Wow, I don't know where to start. This is my first book of Kathi's so I had no idea what to expect. I just knew her books were awesome from the talk about them and I really wanted to read them all! And having just read "No Greater Love," I totally agree. We hear about Christians being murdered because of their faith, but reading the events in this book makes the situations come to life. Even though this book is fiction, the author enlightens us to what it means to be a martyr for Christ. Obviously there was an extreme amount of research by the author before this book was written. As well as research of each unique character and the rolls they play in the book. I loved Chioma, she had a loving and caring heart, even as she was trying to hate whites. And the author created a heartwarming love between Chioma and Andrew that will stay with you for a while.
This is a masterpiece by Kathi Macias! Her unique way of storytelling captures you from the very first pages, keeping you in suspense and the edge of your seat until the last page. The heart-wrenching hatred between the blacks and whites in the era was unbelievable. I agree with Jerry Jenkins, with Kathi's extreme knowledge of the subjects and the setting in the book, she gives you a feeling of being there, right in the middle of the scenes. I shed many tears, as well as wanted to pray for the characters, especially sweet Chioma!
As for recommending this book, it is a must read. Even if you don't like to read, you need to read this book. I urge you to run out and get this first book of the Extreme Devotion Series "No Greater Love," 3, Your life will never be the same after reading this book. If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. It is now on the very top of my Ã¢â¬ËBest Reads' list.
I want to thank the author Kathi Macias for providing me a copy of this book to read and review. The opinions and the review are mine only. I was not expected or required to write a positive review.
Kathi Macias's No Greater Love flies by like a jet on a tailwind. The reader is catapulted forward, despite unexpected turns and loops, from start to finish.
Out of her knowledge of apartheid South Africa on the brink of sweeping change, Macias splashes a swath of color--both physical and emotional--across the pages of this epic tale that somehow morphs it, at the same time, into a deeply personal and memorable story. How does she do that? The answer seems to be: with considerable understanding of both the Afrikaner and the black/colored cultures that were at loggerheads with each other in 1989. Add to that Macias's capacity for developing her characters to a depth where the reader can identify intimately with them, plus her expert capacity to weave her story line through intriguing segments, and you have this 315-page historical fiction piece that reads with the speed and fascination of a pocket novel. Were this a film (and it may well become one), I'd want to see it again.
South Africa, 1989. Apartheid. One of the darkest moments in the history of humanity - the minority whites rule over the blacks and coloreds that make up the majority. Here lies the setting for Kathi Macias' novel No Greater Love, the first installment in her Extreme Devotion series.
Chioma, a servant for an Afrikaner family, finds herself struggling with her feelings for Andrew, the white son of the master of the farm. Andrew also tries to fight the feelings he feels growing inside himself for Chioma. Orphaned for four years when her parents, ANC supporters, were killed, Chioma has seen her share of tragedy and injustice. Chioma has suffered as a part of the system of Apartheid her entire life, and finds it impossible to trust any white man and - more so - their God. Andrew, living a life of privilege as the son of an Afrikan farmer, also tries to understand the meaning and scope of the Apartheid system his father holds allegiance to. Andrew and Chioma's lives become intertwined and tragedy surfaces yet again, making a martyr out of the most unlikely person. Chioma then finds herself torn between fighting for her cause and learning how to forgive.
In this story, Macias explores the depth of Apartheid and the effects this system of government had not only on the blacks and coloreds, but also on the whites that wielded power and control for decades. Throughout the story, the characters try to justify their actions and beliefs as they relate to those of the races opposite from their own. Introspection and circumstance even force some to question how God feels about the system of Apartheid that has come to be their culture and way of life.
In this truthful glimpse into a world so many still do not understand, God's love and forgiveness, as well as His desire for equality and love for all mankind, are illustrated even more beautifully than the pictures of the South African countryside painted in words by Macias. In a culture driven by evil, hate, and separation, Macias shows that God can break down barriers that man alone cannot.
I must admit that I ate up this story! My father traveled to South Africa as a missionary during the years of Apartheid, and I remember growing up hearing his stories of racial segregation that plagued this beautiful country for years. I also have a deep love for Africa as a continent, and pray daily for His word to be heard and believed by all who call Africa their home. For this reason, I have a special attachment to this novel. I had no idea how much I would enjoy this novel, but I can tell you honestly that it's one of the best stories and most well-written that I have read in a long time. I highly recommend you pick up this novel and discover for yourself not only what Apartheid meant to the people of South Africa, but what God's grace and power can do in the most impossible of events.
**Legal Necessities: I received this book for free from Kathi Macias.
Excellent faith shown under difficult circumstance
October 26, 2010
Age: Over 65
John 15:13 states, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." This is exemplified in Kathi Macias's book, No Greater Love, which tackles the difficult social issues during the violent times in South Africa preceding Nelson Mandela's release from prison in 1990. Through a number of tragic events the Vorster family comes to realize the sinful nature of apartheid. This is a book you will not be able to put down as you watch the unbelievable events that unfold and lead to a life-and-death decision that the coloured Choima must make. Will she choose violence to revenge the mistreatment of her people, or will her belief in God, who she previously thought of as the white man's God, be strong enough for her to find forgiveness and develop selfless love? The constant tension experienced by the characters during this difficult time in South Africa's history makes this is a page-turning novel.