The Complete Freedom Series Giveaway | THE DELIVERER | Book Tour with Kathi Macias


 

While this is the third and final book in the Freedom Series, I’m sure there are people who are just learning about it. Would you please share what prompted you to write these books on such topic as relevant and difficult as human trafficking?

I was finishing up my previous fiction series for New Hope Publishers (the Extreme Devotion Series, dealing with the persecuted Church around the world) when Andrea Mullins (the publisher at New Hope) asked me what topic I wanted to tackle next. We discussed a few possibilities, and then she suggested human trafficking. I was aware of it and thought it was terrible but had no idea how widespread it was. I agreed to do some preliminary research and get back to her. When I discovered there are more than 27 million people held in various forms of human trafficking (sexual slavery, forced labor or military conscription, involuntary donation of body parts/organs) and that many of them are children (including an estimated 100,000—300,000 MINORS held in sexual slavery in the US today!), I was horrified. I was also convinced that I had to do everything possible to help educate others about this widespread horror and to call them to join the fight. Not only have I now written/released the Freedom Series on human trafficking, but I’m speaking on it everywhere/every chance I get.

What was your original objective in writing these books, Deliver Me From Evil, Special Delivery, and The Deliverer? And, what are you hearing back from people who have read the books? How are they taking action?

Originally my plan was to see the books alert readers to this horrific crime and, hopefully, challenge them to get involved in fighting it some way. That seems to be happening, but on such a larger scope than I had imagined. The response from readers is overwhelming! Pastors have written to say they are challenging their entire church to get involved on some level, and I’m being invited to speak all over the country on this topic. I am thrilled to see the Light being shined in this terrible darkness at last! As for specific actions, pastors and civic leaders are inviting me (or others in this ministry) to come and speak to their congregations/groups to help educate them on this massive tragedy. Readers tell me they are posting about my books all over the net to help snag people’s attention. I’m getting invitations to speak on radio and TV as well. I’ve also been contacted by readers who are getting involved in setting up safe houses for rescued victims, which is a huge need. I was even contacted by the Department of Homeland Security and invited to participate in group conference calls on the topic. Overall, I’m thrilled at the way God is using these books to help sound the alarm and to “rescue the perishing.”

It seems there is always someone in your books who is an intercessor. Why is that important for you to include?

This is vital to me, and as you said, I almost always include an intercessor in my novels. I know there were intercessors in my own life who prayed me through some incredibly dangerous and difficult times, and I appreciate those heroes of the faith more than I can express. Highlighting their importance in my books accomplishes two things: it enables me to honor those faithful intercessors who often get no recognition in this world, and it also calls others to get involved in intercession as well.

You write books as you often call them, parables with a purpose, on topics such as human trafficking, the persecuted church, illegal immigration, and your Christmas 2012 book is about homelessness. Some might call you an advocate. Why is it important for Christians, and the church as a whole, to discuss these issues?

You’re right that I call my novels “parables with purpose,” because I believe Jesus is our example and that’s what He told to His followers—parables with purpose. He didn’t just tell them “nice stories” to entertain them. He told stories that would grab them right where they lived, and then challenge them to change their hearts, their minds, and their lives. The Church has always been at the forefront of serious social change, leading the charge to abolish slavery for instance, and leading the charge on these other issues is right where the Church needs to be now. The first step is to discuss the issues, to make people aware of them, and then to call them to action. I believe gripping fiction is one of the most effective ways to do that.

Will you give us a glimpse, a taste of things to come — without getting too far ahead — of what’s in store for your next series and books on the horizon?

In addition to the 2012 Christmas novel, Unexpected Christmas Hero, dealing with homelessness in America, I will be releasing a new series starting in January. The first of the three novels is called The Moses Quilt, and it deals with a contemporary interracial romance, set against the background of a quilt that tells the story of the courageous, faith-filled woman known as Harriet Tubman. A contemporary novel dealing with the issue of abortion will follow, with the first woman doctor in America, Elizabeth Blackwell, as our backdrop heroine. The final book will be built around the much beloved Fanny Crosby, as we deal with the issue of people with disabilities. That series is from New Hope Publishers, but I also have a book releasing in the Spring of 2013 from B&H Publishers called Last Chance for Justice. It’s part of the multi-author Bloomfield Series, and I’m very excited about it.

