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Book Review: A Christmas Journey Home by Kathi Macias

"While they were there, the time came for Mary to have her baby. She gave birth to her firstborn child, a son, wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the guestroom." Luke 2:6-7 Common English Bible

Isabella Alcantara is 7 months pregnant and lives in Encenada, Mexico with her husband Francisco. They make the desperate decision to leave after her parents and siblings are murdered by a drug related gang. Her abuelo (grandfather) hires with his own savings a "coyote" to take Isabella and Francisco across the border to America.
Miriam is a young widow and lives on 30 acres near the Mexican border with her young son Davey. Miriam's mother Carolyn is staying with her to help. Miriam is angry and bitter, her grief has not only swallowed her life but has affected her family. Davey is a perceptive boy. He watches closely his mother and grandmother, their emotions puzzle him, and he worries about them.
These people will be drawn together through circumstances that will culminate at Christmas.

I loved this story!
Kathi weaves a modern tale reminiscent of the first Christmas story.
Isabella and Francisco await the birth of their first child. In this child is all of their future hopes and dreams. They yearn to bring their child into a safer land away from the violence of their hometown. They leave their homeland on a long arduous journey, depending on humans to fulfill a promise.
Isabella's grandfather never ceases in praying for his granddaughter and her family and in praising his Savior. He prays with the belief that some how and in some way God will deliver them.
Miriam's soul stirs within her grieving heart. Each day she awakens she must urge herself out of bed to face another day without her husband.
Carolyn yearns to bring love and healing into her daughters home.
Young Davey that misses his father so much, just wishes his mother would come back to him as she was before.
Each of these characters are yearning with eager expectation for something that will put aside all of their hurts and fears. They are awaiting what only Jesus can give, peace.

"The angel said, Don't be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you-wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in David's city. He is Christ the Lord. This is a sign for you: you will find a newborn baby wrapped snugly and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great assembly of the heavenly forces was with the angel praising God. They said, Gory to God in heaven and on earth peace among those whom he favors." Luke 2:10-14 Common English Bible

Published by New Hope 2011--October
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Paperback $12.99
240 pages

Link @ Christian Book:
Paperback $6.99

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Merry Christmas!