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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: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 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: #1,261,911 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.
Irene's Christian Reviews
Clever title, inspiring subject matter, factual and true telling expertly weaved into a "can't put it down" story.
Ella Wilson
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 Ella Wilson on June 21, 2013
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Clever title, inspiring subject matter, factual and true telling expertly weaved into a "can't put it down" story. Evelyn's writing flows effortlessly and has beautifully captured this family's sharing of their faith, struggles, perseverance and victories. Really makes me appreciate the religious freedoms I have in America. We cannot truly know what our faith will require of us until tested. This book made me question if my allegiance to Christianity is all that it could be. It is good to stay aware in this way...to not be found sleeping. Remember that Jesus asked, "Who do you say that I am?"
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By firefox on June 5, 2013
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It tells about Christian persecution a family went through under a communist regime. A person that reads this book can understand life under the former Russian leaders.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean James on April 13, 2013
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Beyond the Rapids goes beyond the category of good entertainment and gives you something to take away with you, something deeply inspiring that will affect your life. The dangers the Byrnza family members faced, the hardships they endured, and the faith in God they displayed are all glowing testimonies of their Christianity. You can't help but admire each one of them as they tell their amazingly interesting stories. You can't help but applaud their daring honesty as you read of the heinous ploys a country can utilize to persecute Christians. And when the Byrnzas prove, again and again, that nothing is too difficult for their great Lord to handle, you can't help but realize that you serve the same prayer-answering God.

Evelyn Puerto did an excellent job of weaving these lives, this region, and this political situation into a remarkably outstanding book. Beyond the Rapids was a joy to read, and I highly recommend it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maureen on February 27, 2013
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What an amazing book! Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. It is a rather fast read, and written as though you are standing there with them. The most amazing thing is that it is a true story!
The book takes place in the Ukraine beginning in the 1930's and ending in the present.
This the Byrnza families story. Beginning with the Reverald Alexei and his wife, Valentina, their children Yakov, Viktor, Lena and Veniamin. We travel with them and their many trials. First and foremost they are Christians, and have learned that there is a high price to be paid for being one.
Each of the children tell the story of their lives, the hardships, and the joys. We take so much for granted living in the US, never having to risk my life for my beliefs. To be a Baptist in the Communist, Atheist Ukraine, is to be a very low life. You never know when the car will stop outside your home and take you away.
Loved how people like Igor, Lena's to be husband, come to the Lord. Amazing and yet not, for we all have the chance. It is a real joy to read these stories, and realize that God is with them. He answers their prayers, not always as they wished, but he sure heard them.
Once you read this book, it will linger with you for a long, long, time. Thank you Evelyn Puerto for the gift of such a book. I am thankful!

I received this book through First Wild Card Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lilianmichelle on July 10, 2011
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I could hardly put this book down. I was taken into another family, and another world. The book is interesting, engaging, thought provoking, and inspiring! Reading what this family endured is simply amazing. Hearing their faith in God and seeing the stories of Him at work is very inspiring. I also enjoyed being able to hear the story from several different perspective. I have given this book several times as a gift and others have enjoyed it as much as I have!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Irene's Christian Reviews on May 24, 2011
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This book will change the way you think about your religious freedom. In Beyond the Rapids, author Evelyn Puerto, tells the story of the Brynza family. Their life in the Ukraine is an amazing story of courage and perseverance.

I am sure most of you have read stories about people lives that are just full of dates and facts. This book is nothing like that! The children of the Brynza family help retell the story of their family. First there is the daughter Lena. She retells incidents in her life that show the faithfulness of the Lord. She shows how her parents' influence changed her outlook on life and her future relationship with the Lord.

The oldest child of the Brynza family, Yakov, also retells events that helped shape his future. He recounts the prayers of his mother that kept him safe and many different times he felt the Lords presence with him. Both other sons and the son in law also retell events that shaped their future.

Through this book you will see how the father, Alexei Brynza, was a real man of God that stood for what he believed in during some tumultuous times. Through is wife, Valentina, you will be encouraged that prayer does work. You will learn through the stories of the children what faithful, loving and Godly parents they were.

The Brynza family story is one that will encourage you daily. No matter your circumstances or family situations you can remain faithful to the Lord and his Word. They were not a perfect family or one that did everything right but they remained faithful to the best of their ability. The Lord rewards those that follow him and this book tells the story of a family that deserves to be admired.
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