Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Son, John Book Review

As a member of the Pump Up Your Book Blog Tour Team, I was sent a complimentary copy of My Son, John by Kathi Macias. Thank You to Pump Up & Kathi Macias.

About the Book:


Could there be a more chilling word?

Could it be any more horrible than to have a loved one killed, brutally and heartlessly, without obvious reason or motive?

When Liz Peterson's elderly mother is found viciously beaten to death in her home, Liz and her husband, Charles, along with their grown son, John, and teenage daughter, Sarah, are horrified beyond words. Their previously predictable, respectable lives seem to have vanished without a trace, as they struggle to make sense of a senseless act.

And then a second blow-more devastating, if possible, than the first-rocks them to their core. John is arrested for his grandmother's murder. As what's left of the Peterson family begins to crumble under the weight of loss and accusation, the Petersons' longstanding Christian faith is put to the test in a way they could never have imagined, and unconditional love is stretched to its limits. Will family ties and relationships withstand such a crushing blow, or will evil succeed in dividing and conquering this once close and inseparable family?

About The Author:

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 30 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and recently won the prestigious 2008 member of the year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) at the annual Golden Scrolls award banquet. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding their Harley.

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My Review:

If you have ever lost a family member, you know the grief that comes with that experience. I recently lost a sibling and the grief that comes with that is unbearable at times. I can't imagine the emotions that would have been involved if another family member would have been responsible for her death.

I read this emotion filled book in only a few short days. Though it was a quick was so far from an easy one. Throughout the book, I kept asking myself, what would I have done? I still ask myself that. I cannot answer that. All I know is I hope I have half the wisdom and strength as was shown by the characters in My Son, John.

This book was a wonderful example of God's grace, forgiveness and mercy, even in the toughest of life's circumstances. When we cannot possibly understand how we will get through, we do, because of Him. If He brings us to it, He will bring us through it. We just have to give up all control and rest in His arms, and allow Him to carry us, just as Liz did.

In the back of the book the author has discussion questions that go along with each of her chapters. There is a helpful "resource" section also in the back to help people learn more about prison ministries. Listed are ministries you can get involved with and their websites, along with other helpful information. This is a great resource for people who want to witness to those in prison and their families.

Buy It: My Son, John can be purchased at Christian, and Also, check your local bookstore for purchase options.


  1. Thanks for the excellent review of Kathi's book. I absolutely loved this one. It's my favorite out of all her books so far.


  2. Thanks Cheryl! I really enjoyed this book. As difficult of a story as it was. It was an excellent book. I look forward to working with you again, and maybe even Kathi one day again