Reviewed by Jennifer Bogart
More Than Conquerers by Kathi Macias
"...I’m thankful that Kathi Macias is willing to write, and therefore inform readers about this topic."
The 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 God’s 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, God’s 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 God’s plans for their lives, everything somehow seems to run a little too smoothly, a little too idealistically. I can’t put my finger on exactly why this is, and it’s not something I often notice when I’m 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 it’s tempting to think that persecution doesn’t
strike so close to home, and I’m thankful that Kathi Macias is willing
to write, and therefore inform readers about this topic.
Jennifer Bogart is a child of God, wife and homeschooling mother of three young children (so far). She writes homeschooling resources with her husband at Bogart Family Resources, and reviews as a creative outlet. Passionately dedicated to promoting the work of Christian authors and artists, her blog Quiverfull Family features reviews, contests, family updates, homeschooling tidbits and well - a bit of everything.