- 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: #2,529,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beyond the Rapids Paperback – May 25, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Oh look. Poor poor Christians, who persecute gays and lesbians to their graves, who lynch and torch homes, who go on crusades, etc now whining about being persecuted. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by James
Clever title, inspiring subject matter, factual and true telling expertly weaved into a "can't put it down" story. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Ella Wilson
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.Published on June 5, 2013 by firefox
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. Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Jean James
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. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Maureen
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! Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by lilianmichelle
What an amazing story of the strength, determination and perseverence that comes when our hope is in the Lord. Read morePublished on May 5, 2011 by Shirley Rempel
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... Read morePublished on February 8, 2011 by Sheila Rogers