Book Discussion - No Greater Love

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Forbidden romance, an unlikely martyr and an even more unlikely hero. Orphaned four years earlier when their parents, active in the African National Congress (ANC) movement against apartheid, were murdered—16-year-old Chioma and her 15-year-old brother Masozi now live and work on an Afrikaner family’s farm.
When Chioma and Andrew, the farm owner’s son, find themselves attracted to one another, tragedy revisits their lives. Chioma escapes to join an ANC rebel band in her effort to survive and gain revenge for her family and culture. When cultures clash in life-or-death struggles, Chioma must choose between violence and revenge—or forgiveness and selfless love.
Loosely based on historical events and set near Pretoria, South Africa, in the violent upheaval prior to ANC leader Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990 and his ascendance to the presidency of South Africa, this story of forbidden romance produces an unlikely martyr who is replaced by one even more unlikely.


No Greater Love was a fantastic book that had the perfect amount of action and emotional pulls in it. I really loved this book. The characters were realistic, the plot exciting, and the lessons admirable. I was instantly hooked on this gripping book and had a hard time putting it down the night I started it. The message in this book was astounding and it actually reminded me a bit of The Martyr's Song by Ted Dekker in that area. :-)

There are only two things I need to point out in this book: The first is that there is a scene that takes place the morning after a wedding. It mentions the girl reaching for her clothes but the man(her husband) pulling her back to his chest and telling her "No clothes". There is also a scene where a woman is bathing in a river and some men are threatening her(unknown what the threats are). The men never see her out of the water, but a woman does and it says she was standing over her naked.
Other than that, there was nothing worth mentioning in it at all! There was some mild violence, but nothing so much that I would need to caution you.

All being said, it was a TERRIFIC book and I HIGHLY encourage you to read it. I have just started another book in the series, Red Ink, and am enjoying that one too, though not as much as No Greater Love. I loved learning about the time, the era of the  African National Congress (ANC) movement against apartheid. I didn't know much about it and was quite intrigued by it. So, if you're looking for a heart-wrenching, adventerous, and historical story, this is a good book for you!

1) Chioma has lived her life having to bear the results of aparthied and being thought of as less important than whites. How would you feel being thought of as less important or worth less than other people just because of your color?I can't imagine it being's hard enough being a teenager and people thinking I'm going to do all this bad stuff - but for it to be because of the color of my skin, something I can't grow out of and is so majorly degraded, it would be very hard.

 2) Andrew feels somewhat responsible and guilty of the death of Chioma's brother's death, though he is not guilty. Have you ever felt guilty for something that was not your fault?
I'm sure I have, but I can't really recall. But as I watched Andrew deal with his own guilt, I felt my heart wrench and knew it must be SO hard for was so sad to watch, especially since he loved Chioma and felt that he had hurt her. I know the feeling of guilt, so I know that it was rough on him and affected his daily life. Really, you can only find relief from your guilt by trusting God, as Andrew learns to do. Finding forgiveness in Him is the only way you will once again be able to move forward, leaving past guilts behind.

3) Chioma strongly desired to join the Freedom Fighters and fight for her cause, but when she gets what she wants, she realizes that was not what she expected and doesn't really enjoy it. Have you ever been excited to do something just to learn that it's not as great as you expected?Does a mocking bird sing? Haha I think EVERYONE has experienced this. A lot of things in life look a lot better from the window view than when it's actually happened. But, I suppose we have to take what we get and deal with the bad and good.


Julia M. Reffner said...


I love that you share the content in terms of violence, etc.

Came over here from Casey's blog, because your WIP sounded fascinating. Good luck on the critique!

Kathi Macias said...

Hi Katie and Julia and all the rest of you followers/readers of this great blog: thank you so much for the post on No Greater Love. It was my desire to write this book for twenty years, so I'm thrilled to finally see it in print. Blessings to you all!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness!! I can't wait to read it!!!

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