Find God in The Moses Quilt, Interracial Marriage and Harriet Tubman

By Laurie Winslow Sargent:

Mazie and Edward are in love, yet will a mystery in Mazie’s ancestral past prevent their interracial marriage?

Will the story of Harriet Tubman, told through images in the Moses quilt, save or unravel their relationship?

Will they find God–a deeper relationship with Him–in the process?

The Moses Quilt, by Kathi Macias (Publisher: New Hope)

The Moses Quilt, by Kathi Macias (Publisher: New Hope)

A Book Review in honor of Black History Month and Harriet Tubman

When a package with The Moses Quilt arrived in my mailbox, I was eager to get my nose into it.  I’m a big fan of most anything written by Kathi Macias. She tends to tackle unusual topics in her novels–from sex-trafficking to modern day martyrs, so I knew the Moses Quilt would be more than just about a quilt.

In the novel, family on both sides–Edwards parents and sister, and Mazie’s mom and great-grandmother, are all supportive of Edward and Mazie’s relationship. Only Mazie hangs back, and even she is not sure why. She suspects, however, that with her great-grandmother having been born and raised in the deep south, there may be something very uncomfortable–perhaps insurmountable–in her family history. She is almost afraid to find out. How did her ancestors deal with the issue of slavery? And if something truly awful is uncovered, will Edward want nothing to do with her?

Mazie’s great-grandma, in segments (as her health is failing) tells Mazie and Edward the amazing story of Harriet Tubman using the treasured Moses quilt. They are fascinated, but also wonder if there is a personal connection between them and the mysterious quilt.

I was already in awe of the work of Harriet Tubman–what courage and determination she had! But I learned much more about her, right along with Mazie and Edward.  I love to learn new things–and gain some new perspective about life or history, in the midst of good storytelling.

The story characters’ Christian faith was well embedded in their lives and portrayed very naturally, and the references to Harriet Tubman’s faith in Christ was an inspiration to me.

I appreciate the author, Kathi Macias, in her taking me along on this new, interesting and fun ride.  I also enjoyed the physical treatment of the book by her publisher, New Hope. I’m sure the ebook is a good read as well (and I love my Kindle), but somehow holding this paperback with it’s lovely colors and inside graphics helped put me in the moment, as if I were also hearing the story from Great-Grandma Mimi and seeing the quilt. I found myself looking back to the cover often as I read, and enjoying the dove-shaped graphics separating the pages. I think this story really benefited from this lovely physical treatment.

Interested in following the path of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad?  Click HERE to find a great brochure with a driving tour (or virtual tour), with The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway  or go to the Maryland Eastern Shore for the 100th year celebration of her life, March 8-10 2013;  Centennial Events in Harriet Tubman’s Homeland.

Enjoy this book trailer for The Moses Quilt and the other books in Kathi’s new quilt fiction series:

 

© Laurie Winslow Sargent. Laurie edits Finding God Daily, and is multi-book author/contributor and magazine article writer. She blogs for parents at  ParentingByFaith.com and for writers at  SellYourNonfiction.com.  Join her on Twitter as @LaurieSargent.  ” I received my copy of The Moses Quilt for review from New Hope Publishers, yet my positive review is based solely on my being blessed by and personally growing from reading this book. If a book doesn’t impact me in some way, I leave it for others to review, so reviews you see by me at Finding God Daily will be for books that I highly recommend.”

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Max Lucado on Finding God in the Miracle of Wholeness

By Linda Evans Shepherd:

In my interview with Max Lucado, we discussed his wonderful book Grace, More Than We DeserveGreater Than We Imagine and the miracle of wholeness.

 

Max LucadoRecently I spoke on the phone with pastor and author Max Lucado, to interview him about his new book for our blog. (See our other post: Finding Grace with Max Lucado.)

In the course of our conversation, I asked him how someone could find the miracle of wholeness.

Max explained:

“I think that one of the underutilized disciplines of faith is confession. After thirty years as a pastor, I believe most people carry around unresolved guilt—a regret, a stumble, a failure—and they’ve never talked to God about it. Satan uses this guilt because the commodity of Satan is condemnation. Satan wakes up every day wanting to figure out a way to make us feel guilty. The Bible calls him the accuser, and his goal is to condemn us and to create within us a feeling of condemnation.”

“How do we apply the solution?” I asked

“If we could learn to quickly confess, ‘Lord, I’m sorry for what I did. I accept your grace,’ then we would live in a state of confession, not in a state of guilt. To live in a state of receiving this forgiveness from God, all you have to say is, ‘Lord, I’m sorry; please forgive me.’ Then confess specifically what you did. ‘I looked at a woman in the wrong way,’ or ‘I spoke out of turn.’”

