Today I’m delighted to welcome Kathi back to Story Matters.
She is the multiple award-winning author of nearly 35 books, including the Quilt series, the Freedom series, and Extreme Devotion. Her devotionals reach hundreds of thousands—through the Christian Civic League, Black Christian News, Latino Christian News, Christians in Recovery, and crosswalk.com. A popular speaker, Kathi also loves outreach to prison and homeless ministries, and aiding the persecuted church globally. A mother and grandmother, Kathi and husband, Al, live in California.
About The Singing Quilt (from the publisher) Jolissa Montoya believes God is calling her to work with the disadvantaged children in her inner-city neighborhood. There’s only one problem: The children wouldn’t be able to understand her. Jolissa suffers from a speech impediment and has a thick accent because Spanish is her first language. Ridiculed through much of her youth, she is quite shy and reticent to speak. She is convinced that what God has spoken to her heart is impossible. Impossible, that is, until one day when her confidante shows her a quilt—a quilt that depicts the life of a courageous woman. Can another woman’s courage move her to try the impossible and step out and follow God wherever He leads her?
The Singing Quilt is set against the backdrop of the life of Fanny Crosby, who in addition to writing hundreds of songs was also a well-known public speaker and active in Christian rescue missions despite her disability. Readers will be inspired not to let fear or a disability prevent them from answering what they think is God’s impossible call.
And now from Kathi, in her own words…
The Singing Quilt is the third and final book in The Quilt Series from New Hope Publishers. Each of the three books (The Moses Quilt, The Doctor’s Christmas Quilt, and The Singing Quilt) are stand-alone books and can be read in any order. What ties them together is their quilt theme: each is a contemporary story told against the background of a quilt that depicts the life of a famous American woman in history whose faith and courage continues to inspire and change lives even today.
Each book has its contemporary story built around a particular social issue: The Moses Quilt deals with inter-racial relationships; The Doctor’s Christmas Quilt deals with abortion; The Singing Quilt deals with verbal abuse and overcoming physical or emotional handicaps. I have always been passionate about writing about such topics because I believe God’s Word speaks to each of them as nothing else can. I also wanted readers to see how the faith and courage of someone in history can still impact lives today.
The biggest event that brought me to this point in my ministry was coming face to face with Jesus Christ in 1974. Prior to that, having come of age in Southern California in the ‘50s and ‘60s, I was naturally social-issues-focused. I wanted so much to make a difference in the world but didn’t have a clue how to do that until I became a believer. Because I’d had a passion to write since I was a child, it seemed a natural next step to become a Christian writer, though it took years to mature enough (both spiritually and in my writing) for that to happen. And, of course, I naturally incorporated my other passion—for social issues—into the mix.
Why her story matters
What have I learned along the way? How much I don’t know. Seriously! The more I learn about the Lord’s faithfulness and power, the more I realize I don’t know and can’t do—apart from Him. As I move through these senior years of my life, I know I only want to do what He has called me to complete while I’m here on this earth—all for His glory. The rest is just fluff anyway.
When people read The Singing Quilt I hope they will understand that they don’t have to allow their past to control their future, that God can heal any hurt and restore any loss. Some years ago I received the greatest compliment ever about my writing. It came from a young man of 17 who had just read one of my books (No Greater Love, set in South Africa in 1989 and dealing with the issue of Apartheid). He said, “Mrs. Macias, I just want you to know that your books make me want to lead a noble life.” And that is what I hope and pray will be the inspiration of all my books.
As for the future, I have no idea what God has left for me between now and when I “graduate to heaven,” but whatever it may be—writing a bestseller or praying for someone or anything and everything in between—my hope is that I will do it in obedience to His calling so that when I finally go home I will hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” How I long for that day! But until then I must be about my Father’s business.
Readers can connect with me on Facebook (under Kathi Macias or Kathi Macias author) or Twitter (@alandkathi) or Pinterest (under Kathi Macias), but the best is probably via my website (www.kathimacias.com or www.boldfiction.com). They can browse my books, watch the accompanying videos, sign up to receive my monthly devotional newsletter, or click on “contact” and send me a personal note, which I promise to answer.
Postscript: Thank you, Kathi! And special thanks to Don at Veritas Communications for putting me in touch with Kathi and supplying her biographical information.