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In the second installment to her Extreme Devotion series, Kathi Macias takes us to Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California in her book More than Conquerors.  Hector Rodriguez and his family minister to the people of Tijuana through the church that Hector pastors.  He is faced with the trials of inner city gang crime, an unbelieving father who lies dying in a hospice home north of the border, and a mother who has surrendered her life to spread the gospel to a remote Mayan village a great distance away.

Marty is a young college graduate from San Diego.  He has served as a short term college missionary in Tijuana alongside Hector Rodriguez’s family.  Unsure of the path God has chosen for him, Marty decides to spend an undetermined amount of time in Tijuana with the Rodriguez family.  Determined not to fall in love and have the distraction of a woman as he tries to follow Christ, Marty finds himself struggling with the direction God may be leading his life.

When Hector’s mother disappears, everyone is heartbroken, but no one is surprised.  After all, the Mayans are deeply rooted in their ancient beliefs, and they do not like outsiders in their village.  Especially outsiders who talk of “conquistadores”, as Hector’s mother has in the Bible verse Romans 8:37 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”  Hector must choose to continue his work for Christ as pastor of his church, or protect his family.

This book was intense in every aspect – the gang violence in Mexico.  The heartbreaking truth of an ancient people that will not let go of their superstitions, fears, and beliefs.  The fear of a man who is torn between following God, even if it means facing unknown dangers, and protecting his beloved wife and children.  The struggle of a young man who will do anything to follow God’s will for his life.  More intense than any of these, however, is God’s power and ability to overcome fear, and God’s incredible way of bringing good out of tragedy.  Though this book is heartbreaking and sobering, I enjoyed everything about it, and learned much about myself – and God the Father – in the process.  Macias has done an excellent job in her second book in this series, and I can’t wait to read the third!

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New Hope Publishers (April 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596692839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596692831

Legal Necessities:  I received this book for free from Kathi Macias.


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.

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New Hope Publishers (April 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596692774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596692770

**Legal Necessities:  I received this book for free from Kathi Macias.

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