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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 (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,698,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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By Shannon Olson on May 21, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I couldn't put Beyond the Rapids down last night! I loved the first person tales of the family in persecution and their steadfast faith in the Sovereign God they served in all situations. Can't wait to get back to reading today. This book is applicable to today's political climate as well. Evelyn did a great job piecing it all together!
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It reminded me to pray for those in other countries who are persecuted. Also it gives me hope for our boys.
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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 Irene's Book 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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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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