Interview & Giveaway: Beyond the Rapids by Evelyn Puerto

Welcome to author Evelyn Puerto!

Biography Info:

Evelyn Puerto left a career in health care planning to serve as a missionary for seven years in Russia. During those years, she travelled several times to Ukraine, where she met and was inspired by the Brynza family. She and her husband live in St. Louis, MO. Evelyn is the author of an inspiration new book, Beyond the Rapids.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Because of my love of history, I’d definitely want to go to the past. Do I get to make several stops? There are so many events I’d want to witness I can easily come up with a long list: the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Lewis and Clark seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time, and Jesus preaching the Sermon on the Mount to start with.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I would want to be able to fly, so I could go to all the places I’d like to visit.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Anything with chocolate, the bigger the chunks the better

Which fictional character would you most like to meet?
Lord Peter Wimsey, of Dorothy Sayers’ detective novels. He was so competent at everything he did, yet solved his crimes with unfailing politeness to everyone.

How many books do you read a week/month?
Usually 2-4 a week. This week I read a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Easy Money by Dick Francis, and the second book of the City of Ember series.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
Quiet definitely helps, but what I really need are the will power and discipline to just start typing to get past thinking about the blank computer screen mirroring my mind gone blank. Once my fingers start moving, the words start to flow, but getting started is the hard part.

One food you would never eat?
Ukrainian Kholodets. Boil pig knuckles, remove the meat and stir it into a meat broth, and chill until it forms jelly. Think meat flavored jello.

Thank you Evelyn for taking the time to answer a few questions. Can I just say I wouldn’t touch Ukrainian Kholodets with a ten foot pole!

Evelyn is offering a copy of her book Beyond the Rapids to a follower of this blog!

Beyond the Rapids by Evelyn Puerto:

Imagine that you are a believer living in a communist country. You live with the knowledge that at any time you could be imprisoned, tortured, or killed simply because you are a Christian.
Beyond the Rapids is the true story of a Ukrainian pastor, Alexei Brynza, and his wife, Valentina, who endured persecution in a culture that was hostile to their faith as they struggled to raise their four children as believers.
From the Great Terror of the 1930s to the time when believing in Christ was no longer a crime, this close-knit Ukrainian family quietly persisted through the years, trust God for everything. The Brynzas’ children, forced to choose between God and the communist system, wrestled with temptations of ambition, popularity, love, and wealth. How this family managed to endure and thrive in spite of fierce persecution demonstrates how God is faithful not matter how our circumstances change.
To learn more about the book, the Brynza family, and to read the first chapter, visit Beyond The Rapids.

Giveaway Details:
Giveaway is open to followers of this blog who have a US or Canadian mailing address.
Giveaway ends 11/26/10.
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