Book Discussion - No Greater Love

There were many books for me to choose from today, but in the end, I decided to use No Greater Love for my book discussion today. The biggest lesson I think we can learn from in this book is sacrificial love…martyrdom…a person willing to die to save another.
No Greater Love (Extreme Devotion Series: South Africa #1)
This is not a new concept: we’ve read about it in books and have even seen it around us here in America in the 21st century. A perfect example is during the Arkansas shooting a few weeks ago, when former Washington state man, Dorwan Stoddard (age 76). He was there with his wife, Mavy, when the gunman opened fire. As soon as he realized that someone was shooting, he threw himself on Mavy and forced her to the ground, shielding her with his body. Because of his actions his wife lived…though he was shot 3 times and died less than ten minutes after. What a show of loving sacrifice this man has portrayed to the world!
Such was the overwhelming lessons I felt in No Greater Love. I can’t say too much without giving away the plot, so if I seem vague...it’s probably because I am. And if you want to learn more – buy it today for just $10! ;-)
Martyrs have existed all throughout history – especially in our church history, where countless have been killed for their faith in Jesus Christ. No Greater Love begins the story with a sad death and ends it with a heroic sacrifice on the part of a very unlikely martyr. In between those pages we discover another martyr, just as heroic in his attempts to save the woman he loved.
Giving your life so another could live isn’t an easy thing – even if it is sacrificial and heroic. We have countless stories throughout history of real hero’s standing up and sacrificing themselves so that others might live – may we all learn from them! But the biggest sacrifice in our history is the one Jesus showed when he died on that cross. He could just as easily ascended into heaven and not paid the ultimate price for our sins – but he chose instead to obey his heavenly father. He sacrificed his own life so that other sinners who believed on Him would have everlasting life (John 3:16).
I didn’t mean to preach today, but these are the thoughts that assaulted me as I read through No Greater Love. Kathi Macias has written so many great lessons that we can learn from – the top one being sacrificing your life for another. This book is not only an enjoyable read, but one that edifies you and leaves you hungry for more of God’s words of promise. (1 Thessalonians 2:12 – 15)

Have you read a book recently that just left you breathless at the end because of it's wonderful lessons? Please feel free to share them with us! We love to read books that edify the soul!

2 comments:

Renee Ann said...

Great post! I love missionary bios like Through Gates of Splendor, The Hiding Place, Evidence Not Seen. But I also love a book I recently mentioned called The Last Storyteller. It teaches some wonderful lessons as it entertains. Check it out here http://reneeannsmith.com/a/february-free-for-all-are-you-in/

Katy said...

Thanks Renee! The Last Storyteller sounds interesting. Thanks for the link!!

~ Katy

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