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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.


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_225_350_Book.87.coverEverything they did was to help the people of Afghanistan.  The work Shelter Now accomplished was greatly received by the Afghanistan people – so why did eight Shelter Now workers and their 16 Afghan helpers find themselves arrested and in prison?

In Kabul 24, Ben Pearson and Henry Arnold recount the arrest, interrogation, and trial of these Shelter Now workers in 2001.  These people did nothing but help the Afghan people they loved, and now the Taliban has arrested them for reasons that are never revealed to the prisoners or anyone else.

Yet, somehow, these people find a way to worship the Lord God in spite of their harrowing circumstances.  They sing songs praising Jesus, study scripture, and pray.  They remember that God put them in their predicament to bring glory to Him, and show His might and power.  Through their imprisonment, they remember that God cares and loves them and has not forgotten them.

This book reveals that Christians should look to God and depend on Him no matter what the circumstances.  Believers can look at these people and say, hey – they endured all of this and never lost their faith?  I can, too!  This is the message I received from this book.  This book allowed me to see that truly, through God ALL things are possible.  I highly recommend this book to readers everywhere.  You will see Biblical truths fleshed out in a concrete and profound way.  This is truly an unforgettable book.

**Legal Necessities:  I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson as a part of their BookSneeze program.  Click the button on the right for more information.


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