Books to Read and Book Giveaway: The Moses Quilt

Book Giveaway: The Moses QuiltIf you’re looking for inspiring books to read, The Moses Quilt shares both a contemporary, interracial romance of two young people, Mazi Hartford and Edward Clayton, and the story of Harriet Tubman, a former slave. Through the pages of history, author Kathi Macias skillfully weaves a courageous tale told piece by piece through the quilt owned by Mazi’s great grandmother. She does a good job of bringing contemporary and history together in a unique way.

Mazi’s reluctance to marry Edward is a puzzle both to him and other family members. Even Mazi herself doesn’t understand her hesitancy. But the quilt–and the journey she follows through Harriet Tubman’s life–may help her find the thread she needs.

The plot is simple, and so are the characters. You won’t find an in-depth page turner here, but  you will discover a story that crosses racial and generational boundaries–and one in which one woman’s courage made a lasting difference to those around her–and to succeeding generations.

Keep reading to find out how to enter the book giveaway.

Author Interview

For those of you who’d like to know about other books to read by Kathi Macias, as well as more information about The Moses Quilt, here’s an interview offered by the author:

The Quilt Series sounds interesting, but what makes it unique or sets it apart from the many other quilt books that are so popular right now?
First, I must confess to NOT being a quilter. I’ve never even considered taking it up! Second, I love quilts and have always been fascinated by the stories behind them. I combined that fascination with my passion for writing issues-related fiction, and I ended up with a three-book series that is, for the most part, contemporary but told against historical backdrops.

Sounds interesting! Can you tell us a bit about each of the three books in the series? Sure! Book one, The Moses Quilt, involves an interracial romance, where the couple works through their concerns and apprehensions as they learn the story of Harriet Tubman’s faith and courage as told through the patches of the Moses quilt that represents her life. Book two, The Doctor’s Christmas Quilt, deals with the topic of abortion told against the backdrop of the life of America’s first woman doctor, Elizabeth Blackwell, who was strongly pro-life. Book three, The Singing Quilt, deals with a young woman overcoming a physical disability; the background for that story is based on the “Queen of Gospel,” Fannie Crosby.

Was it difficult to do the research on these women, particularly Harriet Tubman? What did you learn about her in the process? I knew more about Harriet Tubman than I did about Elizabeth Blackwell or Fannie Crosby, but I expanded my knowledge of each as I did the research. Harriet Tubman’s amazing faith and courage is what stood out most to me about her life. Here was a woman born a slave, penniless for the majority of her life, and illiterate except for the scripture verses she had memorized (even if she couldn’t read them). Her prayer life was powerful, even as a child. After she escaped to the North and began making forays back into the South to help bring others out of slavery, friends would caution her against it. “Harriet, there’s a reward on your head—dead or alive. Aren’t you afraid?” She brushed off their fear and explained that she believed God had called her to help rescue her people; therefore, He would protect her. When her job was done, He would take her home to heaven, so what was there to fear? Wow, what a dynamic woman of God! I also learned that her achievements went far beyond rescuing slaves, though that’s what she’s best known for. She also served as a spy for the Union Army, worked as a nurse, and opened a home for indigent elderly former slaves. She died there herself in her mid-nineties, and the entire town flew their flags at half-mast in her honor.

Tell us a little more about the contemporary story in The Moses Quilt. The majority of the contemporary story is set just outside San Francisco. Mazie is white and deeply in love with Edward, an African-American lawyer who adores her and wants to marry her but tries to be respectful of her hesitation to make a commitment. What he doesn’t know is that Mazie is disturbed by what she considers secrets in her family’s past, secrets that begin to be unraveled as her great-grandmother, Mimi, tells her and Edward the story behind her Moses quilt, which she bought years earlier in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, a little town famous for its quilts. Edward thought he knew everything there was to know about Harriet Tubman, who had always been somewhat of a hero to him, but Mimi’s story opens up new avenues of discovery for both the young people in this relationship—and takes them straight back to the quilt’s origin in Gee’s Bend.

This sounds like more than just a “feel-good” story. Can it be used as a study book in some way? Absolutely! As with nearly all my books we have free downloadable discussion questions at www.newhopedigital.com that will enable The Moses Quilt to be read as a study book for individuals or used as a discussion/study book for groups.

