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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tales of the Defended Ones by Beth Guckenberger

My Thoughts:

In Tales of the Defended Ones, Beth Guckenberger opens our eyes to the fact that we all have story lines.  Every day our story lines occur in our family, church, school, sports, etc.  God is the Storyweaver and uses all of our experiences to shape how our story lines will affect ours lives and the lives of others.  It's a beautiful and perfect thing.  The "defended ones" are wounded people all over the world that are struggling with challenges.  Tales of the Defended Ones engages it's readers with stories of children in seemingly hopeless situations.  God uses regular people, by opening their hearts and minds, to come to the aid of these forgotten souls.  These stories will absolutely touch your heart!

Tales of the Defended Ones is written so that all ages can be empowered by it's words.  The use of pictures, definitions and facts to more explain the culture, situation and history of the stories were enriching and engaging.  I was particularly touched by the story of Jorani, the young Cambodian girl who tries to find work to support her grandmother and younger sisters.  She ends up unknowingly being sold into slavery, her life a living nightmare.  Sadly her story is not unusual.  God saw it all, though, and delivered her to a life of hope and love.  This book made me search my heart to discover how I could become a defender of children.  With God, all things are possible!  Beth Guckenberger is an inspiration and I believe she'll not only open your eyes, she'll set you on a quest to examine where your story lines are taking you.

About Tales of the Defended Ones: Ben and Joseph lose their mothers, but find a family looking just for them. Antonio is rescued from what seems like a hopeless situation. Caitlyn dares to trust that truth will set her free. Jorani is delivered from slavery into the arms of grace. 
Follow these real-life stories as they take you on a journey to foreign places and extreme struggles. Travel through their challenges and see the hand of the great Storyweaver - our Defender God shielding and defending the defenseless in the amazing ways only he can.These are the tales of the ones left wounded and weak-ones made whole and strong . . . 

Meet Beth: Beth Guckenberger and her husband, Todd, are the founders of Back2Back Ministries which communicates a lifestyle of service by sharing the love of Christ and serving God through service to others. Guckenberger travels and speaks regularly at women's and missions conferences, as well as youth gatherings and church services. In addition to her children's releases in the Storyweaver series, Guckenberger has written two mission-minded books. She has also partnered with Standard Publishing on the mission content in its 2013 VBS program. The Guckenberger family lives and serves in Monterrey, Mexico. 
Find out more about Beth at http://www.bethguckenberger.com/. 

Beth Guckenberger is celebrating the release of her new book in the Storyweaver series, Tales of the Defended Ones, with an iPad giveaway and Facebook party {4/25}. 


 One fortunate winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini

  • A Tales of the Defended Ones small group kit (books and DVD)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 24th. Winner will be announced at the "Storyweaver" Author Chat Party on April 25th. Beth will be chatting with guests, answering questions, and offering tips about beginning a dialog with children and youth about the orphans around the world, the basic needs of children living in poverty, and what we can all do to help. (It’s okay if you haven’t read the book – who knows, you might WIN a copy!) Beth will also be hosting a fun trivia contest and giving away tons of great stuff! (Gift certificates, books, and more!)

So grab your copy of Tales of the Defended Ones and join Beth and friends on the evening of the April 25th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 25th!

*I was given a copy of this book from Litfuse Publications in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*


Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Lori, this sounds a very inspirational book. I love reading about true life stories and God's part in them. You always write such wonderful reviews, I always want read all your books! Lindsay x

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

That sounds like a wonderful book. It's easy to forget that we do all have story lines.