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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Pleasant Word (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414116055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414116051
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,743,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Evelyn Puerto left a career in health care planning to serve as a missionary for seven years in Russia. Her missionary service took her to Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Cambodia and many other countries. She and her husband live in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2011, she won a bronze medal in the Reader's Favorite Book Contest for her first book, Beyond the Rapids.

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Their life in the Ukraine is an amazing story of courage and perseverance.
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Clever title, inspiring subject matter, factual and true telling expertly weaved into a "can't put it down" story.
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What an amazing story of the strength, determination and perseverence that comes when our hope is in the Lord.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By His by Grace on August 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing story that demonstrates God's power in the world even when circumstances appear their bleakest. A story of redemption and perseverance. Lots of helpful ideas for those raising families, building relationships and seeking God in today's culture. A great adventure that's even more powerful because it's true. Well worth the reading.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. G. Heise on June 12, 2010
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I just finished reading "Beyond The Rapids" with a renewed appreciation for the freedom we all enjoy in the United States. The author has brilliantly portrayed the struggle, persecution and cost of survival endured by a family living in the former Soviet Union. A very timely book and a must read for anyone concerned about civil liberties.

AG
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pirate2240 on January 30, 2011
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Imagine you are a believer living in a communist country. You live with the knowledge that anytime you could be imprisoned, tortured, or killed simply because you are a Christian.

Beyond the Rapids by Evelyn Puerto is the true story of Ukrainian pastor Alexei Brynza and his wife, Valentina, who endured persecution in a culture that was hostile to their faith as they struggled to raise their four children as believers.

From the Great Terror of the 1930s to the time when believing in Christ is no longer a crime, this close knit Ukranian family quietly persisted through the years, trusting God for everything. The Brynza's children, forced to choose between God and the communist system, wrestled with temptations of ambition, popularity, love and wealth. For periods of their lives, one or more gave in. But God heard the faithful prayers of Alexei and Valentina, and eventually the Bryzna family was able to not only survive while serving God, but to thrive. Their son in law, Igor Yaremchuk, adds his own testimony of coming to Christ with the help of miracles and atheistic propaganda.

I received this amazing book of the Bryzna's testimony of God's faithfulness in all circumstances compliments of the author Evelyn Puerto for my honest review. I loved this book, not only based on all the details of just how difficult life was for the whole family but in knowing my own friends that have immigrated here from the Ukraine and knowing personally from them just how difficult life was for them being Christians.

The book details how difficult it was for them and how many times God came through for them in miraculous ways.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 5, 2010
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It is rare when a book so effects me that when it is over I feel like I have been on an emotional journey. So is the case with Beyond the Rapids by Evelyn Puerto. This amazing book chronicles the persecution of Alexei Brynza, his ancestors and his immediate family due to the fact that they were Christians. Their story in any telling would be incredible, but the manner in which Puerto tells it, just makes it that much more affecting. Each chapter is told to Puerto by a member of the family. Now using this type of structure presents several potential problems, not the least of which is risk of a lack of fluidity in the narrative. In the skillful hands of Puerto this never happens. Each chapter you truly feel like you are sitting next to the family member hearing their story and the words just flow so well you get lost in them. Plus it is utterly fascinating to hear the story told from so many different viewpoints. Just a magnificent job by Puerto and all those who assisted her, of whom she graciously gives credit.

What I also really liked about the book was the way Puerto had Alexei Brynza's daughter Lena use the first several chapters to give background history on her father and mother's family and struggles. This really set the tone of the story and kept things very much in perspective. The chapters on The Great Terror and famine are horrifying. There are so many memorable people in this book that you will never forget them. One is Lena's husband Igor. His chapters on how he courted Lena are just stunning. Of course this book is not merely a romance but a real thriller through the history of communist Russia and the struggles believers endured just to practice their faith.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Rogers on February 8, 2011
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Having grown up in the United States where we have freedom of religion, it's so hard to imagine what life would be like in a place where singing a hymn or owning a Bible could get me arrested or worse. Yet now, after reading this book, I understand how many of us take our religious freedom for granted. Just as most Americans do not want be told what religion they have to be, they also do not want to be told that they can have no religious beliefs beyond atheistic communism. I often found myself angered at the injustice this family went through. Each of the Brynza children - Yakov, Viktor, Lena and Veniamim as well as Lena's husband Igor and Veniamim's wife Ruslana, share their stories of not only their family's life, but their personal struggles and of how God worked in their own lives.

This book is deeply inspiring story of how God can perform miracles in our lives if we totally give our lives over to Him.

So often we put others, including our own selves, before God in our lives. To quote one of my favorite passages in the book as told by Lena, "In the same way, God, using His hammer and chisel, takes away what is unnecessary in the life of the believer. Sometimes it causes pain. There are no random people or events in the life of the believer; all of them are God's tools that He uses to make us more like Christ."
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