Tales of the Defended Ones by Beth Guckenberger

Tales of the Defended Ones, Beth’s new book and curriculum, open the doors to talking to children about missions and orphans. 

Beth Guckenberger is celebrating the release of her new book in the Storyweaver series, Tales of the Defended Ones, with an iPad giveaway and Facebook party {4/25}. 

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 One fortunate winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • A Tales of the Defended Ones small group kit (books and DVD)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 24th. Winner will be announced at the “Storyweaver” Author Chat Party on April 25th. Beth will be chatting with guests, answering questions, and offering tips about beginning a dialog with children and youth about the orphans around the world, the basic needs of children living in poverty, and what we can all do to help. (It’s okay if you haven’t read the book – who knows, you might WIN a copy!) Beth will also be hosting a fun trivia contest and giving away tons of great stuff! (Gift certificates, books, and more!)

So grab your copy of Tales of the Defended Ones and join Beth and friends on the evening of the April 25th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 25th!

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{More about Tales of the Defended Ones}

Ben and Joseph lose their mothers, but find a family looking just for them. Antonio is rescued from what seems like a hopeless situation. Caitlyn dares to trust that truth will set her free. Jorani is delivered from slavery into the arms of grace.

Follow these real-life stories as they take you on a journey to foreign places and extreme struggles. Travel through their challenges and see the hand of the great Storyweaver – our Defender God shielding and defending the defenseless in the amazing ways only he can.These are the tales of the ones left wounded and weak-ones made whole and strong . . .

Purchase a copy here.

Find out more about the Leader’s Guide DVD.

Beth Guckenberger

{More About Beth Guckenberger}

Beth Guckenberger and her husband, Todd, are the founders of Back2Back Ministries which communicates a lifestyle of service by sharing the love of Christ and serving God through service to others. Guckenberger travels and speaks regularly at women’s and missions conferences, as well as youth gatherings and church services. In addition to her children’s releases in the Storyweaver series, Guckenberger has written two mission-minded books. She has also partnered with Standard Publishing on the mission content in its 2013 VBS program. The Guckenberger family lives and serves in Monterrey, Mexico.

Find out more about Beth at http://www.bethguckenberger.com.

Press Kit

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God is the Defender of All His Children

New book and curriculum open the doors to talking to children about missions and orphans

3/27/2013 | Seattle: As we start planning the summer for our children—signing them up for t-ball, summer drama camp, trips to see grandparents, vacation Bible school—we often forget how fortunate we are to be able to offer such opportunities to our children, especially when many children around the world don’t get to participate in activities like these. In her new book Tales of the Defended Ones (Standard Publishing / January 28, 2013 / ISBN: 978-0784736975 / $ 8.99), Beth Guckenberger skillfully and lovingly tells the stories of adopted children from Ethiopia, a child in slavery in Cambodia, a special-needs orphan from Mexico, and a foster child in the U.S. all with one thing in common. They are all real children whose lives of heartbreak and abandon became stories of hope.  Not only has God provided for these children, Guckenberger shares how we, too, young and old, can help defend these children who are defenseless on their own.

Tales of the Defended Ones is the second release of Guckenberger’s Storyweaver series, written to highlight the plight of orphansthroughout the world in personal, heart-grabbing stories of loss, struggle and redemption. The premise of the series is that as the great Storyweaver, God is working in the lives of each of us and our stories can be more incredible than we could ever imagine. “It’s important that we not only care about our own stories, but also about the stories of others,” writes Guckenberger. “Orphans don’t have a lot of people watching their stories. It’s our privilege to watch them and then tell about them, and sometimes even be a part of them. That is a bit of the God-design he put in us, to care for others. He cares about each of us and wants to bring us into each other’s lives.”

Written for ages 8 and up, Tales of the Defended Ones presents an easy-to-read picture of the way God is intervening on behalf of orphans throughout the world. The inspiration for the title of the book came from Proverbs 23:10-11: “Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.”

