No Greater Love (Extreme Devotion series - Book 1) by Kathi Macias
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Chioma and her brother Masozi were orphaned when their parents were murdered. They were member of the African National Congress (ANC) movement against apartheid in South Africa. Chioma believes strongly in the cause her parents fought for and finds herself in a live and death struggle against her culture and that of the Afrikaner family she now works for.
Tragedy seems to follow Chioma as she flees for her life when her relationship with Andrew, the white son of the Afrikaner family is exposed. Chioma joins a rebel ANC band and believes that she is ready for the violent lifestyle they lead. Chioma finds herself married to the rebel leader and unsure of what her future may hold. She hangs on to the memories of her parents and Andrew as fuel to find revenge for their murders at the hands of apartheid followers.
When Chioma is unexpectedly given a Bible she begins to understand that there is a lot more to the white mans "God" than she could have imagined. She begins to see that maybe she is not as trapped in her life as she may have believed. Will Chioma choose revenge or redemption? Will she find out that there is no greater love than one who lays down their life for you?
Kathi Macias has taken a subject that is hard to understand like apartheid and given readers in sight into what followers on both sides were struggling with. How their beliefs were perpetuated and how the minority could have so much control over the majority of South Africa. It is obvious that we sometimes forget that the world is not a safe place. Most of us are lucky enough to live in a country where war is not a constant threat to our everyday existence and it's easy to shove the troubles of others from our minds. The author of this book reminds us of what is happening beyond our front door.
The struggle to end apartheid saw a great loss of life on both sides of the issue and this novel shows that God was still moving in spite of the terrible circumstances in South Africa during this time period. I was very moved by this book. I felt a sense of great of loss in that I was totally unaware of the what was going on in the world at that point in history. I have many friends who today labor on the mission field in many countries around the world and I don't think I realized the commitment that it takes to do that. The possibility of physical harm is a constant threat in some cases and it takes a strong faith to be able to move yourself and your family into harms way.
I am thankful that there are people who follow God's leading into whatever dangers may befall them. Whether it is the battle to see a people restored to their rightful place or whether it is to bring God's word to even one person. This book really showed what it means to have "extreme devotion". I only hope that I in some way show my own devotion to my faith in my daily life.
This book definitely gets 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag! I recommend it to all my readers!
Here is some more information about the author Kathi Macias.