Book: Beyond the Rapids by Evelyn Puertocategories: Book, Inspiration, True Story, Memoir, Family, Christian Persecution, Ukraine, Soviet Union, Alexei Brynza, Biography, Christian Living
Evelyn Puertoabout this book: When I first heard their stories, I laughed. I cried. And I marveled at what God did in the lives of the Brynza family. Beyond the Rapids tells their story. Alexei Brynza was a Baptist pastor during the final decades of the Soviet Union. All four of his children were tempted away from the church: ambition, popularity, love and riches all beckoned. In the end, God showed His amazing love and grace, and the family found victory over the fierce and relentless persecution.
I wrote Beyond the Rapids not just because it is a compelling and inspiring story. Many of the lessons learned by the Brynzas are relevant to believers anywhere. For example, Yakov, the oldest son, had a dream to be a doctor. But the communist system forced him to choose between staying in the church or attending a university. He wrestled with the unfairness, wondering why giving up his dream was the price of obedience. And he wondered how God could deny him something that was good, an education.
Many of us struggle with paying the price for obeying God, or wondering why others are blessed with jobs or husbands or children and we are not. Beyond the Rapids shows how God works in the lives of faithful believers, and teaches us that no matter how our circumstances change, Jesus and His promises never do. If we look beyond our trials to where God is, we can receive God's joy and peace.
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