Tuesday, May 4, 2010

More Than Conquerors: Blog Tour

About The Book:

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.

Read an Excerpt
Prologue Pastor Hector Manolo Rodriguez sighed with relief, as his dilapidated, once-blue station wagon crawled and chugged through the final inches of the hour-long event known as a border crossing. The international station between San Diego and Tijuana saw the heaviest traffic of any crossing in the world, with about 300,000 people making the trek every day—some to work, some to play, some to shop or visit relatives, and some to conduct illegal activities of various kinds. For Hector, it was strictly a venture of love, one he made regularly and yet was relieved when it was over.
It wasn’t that Hector didn’t appreciate the beauty and modern conveniences of his sister city to the north, but he preferred the slower, quieter pace of his humble home on the outskirts of Tijuana, even now in 2008 when crime increasingly encroached on the peace of their existence. He had lived there his entire thirty-eight years, the middle child in a family of nine offspring, and had later married the beautiful Mariana Lopez, who had grown up right next door to him. That she had even noticed Hector never ceased to amaze him, and that she had agreed to marry him was nothing short of a miracle. Now, still living in the same neighborhood where they grew up, they did their best to feed and clothe the three children God had given them, as well as minister to the fifty or so members of their beloved Casa de Dios congregation. To supplement their income, Hector worked part-time in his younger brother Jorge’s shoe repair shop. Though their financial situation did not allow for luxuries, it did provide a roof over their heads and food in their bellies.
It was a good life, Hector thought, as he coached and prayed the twenty-five year old car through the undisciplined crush of traffic on Avenida Revolucion, the main drag in this burgeoning city of nearly one and a half-million people. As always, Hector was anxious to break away from the city’s hub and escape to a quieter, more navigable thoroughfare. Though the quality of the roads would deteriorate the farther out he went, he would be glad to leave the hustle and bustle of the Tijuana tourism trade behind.
He would also be glad to leave behind the sadness that seemed to cling to him each time he crossed the border. And yet he knew his need to continue making the trip would end far too soon….
Then, of course, there was the situation in Chiapas, which seemed to grow more desperate and dangerous by the day. And his sixty-three year old mother, Virginia Correo Rodriguez, was living right outside San Juan Chamula, right in the middle of it all.

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About The Author:

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 at http://www.kathimacias.com/ and at her blog http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com.

My Review:

I have read a couple of Kathi Macias' books now, including the first in the Extreme Devotion Series, No Greater Love, and I love her writing. After reading No Greater Love, I eagerly anticipated the next book in the series, and I was not disappointed.

More Than Conquerors is a gripping tale of one man's journey to bring the Gospel to a Mexican society full of superstition and violence. This book showed me just how much people are willing to give up in order to share the Gospel to those who are needing to hear it. 

Your emotion quotient will be brought to the limit as you read this book full of love, devotion, family and persecution. It is a riveting book that will keep your interest throughout! Though fiction it is based on the real life situation that many missionaries face daily as they bring the Gospel of Jesus to unsaved people around the world. You will not be disappointed.

The one thing that I got out of reading More Than Conquerors is that I had to examine my life and ask myself, "Am I truly living out my faith in all areas of my life, and am I willing to give up all I have for Him? If not, why not?". Even though this is a work of fiction, you will not read it without being impacted. I now will wait patiently to read the third book in the Extreme Devotion series, Red Ink

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase More Than Conquerors by Kathi Macias online through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca It is also available through your favorite local Christian bookseller.

***Thank you to the author, Kathi Macias, and Cheryl at Pump Up Your Book Promotions for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book, Shirley. I haven't read this one yet, but it's in my TBR pile. I was so impressed with No Greater Love that I hold high hopes for this book too.

    Kathi has a trailer for this book out on YouTube, and readers can follow her tour by visiting http://virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/.

    Thanks for the excellent review.