28 July 2013

Interview with Kathi Macias by Carrie Fancett Pagels


Kathi Macias

Kathi Macias is the author of (The Moses Quilt, Last Chance for Justice, and The Doctor’s Christmas Quilt) and of (Emma Jean Reborn and My Son John) of more than 30 other books.

Kathi, welcome to Overcoming With God.  We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers.

Would you tell us about the most difficult thing in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help?
Wow, there’s been a lot, but probably the toughest was being a very young (19) wife and mom of one baby with another on the way when I was diagnosed with cancer. Doctors suggested I consider abortion, as I probably wouldn’t be able to carry my second child to term and they wanted to start aggressive treatment as soon as possible. I wasn’t a Christian then, but that’s what started me praying and seeking God. I wasn’t saved until nearly seven years later, but I refused to consider abortion and instead opted for surgery only, with no radiation or chemo treatments. Quite obviously I made it through, as did my second child, now a healthy man of 45 who is involved in law enforcement. God is faithful and had His hand on me even then, and I never cease to thank Him for that!

(CFP: Wow--PTL that God was there for you even when you weren't ready to turn to Him--and that when you did He was ready with open arms!!!)

Disability friendliness: Is this latest release available in audio format or do you have any other works available on audio?  Do your e-books have audio capability? Do you have any in large print?  
One of my novels, Obsession (from B&H), is available in large print, though I am unaware of any being available in audio—yet. However, the books I’m publishing now with Helping Hands should be available in that format soon.

In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation?
Almost all of my books (fiction and nonfiction) are issues-oriented and have discussion questions included in the book (or as free downloads from the publisher). All are biblically based. As a former biblical counselor on a large Southern California church staff, I make it a point to write from that perspective and to engage the readers in thought-provoking questions for their own lives.


CFP: Thank you, Kathi, for agreeing to answer these questions.  Have a blessed day and keep on writing!! 

We encourage readers to order Kathi's New Hope Christmas book which is available for pre-order (click here.)

Giveaway:  For the interview we will be giving away the winner's choice of any of Kathi's books, from OWG blog (ebook only for international winner.)  Later in the week, Kathi will give away a copy of her books reviewed by OWG so come back for each review and leave a comment, too.
You can connect with Kathi at www.kathimacias.com or on her blog at www.boldfiction.com .


56 comments:

  1. Hello Carrie and Kathi! Great interview...so amazing how God protects us from ourselves and others without us even knowing about it. I've recently read a few of Kathi's short stories and they are amazing. Praying all your books reach a lot of readers, Kathi! God bless!
    debsbunch5[at]jesusanswers[dot]com.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Debbie. And yes, you are so right about God's protection!

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    2. I read Kathi's Cry of Freedom story and loved it, Debbie! Hugs!

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  2. KATHI, thank you for being with us this week on OWG! God had great plans for you, and He wasn't finished with you yet. I will enjoy getting better acquainted with you AND your books this week! I'm especially looking forward to reading your new Christmas book!

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    1. Thanks, Diana. Our God is so amazing, isn't He?

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  3. Wow, cancer as a young mom! That must have been terrifying, but what a brautiful God story came from that!

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    1. You're right, Jennifer. God brings beauty out of trials. He is so faithful!

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  4. Enjoyed the interview!! Kathi, God did have something special for you and it's a talent that blesses us. Thank you for sharing. Please enter me in the giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. So good to hear from you, Barbara. Blessings!

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  5. What an amazing story about your son and the cancer you overcame! What a wonderful testimony! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yes, it is amazing what God did in my life when I didn't even know Him yet. What a mighty God we serve!

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  6. Kathi, I am so happy that you are a survivor of cancer. This world is a better place because of you. And, glad your baby survived also. That would be a scary time. I too was a mom and expecting a second baby (a boy) by 19, but am thankful I didn't have that problem. GOD already knew you would except HIM and had great plans for you. I would love to have lots of your books. GOD bless you. Thanks Carrie for having Kathi here. I would love to win one of her books. The ones I have read I would gladly recommend. Please give me a entry. I have to just trying t win. LOL Love to all of you OWG girls. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much, dear Maxie. I appreciate your continued support!

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing, Kathi. It is so good to be reminded that God has a plan for each of us, even if we can't understand it.
    God bless, Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. That is so true, Betti! His thoughts and ways are so far beyond ours, but His love is close.

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  8. Kathi, Thank you for sharing your story. I have not read any of your books, but they sound good so I will be getting one soon. Thank you for the chance to win one as well.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. My pleasure, Angela. Always happy to meet a new reader!

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  9. So much for you to overcome. Inspiring!!

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thanks, Mary. It was a difficult time, but a turning point in my life.

