book review & Kindle Fire Giveaway

 Title: Tales Of The Not Forgotten

Author: Beth Guckenberger

Publisher: Standard Publishing

Complimentary Copy provided by: Litfuse Publicity Group

Rating: B+

The tagline for Tales Of The Not Forgotten reads “Warning: These stories may change the way you see the world.” I wholeheartedly agree. If you do not believe in God or the power of prayer at the start, you will believe by the last page.

Tales Of The Not Forgotten chronicles the overwhelming circumstances of four children who turn to God for help in a time of desperate need. Saturating every page is evidence of the hand of God providing for each child through unimaginable ways.

Author Beth Guckenberger relays the true accounts of four youth from across the globe. Each one encountering dire circumstances, facing hardships well beyond their innocent years. The common thread: all recognize the futility of their circumstance and choose to hope in God. And the best part, God responds in beautiful, unique, and undeniable ways.

Joel, an orphan in Mexico, is hungry. While praying to God for the provision of food, Joel dares to dream big asking God for meat–a luxury for the orphanage.

Seraphina, an orphan in Haiti, is responsible for caring for her younger siblings by foraging for food in the landfill. Seraphina longs to be acknowledged, validated, and for someone to just notice her.

Ibrahim, a child in Africa, is concerned for his mother who is dying from sickness caused by bacteria in the river which serves as the village’s local water supply. Risking his own safety, young Ibrahim travels many miles in search of a doctor who may be able to help.

Christiana, abandoned at birth in India, longs to find purpose in a culture that defines people based on class, gender, education and religion.

Guckenberger presents each child’s unique challenges from the perspective of both the child in need and the person God uses to meet each need, weaving their stories together in such a way as to reveal the presence and purpose of God at work. The challenges are overwhelming. The outcomes are astounding. For this reason, Tales Of The Not Forgotten will inspire youth (and adults) of all ages.

Written for children and pre-teens, each chapter contains statistics relevant to the need of the region, pictures, and journal entries from the hearts of those stirred to action. I believe Tales Of The Not Forgotten to be a valuable addition to any child’s library.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. To read what others are saying about Tales, click here Blog Tour Schedule.

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About the Book: 

Follow these real-life stories as they take you on a journey to faraway lands and unknown faces. Travel through their challenges and see the hand of the great Storyweaver writing endings you’d never imagine!

Joel dares to ask for what he can’t have. Seraphina sacrifices what she can’t afford to give. Ibrahim looks for an answer buried out of reach. Christiana, saved by a mission, searches for her own.

These are the tales of the ones the world doesn’t see . . . the tales of the not forgotten.

In this collection of four real-life stories written for preteens, a compelling storyteller paints a picture of God’s dynamic movement in four foreign cultures, inspiring children to trust that God is weaving a story in their lives as well.

This resource will shrink the macro picture down to approachable, individual stories of real children and teach about fundamental survival issues. The stories address some of the challenging questions that kids have and weave God’s promises to orphans into each one.

The Tales of the Not Forgotten Leader’s Guide is a 6-session kids’ missions resource (sold separately) that walks adults through an easy-to-follow guide for making the abstract real and for designing an action plan to help others.

Preteens will be challenged to answer the questions: How do I pray? What can I give? Where can I go? Who will I serve?

About Beth: 

Beth Guckenberger and her husband, Todd, are the founders of Back2Back Ministries (based in Cincinnati, OH) which communicates a lifestyle of service by sharing the love of Christ and serving God through service to others. Back2Back Ministries connects willing workers to open hearts through international and local ministry opportunities. Their ministry is currently caring and providing for orphan children and needy people in Mexico, Nigeria, India and most recently, Haiti.

Beth travels and speaks regularly at women’s and missions conferences, as well as youth gatherings and church services. Her topics include orphan care, missions, parenting, marriage/intimacy, and faith. Her story-telling style captures audiences, and she draws from her field experience as a missionary and parent for illustrations to biblical concepts. In addition to her latest release, Tales of the Not Forgotten (Standard Publishing 2012), Beth has written Relentless Hope (Standard, 2011) and Reckless Faith (Zondervan, 2008).

The Guckenberger family lives and serves in Monterrey, Mexico where they have hosted thousands of guests on their ministry campus. Between biological, foster, and adopted additions to their family, Beth and Todd are raising nine children.

Learn how you can join Beth in ministry at www.bethguckenberger.com or www.back2backministries.org.

Celebrate with Beth by entering her “Not Forgotten” Giveaway and connecting with her during the Author Chat Party on 7/31!

 One winner will receive:

• A Kindle Fire with Wi-Fi

• A Tales of the Not Forgotten small group kit (books and DVD)

 Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on July 30th. Winner will be announced at the “Not Forgotten” Author Chat Facebook Party on 7/31. Beth and Standard Publishing will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills (how much do you know about kids from around the world?) and giving away some great prizes!

So grab your copy of Tales of the Not Forgotten and join Beth on the evening of the July 31st for a chance to connect with Beth and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

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