You also write a devotional blog. Can you tell us what the focus is and where we can find it?

I started writing a weekly devotional several years ago, in response to a request from the then newly formed group CAN (Christian Authors Network). I sent it out as a group email and had about 40 recipients then. The devotional mailing quickly grew and expanded beyond the CAN group, with countless readers signing up to receive it. I also started posting it each week on my devotional blog (http://kathimacias.com/category/devotional-2/), which is part of my primary website (www.kathimacias.com), where you will also find my “Easy Writer” blog, which is more writing-related. (You can also sign up there to receive the weekly devotional in your inbox.) Over the years the devotional has been picked up by Crosswalk, Black Christian News, Latino Christian News (I offer it in Spanish as well as English), Believe.com, Christians in Recovery, etc., so the readership has mushroomed beyond anything I ever imagined. God is amazing, isn’t He?

 

We were given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for posting the author’s interview and/or book review on my blog. This blog tour is managed by Karen Power.

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THE FREEDOM SERIES — Complete 3-book Set Giveaway

Drawing will be held on September 24, 2012

(USA & Canada residents only)

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19 comments

  1. We have decided to give away TWO complete sets of the FREEDOM SERIES by Kathi Macias.

    Congratulations to Debbie Belisario and Judy Burgi! Please check your email for information on how to receive your set of books.

    Also stay tuned to http://www.facebook.com/CSSVBT.KathiMacias for information about the next book tours coming up with Kathi Macias.

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  2. I haven’t gotten a chance to read the books would like to.

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  3. Debbie Belisario · ·

    My daughter was a victim of trafficking. I struggle to understand all the horror she was put through. I am grateful that this subject has been broached and written with integrity and not just to sell books. I would love to win and read these books to fully understand this epidemic. Thank you.

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  4. Would love to read these books. I am reading Spiritual Warfare by J and S Piscopo. I love, “to see the Light being shined in this terrible darkness”. Amen.
    Blessings,
    Jan

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  5. I would never think this could happen in America. Please enter my name for a chance to win this series. Great review.

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  6. I enjoyed reading Kathi’s answers – great interview! The 2012 Christmas novel, “Unexpected Christmas Hero”, is one I look forward to reading as well! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. I read the first book in this series, and, it is a book you won’t be able to forget. It’s so sad that Human slavery is so bad in our own country as well as other countries. May this work of Kathi’s open the eyes of many and help to be a great work by many everywhere. Thanks Kathi, for really opening our eyes to things we have only imagined, tho I usually think of this kind of thing when a child disappears, and pray it is not the case. I would love to win these books to read and then share. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  8. This series has really opened my eyes to the problem of human traficking in the U.S. I was aware of it in other countries, and even have worked with rescued children in in India, but the fact that it happens so often in our own country just saddens me. I am praying about how to become more involved in a ministry that helps these women and children.

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  9. Marjorie Roy · ·

    This is an amazing series to win and read. Thanks Kathi for spreading the word.
    The world needs more people like to you to help these poor people.

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  10. Kathi Macias writes such powerful books. I would love to read this series about human trafficking. I’m very concerned about this activity. Thank you for offering this contest!
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  11. Debbie Curto · ·

    would love to win thank you for the chance!

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  12. Judy Burgi · ·

    These are powerful books! I have read the first two and would love to win a complete set. Kathi’s books will have you on the edge of your seat and the stories will stick with you for a long, long time.

    Blessings!
    Judy
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Please enter me, as well. What an informative series this looks to be. Thanks for offering it!

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  14. thank you for writing about this subject which is vital. This set of books would be treasured greatly. many thanks.

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  15. This is an important topic we all need to be more knowledgeable about.

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  16. Terrie Coleman · ·

    Kathi, you are a wonderful blessing. Thank you for shining His light into the darkest of placed. May God continue to bless the work of your hands, and multiply the harvest. Bless you, girl.

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  17. Please enter me to win this set of books. I know very little about this subject and would like to know more. Thank you.

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  18. I am reviewing the final book but I haven’t read the first 2 books. I would love to have the complete set. I am involved with a task force to help bring awareness about trafficking. I am glad to see more attention being made about it.

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  19. The story behind writing The Freedom Series is amazing. I pray the depth of these powerful novels will continue to make a difference. Awareness of the magnitude of this widespread horror is the first step toward making changes. God Bless you as you continue to follow where He leads.

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