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  10. A big welcome to you from myself and OWG also! I'm really looking forward to getting to know you and your books this week!
    Praise God for your amazing overcoming testimony - I just cannot imagine how tough that would have been to be in your situation and especially without the Lord. How beautiful that God had his hand on you during that time, knowing that one day you were going to come to Him!

    Once when I was a young teen and growing up in troubled home and sought to get away, I had a vision of Jesus that filled me with this enormous & almost tangible peace that really touched me at that time... however like yourself, it was nearly 7 years later that I was saved!

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    1. Noela, what a wonderful thing to hear! God is so faithful to meet us right where we are. Bless you!

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  11. Really enjoyed reading this interview. I have several of Kathi's books, but didn't know about this part of her life with the cancer. God bless you, Kathi, as you spread His message through the printed page.

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    1. I didn't know this about Kathi, either. That had to have been so tough being a young mom and this happening!

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    2. Thanks, Donna. I have so appreciated your proofing expertise on my recent stories!

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  12. KATHI thank you so much for sharing your amazing testimony. It shows the enormity of God's love for his children, Romans 5:8 comes to mind here; "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." What a mighty God we serve!! :)

    I can't wait to get started reading some of your books!

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    1. You are so right, Teresa. And what a perfect verse!

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  13. I enjoy Kathi's books and love her heart for God and others. Would love to receive any

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    1. Thank you, dear friend. We go back a long way, don't we, Sister?

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  14. Wow, Kathi!!! That is an amazing testimony showing that God does indeed have his hand on us long before we realize it. The Doctor's Christmas Quilt looks good :)

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    1. Thanks, Anne. It has been such a blessing to get to know you.

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  15. would love to win. thank you for the chance. angelachesnut246@gmail.com

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    1. And thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Angela!

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  16. Kathi thank you so much for sharing your great testimony., God is so good and now your blessing us with gret books to read,
    i will be thrilled to win a book i have not read thank youi
    Shirley B jcisforme@aol.com

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    1. And thank you, Shirley. I so appreciate your support for my books!

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  17. It was a pleasure to read your interview, KATHI. What can I say other than 'God is faithful'.
    Bless you!

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  18. Wow, Kathi, what a huge testimony that God saved you and your baby during that time! Thank you for opening up for us - great interview. :)
    farmygirl at hotmail dot com

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    1. My pleasure, Susan. I love to tell what God has done.

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  19. Cancer can be absolutely terrifying at any age. So you glad we both survived so we could become good friends. I'm glad I was older and not an expectant mom when I had my surgeries. God is good and protects us even when we don't know to trust him.

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  20. Kathi, I too have been through cancer. I must say though, mine wasn't nearly as interesting as yours. The fact remains, we both made it through with God's healing touch! You have a great testimony to tell! Blessings to you my friend. I love your books! They have touched me deeply. Just ask my husband!

    Blessings!
    Judy B
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. So glad to hear that, Judy. Blessings to you and your husband!

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  21. Thank you, Carrie for the wonderful interview. I was humbled and really appreciated that Kathi went through so much and still did not have an abortion and turned to God and that was in a way the beginning of her becoming an author and spreading God's word! I surely would love to win any of Kathi's books in print! Thanks for this chance and contest! Kathi, thanks for sharing your story with us!
    May God continue to bless your life in many ways. Mary Lou K
    flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Sister MaryLou, I am so glad you enjoyed this. Blessings!

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    2. Thank you so much, Mary Lou. We serve a loving and mighty God!

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  22. Carrie, thank you for sharing time with one of my favorite people in the world! Kathi is an example for each of us to emulate. Her faith, compassion, and love for others is so admirable. Not only that, she is a master storyteller. I have read several of Kathi's books, and have not once been disappointed. It never ceases to amaze me that she is knowledgeable in so many diverse areas. Carrie and Kathi, God bless you both!

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    1. Nancee, I loved Kathi's Civil War story! Thanks for coming by!

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    2. Thank you, Nancee. You are such a sweet friend and encourager!

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  23. Great testimony to God's love and faithfulness Kathi. Thanks Carrie for sharing this interview.

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    1. And thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Dale. Blessings!

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  24. God was with you and that baby. So glad everything turned out okay. The Doctor's Christmas Quilt looks like a great book. Going to add it to my wish list.
    Blessings.
    Karen G.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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  25. I love Kathi's book and I don't have The Doctor's Christmas quilt so I'd better get in on this giveaway so I have a chance to win it thanks.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Hello my friend. You are such a faithful supporter of my books. Thank you!

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  26. Kathi, thank you so much for sharing your experience with cancer, while pregnant. You were so young to have had to make the decisions that you did. I'm so thankful that you came to know Christ as your Lord and Savior. What a blessing you are to others!
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. And thank you, Kay. I am humbled each time I remember God's faithfulness during a difficult time when I didn't even know or honor Him.

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