Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"Red Ink" by Kathi Macias Virtual Book Tour with Review

Red Ink coverRed Ink
Author: Kathy Macias
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
IBSN: 9781596692794
Genre: Fiction, Christian

About the Book: (from PUYB):

Yang Zhen-Li defies not only her Communist parents but the government as well when she marries a poor Christian peasant and converts to his faith. When she begins to distribute Christian materials, particularly to children, she is arrested and sentenced to ten years of hard labor. Will her husband and son wait for her and support her throughout their long separation? Will she even survive to return to them once again? Or will the evil guard Tai Tong, who has taken a personal dislike to Zhen-Li, convince her to deny her faith? Two elderly saints halfway around the world are determined to pray her through, though they’ve never met her and don’t even know her name. God’s faithfulness in the midst of unimaginable trials will bring about an ending that could never be anticipated—but will never be forgotten.

My Thoughts:

Kathi Macias has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I have read the first two books in her Extreme Devotion Series and was astounded by her prose and heart-tugging stories. When the third book became available, I was eager to read it, but also was expecting nothing but quality and a story that would stay with me for a long, long time after reading it. This book didn't let me down!

"Red Ink" is based on the life of Li Ying, a Christian magazine editor who is serving a 10 year prison sentence in China. The main character, Zhen-Li, is a remarkable woman whose faith and courage left me wondering if I could ever be that strong in the situation she had to deal with. She is truly an inspirational character that tugged on my heart and mind countless times.

Kathi Macia's prose is nothing short of amazing. She has a way of drawing me in, transporting me to another place, and keeping me there, making it impossible to want to put the book down. She writes with such passion and a realism to her stories, that they are guaranteed to make you feel like you are there, feeling the cold in the prison, smelling the dank air, and feeling both fear and wonder as you "walk" alongside Zhen-Li.

Don't miss out on this third book of Kathi's inspirational series. Since each book is based on a different person, this can be read as a stand-alone. After reading this one, though, you will definitely want to pick up the other two in the series: "No Greater Love" (see my review) and "More than Conquerors" (see my review).

About the Author:

Kathi Macias is a blogtalkradio host and an award-winning author of more than 30 books, including her popular Extreme Devotion series from New Hope Publishers and Valeria’s Cross from Abingdon Press. A wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Kathi lives in Southern California with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their spare time riding Al’s Harley—hence, Kathi’s “road name” of Easy Writer! Her latest release is Red Ink, the third book in her popular Extreme Devotion series.

You can find out more about Kathi and her writing/speaking at or her blog at

This book was supplied through Pump Up Your Book for me to honestly review.


  1. Thank you for the wonderful review of Kathi's book. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I just finished reading it myself. I think it's going to be my favorite out of the series so far.

    Red Ink was recently voted as the ACFW book club choice for April 2011. A well-deserved honor.

    Wishing you and your readers a blessed Christmas.


  2. Thanks for the wonderful words about Red Ink and the entire Extreme Devotion series. Writing this series has been one of the greatest challenges I've ever faced as a writer, but it has brought the greatest blessings as well, particularly via reader response. Blessings!

  3. This sounds like a thought provoking read. Thanks for the review.