Book Review: Tales of the Defended Ones & iPad Mini Giveaway

Book Review: Tales of the Defended Ones & iPad Mini Giveaway

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 . . .

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About the Author:

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.

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My Thoughts:

I’m perhaps not the best qualified reviewer for this book as it is meant for children to read with their families, but I love stories, especially stories of hope and God’s great redemption so I requested this book for review.

This book is full of stories.  Stories of hope and a future, freedom and grace.

The layout was a bit scattered for me, but perhaps it is perfect for kids.  I loved all the extra tidbits, things like the definition of foreign words and descriptions of life in other places, but they were placed in such a way that you had to pause reading the story to investigate the extras.  (Honestly that drove me crazy as a kid too.  I’m all about uninterrupted stories with extras before or after, but that’s just me.)

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.  It’s important for a parent to be ready and available to be able to talk to kids about these stories and their content.  While these stories are carefully and tactfully told some kids may not be ready to hear about a mom who is planning on killing her child so he is not alone in the world when she dies of cancer or read about the abuse of a parent.  Despite all the hope and happy endings, the reality of these tales will require wisdom on the part of the parent.  One nice bonus is that each chapter contains questions and space to write the answers and thoughts about the chapter.

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.


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}.


One 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!


Thank you LitFuse for sending me a free copy of this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion