More than Conquerors, Extreme Devotions Series #2
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When Marty decides to help Melina and her husband Hector in the work of guiding the poor village women in how to become educated and independent, he realizes that he is putting his life on the line. And, indeed, the plot reveals plans to kill Marty and others involved in the underground school. A subplot focuses on a grandmother who is trying to be a positive influence on her grandson, showing him Christian values in an effort to keep him out of gangs and away from the drug culture. Sadly, the result is violence rather than repentance. The book is often graphic and direct in explaining the violence in these border towns, and, thus, is not recommended for readers under age 16.
Marty is persecuted, yet amidst it all he feels that he is in the center of Gods will, for he is ministering to the poor and wretched, much the way Jesus did in his earthly ministry. Hector symbolically adopts him into the family. The book incorporates words in Spanish, but because they are in context, the words add to the flavor of the locale without confusing the readers of meaning or intent.
Christians who wish to expand their worldview or anyone considering a life in missions will find this book insightful, challenging, and stunning. Juan Comboni, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
ibjoy1953VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Another winner from author Kathi MaciasAugust 13, 2011ibjoy1953VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My Review:
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.
Susan OsbornFullerton, CAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent page-turning dramaNovember 3, 2010Susan OsbornFullerton, CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Romans 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!
Robin PraterMissouriAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5What a test of faith!!October 25, 2010Robin PraterMissouriAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Get ready for a ride into Mexico my friends!! More than Conquerors is book 2 of the Extreme devotion series. Persecution and evil is present in San Juan Chamula. Virgina Rodriguez has been called by God to devote her life to the people of this town. She is on a mission to spread the gospel in a place where outsiders are not welcome. She is the mother of Hector Rodriguez. Hector too has been called to devote his life to Christ and his message. Hector is a Pastor in Tijuana, husband and father. This devoted family is missing one thing, Hector's father. He left their family years ago and is now trying to find reasoning behind the demons he is facing during death. There are many beloved characters in this book that will have you searching your heart. Would you stand in faith? Would you allow fear and persecution to stop you from telling others about Jesus Christ? This family knows all to well the area, the people and what their hearts are yearning for so badly, but the people are allowing the old ways to overshadow what is true. We also meet Marty, a friend of the Rodriguez family. He is searching all the Lord has for him. We get to watch his journey as he seeks God's will by turning to this family and opening his heart to all possibilities. We see what faith can do through those willing vessels of God. As I picked this book up it was one that kept me up all night until I reached the last page. Kathi has a way of not only bringing the characters to life, but bringing you right in the midst.
"No Greater Love", book 1 in the series showed us there is no greater love than the love that pours from the Lord. In book 2, we see that we can conqueror all through our faith in Jesus Christ. We have nothing to fear when the Lord is leading the way. Book 3 "Red Ink" is now out and ready for you to enjoy! This is a series that will lead you to a greater faith that will help you be a conqueror for the kingdom of God!
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Award-winning author Kathi Macias has written more than 30 books, including the award-winning devotional A Moment a Day and the popular "Matthews" mystery novels.
Kathi has won many awards, including the Angel Award from Excellence in Media, fiction awards from the San Diego Christian Writers Guild, 2008 Member of the Year from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association), and the grand prize in an international writing contest.
With women's ministry as her primary interest, Kathi is a popular speaker for women's retreats, conferences, and churches.
A mother and grandmother, Kathi and her husband, Al, call California home.
â– Beyond Me
â– How Can I Run a Tight Ship When I'm Surrounded by Loose Cannons?
â– More than Conquerors
â– Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today
â– No Greater Love
â– Red Ink
This book was a gift from Kathi Macias. I loved it my friend!
Susan Hollaway5 Stars Out Of 5June 8, 2010Susan HollawayHector 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 cant believe it himself? What will happen in his neighborhood as one of their own is sucked into the gang world of hatred and evil? Hectors friend, Marty, comes to stay with him and his family seeking Gods 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 Gods message penetrate Hectors hardened heart? Will he be able to make peace with the past and accept Gods plan for the future? The future that is in Gods hands and not his own? I loved this book! It was as if I prayed with them. I felt their despair and joy. Kathi is an amazing story-teller with the written word. She shows people living out their faith in circumstances that make it difficult. Congratulations, Kathi. My heart was touched by your story-telling and love of God through the marvelous gift of which he has blessed you.
Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com4 Stars Out Of 5June 4, 2010Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.comThe second title in the Extreme Devotions series More Than Conquerors takes readers south of the border to Mexico where gang violence is rife, and remote rural villages where Mayan superstition blends with the Catholic religion to create a hotbed of hostility. Pastor Hector Rodriguez lives and ministers on the outskirts of Tijuana where he was raised while his mother Virgina lives in San Juan Chamula, reaching out to those of Mayan descent through informal literacy classes. Young Bible college graduate Marty (formerly of San Diego) finds himself staying with the Rodriguez family as he seeks Gods will and future direction for his call to ministry.Soon, all of these lives will be disrupted by both violence in Tijauana and San Juan Chamula. Throughout all this turbulence however, Gods children will cling to Him and seek always to do only His will.With the majority of the major players being Christians, this title reads a bit less multi-faceted and gritty, than did its predecessor No Greater Love. Though the characters do struggle somewhat with their faith, and through the process of accepting Gods plans for their lives, everything somehow seems to run a little too smoothly, a little too idealistically. I cant put my finger on exactly why this is, and its not something I often notice when Im reading Christian fiction, but somehow these Christians seem a bit too perfect.Still, it was very interesting to read of the sweet, and pure romance that develops for Marty, and of the ministry dangers that those in Mexico face. Sometimes its tempting to think that persecution doesnt strike so close to home, and Im thankful that Kathi Macias is willing to write, and therefore inform readers about this topic.
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