Honoring Him in Work and Leisure

Sidestepping a Tempest
Christianity Today’s review of the film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse launched a debate amongst commenters. Are vampire films suitable for Christian viewers? I decided not to join that fray.
Reading the varying opinions posted there left me several thoughts, not the least of which was a renewed sense of gratitude for Kathi Macias’ books.
A few weeks ago I reviewed her novel No Greater Love. Now I’ve had a chance to read the next title in her Extreme Devotion series, More than Conquerors, and I encourage you to make time for this book too.
Set in Tijuana, Chiapas, and San Diego, the backdrop to this story is familiar to me, as I grew up in San Diego and my father worked in Tijuana for several years.
We meet Marty, just graduated from bible college and searching for his purpose; Hector, a young father and pastor in Tijuana; Virginia, his mother, who has been called to Chiapas; Marty’s mother Celeste, widowed young, idly rich, and now struggling with the visibile signs of middle age. 
The tale Kathi weaves takes us through missions and ministy, murder, a car accident, a wedding, gang wars in Tijuana’s streets, lobster in Puerto Nuevo, salvation, hospice care, and unflinching obedience to God.  
Descriptions are crisp and ring true. Kathi gives us characters of depth and complexity while moving the plot at a lively, engaging pace. Several well-developed subplots converge at the end, reaffirming our God’s perfect plan for us. The chapters are short enough that one could breeze through several during a summer afternoon at the beach, though I found it difficult to put the book down.
It’s a gift to spot God in another’s labors in obedience to Him. I recommend that you read this book.
2 Then the Lord said to me,

“Write my answer plainly on tablets,
so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.
Habakkuk 2:2 (NLT)