Like its predecessor, Tales of the Not Forgotten, which has helped teachers, mentors and families have meaningful conversations about clean water, orphan care, education and hunger, a corresponding six-part Tales of the Defended Ones Leader’s Guide on CD (ISBN 978-0784736982) is also available. The leader’s guide helps turn the book content into a simple, yet powerful six-week curriculum for any church or small group, complete with fun activities, compelling stories, biblical teaching and practical applications that can be customized based on time and setting.

The book and leader’s guide are driven by the personal mission experience of Beth and her husband, Todd Guckenberger, who serve as co-executive directors of Back2Back Ministries and are raising nine children—biological, foster and adopted. Beth was recently honored with the 2013 International Network of Children’s Ministry (INCM) Legacy Award at the Children’s Pastors’ Conference in Orlando, Florida, for her impact on children around the world.

“Beth’s heart for the orphan is passionate and contagious,” says Stephanie Woeste, vice president of marketing for Standard Publishing. “With her ability to communicate the reality of life as an orphan, God is using her to get people involved in one of the most important tasks He gave the church: to care for widows and orphans.”

Guckenberger has partnered with Standard Publishing on the mission content in its 2013 VBS program, God’s Backyard Bible Camp, as well as a Mission Project Pack. The goal of the VBS curriculum is to show children they can make an impact on the world and be a part of something larger than themselves. Through God’s Backyard Bible Camp, students can engage in interactive service opportunities that reach far beyond their own backyards,   benefiting the orphans Back2Back ministries serves in Mexico. The Mission Project Pack includes everything you need to get your kids involved in serving others. Kids taking part in the program will not only help individual orphans but will join a movement of VBS kids that are committed to service. In the fall, Standard will be releasing a SuperSimple™ Mission Kit which will include all of the mission resources developed for God’s Backyard Bible Camp, as well as the Tales of the Not Forgotten book and leader’s guide. The SuperSimple™ Mission Kit will provide churches with the tools they need to emphasize missions anytime during the year.

What better way to spend this summer than helping children in our own backyard and around the world? For more information on how to get involved, visit www.vacationbibleschool.com or back2back.org.

Join Beth Guckenberger for her Facebook chat with readers on April 25 at 8:00 PM EDT. Watch the Standard Publishing Facebook page for more details about the part y and a social media giveaway opportunity.

Praise for the Storyweaver series

“I read Tales of the Not Forgotten on a flight and tried not to make a scene as I constantly fought back tears… Since then, any time I’m in a conversation about helping kids develop a heart that breaks for what breaks our Lord’s heart, this book is the first thing I mention.”

~Tina Houser, Publications Director, KidzMatter, Inc.

“I love this book because it has true stories about real kids who need families and love and don’t have what most kids do.”

~ Chelsie, age 10

“My son and I read Tales of the Not Forgotten together, and it really challenged us in the way we think about our world. It encouraged us to talk about poverty, suffering, the call of the gospel, and our response to the Great Commission.  I’m so thankful for the discussion times he and I had as a result of reading this book together.

~ Mat Markins, D6 Conference Cofounder

About the Author

Beth Guckenberger and her husband, Todd, are the founders of Back2Back Ministries (based in Cincinnati, Ohio), which communicates a lifestyle of service by sharing the love of Christ and serving God through service to others. Back2Back Ministries connects willing workers to open hearts through international and local ministry opportunities. Their ministry is currently caring and providing for orphan children and needy people in Mexico, Nigeria, India and, most recently, Haiti.

Guckenberger travels and speaks regularly at women’s and missions conferences, as well as youth gatherings and church services. Her topics include orphan care, missions, parenting, marriage/intimacy and faith. Her storytelling style captures audiences, and she draws from her field experience as a missionary and parent for illustrations to biblical concepts.