Video trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7Ku5tygrMs

* New Hope Publishers sent me this book through the Book Club Network, who asked me to review it.

It’s Your Turn: BOOK GIVEAWAY

The publishers sent me an extra copy of this book to give away, so if you’re interested in entering the drawing, please leave a comment below, and tell me why you’d like to have one.

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NEW MONTHLY FEATURE OF INSPIRING BOOKS TO READ

Once a month I hope to offer a review of inspiring books to read on my blog. And sometimes, it will involve a book giveaway. So keep following and watching! You won’t want to miss a single post! I’ll still be penning devotions and inspirational blogs, too.

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    11 Responses to “Books to Read and Book Giveaway: The Moses Quilt”

    1. Twila Chambers on March 4th, 2013 8:43 am

      I always love your book suggestions. This series fits right in with one of my favorite genres, historical fiction. It also seems that many of my friends are quilters and quilts are a big topic at our Friday morning breakfasts. Should I win, the book will be passed around this group of 8-10 and probably beyond. Books are yet another way to share the wonderful blessings of God’s love.

      Hope to see you the next time you are in the Phoenix area.
      Twila

    2. Susan Barlow on March 4th, 2013 9:16 am

      This would be a great book to win and add to our church’s small group studies. Not only would a bit of history be included but a wonderful study that is sure to invoke much discussion and sharing. Thank you for this opportunity.

    3. Betty on March 4th, 2013 9:18 am

      I think this book would be so interesting to read not only because of the historical content but because of the way that God works things out in these books. I love reading about history and how God can be seen throughout history if we will just take the time to read about it and see it with our hearts. When I read a good book that touches my heart I pass it onto my mom, then to my sister, then to my daughter-in law and her mother and then to friends. So my books just don’t stay on the shelf, they are well read. This sounds like it would be an eye opener to what happened in history that I haven’t yet read about. Thank you for listening to my comments.

    4. Gail Schuppenhauer on March 4th, 2013 10:29 am

      I would love to receive this interesting sounding book. One reason is that my huaband and I both have made quilts. Actually, he has done many more quilts than I have though. But history of quilts and history in general are of much to me too.

      Usually I am not drawn to fiction, but when something like this
      comes along it does intrigue me.

      I wish everyone the best of luck in this contest though. Blessings.

    5. Jada Smith on March 4th, 2013 12:23 pm

      I loved “Same Kind of Different As Me” and this book sounds similar. Always looking for new books to read! Thanks for sharing! :)

    6. Ardis Rivera on March 4th, 2013 4:43 pm

      I would love to get this book. I teach classes in a church here in Mexico and have students from all over the city. I am always looking for ideas to help these students deal with situations they might face as they prepare to enter ministry. Many of my best ideas have come from fiction. I love to read, but accessibility to Christian books in English is scarce here.

    7. Miriam Ayala on March 6th, 2013 12:43 am

      This would be a great read as I am a quilter and love The Lord what a combo.Praise the good Lord! Thank you ..you can mailer my copy ASAP….

    8. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on March 7th, 2013 2:30 pm

      Thanks for all your comments and entries. There’s still time for others to leave a comment and enter your name in the book giveaway drawing. Only US residents can win, however. I’ll announce the winner next week!

    9. beckie on March 7th, 2013 8:46 pm

      I love books that go back and forth between history and present day, tying them together. The Harriet Tubman story is one that has always fascinated me.

    10. dani on March 9th, 2013 2:57 pm

      I am looking forward to reading this book… I enjoy all genres of Christian fiction, especially historical fiction… One reason I love historical fiction is because my family who are not Christians, hold so much racial tension in our family. I would like to win this book to be able to pass it around to members of our family to let them read a Christian viewpoint of racial history, and see Christ’s love in action… He alone can change twisted hearts full of rage and imperfect love…

    11. Lucy N. Adams on March 16th, 2013 7:38 pm

      This story of The Moses’ Quilt entered my heart at the front cover. What a glorious picture of those characters. My daughter married a young African American boy in her high school . They have three handsome sons, and I feel blessed to have our famiy love enriched with dear people of two races. Reading this story was so powerful as I became a part of the love between these precious young people, and also learned more about slavery.
      Since I have this book, I will keep it forever, but will be happy to have another to give away as a gift.

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