As the vehicle turned, a wooden thump startled us. Chris and I both whipped around in our seats. “Mom,” said Chris in a this-is-serious
tone, “we’ve got a big problem!”
Two of the packages had fallen on their sides. The first was still intact, and no harm was done there. The other, however, was another story.
A bee package typically has a small piece of wood tacked across its top to secure the syrup can in place. Ours lacked this safeguard, and when the second package fell, the can slid out and landed in the back of the van. This left a gaping hole in the top of the box, enabling the contents to spill into the vehicle.
The bees were loose.
In 2008, at the age of nine, Kinsey Rockett faced a dramatic life change when her family traded their suburban home for a new way of life, country life, in another part of the state. A change initially met with apprehension soon became a source of anticipation and joy as she helped with the process of starting a small farm. As land and livestock expanded, so did opportunities to learn, not only in “farm know-how” but also in life lessons, both practical and spiritual.
In Farmyard Faith, Kinsey recounts with seriousness and humor many events that took place during a period of ten years. Some stories reveal her own heart and how the Lord used each of those circumstances to help her grow; others are shared as an illustration of Biblical truth. All were written to inspire the reader to a deeper faith and closer walk with the Lord.
Taken aback by Nathanael’s enthusiastic outburst, Captain Breth was speechless for several seconds. “Let me get this straight,” he said slowly. “You’re suggesting that the Wings of Service attempt to break into a Luftwaffe prisoner of war camp and fly two or three hundred unarmed men back to Allied territory?”
It was a daring idea. If they could succeed, it would mean liberty for many captured men. With limited time in which to secretly formulate their plan, an imaginative aviator, an indispensable agent, and an audacious ground soldier with a terror of heights prepare for a most unusual mission to rescue men imprisoned by the Nazis. But behind the scenes another rescuer is sorely needed, someone able to liberate one being held in grave captivity by a much stronger foe.
Here, in the central months of the Second World War, discover true freedom in this unique tale of a pilot, a prisoner, and a parachute.
“I read Prisoner of War aloud to my sons (ages 13 and 15) and daughter (age 17). We all enjoyed it very much! Not only is the book compelling, thought-provoking, suspenseful, interesting and God-honoring, but it also contains excellent examples of how to effectively present the gospel to another person. It is a beautifully and thoughtfully written story. As a mom, always on the hunt for worthwhile, good quality books, I highly recommend Prisoner of War.”
Just as he mounted, there came a breath of wind. It was not much, but it was enough. The nearby tree suddenly dumped the snow from its branches, sending up a cloud of powdery white. The chilling load plopped onto the back of Ben, who stood beneath. With a startled yelp, the red-and-white patched border collie shot forward, directly underneath Snowstorm.
Chaos ensued. Whinnying shrilly, Snowstorm lurched backward. Instinctively, Josephine dodged sideways right to the ridge’s edge to avoid a collision, and one of her groping hooves found nothing but thin air behind. Slipping on the wet rocks, the mare lunged forward. She succeeded in regaining her footing, but not before the sudden, jolting movements dislodged Father’s one-handed grip on her mane. Clawing desperately for a handhold, Father tumbled from Josephine’s back and disappeared over the edge of the ridge.
Following five peaceful years, foreclosure threatens the Whitlock family’s farm. After Father’s accident, Nathanael and William take upon themselves the responsibility of coming up with a solution. Their ideas, however, are continually thwarted by an unseen opponent, and a ferocious predator threatens the farm throughout the duration of the thirty-day trial.
“I would highly recommend, Trial at the Ridge to young and old alike. It is triumphant. And the story is not without suspense. It glorifies God in that patience, kindness, self-control, and faithfulness are practiced by the characters in this good book.”
(A. B. age 14)
“I am always on the lookout for good, wholesome, character-building books to read aloud to my children, and I can honestly say that Kinsey’s Trial at the Ridge is a winner! Not only do I find it a delight to read the rich, descriptive language that she uses in her story, but I also find myself gently transported back into a specific time in history. There, I get to meet and be inspired by characters that are strong in spirit and faith, who, when faced with life’s demands and challenges, seek to love, to be courageous, and to choose the good – again and again. My children and I need that kind of example and encouragement.”
“Trial at the Ridge is a fascinating, intriguing story of hope and despair, strife and healing, sacrifice and blessing, and faith in a God who never fails. It takes a complete disaster and illustrates the beautiful fact that our God, indeed, can work all things for good. Cleverly written to appeal to all ages, this exciting tale will intrigue young and old alike. A definite must-read!”
(Shanie Gettis, Editor in Chief, Girls 4 Glory magazine)
Fiction Paperback: 188 pages ISBN: 978-1-63575-679-1 Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing (2017) Target Reading Audience: Age 10-14 An e-book is available
While these books are not intended to be a “series” and can be read and enjoyed in any order, they do contain some of the same characters at different stages of their lives. Chronologically, Trial at the Ridge comes before Prisoner of War.