I'm not one to read a series out of order, but Red Ink was our April ACFW book club book, the third in the Extreme Devotion series. I wasn't able to find time to read the first two first. So I jumped into Red Ink not sure what had gone before.
Thankfully, the Extreme Devotions series is not continuing characters or plot, rather continuing theme … followers of Christ persecuted for their faith.
Red Ink is about a young woman in China imprisoned for preaching the Gospel and handing out stories of Christ to children. It's Zhen-Li's story, and so much more. We meet her husband, sister-in-law, small child, and mother — all suffering in different ways by her imprisonment. We meet her cell mate and betrayer. We meet the guard whose greatest desire in life is to break her.
And on the other side of the world, in the USA, we meet two elderly prayer warriors, Julia and Laura, the people they live with in the retirement home, and a teenager, Maggie, who has fallen in with the wrong crowd — a selfish man who not only doesn't have her best interests at heart, he is all about using her for his gain.
Kathi Macias ties them all together through one merciful God who is worthy to be served by all.