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Sunday, July 25, 2010

New Giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a copy of More Than Conquerors by Kathi Macias!

To enter for a chance to win this book by Kathi Macias simply post a comment regarding Mexico. Have you ever gone there to visit? If so, where? If not, where would you visit if given the opportunity? I will select a winner August 1st using the Randomizer program. Best wishes to you all...

I'll go first. I've been to Naco and to Nogales (all south of Arizona) but never went further into the country than the border towns themselves. That's it for me.

More than Conquerors (Extreme Devotion)

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.

My review:

There were a lot of things to like about this book, like different aspects of the Mexican culture and the spiritual thread in the story. Since I live in Arizona, I knew all of the phrases and words that the author used to add a bit of culture to the book. She also included many traditions. I learned a bit about the Mayan culture and their hatred for the people who they saw as destroying their ancient culture. That was interesting, as was how the Mayan people perceived Virginia. The love story between Marty and Susanna was sweet. I just wish it had started earlier in the book. However, it was a great example of waiting on the Lord to show you who He wants you to marry. The gang violence was believable and the conflict Roberto felt was poignant. The subplot regarding Alberto was touching, too. This book just didn't enthuse me like the other two in the series that I've read had. Then again, every book can't be a favorite, now can it? I found this one to be a bit repetitious in places, or it would've ranked higher on my list. Other than that, it was a good read.

10 comments:

K said...

Thanks for the review! I am intrigued to read the book now, especially when you stated that Mary and Susanna's love story was a great example of "waiting on the Lord to show you who He wants you to marry".

I have never been to Mexico, actually... I know a lot of people who have gone and really liked it, but I have never gone myself.

Kim
lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

Casey said...

I wouldn't ever go to Mexico because of the danger to my life. Yeah, I know. Don't want to go there- literally!

BUT, I would like to read the book, Kathi's first book was great. Please enter me.

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Martha A. said...

I have never been to Mexico. i was always a bit scared to go....but I went to Bolivia once so I am sure I would be fine...i am not sure where I would go, but probbaly somewhere I was sure was safe!
martha(at)lclink(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for my honeymoon years ago. I'd love to go again...so beautiful :)

sounders72 @ aol.com

Megan said...

We go to Mexico about once a month to build houses. Check out handsofmercy.com. It is a wonderful group!

megan.nadalet at gmail dot com

hspruitt said...

I have never been to Mexico but my husband has been their duck hunting once. I'm sure there are some great locations there.

Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

hspruitt {at} JUNO [dot] COM

karenk said...

have never visited Mexico...yet :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anita Yancey said...

Yes, I have been to Mexico. Once when my husband was stationed at Ft. Bliss,TX we went across the border and looked around. Then when he was stationed in Arizona, we went to Nogales for awhile. I didn't really care for what I seen of it.

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

barbjan10 said...

Your opinion of the book was educational and interesting. And I'm glad for the chance to be a winner. The closest to Mexico I came was El Paso where we stayed one night on the way to CA. I could see in the high places the distance into Mexico. I despise violence, and it is what it is. It is a part of important history and is again making history. I wonder what will be written about it 50 years from now?

Blessings in Jesus,
Barb Shelton
Arlington, TX
barbjan10(at)tx(dot)rr(dot)com

Michelle Sutton said...

and the winner is...

Megan!


Congratulations!

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