My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McKay – Book Review

My Hands Came Away Red—by Lisa McKay

My Rating: Bucks:
Reviewed by: Kayla R. Woodhouse

The story—Eighteen-year-old Cori signs up to help build a church on an island in Indonesia. She joins five other teens, expecting this to be an escape from her love life back home.

Six weeks into the trip, after the church has been completed, trouble erupts on the nearby island, Ambon and soon sets foot on their island. Cori and her new friends, including the pastor’s son, Mani, head into the forest expecting to complete the church with one final touch—a cross.

On returning they run into a massacre on Mani’s village.


The pastor and many of the villagers are dead, the church is a pile of ash, and the teens barely escape with Mani’s four-year-old sister and are forced to flee into the mountains.

It seems that God has forgotten them as the teens try to survive hazardous conditions, Malaria, wild animals, and Muslim encounters.

Little do they know that the search for safety and spiritual answers has just begun.

What I thought about this book—AMAZING! My Hands Came Away Red is definitely a book that everyone needs to read. It opened my eyes to see all the things we take for granted, especially the people we meet day by day. (Think about what would happen if you didn’t have family, friends, or even just the little acquaintances here and there.)

I warn you—It’s a very hard read. Some awful things happen, I’m not going to lie. You may even have to hide under your covers at night. But as you read I guarantee that you will grow along with the characters.

God bless.


Thirteen-year-old Kayla Woodhouse’s zest for writing comes not only from her natural ability, but also from her love of the written word as witnessed by her voracious reading appetite. One of only a few dozen cases in the world, Kayla was born with HSAN, Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy, an extremely rare nerve disorder. Unable to sweat, or feel pain, she’s also been through brain surgery. But even through a life of extreme hardships, her ever-present smile encourages others to pursue their dreams, no matter the obstacles. In addition to being homeschooled and writing with her mom, she’s an amazing swimmer, and spends up to thirty hours a week in training. She has appeared on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Montel Williams Show, Mystery ER, and numerous other national programs. No Safe Haven, her first release from B&H Publishers in 2011, written with mother, Kimberley, makes her the youngest author to have a full-length novel published by a royalty paying publisher. You can find Kayla at and (read more…)


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    This is my all-time favorite book. It was a reward to myself to finish edits on a book that had to be turned in to my publisher the next day. 🙂

    As soon as I was done, I read it… Holly read it… Kayla read it… and then Carrie read it all in a 24 hour period. That’s how good it is. And it is life-changing.
    Thanks for sharing this review Kayla!