Tales of the Defended Ones

Tales of the Defended Ones

by Beth Guckenberger




Ben and Joseph lose their mothers, but find a family Antonio is rescued from what seems like a hopeless end. Caitlyn dares to trust in the truth. Jorani is delivered from slavery into the arms of grace.

Follow these real-life stories on a journey to foreign places and extreme straggles. Travel through their challenges and see the hand of the great Storyweaver-our Defender God-shielding and defending the defenseless in amazing ways.

These are the tales of the ones left wounded…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780784736975
Publisher: Standard Publishing
Publication date: 01/28/2013
Series: Storyweaver
Edition description: First
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Defender 13

1 Ben and Joseph's Path 23

2 Antonio's Gift 57

3 Caitlyn's Truth 93

4 Jorani's Journey 129

5 The Pages After 175

About this Author 193

About Ben and Joseph 195

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Tales of the Defended Ones 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I was pleased to read Guckenberger's previous book "Tales of the Not Forgotten," and this book did not disappoint. It continued with stories of orphans and children who were sold and abandoned. But the Great Defender, God, kept them safe. He protected them and ultimately brought them to the other side. God does see every child and every person who is struggling. I love the way this book is written so that you can do it with your child or in the children's ministry at your church. There is room for the child to respond to the story, and it is written at an age-appropriate level. I highly recommend this book! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
This novel was very eye-opening to me! I have not had a lot of experience with reading stories about orphans and I really liked the way Beth presented their story. She begins the novel calling God the Great Storyweaver and how He is writing everyone's story in a unique way whether we are going through tough trials or joyful times. Also, not only is He writing each person's story, but He is weaving other people's lives into that unique story like with these orphans. Our story is affecting someone else's whether in be as a friend, sister, brother, wife, pastor, counselor and so forth. I thought with Beth opening the novel this way that my view of these orphans is that it's not just some tragic story on a page, but a person whose story is continuing today with a God who also continues to defend their cause. Throughout these different accounts, Beth writes in a way that is gets you easily enraptured in these little children's lives whether they are in Camboida or in America. I also really appreciated that Beth told an orphan's story who lived in the United States. When Christians tend to speak about mission work I feel there is such a strong emphasis on international, but not much mention of the orpahns here in America. They are just as mportant and Beth makes this known in that there American children who are in need of a God who will defend them as much as the orphans in Ethopia. Once I finished reading Tales of the Defended Ones I started to realize just how important God stresses that we defend the cause of the orphans and widows. Something I do want to mention that I did not realize is that this book is geared more towards pre-teens and up. I definitely plan to hold onto this novel and have my son read it one day because it is my desire that he will have a heart for missions. Overall, a great novel that is really eye-opening and at times, heart wrenching.
richardblake More than 1 year ago
Stories of Promise, Protection, and Purpose “Tales of the Defended Ones” is the second in the Story Weaver series. These real life juvenile fiction stories are heartwarming and life changing, challenging the reader to look beyond themselves to become a part in someone else’s life and their story. The book follows the format of the first book which includes a story that introduces a child in need, from different countries around the world. There is a parallel story that introduces individuals and organizations that minister to orphans, matching them to homes and families moved by God’s love and compassion to reach out demonstrating that love while meeting specific individual needs. In the six chapters of the book Beth Guckenberger introduces the Story Weaver, the Defender God, the work of Back2Back Ministries and the stories of five children from four counties; Ben and Joseph, orphans from Ethiopia, Antonio from Mexico, Caitlyn, a foster child from Ohio, in the United States, and Jorani from Cambodia. Beth is a natural story teller and a gifted communicator. Each story relates the struggles challenging one of these children, and their circumstances.  She goes on to show how their story provides the opportunity to demonstrate God’s working in their life and to offer hope and protection as He works out His purpose.  A leader’s guide is available for use as a resource or curriculum guide for teaching children missionary vision, compassion for others, and to introduce other cultures. “Tales of the Defended Ones” is engaging, ages graded for children eight years and older. Highly recommended. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed a my own.
Sister-P More than 1 year ago
What an amazing and powerful book "Tales of the Defended Ones" is. I enjoyed Beth Guckenberger's writing style; it was simple, easy to read and descriptive. I journeyed to different parts of the world and learned about precious children. Children that perhaps seemed to have been forgotten, but weren't. Our heavenly Father watched over their lives and had a specific plan for each of them. Beth Guckenberger refers to God as a Story Weaver. God is writing different chapters of their lives, our lives and the generations to come. While reading about these children, I couldn't help but cry. What beautiful stories of redemption. I highly recommend "Tales of the Defended Ones", you will definitely be stirred, moved and motivated to action.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Beth Guckenberger in her new book "Tales Of The Defended Ones" published by Standard Publishing gives us the Warning: These Stories May Change The Way You See The World. From the back cover: It was farther than Jorani had ever traveled before. I hope I get back before dark. I hope this is a good job and they like me. I hope my hope is enough. 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 . . . All of us have a story to tell. The reason we have a story is because God gave it to us as He is the Storyweaver. Gos is also the Defender of the Weak and fatherless. Once you mix those two titles together you have the foundation of this book. There are four tales in "Tales Of The Defended Ones". These tales are stories of miracles and restoration however to get to that point they are also tales of misery and cruelty. They are not easy stories. The world is a harsh place to live in. However, God is God over everything and He can weave a story for everyone. Ms. Guckenberger has given us four tales that prove it. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
A_Cluttered_Mind More than 1 year ago
Take up this book at your own risk…if your heart is moved, if your world outlook is changed, if your mind isn’t stirred to think of ways for you to be a part of these stories, if you don’t need some kind of a tissue to dry your eyes…well, I hold very little hope for you. I’m sorry, but this is what will happen if you take up Beth Guckenberger’s newest book, Tales of the Defended Ones. The Bible tells us that the sign of true religion is caring for the widows and orphans. The author shows the signs of true religion in the stories and lives of those in this book. Sadly, some think that since Jesus said we’d always have the poor with us, we don’t need to do too much more than give just a little toward their welfare. Well, if that’s one of you, then go, leave, you have your reward and it is very poor indeed. If you see the great need, however, of doing more––far, far more than just sending a check every once in a while––then do some follow-up after reading the stories of Ben & Joseph, Caitlyn, Antonio and Jorani. Check out Guckenberger’s Back2Back Ministries web site and see what God might have you do.  One element I enjoyed about this book is the breadth from which the author longs to draw readers. Tales of the Defended Ones can be read by a young child, probably 8-years-old and up. What a marvelous way to draw in a young child’s heart to see the great need around the world and begin to develop affections for them. Another book I can highly recommend. In fact, buy one for your church library and make sure it gets top shelf coverage.