Friday, June 11, 2010

Ransomed by Els Van Hierden~book review~





About the Book
Hundreds of thousands of orphans have been left homeless and abandoned as a result of the fall of the Communist era. Left to fend for themselves or locked up in state orphanages, the children have little hope for the future. Yet in the middle of suicide, alcoholism, and drug abuse, hope emerges. David Valensky, a successful US businessman who has experienced terrible personal loss, pours his life into reaching the homeless teens on the streets of Perm, Russia. But as the ministry grows, tragedy unfolds, threatening its very existence.
Karina Svetlana, a morose orphanage director with a dark past, meets David during his orphanage outreach. Will David be able to reach her with the Gospel and break the chains that hold her captive? And will their fledging love survive the storm that envelopes David's ministry?
Jared and Vanessa Williams travel to Russia to adopt a child, excited to bring home a new son. Can they cope with what they find in Russia and the devastating news that leaves their faith shattered?
Based on the author's personal experience in Russia, this novel will not only captivate and intrigue, but change your heart.


Book Information
Price: $19.95
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1579219616
ISBN-13: 9781579219611
Publisher: WinePress Publishing
Year: 2009


About the Author:
Els and her family live in Lethbridge, Canada, where they own an equestrian centre. She oversees the day to day operations of the centre, homeschools two of her five children, and is a Certified Equine Therapist. She is certified through Strategic Life Alignment as a conference speaker, helping people find God's call for their life. Els enjoys speaking to groups, and working with women. Els and her family like camping in the mountains with their horses, spending time at their ranch, and traveling.http://www.elsvanhierden.com/

My Review:
I fell in love with these characters. They were really honest and easy to believe.
Ransomed is full of love, suspense, endings, beginnings, extreme sadness and supreme happiness. David is working in Russia at a mission for teens to bring them off of the street for a meal and a place to stay. His love for the teens changes many of there lives. Karina is the head of an orphanage. She wants to provide for the infants and children that have nothing or no one. Karina has had a troubled past and has made some bad decisions. David shows Karina the love of Christ, but that causes problems for David.
This story is also about Jared and Vanessa are trying to adopt a Russian child, but have their share of troubles. They are close to adopting a child and then it falls threw. God blesses them and then things happen.
This is a beautiful book abandoned children, alcoholism, suicide and drug abuse, but also the gift of the Lord and many happy blessings from the Lord. I highly recommend this beautiful book. It's a serious, but wonderful story. This book teaches us that God works in all situations, that things are never to hard for the Lord. A book that is hard to put down. I will be keeping this book for my library for sure. A new author to me, but a new favorite.

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I received this book free from WinePress publishers for review purposes.

4 comments:

Trinity Rose said...

I'm going to have an author interview with Els and will have a book to giveaway soon. Keep watching!

Caroline said...

Sounds intriguing and like a book to keep. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara said...

This books sounds so interesting. Very different from what I usually read but I am adding it to my reading list.

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Els Van Hierden said...

Hello Wanda,

Thank you so much for the review and interview questions! Although I am finished answering, I could not upload the document as I am out of town for the week. I will do so as soon as possible! Thanks again for your time.

Sincerely,

Els