In addition to her children’s releases in the Storyweaver series, Tales of the Defended Ones (Standard Publishing 2013), and Tales of the Not Forgotten (Standard 2012), Guckenberger has written two books for adults: Relentless Hope (Standard, 2011) and Reckless Faith(Zondervan, 2008). She has also partnered with Standard Publishing on the mission content in its 2013 VBS program God’s Backyard Bible Camp and a missions kit to be released in the fall.

The Guckenberger family lives and serves in Monterrey, Mexico, where they have hosted more than 12,000 guests on their ministry campus. Between biological, foster and adopted additions to their family, Beth and Todd are raising nine children.

Learn more about Beth Guckenberger and Back2Back Ministries at www.bethguckenberger.com,  http://back2backministries.org, the Back2Back Ministries Facebook page (back2backministries) or Twitter(@bguckenberger).

Suggested Interview Questions

~ Tales of the Defended Ones is the second release in the Storyweaver series. Can you share more about your vision for the series and what you hope readers will gain from reading your books?

~ Who are the defended ones you refer to in the book’s title? How can we help be defenders?

~ How do you try to explain to kids that sometimes bad things do happen, even though God is watching?

~ What are some of the ways we can teach our children to see God working in situations?

~ How were you able to gather these stories from children around the world?

~ This time one of the stories comes from the United States. Why was it important to you to include a story from within the U.S.?

~ What is a good age to start introducing children to the idea of mission work and helping others who may not be as fortunate as they are?

~ What is the target age for the Storyweaver series?

~ What other resources are available to go along with Tales of the Defended Ones? How can churches and families use the book and leader’s guide?

~ How do Standard’s VBS curriculum and missions kit to be released this fall fit in?

~ Your own family isn’t what most people would consider “traditional.” Can you tell us a little bit about your family?

~ If families are unable to do a mission trip away from home, what suggestions would you give about finding a mission field in their community?

~ How can families join your work at the Back2Back Ministries campus in Mexico?

Beth Guckenberger is available for interviews to promote the release of Tales of the Defended Ones. To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

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Praise for the Storyweaver series

“I read Tales of the Not Forgotten on a flight and tried not to make a scene as I constantly fought back tears… Since then, any time I’m in a conversation about helping kids develop a heart that breaks for what breaks our Lord’s heart, this book is the first thing I mention.” — Tina Houser, Publications Director, KidzMatter, Inc.

“I love this book because it has true stories about real kids who need families and love and don’t have what most kids do.” —  Chelsie, age 10

 “My son and I read Tales of the Not Forgotten together, and it really challenged us in the way we think about our world. It encouraged us to talk about poverty, suffering, the call of the gospel, and our response to the Great Commission.  I’m so thankful for the discussion times he and I had as a result of reading this book together. — Mat Markins, D6 Conference Cofounder

Reviews

  • REVIEW: TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES

    ~Beth Guckenberger succinctly addresses her target audience of preteens, younger siblings, and their parents wanting to learn about foreign missions and ways in which every individual is capable of making a true impact in other lives.

    ~This book’s structure is brilliant, with each child’s story filling a chapter, and faceted information added as the story progresses, exemplifying as needed on the countries, languages, diseases filling the stories.

    Tales of the Defended Ones skillfully laces story lines of multiple children and families–struggling, fearing, yet remaining faithful–for a united purpose: showing “Their Defender is strong”(Proverbs 23:11).

    Written by Elissa Branum on May 1, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://elissanicole.blogspot.com/2013/05/review-tales-of-defended-ones.html

  • APRIL BOOK REVIEWS

    This book is a wonderful blessing for the entire family, I read some stories to my kids, and they were like WOW mama some children don’t have families. poverty etc. We loved the real life drawings, it made the book so real and true! God is the center of this book of life stories. I always pass my books on, but this one I had to keep on my book shelf!

