Like a River From Its Course
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Like a River From Its Course   -     By: Kelli Stuart

Like a River From Its Course

Kregel Publications / 2016 / Paperback

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Like a River from Its Course, by Kelli Stuart

A story of Ukraine’s tragedies through the eyes of four characters who experience the same story from different perspectives.  Maria Ivanovna a fourteen year old forced to work in a German labor camp.  Ivan Kyrilovich, survives after having been mistaken as a Jew and lined up with 34,000 others to be shot at the edge of a killing ditch.  Luda is sixteen abused by soldiers, now pregnant with the enemy’s child and then abandoned by her father.  Fredrick Hermann believes in the ideals of Nazism. 

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Title: Like a River From Its Course
By: Kelli Stuart
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 14 ounces
ISBN: 0825444144
ISBN-13: 9780825444142
Stock No: WW444146

Publisher's Description

Winner of the 2017 American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award--Best Christian Fiction of the Year

An epic novel exposing the ugliness of war in Ukraine during World War II and the beauty of hope

The city of Kiev was bombed in Hitler's blitzkrieg across the Soviet Union, but the constant siege was only the beginning for her citizens. In this sweeping historical saga, Kelli Stuart takes the reader on a captivating journey into the little—known history of Ukraine's tragedies through the eyes of four compelling characters who experience the same story from different perspectives.

Maria Ivanovna is only fourteen when the bombing begins and not much older when she is forced into work at a German labor camp. She must fight to survive and to make her way back to her beloved Ukraine.

Ivan Kyrilovich is falsely mistaken for a Jew and lined up with 34,000 other men, women, and children who are to be shot at the edge of Babi Yar, the "killing ditch." He survives, but not without devastating consequences.

Luda is sixteen when German soldiers rape her. Now pregnant with the child of the enemy, she is abandoned by her father, alone, and in pain. She must learn to trust family and friends again and find her own strength in order to discover the redemption that awaits.

Frederick Hermann is sure in his knowledge that the Führer's plans for domination are right and just. He is driven to succeed by a desire to please a demanding father and by his own blind faith in the ideals of Nazism. Based on true stories gathered from fifteen years of research and interviews with Ukrainian World War II survivors, Like a River from Its Course is a story of love, war, heartache, forgiveness, and redemption.

Author Bio

Kelli Stuart is the coauthor of Dare 2B Wise and has written for several brands including Disney, American Girl, and Short Fiction Break. She has served as editor-in-chief for the St. Louis Bloggers Guild and as a board member for the St. Louis Women in Media. In addition to her writing, Kelli has spent twenty years studying Ukranian culture. Kelli lives in Florida and blogs at KelliStuart.com.

Editorial Reviews

"Fiction is a vehicle for growing in empathy for and understanding of this world. The magic of fiction is its ability to draw in the reader, to coax him or her to put on the shoes of the characters and go for a walk in those shoes. In Like a River from Its Course, Kelli Stuart worked this magic. The terror of the novel is its glimpse into the potential for human evil. The beauty is the way in which people can be instruments of grace and mercy in the darkest of circumstances. Raw, vulnerable, horrifying, beautiful, and true, this novel is a mirror for us to gaze into, to see our potential for good or ill. It nudges us to choose the path of love for those in need, regardless of what it may cost. This is a novel I will not soon forget." -- Susie Finkbeiner, author of A Cup of Dust: A Novel of the Dust Bowl

"A carefully researched, compassionately written journey into Ukraine at the height of World War II. Stuart brings her story vividly to life with warm, believable characters and vivid writing." -- Anne Bogel, modernmrsdarcy.com

“A chilling and lyrical treatise to faith in a time of tragedy, Like a River from Its Course is brimming with luscious imagery and characters who entrench themselves in your heart. Stuart weaves the travails of Kiev with the unfailing hope of Luda, Ivan, and Maria. Deft research, expert prose, and heart-clenching moments combine in a resplendent historical reading experience. This isn’t just a historical fiction debut--this is a well-crafted piece of art.” -- Rachel McMillan, author of The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder

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