The Moses Quilt – Interview with Author Kathi Macias

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Kathi Macias
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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.

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About the Author: Kathi Macias

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 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. She 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.

My Take-aways from Breakforth 2013

This past weekend my husband and I had the incredible privilege of attending Break Forth 2013 in Edmonton. The first bonus was having a weekend away with my husband. The second bonus was being surrounded by 15,000 other people who love Jesus Christ and want to serve Him.

On Friday I attended the Social Media intensive course taught by Marie Page of Musicademy. If you want details of the session, check out the slideshare. I appreciated the opportunity to learn how to use a Facebook Page more effectively and plan to try out some of the ideas on the InScribe page.

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Break Forth 2013

One of the main session speakers was Francis Chan. I really appreciated his honesty. Here are some of my favourite quotes from the session:

“In Scripture, the times God came through are the times when the people were living by faith, out in their world. We are to be HIS witnesses. If we are not out being witnesses, we won’t experience His power. When was the last time you share your faith? Are you out making disciples?”

“Am I more concerned about my friendship with someone than I am about his eternal destiny?”

“Are you spending too much time in church and not enough time out in the world making disciples?”

For the workshop sessions I chose the Children’s Ministry “track”. Roger Theimer from King of Kings in Omaha, Nebraska taught all the sessions:

1. Training Volunteers – ideas on ways to train Sunday School teachers and other staff using an online system.

2. Preteen Retreats about Sex – Father/Son and Mother/daughter retreat ideas to prepare grade 5/6 kids for adolescence.

3. Teaching Kids to Serve – Mentoring kids and teaching them to serve Jesus by serving their community.

4. Develop a “Faith-at-Home” Culture – providing training, support, and encouragement for parents to share their faith in practical ways at home so that faith becomes a way of life, not something you just “do” on Sundays.

5. Transform Sunday School – ideas for making Sunday School something kids look forward to every week.

If you want more information, check out the Kids Kount Publishing website. I appreciated the practical nature of these sessions and am looking forward to trying out some of the ideas.