    Written by Pamela’s Heavenly Treats on April 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://pamelasheavenlytreats.blogspot.com/2013/04/april-book-reviews.html

  • LITFUSE PUBLICITY GROUP: “TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES” BY BETH GUCKENBERGER REVIEW

    I was pleased to read Guckenberger’s previous book “Tales of the Not Forgotten,” and this book did not disappoint. It continued with stories of orphans and children who were sold and abandoned. But the Great Defender, God, kept them safe. He protected them and ultimately brought them to the other side. God does see every child and ever person who is struggling. I love the way this book is written so that you can do it with your child or in the children’s ministry at your church. There is room for the child to respond to the story, and it is written at an age-appropriate level. I highly recommend this book!

    Written by My Devotional Thoughts on April 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.mydevotionalthoughts.com/2013/04/litfuse-publicity-group-tales-of.html

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES

    Last summer, I read Tales of the Unforgotten Ones, which brought me to tears more than once!! So I jumped at the chance to read and review Beth Guckenberger’s new book, Tales of the Defended Ones. This one is just as emotional with stirring stories and great additions. Each story includes things like prayers, scriptures, journal entries, definitions and other interesting facts. The vivid depictions of life outside our normal daily lives is a difficult, but necessary reality to face. It is beautiful to see how God defends His people! I would definitely recommend this inspiring book! (I did receive my copy for free in exchange for my honest review.)

    Written by Inspired By Fiction on April 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://inspiredbyfiction.blogspot.com/2013/04/tales-of-defended-ones-with-ipad.html

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES- BOOK REVIEW AND CONTEST

    This book is a quick and emotional read about 5 young children from various countries around the world and how they ended up in their country’s foster system and eventually, for most, in adoptive homes. Beth is a missionary who has helped children around the world with her organization, Back2Back Ministries. She tells stories that will move you to tears as you fall in love with these children- and all with happy endings.

    Written by Capital Region Finds on April 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://capitalregionfinds.com/2013/04/24/tales-of-the-defended-ones-book-review-and-contest/

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES

    What an amazing and powerful book “Tales of the Defended Ones” is.

    I journeyed to different parts of the world and learned about precious children. Children that perhaps seemed to have been forgotten, but weren’t. Our heavenly Father watched over their lives and had a specific plan for each of them.

    Written by Ordinary Servant on April 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Defended-Ones-Storyweaver-Guckenberger/product-reviews/0784736979/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

  • BOOK REVIEW: TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES BY BETH GUCKENBERGER

    This book helps kids become aware of poverty, human trafficking (slavery), abuse, foster care, adoption, and the plight of orphans around the world. Beyond awareness, the author calls readers to say yes to God in caring for the orphans (there are about 163 million orphans in the world). You can do so in many ways such as praying, giving, serving, and/or going.

    Written by Fruitbearers on April 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://fivesavedbygrace.blogspot.com/2013/04/book-review-tales-of-defended-ones-by.html

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES

    The stories in the book are true stories, with God as the storyweaver. I love how their are photos and drawings. Such personal stories, that we are able to be a part of seeing how God was the defender. The stories can be sad and heart wrenching, but then you are brought to tears of joy for the goodness of the Lord in bringing these families to good things.

    Written by Melanie S on April 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://melanieski.blogspot.com/2013/04/tales-of-defended-ones-by-beth.html

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES

    When was the last time you found a book:

    So compelling, you could not put it down?

    So moving, it’s bound to provoke discussion among parents and children, teacher and students, husbands and wives?

    So inspiring, it could change your life – as well as those across the globe?

    Tales Of The Defended Ones by Beth Guckenberger is one of those books!

    Tales Of The Defended Ones is a book of stories about God the Defender and the people He protects. In this book you’ll meet five children who God defended and protected – even when it seemed no one was watching – even when it seemed no one cared.

    I loved each story and did not want the book to end. Whether you are 8 or 80, you will not walk away untouched by this book.

