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Posted August 13, 2011
Virginia lives away from her family in the village of San Juan Chamula, which is located in the middle of Mayan difficulties and hostile situations. Her son Hector wishes Virginia would move back home closer to her family, but she is confident that the village is where God wants her, even though it is difficult and dangerous to witness to anyone.
As the family continues to worry about Virginia, she continues to witness to anyone who will listen to her until one day she disappears. This frightens Hector and the family even more, and causes him to worry about the safety of his own family. Even having help with his ministry from family friend Marty from California, safety is still an issue.
Author Kathi Macais writes another masterpiece with this story set in Mexico. With a cast of characters that are unique and so wonderfully blend together with one another, this story takes you to a location where it is dangerous to talk about God and the Bible freely. You will be able to feel the fear and hurt with these families as well as feel the love, joy and peace of knowing that God will carry them through whatever difficulties they face. You will get to know the lifestyles, food and the area where these families live. But more importantly, you will see their passion for the God they so love.
Sometimes when a book has several different stories going on, it is difficult to read and understand, but not with Kathi's books. Her writing is so awesome and professional you will have no problems with confusion or understanding where the plot is going. She blends the stories together so well it is just like living in the story right along with the characters.
I like the heavy scriptural content of the book, and I especially like Virginia's verse throughout the book, Romans 8:37, "Now, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." After reading this book, you will have a different attitude about missionaries and what they face when on the mission field. This book is a Must Read! I would highly encourage you to buy a copy of book, read it and pass it along! It will change your life, just as it did mine.
I received this book from the author to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55.
Posted November 3, 2010
Romans 8:37 states, "In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." This Scripture passage is played out in Kathi Macias's book, More Than Conquerors. Missionaries and pastors who teach the Gospel and carry Bibles deep into the hostile areas of Mexico experience persecution from those steeped in the power of the shamans and spiritual warfare of the Mayan people. Hector Rodriguez, pastor of a small church in Tijuana, is warned not to expand his ministry there, when his mother, Virginia, who is teaching in that dangerous area, becomes missing. The book contains romance and family commitments pitted against the backdrop of gangs and violence. Yet the message of pastors and missionaries with a strong faith to know that "He who is in them is greater than he who is in the world" prevails. You won't be able to put this book down!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 8, 2010
Hector Rodriguez is a dedicated man of God who is the pastor on the outskirts of Tijuana, Mexico. His very small church nestles in this touristy border town where crime and gangs are running rampant. Hector not only tries to minister to his little flock, but takes many trips deep into Mexico delivering Bibles into hostile Mayan areas. On one such trip, his mother accompanies him into the village of San Juan Chamula and feels called to stay to serve. Using the Scriptures, she teaches reading to people who are willing to learn. Although she feels peace with her decision, Hector is more than concerned. Evil and darkness are prevalent in the village and outsiders are not welcome. His worry is founded when one day she disappears. His faith is shaken to its very core. Can he continue to pastor and give counsel to his parishioners when he doubts and questions his own faith? How can he give sound advice to others when he can't believe it himself? What will happen in his neighborhood as one of their own is sucked into the gang world of hatred and evil?
Hector's friend, Marty, comes to stay with him and his family seeking God's will for his future. How will Hector take the news of what God has ordained for Marty and his soon-to-be future bride?
Through all the trials and turmoil, will God's message penetrate Hector's hardened heart? Will he be able to make peace with the past and accept God's plan for the future? The future that is in God's hands and not his own?
I loved this book! I literally traveled to Mexico, walked the street on the outskirts of Tijuana with the characters in this book. It was as if I prayed with them. I felt their despair and joy. I met these people, and quite frankly, I want to spend more time with them. The characters were so well introduced and interesting that more books could be shared about this community. I'd love to visit again to live more in the lives of these people.
Kathi is an amazing story-teller with the written word. Her heart, love for the Lord, and devotion to prayer is evident. She glorifies God, while at the same time shows the humanness of those strong in faith. This book is about life and death, love and hate, light and darkness, doubt and obedience, and hope and faith. She shows people living out their faith in circumstances that make it difficult. There was a lot going on in this book, but it all blended together marvelously. Kathi's writing is a ministry. Congratulations, Kathi. My heart was touched by your story-telling and love of God through the marvelous gift of which he has blessed you.
"More Than Conquerors" by Kathi Macias has done it again - written a book so good it want let the reader put it down until the last page is read. Where "No Greater Love" was heartbreaking, "More Than Conquerors" is heartwarming, but not in a sentimental way. Kathi takes her readers on a trip with a warm, loving family - the Rodriguez family.
The setting in today's Mexico with the problems of gangs and religious persecution adds to the tension in the story line. I felt as if I were in Mexico but I didn't know any of Spanish words. Kathi Macias' love for authenticity and accuracy stand out in this novel full of faith, hope, and love.
