Title: More Than Conquerors
Author: Kathi Macias
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: April 15, 2010
Paperback: 320 pages
With violent crime on the rise and the political climate changing throughout Mexico, the opportunity for open Christian witness is rapidly decreasing in many areas. Hector Rodriguez pastors a church on the outskirts of the once-peaceful and tourist-popular border town of Tijuana. He has also visited other small churches in the remote and not-so-Christian-friendly towns of Chiapas state, delivering Bibles and ministering to those in the most persecuted areas.
Hector’s mother accompanied him on one of those trips and stayed behind to teach reading—using the Bible as her primer—to a handful of Christian converts living among the Mayan population in San Juan Chamula, where superstition and paganism run rampant, and resentment of outsiders runs deep. In a reaction to that superstition and resentment, Hector’s mother pays a serious price for her unwanted presence—and Hector must then choose whether or not to continue his work in some of the most dangerous areas of Mexico.
More Than Conquerors by Kathi Macias is the second in her Extreme Devotion Series; this novel takes the reader to Tijuana, Mexico, San Diego, and San Juan Chamula. While the book is beautiful and can easily stand on its own, I have read the first in the series No Greater Love and plan to read the third, Red Ink when it is released. More Than Conquerors is a beautiful and at times suspenseful novel of love, family, sorrow, and faith. Pastor Hector Manolo Rodriguez’ s life is most definitely not dull. He has his loving wife Marianna and three children Lupita, Manolo, and Hector Jr., who fill each other’s days with unconditional love, as does their friend Marty from San Diego, who recently finished Bible school and is waiting for God to direct his life. He has decided to leave San Diego and stay with the Rodriguez’s for as long as it takes to figure out his next calling, much to the delight of the family and the confusion of his mother. While Hector is rich in faith, love, family and friends he has many concerns. His mother, Virginia, was called to spread the word of God to anyone willing to listen in San Juan Chamula, a remote Mayan village that does not take to outsiders interfering with their way of life. While Hector is proud of his mother, he is also worried for her safety; it is not unheard of for Christians to disappear in the area where she is living. Then there is Alberto, Hector’s father who walked out on his wife and nine children to move to San Diego. He is dying alone in a hospice center; except for the visits Hector makes from Tijuana to San Diego to visit his father in hopes of his father turning his life over to God. Closer to home, in Hector’s small parish of Casa de Dios, trouble is brewing amongst one of his flock. Senora Antonia Mesa has confided that she worries for her grandson Roberto’s soul, she made certain he was raised in a loving and Christian home, yet he has turned away from his family and found a new family in a gang and has been murdering people. More Than Conquerors is a pure and beautiful novel about family, faith and hope. The reader will discover all sorts of families in this novel, estranged, bitter, happy, longing, struggling, and curious. Macias weaves together several cultures into her novel as well as several types of family units; creating the foundation of a masterfully written story filled with characters the reader will not only care about but also want to know. More Than Conquerors will capture the reader’s heart and attention and I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a beautifully pure, Christian novel.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer and radio show host who has authored 30 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and recently won the prestigious 2008 member of the year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) at the annual Golden Scrolls award banquet. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding their Harley. You can find Kathi online and at her blog.
Kathi Macias’s MORE THAN CONQUERORS VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR MAY ‘10 officially began on May 3rd and will end on May 28th. You can visit Kathi’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com during the month of May to find out more about this great book and talented author!
I received a complimentary copy of More Than Conquerors by Kathi Macias from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.