    Written by Create With Joy on April 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.create-with-joy.com/2013/04/tales-of-the-defended-ones.html

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES BY BETH GUCKENBERGER

    I am so excited to have another book to add to my bookshelf for when my children are older. I really liked the perspective of this book and how Beth Guckenberger shows the readers that God hasn’t stopped caring for those who can’t care for themselves, such as children who are child laborers, adopted, living with a disability, etc. What better person to write these mission-minded books than a person who is living in the midst of some of these issues. Guckenberger lives in Mexico, and is dealing with many of these issues in what she sees daily. I love the mission focus.

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on April 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0784736979/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_img_sol_0

  • AMAZING RESOURCES

    This book was amazing! I will definitely be using this book and most likely the others she has written to help my girls see the needs of those around them, how God is working and how they can join Him in His work. I was on a train reading this and crying-or trying not to. Every. Single. Story. Got to me. It was beautifully written. I just loved how she was able to make these super heavy topics understandable and age appropriate for kids without sugar coating them. I also loved how it pointed kids to action–to loving God and people more. I am always struggling with how to present hard things. How do I show them what God is doing without minimizing people’s pain? I am so grateful to be introduced to Beth and the Storyweaver series. I think these are an invaluable resource for parents.

    Written by Stacie on April 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://hobbitdoor.blogspot.com/2013/04/tales-of-defended-ones.html

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES

    Childhood can be a difficult time for anyone, but it most especially difficult for those who have suffered loss or heartache. What if a child loses a parent, feels that everything is hopeless, or is enslaved? In her new book, Ms. Guckenberger not only tells the stories of Ben, Joseph, Antonio, Caitlyn and Jorani, she also lets us feel the story.

    Written by Donna Safford on April 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R25S2AF8V42X0J/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0784736979&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • THIS BOOK WILL CHANGE HOW YOU SEE THE WORLD

    Tales of the Defended Ones has followed up Tales of the Not Forgotten splendidly, do not take the warning on the cover lightly, although this book is aimed at youth I recommend it for all to read because these stories will change the way that you see the world and may even influence you to take a stand. Each chapter is well written sharing the stories of others and also has notes about the culture and facts about the situation from adoption to foster care to slavery.

    Written by Elle in Organic Shoes on April 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Defended-Ones-Storyweaver-Guckenberger/product-reviews/0784736979/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES BOOK REVIEW

    While Tales of the Defended Ones is written for youth, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The writing is not so simple that adults will be put off by it. The children’s stories were told in a way that won’t scare children reading this book. I was impressed with how the author handled a difficult story of slavery. Showing the girl scared and hurt, without sharing the details of her slavery.

    Written by Linda’s Lunacy on April 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2MZS0BQIWB34N/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED

    I was not sure what to expect with this book when I got in the mail. I rarely do a ton of research on the books I receive ahead of time so I really had no idea what it was about. This is an amazing book that I could not put down. It is written beautifully and the chapters set up in an easy way to read, even with so much information. Each chapter is about a different child (or children) and their backstory up until the present. Each of them have had a difficult childhood and it breaks my heart to read about how babies and children are treated. This book flows nicely and is written in a way that you understand the children’s point of view and see the world through their eyes. These are real children and she includes pictures of them which I loved.

    This is a great book! Recommend to anyone!

    Written by I Hope You Dance on April 17, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3F0SFJSGD4QTN/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • LITFUSE PUBLICITY: TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES BY BETH GUCKENBERGER (REVIEW)

    ’ve had the pleasure of reading Beth’s other book Tales of the Not Forgotten so when I had the chance to read this next book I jumped on it. Like the other book, you’ll meet 5 different children who seem like God and the world has truly forgotten them, that there is no one to defend them as they fend for themselves. Of course, that isn’t how our Living God works – He is always there always helping and sometimes it isn’t until the end that we see how He has woven events together to help the least of these. Beth refers to God as the Storyweaver in this book, and at first I was a little skeptical, as I don’t like referring to God in ways that seem irreverent but after spending time reading the book, Beth uses the name Storyweaver in a very reverent way – one that really does tell us that God is weaving a story in each of our lives.

