overcomes that hurt to help what she sees as the cause of her husband's death. Isabella learns that the world is not just full of violence and hate. The story is not typical - all is not black or white; prejudices are challenged and no easy answers are provided which makes this a very thought provoking read. ( )
  BooksCooksLooks | Oct 26, 2011 |
This Christmas novel could have been taken right out of today’s headlines about the immigration debate between the United States and Mexico; and the drug wars that are ravishing the border towns. Kathi Macias tells the stories of two families grieving the murders of loved ones and the choices they make to cope with their loss while putting their lives back together.

Most of Isabella Alcantara’s family has been murdered in the drug violence that is destroying Ensenada. When her grandfather offers to help pay for a coyote to smuggle her and her husband across the border she accepts his offer to have a safe place to raise her unborn baby. In Arizona, Miriam Nelson has been devastated by the murder of her husband, a border patrol agent killed by drug smugglers. She is stuck in her bitterness, and her little boy and her mother don’t know how to help her. The author shines a light on the current problems while reminding us that it is about individual people caught up in these terrible circumstances, and that God is the hope in hopeless situations. It is not your typical Christmas story, but I found myself weeping at the end. ( )
  PamelaBarrett | Oct 17, 2011 |
Wow. Beautiful. Stunning. Emotional. Moving. Those are many words to describe this new book from Kathi Macias. I love her and really enjoy her fictional work. This one just stops the charts for me. I love a good Christmas story, and this one, well, I loved it. It's awesome.

Mixed among the pages of wonderfully amazing characters, lies the true meaning of Christmas, and the need to have an unending faith in God. God's message rings loud and clear through out this story. I loved the way Ms. Macias chiseled out her characters. Miriam, Davy, Isabella, Francisco....all of them will touch your heart in one way or another. Between violence, heartache, betrayal, and love, these characters all have something in common: God's love for them.

This story will open your eyes to a whole new way of thinking. You'll find yourself praying for each character by the end of the book, you'll find your self wishing you could meet these characters face to face, and hug them for their struggles.

A truly magnificent Christmas book. I highly, highly recommend this book to everyone looking for a moving story this Christmas. It's not light by any means, but it's captivating, entertaining, moving, heart-tugging, and so much more. Definitely grab a copy of this beyond 5 Books worthy new story from a FANTABULOUSLY talented author! ( )
  ReviewsbyMolly | Oct 17, 2011 |
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During Isabella Alcantara's seventh month of pregnancy, her parents and siblings are murdered in gang- and drug-related violence, simply because their home was targeted by mistake. Isabella knows she was spared only because she now lives in a different location, but she knows too that the same thing could easily happen to her and her husband, Francisco. When her grandfather offers to hire a "coyote" to bring them across the border to America, she agrees. But Francisco and Isabella are abandoned by the coyote and left to die. Francisco then valiantly sacrifices himself to get Isabella to safety. Homeless, nearly penniless, pregnant, and alone, Isabella determines to find a way to honor her promise to her beloved husband. Living on one of the smaller spreads along the Arizona border, Miriam Nelson becomes furious with God and turns from her faith when her border patrol agent husband, David, is killed in a skirmish with drug smugglers. Though her mother and young son do their best to woo her back from the anger and bitterness that have overtaken her, they make little headway. Two widows--one driven by fear and a promise, the other by bitterness and revenge--must make their journeys along different pathways, but with the same destination: a barn full of animals that stands waiting for them on Christmas Eve. Forced to face their personal demons, Isabella and Miriam soon discover a common yearning that will bind them together in a most miraculous way.

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