By Beth Guckenberger
Standard Publishing Company. Cincinnati, Ohio, 978-078474736975, $ 8.99, 2013, 208 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Stories of Promise, Protection, and Purpose
“Tales of the Defended Ones” is the second in the Story Weaver series. These real life juvenile fiction stories are heartwarming and life changing, challenging the reader to look beyond themselves to become a part in someone else’s life and their story.
The book follows the format of the first book which includes a story that introduces a child in need, from different countries around the world. There is a parallel story that introduces individuals and organizations that minister to orphans, matching them to homes and families moved by God’s love and compassion to reach out demonstrating that love while meeting specific individual needs.
In the six chapters of the book Beth Guckenberger introduces the Story Weaver, the Defender God, the work of Back2Back Ministries and the stories of five children from four counties; Ben and Joseph, orphans from Ethiopia, Antonio from Mexico, Caitlyn, a foster child from Ohio, in the United States, and Jorani from Cambodia.
Beth is a natural story teller and a gifted communicator. Each story relates the struggles challenging one of these children, and their circumstances. She goes on to show how their story provides the opportunity to demonstrate God’s working in their life and to offer hope and protection as He works out His purpose.
A leader’s guide is available for use as a resource or curriculum guide for teaching children missionary vision, compassion for others, and to introduce other cultures. “Tales of the Defended Ones” is engaging, ages graded for children eight years and older. Highly recommended.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed a my own.