    Written by Growing For Christ on April 17, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: Litfuse Publicity: Tales of the Defended Ones by Beth Guckenberger (review)

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES

    Tales of the Defended Ones is one of the most unique resources with missions in mind that I’ve seen in quite a while. Replete with pictures and interesting facts, this book highlights the very real things happening in our world to our little ones. Written for children, Beth Guckenberger has done an amazing job at explaining these heartbreaking realities to the younger population. I really appreciate how she highlights the Sovereignty of God in a way most anyone could see and understand. Guckenberger has provided an invaluable tool to help parents and church leaders alike to lead their children in knowing God and making much of Him in a sometimes very dark world.

    Written by Jennifer McIlwain on April 17, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AG8L0K3H4O50T?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_cr_thx_pdp

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES, A REVIEW

    Tales of the Defended Ones by Beth Guckenberger is a “collection of fictionalized stories based on the real lives of 5 children around the world. Each of these children intersect with Christians who have been called by the Storyweaver to help.”

    After reading Tales of the Defended Ones I knew that it is a book to be read by my daughters. Considering the painful realities of these stories, I found it best to read them aloud, and to discuss the issues with my daughters as part of our morning devotions.

    The message of the book is clear, but the layout of the information makes the book challenging as a read aloud. Finally I decided to read the “child’s story” and leave the book with green and orange bookmarks so the children could look at the pictures and read the additional informa

    Written by By Quiet Waters on April 16, 2013 | e

  • “TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES” IPAD, DVD, AND BOOK GIVEAWAY!

    “These are the tales of the ones left wounded and weak-ones made whole and strong…”

    Tales of the Defended Ones makes a really awesome addition to a homeschool Social Studies curriculum. Best of all, it’s so affordable on Amazon!

    Tales of the Defended Ones contains real life stories of children who live in foreign countries and face extreme struggles. Through it all, though, you can see the hand of “the great Storyweaver–our Defender God” who shields and defends the defenseless in the amazing ways only he can. The book includes real photographs of these children and questions and answers with some of them, as well as pages at the end of each story for you or your child to write your thoughts about it.

    Written by The Traveling Sisterhood on April 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.thetravelingsisterhood.info/2013/04/tales-of-defended-ones-ipad-dvd-and.html

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES

    Beth Guckenberger has an incredible story telling talent that makes you unable to stop until every last word is read. Even though I have never met her, when I read her books I can hear her voice inside my head reading me the words.

    Written by Snail Pace Transformations on April 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://snailpacetransformations.com/2013/04/15/tales-of-the-defended-ones-by-beth-gukenberger/

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY

    5 children….5 lives…..and nothing short of a miracle from God! Beth Guckenberger uses her experiences on the mission field to write “Tales of the Defended Ones”…a book that is challenging to read, that will grip you at your heartstrings and will leave you wanting to make a difference in the lives of others. Through the stories of 5 children, you see how each of these children can’t seem to get ahead and yet ultimately, God turns their hopelessness, their trials and struggles and their life circumstances into beautiful stories of redemption, salvation and reminds us that God is still in the miracle business even today.

    Written by The Johns Family on April 14, 2013 | e

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES

    I enjoyed reading these stories of hope – they are kind of sad at first—some are very hard to read, but thanks to God, and the help of His called servants, Ben, Joseph, Antonio, Caitlyn and Jorani are rescued from what seemed to be hopeless situations. I cried when I read these stories, so you might want to keep a box of tissues close by as you read this.

