Imagine that you are a believer living in a communist country. You live with the knowledge that at any time you could be imprisoned, tortured, or killed simply because you are a Christian. Beyond the Rapids 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 Ukrainian family quietly persisted through the years, trusting God for everything. The Brynzas’ 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 Brynza family was able not only to 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.
Beyond the Rapids is a story for all believers everywhere. If you’re concerned about the erosion of religious freedom, if you are discouraged because your children have wandered far from God, if you long to stand firm in your faith in all circumstances, the Brynzas’ testimony of God’s faithfulness will provide hope and inspiration as you are reminded afresh that God is with you, in every moment. As you sail through the torrents in your own life, God will meet you right where you are and guide you to the smooth water beyond the rapids.
Check out the Beyond The Rapids website for more information.
About The Author:
Evelyn Puerto left a career in health care planning to serve as a missionary for seven years in Russia. During those years, she traveled several times to Ukraine, where she met and was inspired by the Brynza family. She and her husband live in St. Louis, Missouri.
What an amazing story of the strength, determination and perseverence that comes when our hope is in the Lord. Even though the most difficult of times, the Brynza family held strong to their faith, and God brought them though. What a testimony and what a journey, and what an absolute pleasure it has been to be able to read and review Beyond The Rapids. Evelyn Puerto writes in such a way that I felt like I was right there experiencing each situation with the family. The book has been one of my favorite reads thus far in 2011!
I highly recommend Beyond The Rapids and give it a huge thumbs up!
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