UPDATE: Congrats to Brittany Casey on winning her very own copy of “Red Ink”!!
China seems to be on my mind alot lately. What connection do I have with China you ask? You didn’t know I was half Chinese??? Just kidding. China seems to be all around me lately though I am not that familiar with it as a country. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law are definitely the experts!
My most important connections to China are my beautiful niece and nephew from China. James and Xiaoli joined our family through adoption and are such a blessing to our family, not to mention beautiful and handsome like their Aunt Jenifer And Uncle Bryan! Ha!
I just finished reading Mary Beth Chapman’s new book “Choosing to SEE” where she shares about her journey through adopting her three little girls from China.
Yesterday I watched a documentary about the impact that China’s one child policy is having and will have on their country. Very interesting….learned things I’d never thought of before. After reading Mary Beth’s book and watching this film, I was ready to call Beth and get all the details about starting the adoption process!!!
I’m excited to share with you an interview with the author of Red Ink, Kathi Macias. Be sure to check out the other three books in this series and leave a comment below to be entered to win your very own copy of “Red Ink”!
Red Ink is the third book in your four-book Extreme Devotion series. Each book is set in a different country, with the theme of first devotion and commitment to Christ above all else running through all four. How is Red Ink different, and who/what inspired you to write this book?
Red Ink is the only one of the four books that actually deals with someone being arrested and suffering specifically for her faith in Christ. The story is loosely based on my own personal heroine, Li Ying, who is currently serving a ten-year sentence in China for printing/distributing Christian materials, particularly to children. I pray for Li Ying daily, and I remind myself how very blessed I am to have the freedom to do what she did—without paying the price she now pays.
Can you give us a brief synopsis of this story?
A young Chinese woman, Zhen-Li—raised to observe the party line, including its one-child-per-family doctrine—falls in love with and marries a Christian, and adopts his faith. Though the couple downplays their Christianity in an effort to survive, Zhen-Li’s family is appalled, and she and her husband are ostracized. When she becomes pregnant for the second time and refuses to have an abortion, the persecution begins in earnest. Zhen-Li’s parents, under pressure from the government, pay to have Zhen-Li kidnapped and the baby aborted.
It is then Zhen-Li decides she must live up to her name—”Truth”—and take a firm stand for her faith, regardless of the consequences, and so she begins to regularly teach children about Zhu Yesu (“Lord Jesus”) and to distribute Christian literature every chance she gets. Based loosely on the life of Christian magazine editor Li Ying, currently serving a ten-year prison sentence in China, the story of Yang Zhen-Li tells the desperate tale of her incarceration and separation from her family, as she continues to minister to other prisoners, and even to her guards, leading to a surprising conclusion that will both stun and challenge readers.
In addition to writing, you are a popular speaker at women’s event, writers’ conferences, and various venues around the country. How can people find out more about you, your writing and speaking, sign up for your weekly devotional newsletter (in English or Spanish), and/or just view your many book videos, etc.?
They can find me at my website (http://www.kathimacias.com) or blog (http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com). There is a “contact” button on my website if they’d like to send me a message. I always respond to all my emails!
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