    Written by Laura Hilton on April 13, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: www.amazon.com

  • BOOK REVIEW: “TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES” BY BETH GUCKENBERGER

    All of us have a story to tell. The reason we have a story is because God gave it to us as He is the Storyweaver. Gos is also the Defender of the Weak and fatherless. Once you mix those two titles together you have the foundation of this book. There are four tales in “Tales Of The Defended Ones”. These tales are stories of miracles and restoration however to get to that point they are also tales of misery and cruelty. They are not easy stories. The world is a harsh place to live in. However, God is God over everything and He can weave a story for everyone. Ms. Guckenberger has given us four tales that prove it.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on April 12, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1US1HNQ2YO1EG

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES

    Tales of the Defended Ones is the second book by Beth Guckenberger. I really enjoyed her first book Tales of the Not Forgotten and plan on having my boys read both of these books.

    Beth has a heart for children and has been collecting these stories and sharing them through her books. In Tales of the Defended Ones Beth shares about four children who have suffered and struggled in desperate situations. These stories will touch your heart deeply as you see how God moves in the lives of these children and those who love them. It amazes me to see how God works in our lives in so many ways that we truly cannot see and at times do not understand for His purpose.

    Written by My Blessings From Above on April 12, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R361WSPGVK5MSW

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES: THESE STORIES MAY CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE THE WORLD!

    Have you ever felt overwhelmed about the great need around the world? Specifically burdened by the poverty and the needs of children? I know I have, and truthfully I have felt overwhelmed that I feel like what little I do hits that big great cloud and bounces right back at me. A drop in a huge bottomless bucket. So what do I end up doing? Nothing. I felt powerless and unable to help those that need help! If you have felt that way or are feeling that way…this book is one that is for you. It provides a different perspective that will help one understand how to help and see the great need!

    Written by Sophie and Momma Blog on April 12, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://sophieandmomma.blogspot.com/2013/04/tales-of-defended-ones-these-stories.html

  • GOD IS THEIR DEFENDER

    I loved how Beth described how God started weaving the stories of bringing families to the orphaned children in this book, long before anybody could ever imagine in some cases. He stirs people’s hearts for adoption and/or foster care and then takes them through steps (often many steps) to reach the final step of adopting or fostering the child or children he wants them to be with…This world is a hard place to live in for orphaned children and only God can work things out so these children are put into the right hands if their original families cannot take care of them; this truly shows me how deeply God loves orphans.

    Written by Book Review Travels on April 12, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2GS7E6B3OT57Z/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0784736979&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • THIS BOOK CONTAINS HOPE

    For an older group of teenagers, this book would be a great resource as a Sunday School book club or something similar. It would also be excellent for a children’s missions outreach at a church or camp. Tales of the Defended Ones is a story of hope and happy endings for children who might not otherwise know there can be a better life.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on April 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.savingsinseconds.com/?p=8532

  • BOOK REVIEW : TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES

    Not only did I enjoy this, but my 12 year old son did as well, and now my almost 9 year old it reading it! A great family book, would be fantastic as a family read aloud/devotion book! We enjoyed the characters and the stories, but my gang enjoyed the different places around the world where the stories took place!
    Loved it!!

    Written by Cole Clan Adventures on April 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2EF4QI1DRQOW8

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES BY BETH GUCKENBERGERBOOK REVIEW

    If you sre going to read this book you better get some tissues. I was glued to this book until I read all of the stories. This would be a great book to read to your older children and grandchildren, it might be scary for younger children. It is a great learning tool for older children, though, to read about other children and their struggles. We sometimes take our daily life for granted and it is good for all of us to reflect on these stories. This book is part of the Storyweaver Series.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on April 10, 2013 | e
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  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES BY BETH GUCKENBERGER

    Tales of the Defended Ones is written so that all ages can be empowered by it’s words. The use of pictures, definitions and facts to more explain the culture, situation and history of the stories were enriching and engaging. I was particularly touched by the story of Jorani, the young Cambodian girl who tries to find work to support her grandmother and younger sisters.