Max explained, “On the days I really apply this, I find myself practicing dozens of confessions an hour. But it’s not a sense in which I’m just beating myself up. It’s a nonstop conversation that takes place in the back of my mind between God and me, and it’s so liberating!

“Then there’s the issue of deep-seated bad choices,” Max continued, “choices we made years ago that have never been dealt with. Many people need to go back and have a good talk with God about them—about the night in the backseat of a car, or the drugs, or the abortion—some of the major issues we’ve never really let God forgive.”

Max’s insights are right on, and I think I would also add that in addition to seeking God’s forgiveness, we may also need to forgive a few others, including ourselves, other people, and perhaps even God.  (Not that God sinned but that we need to let go of our judgments against God for when we’ve blamed him for our difficulties.)

The best way to accomplish these tasks is through prayer(s) like:

 Dear Lord,

I have been carrying around a lot of guilt for my sin, choices, and regrets.  I come to you now, through the power of Christ, and confess these wrong sins, choices and requests of __________ (confess here) before you now and ask for your forgiveness.  I exchange my shame for your peace.

In addition Lord, I ask that you would help me forgive myself for my choices, regrets and failings, including __________ (list here), not through my power, but through the power of Christ.

I also ask that you help me release the judgments of blame I have placed on you Lord for my difficult circumstances of __________(name difficulties you have judged God for).  Forgive me Lord!  Teach me to trust you as you turn my difficulties into good.

Now, because I don’t want to leave any stone unturned, I also ask that you, Lord, would, through the power of Christ, release my judgments, anger toward others, including __________  (name people) for __________ (name deeds).

Now, Lord, I ask that you exchange all of my pain, judgments, guilt, anxiety, bitterness and regret, for your peace; not in my power, but the power of Christ, the Prince of Peace, who died for my sins on the cross.  In fact, I accept your forgiveness and peace so that I can walk with you, Oh, God.  I give my life to you and yield to your peace.

In Jesus’s name,

Amen

 

To find out more about living for God, go to:  www.GodTest.com

Watch as Max Lucado talks about why your best days are ahead of you:

To see the book trailer for Max’s recent book on grace, click  HERE  (maxlucado.net).

 

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Finding a Christmas Miracle in a Book Cover

[SUN CITY, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012 /Christian Newswire] When bestselling novelist Kathi Macias was working on her book Unexpected Christmas Heroshe never expected to find a Christmas miracle in her book cover, but that’s exactly what happened.

When Kathi finished her manuscript and handed it over to her editor, photographer and designer Michael Lê was assigned the task of finding a homeless man who fit the physical representation of Macias’ character. Lê and wife Christine were in Ashville, North Carolina last Christmas when they stopped their car and asked a homeless man by the name of Willard Parker if he would be willing to pose for some pictures.

Parker agreed. He also began to reveal glimpses into his own sad story. He lost his house.  He lost touch with his daughters and grandchildren. He said his life had not turned out the way he’d hoped. Now destitute, he was walking the streets and looking for the next place to find a hot meal and a bed. He told Lê, how he longed to see his daughters but had no idea where they were or how that could happen.

When Macias heard the story, she prayed the cover would help reunite father and family. Unexpected Christmas Hero released in mid-October and fell into the hands of a woman who knew Willard’s 26-year-old daughter, Amber. The mother of his 2 and 5-year-old grandchildren, Amber went online and found the cover of the book. It was indeed her dad. She wept.  But where was he? How could she find him? Where does one find a homeless person who keeps moving from town to town?

Driving near Ashville North Carolina, Willard’s estranged wife unexpectedly spotted him walking down the sidewalk and picked him up. Willard has acute leukemia and is not in good health but kept talking about getting the family back together. He says, “When I had my picture taken for the book cover, all I wanted was for it to help me get back with my family. It worked, and I’m really grateful.”

Amber is equally as excited. “I’m so happy. I can’t wait to be together again,” she says. “You never know how long you have on this earth and all he [my dad] wants is his family together.” Since the reunion by phone with daughters Amber and Rebecca (Willard is now in Toledo, Ohio), both are eager to see their dad and bring this unexpected Christmas miracle to fruition.

Kathi is now trying to help Willard’s family with travel expenses so they can be united. She has set up a Go Get Funding project that will accept contributions to help make this happen.  You can help by clicking HERE.

To watch a book trailer about Kathi’s book, watch the video below:

Also enjoy this mention of  Unexpected Christmas Hero and other titles. See more from the FamilyFiction YouTube channel!

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