Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tales of the Not Forgotten by Beth Guckenberger~ Litfuse Blog Tour with review and giveaway

About the Book: 

Follow these real-life stories as they take you on a journey to faraway lands and unknown faces. Travel through their challenges and see the hand of the great Storyweaver writing endings you’d never imagine!

Joel dares to ask for what he can’t have. Seraphina sacrifices what she can’t afford to give. Ibrahim looks for an answer buried out of reach. Christiana, saved by a mission, searches for her own.

These are the tales of the ones the world doesn’t see . . . the tales of the not forgotten.
In this collection of four real-life stories written for preteens, a compelling storyteller paints a picture of God’s dynamic movement in four foreign cultures, inspiring children to trust that God is weaving a story in their lives as well.

This resource will shrink the macro picture down to approachable, individual stories of real children and teach about fundamental survival issues. The stories address some of the challenging questions that kids have and weave God's promises to orphans into each one.

The Tales of the Not Forgotten Leader’s Guide is a 6-session kids' missions resource (sold separately) that walks adults through an easy-to-follow guide for making the abstract real and for designing an action plan to help others.

Preteens will be challenged to answer the questions:
How do I pray? What can I give? Where can I go? Who will I serve?

My take on this book:
In the "Tales of the Not Forgotten" Beth Guckenberger allows us to glimpse into the lives of different children from around the world, children that she knew or were a part of her ministry as a missionary worker.

Each of the four stories that she shares are written in a very down to earth readable way.I was deeply touched by each story and continued to think about each child long after I finished their story. Four different children, each with their own struggles. There is the story of young Joel, from Mexico, Serephenia from Haiti, who wonders if God has forgotten her. Ibrahim from Nigeria and Christiana from India. While each child is from a different part of the world God hasn't forgotten any of them.

While this book is geared toward teens and tweens, I found myself totally engrossed in the stories and read the book in one sitting. In addition to sharing each child's story the author also provides little snippets called post cards that provides interesting information about the region where the  stories take place. Overall soul stirring stories combined with a true look at the importance of missionary work makes this a great book for young and old alike.

Click here to follow along on the Litfuse Blog tour to read what other reviewers are saying about this book.

About the author:

Beth Guckenberger and her husband, Todd, are the founders of Back2Back Ministries (based in Cincinnati, OH) 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.
Beth 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 story-telling style captures audiences, and she draws from her field experience as a missionary and parent for illustrations to biblical concepts. In addition to her latest release, Tales of the Not Forgotten (Standard Publishing 2012), Beth has written Relentless Hope (Standard, 2011) and Reckless Faith (Zondervan, 2008).
The Guckenberger family lives and serves in Monterrey, Mexico where they have hosted thousands of guests on their ministry campus. Between biological, foster, and adopted additions to their family, Beth and Todd are raising nine children.
Learn how you can join Beth in ministry at

Now about the giveaway!

Celebrate with Beth by entering her "Not Forgotten" Giveaway and connecting with her during the Author Chat Party on 7/31!
One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire with Wi-Fi
  • Tales of the Not Forgotten small group kit (books and DVD)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on July 30th. Winner will be announced at the "Not Forgotten" Author Chat Facebook Party on 7/31. Beth and Standard Publishing will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills (how much do you know about kids from around the world?) and giving away some great prizes!
So grab your copy of Tales of the Not Forgotten and join Beth on the evening of the July 31st for a chance to connect with Beth 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 RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 31st!

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