    Written by Morning Glories and Moonflowers on April 10, 2013 | e

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES REVIEW, BLOG TOUR & FACEBOOK PARTY

    Tales of the Defended Ones will both challenge and change you – in a good way! It tells the stories of five children in difficult predicaments – loved ones dying, abuse, slavery – and yet, there is a light! Is it an easy read emotionally? No, and yet yes! Their stories not only need to be told but they need to be read as well. Unfortunately, bad things happen to people (there is darkness on the Earth) but I agree with Beth that God is in the midst of it. He is the ultimate judge, vindicator and he defends those who cannot defend themselves. Prepare yourself to be changed.

    Written by Cummins Life on April 10, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://cumminslife.blogspot.com/2013/04/tales-of-defended-ones-review-blog-tour.html

  • WHAT I’M READING – TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES

    Beth shares these stories of children to let others know that our stories are all interwoven and God is our Storyweaver. She invites us to hear how God is working in people’s lives and to get involved. Not only are both books in the Storyweaver series great reading for individuals, but are fantastic to read together as a family.

    Written by Saved Sister on April 10, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R244NRHRV2PZEM/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0784736979&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • This is a great, great book, but also a very sad book. Luckily, there is hope for all of the ones in the stories. There is hope for us all. This book tells the story of those whose needs are basic and are not being met. This book made me cry and cry. It also reminded me that simple actions can make a huge difference in the lives of those around us.

    Written by All Meant To Shine on April 9, 2013 | e

  • “TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES” BY BETH GUCKENBERGER

    I read the first chapter of Tales of the Defended Ones through curtains of tears. The stories that Beth shares are heartbreaking – and yet they will confirm your hope in a God who cares and defends those whom He has created, but you won’t be able to stop there. You’ll want to do something – anything – to reach out beyond yourself and be used by Him to help those who live in disparaging situations.

    The Storyweaver series reminds me of just how incredibly blessed I am in my comfortable American life and how so many all around the world face choices that I cannot imagine. The stories in this particular book seemed harsher to me in that the situations faced by the children were not just those of hunger or poverty but sometimes of violence. I think that Beth handled these situations with tact,

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on April 8, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/585298332

  • BOOK REVIEW: TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES & IPAD MINI GIVEAWAY

    I think that parents will want to read this book first and decide when their children are ready to read it. This book is full of wonderful tales of hope after tragedy, but there is tragedy in this book. …

    Overall, I think that this is a great resource to expand the horizons of children, to foster in them a heart of compassion and a greater faith in God who loves the orphan and the fatherless.

    It’s an encouraging book for adults as well.

    Written by Land of My Sojourn : Sojourner’s Journey on April 6, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://landofmysojourn.net/blog/?p=11318

  • GOD GIVEN HOPE

    My son is ten and he learned a lot through these stories. I cried through every single story. The stories opened many conversations up with my son about helping others.

    Each year we fill shoe boxes through Good Samaritan and the children in these stories could be any of those orphans that received our packages each Christmas. It really brought the experience into reality with real life stories of children that are not as blessed as my children.

    Tales of the Defended Ones is full of beautiful stories and life lessons every child should read.

    Written by The IE Mommy on April 5, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R39GDYPY8KH77O

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES

    Take up this book at your own risk…if your heart is moved, if your world outlook is changed, if your mind isn’t stirred to think of ways for you to be a part of these stories, if you don’t need some kind of a tissue to dry your eyes…well, I hold very little hope for you. I’m sorry, but this is what will happen if you take up Beth Guckenberger’s newest book, Tales of the Defended Ones.

    Written by Random Thoughts From A Cluttered Mind on April 4, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.aclutteredmind.org/tales-of-the-defended-ones-by-beth-guckenberger/

  • TALES OF THE DEFENDED ONES

    In this book you are invited along to take a long, hard look into five children’s lives that seem they will never catch a break. Not until God intervenes and changes everything for them, anyway.

    Written by A Simple Life,really?! on April 4, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://asimplelifereally.blogspot.com/2013/04/litfuse-reviewtales-of-defended-ones.html