In her second book detailing the plight of children around the world, Beth Guckenberger educates and creates opportunity for meaningful conversations about adoption, child labor, living with disability, and foster care through a faith perspective. 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. As you follow their lives, readers see the hand of the Great Storyweaver - the Defending God - helping, shielding and providing for the weakest ones of the world. For ages 8 and above. 208 pages, softcover, from Standard Press.
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“Tales of the Defended Ones” is the second in the Story Weaver series. These real life juvenile fiction stories are heartwarming and life changing, challenging the reader to look beyond themselves to become a part in someone else’s life and their story.
The book follows the format of the first book which includes a story that introduces a child in need, from different countries around the world. There is a parallel story that introduces individuals and organizations that minister to orphans, matching them to homes and families moved by God’s love and compassion to reach out demonstrating that love while meeting specific individual needs.
In the six chapters of the book Beth Guckenberger introduces the Story Weaver, the Defender God, the work of Back2Back Ministries and the stories of five children from four counties; Ben and Joseph, orphans from Ethiopia, Antonio from Mexico, Caitlyn, a foster child from Ohio, in the United States, and Jorani from Cambodia.
Beth is a natural story teller and a gifted communicator. Each story relates the struggles challenging one of these children, and their circumstances. She goes on to show how their story provides the opportunity to demonstrate God’s working in their life and to offer hope and protection as He works out His purpose.
A leader’s guide is available for use as a resource or curriculum guide for teaching children missionary vision, compassion for others, and to introduce other cultures. “Tales of the Defended Ones” is engaging, ages graded for children eight years and older. Highly recommended.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed a my own.
“Warning: These stories may change the way you see the world.”
Do you have a heart for the hurting children of the world? Do you want to pass that heart along to your children? Beth Guckenberger has written a book to help you do that. Tales of the Defended Ones tells true stories of children around the world – and how our Defender God rescued them from poverty, hunger, slavery, and other terrible situations. Written in language that is not offensive to a child’s ears, these true accounts will touch hearts and give ideas of small things even a child can do to help the plight of suffering children around the world. And hopefully, these stories will change a child’s life somewhere by impacting yours!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.
What an amazing and powerful book "Tales of the Defended Ones" is.
I enjoyed Beth Guckenberger's writing style; it was simple, easy to read and descriptive.
I journeyed to different parts of the world and learned about precious children. Children that perhaps seemed to have been forgotten, but weren't. Our heavenly Father watched over their lives and had a specific plan for each of them.
Beth Guckenberger refers to God as a Story Weaver. God is writing different chapters of their lives, our lives and the generations to come.
While reading about these children, I couldn't help but cry. What beautiful stories of redemption.
I highly recommend "Tales of the Defended Ones", you will definitely be stirred, moved and motivated to action.
Beth Guckenberger in her new book "Tales Of The Defended Ones" published by Standard Publishing gives us the Warning: These Stories May Change The Way You See The World.
From the back cover: It was farther than Jorani had ever traveled before.
I hope I get back before dark. I hope this is a good job and they like me. I hope my hope is enough. 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 . . .
All of us have a story to tell. The reason we have a story is because God gave it to us as He is the Storyweaver. Gos is also the Defender of the Weak and fatherless. Once you mix those two titles together you have the foundation of this book. There are four tales in "Tales Of The Defended Ones". These tales are stories of miracles and restoration however to get to that point they are also tales of misery and cruelty. They are not easy stories. The world is a harsh place to live in. However, God is God over everything and He can weave a story for everyone. Ms. Guckenberger has given us four tales that prove it.
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Take up this book at your own risk…if your heart is moved, if your world outlook is changed, if your mind isn’t stirred to think of ways for you to be a part of these stories, if you don’t need some kind of a tissue to dry your eyes…well, I hold very little hope for you. I’m sorry, but this is what will happen if you take up Beth Guckenberger’s newest book, Tales of the Defended Ones.
The Bible tells us that the sign of true religion is caring for the widows and orphans. The author shows the signs of true religion in the stories and lives of those in this book. Sadly, some think that since Jesus said we’d always have the poor with us, we don’t need to do too much more than give just a little toward their welfare. Well, if that’s one of you, then go, leave, you have your reward and it is very poor indeed. If you see the great need, however, of doing more––far, far more than just sending a check every once in a while––then do some follow-up after reading the stories of Ben & Joseph, Caitlyn, Antonio and Jorani. Check out Guckenberger’s Back2Back Ministries web site and see what God might have you do.
One element I enjoyed about this book is the breadth from which the author longs to draw readers. Tales of the Defended Ones can be read by a young child, probably 8-years-old and up. What a marvelous way to draw in a young child’s heart to see the great need around the world and begin to develop affections for them.
Another book I can highly recommend. In fact, buy one for your church library and make sure it gets top shelf coverage.