The primary character's courageous stand for Christ should encourage all Christians to have a bold witness for Him. "More Than Conquerors" is an excellent book that I highly recommend. Don't miss out on reading this book!
Kathi has captured my attention, and I'm looking forward to "Red Ink" the next book in the series. You can pick up a copy at any bookstore or order online.
This book was sent to me free by Kathi Macias with no request for review. That is my choice.
Posted May 24, 2010
For a person of faith, coming to terms with the bad behavior of a close family member is the hardest cross to bear. In Kathi Macias' More than Conquerors, the message of never giving up on those you love is driven home. The setting is a double-sided Mexico - the drug violence of a tourist-centric Tijuana and the isolated primitive conditions of the Mayan rainforest. However, the interior journey of the Rodriguez family frames the narrative based on evangelical Christianity.
Alberto abandoned his wife and young children for an American woman. Years later, he lays dying in a hospital across the border. Alone. His son, Hector is a pastor for a small Mexican church. Refusing to abandon hope, Hector continues to plead with his father to atone for his sins while there is still time. Yet, Alberto time and again frustrates his son by stubbornly refusing to accept God's saving power.
Meanwhile, his wife, Virginia, is living in a state of poverty - by choice. Serving as a missionary in the remote village of San Juan Chamula, she is teaching the native women to read with her Bible serving as their only textbook. However, superstition and fear of the modern world still run rampant among those wishing to cling to the lifestyle of their Mayan ancestors. When Virginia utters verse 37 from the Book of Romans, "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us" - she unknowingly announces herself as the enemy. The villagers view the word conqueror as a veiled threat. From that moment on, Virginia's life is endangered.
There are several subplots running through the story that bear mentioning. An American named Marty comes to stay with Hector's family. He is a recent bible college graduate unsure of what to do with his life. Instead of Hector providing guidance, it is his virginal sister-in-law, Susana, who helps Marty find his way.
The unrestrained brutality of the Mexican drug culture is shockingly portrayed when a grandson contemplates killing his own grandmother for overhearing an incriminating conversation. As a country falls to the rule of the drug lords, anarchy descends even into the heart of a family. Yet, the grandmother aware of her impending fate persists in praying for the salvation of her grandson.
By putting multiple faces on the issues currently facing Mexico, Macias draws the reader into the social conditions south of the border. There is violence, poverty and squalor, but there is also hope, faith and charity. But above all, the redeeming quality of a family's unconditional love is portrayed as a universal message.
Macias' use of Spanish is a bit jarring. She uses one word immediately followed my its English translation like, "I want to have time to stop at la iglesia, the church, and see your papa..." or "He called out, 'Quien es? Who is it?'" Introducing a second language into the manuscript reads like a high school student's paper for Introductory Spanish. Macias is a better writer than that, and the awkward insertion of random terms does not jive with her level of proficiency.
Overall, the violence of current-day Mexico is given a human dimension with a Christian emphasis.
Posted May 12, 2010
More Than Conquerors by Kathi Macias is the second book in the Extreme Devotion series that began with No Greater Love. Hector is pastoring a small church in Tijuana while his mother, Victoria, evangelizes to a much smaller group deep in the Mexican countryside where Mayan superstition still rules and any teaching different is viewed with suspicion and even in danger for their lives. Marty has finished Bible college and is working to help Hector while trying to figure out God's plan for him in the mission field. Macias takes these different strands and weaves them all together in a story of how God is working all over the world. An aura of danger emanates from the very first page, and the reader can't help but turn pages faster and faster as the quiet action picks up and hearts are broken. Macias has really hit her stride as an author with this series. It is filled with realistic characters and powerful stories. It almost feels like the reader is looking in on real people as they struggle with faith, hope, loss, and love.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Kathi, in writing More than Conquerors has captured the essence of what many missionaries face on a day to day basis. The story tells of God's people that have accepted a call on their lives and how their faith, and and trust in God served as an anchor as they perservered through danger and trials in their lives. Kathi has created real characters that also struggled with their faith, and Christ's will for their lives. Through her writing skill, one manages to subtly sense the workings of God as each problem is solved. This is another great book from the extreme devotion series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 1, 2010
More than Conquerors is a fun read that grabbed my attention from the first page and held it to the end. The characters are caught up in dramatic events that force them to confront their own faith-or lack of faith. The setting in today's Mexico with the problems of gangs and religious persecution adds to the tension in the story line.
While easy to read, More than Conquerors raises some difficult questions. Do we desire the safety of our loved ones more than their obedience to God? If what we say we believe does not govern how we live, then do we really believe it? This is a book that can be read purely for entertainment, but can also be a challenge to any believer's perception of their own life and faith.
With fast-paced action and an inspiring message, More than Conquerors is a book that you'll be glad you read.
Posted March 8, 2010
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