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NEW RELEASE – THE GOOD SHEPHERD CALLS

Feb 8th, 2017 Posted in company information, new releases, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT | Comments Off on NEW RELEASE – THE GOOD SHEPHERD CALLS

Lighthouse Trails is pleased to announce the release of  Roger Oakland’s newest book, The Good Shepherd Calls: An Urgent Message to the Last-Days Church. Since the turn of the millennium, in particular since September 11, 2001 when America was attacked by terrorists triggering a global-wide spiritual paradigm shift, Christianity as we have known it has experienced a major meltdown. While many are saying Christianity is on the brink of a great revival and even a “new reformation,” in reality, we are witnessing the greatest apostasy in modern-day history.

What Others Are Saying (See Below)

Book Information:

Street Date: December 19, 2016
Release Date: January 31, 2017

288 pages | Softbound | Matte Finish
ISBN: 978-1-942423-12-6
Retail price: $14.95
Quantity discounts Available
Also available as Kindle and Nook
Available through Lighthouse Trails or can be ordered from most bookstores and outlets.

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Table of Contents

All backorders have now been shipped.

Description: This latter-day deception has impacted every evangelical and Protestant denomination to one degree or another, and it is worldwide. The sheep have been led astray by shepherds who have neglected what they have been called to do—protect the sheep.

The Good Shepherd Calls brings clarity to what this delusion looks like, why it is happening, where it is headed, and what can still be done to warn believers and unbelievers alike.   

Author Bio: Roger Oakland is an author, lecturer, and the founder of Understand the Times, International. He has written several books and is featured in numerous documentary DVD films. Over the past 35 years, he has lectured in over 70 countries. He is also the founder of the Bryce Homes Program International, a missions program that ministers physically and spiritually to widows and children in several countries. His biography Let There Be Light chronicles his years as an evolutionist to becoming a creationist and then a believer in Jesus Christ.

All backorders have now been shipped.

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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE GOOD SHEPHERD CALLS

By Julie B. (Paradise, California): Excellent source of consolidated information – still reading it! Thank you

 By Pastor John E Sutherland (SPRING CREEK, Nevada):  I am blessed to have read this book, it’s refreshing. It is so good to hear the truth being told. This man, Roger Oakland, is the watchmen on the wall, and he is crying out, “WAKE UP AMERICA, BEFORE ITS TO LATE.” It is rare that I can read a book and say that I agree 100% with everything that has been said here, but that is precisely the case. I told my congregation that if I could write a book, this is the book I would write. So praise the Lord for the truth. Absolutely a necessity for the discerning Christian. Pastor John Sutherland Calvary Chapel Spring Creek. ccsc@frontiernet.net

By Sharon R. (Kalispell, Montana): Clear, Concise, Sound Biblical Recap: I’ve been reading Roger’s book and so far (chapter 7) it is amazing. So well written and such clear, concise chapters that explain everything so well. Perfect for someone who has never heard of these things before, but such sound biblical recap and encouragement for those who know a little about the subject!

By Barbara E. (Southern California): One of His Best Books: This is one of the best books Roger Oakland has written, and I still have 40 more pages to read. It is so succinct. It really presents the total picture of the history and current journey of Christianity.  So many people want to get their ears tickled. They listen to whatever sounds good and feels good. Some churches may preach the true Word some of the time but one needs to examine the premise or the motives of the message.

 

By Dennis C. (Cameron Park, United States): A Resource for Pastors and Believers Alike: I have already read several chapters, and the book was sent in a timely fashion. Roger Oakland’s new book “The Good Shepherd’s Calls” should become a resource for Pastors, and believers alike to become watchmen to those unaware of the deception within Christianity today. It is wonderful to have so much vital information in one book, 5 stars!

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Seconds & Surplus Sale at Lighthouse Trails

Jul 28th, 2016 Posted in company information | Comments Off on Seconds & Surplus Sale at Lighthouse Trails

SECONDS & SURPLUS SALE

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*Seconds/Surplus Sale will be lasting throughout most of August. However, the 10OFF coupon expires on August 1st.

Lighthouse Trails 2016 Store-Wide Summer Sale – 17% off

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Year in Review for Lighthouse Trails Publishing Ministry

Jan 4th, 2016 Posted in company information, Publishing News, YEAR IN REVIEW | Comments Off on Year in Review for Lighthouse Trails Publishing Ministry

lighthousenew107The following is our annual Glance Back and a Look Forward for our publishing ministry, Lighthouse Trails Publishing.

A Glance Back

In 2015, Lighthouse Trails Publishing continued with the two projects we began at the beginning of 2013—the Lighthouse Trails Research Journal, which comes out in print six  times a year and is delivered now to nearly 1000 homes and offices, and our printed Booklet Tracts, of which we now have nearly 80 different titles. As long-time LT readers know, Lighthouse Trails began in 2002 with one author, Ray Yungen, and one book, A Time of Departing. We had no idea back then of the challenging road on which we would be traveling. You can read more about those early days in our booklet, The Story Behind Lighthouse Trails.

Today, Lighthouse Trails represents 35 authors from the U.S and Canada (one in the UK) and has published numerous books, lecture DVDs, and the Booklet Tracts.  We know that our marketing and public relations budget doesn’t hold a candle to medium- and large-sized Christian publishers, but we have seen God take our materials and spread them around the world in often very amazing ways. We have witnessed the commitment and dedication to truth and the Gospel by these three dozen brothers and sisters and are blessed and humbled to be able to publish their materials.

Publishing is an expensive industry, so some may ask, why do you do what you do if it is so challenging and expensive. Well, for us, that’s an obvious answer—we believe in the message these authors have to share, and we believe that many need to hear their messages. We have often prayed, Lord, if you want this ministry to continue, then we trust that You will provide the means to do so. And He continues to do so year after year.

When we began the booklets nearly three years ago, we had no idea what the response from our readers would be like. It didn’t take too long to learn that the booklets were exactly what our readers wanted and needed to share information with their loved ones and church friends. Since January 2013, we have sold and given away over 120,000 booklets around the world. And while there isn’t a lot of monetary profit for either authors or publisher as we sell these at a very low cost, based on the e-mails, phone calls, and letters we receive, we believe these booklets are making a difference in many lives, churches, and ministries. We believe we are even seeing some positive changes taking place in some Christian colleges—efforts to back away from contemplative prayer, Spiritual Formation, and emerging spirituality.

This past year, we also published two new books, Rescuing Randy by Geneva Paulson and How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution by Maria Kneas.  You can read about both of them on our website. Both books have tremendous merit, written by two women who have gone through the fire of refinement and have valuable insights to share in their books. And as with all Lighthouse Trails books, they are available directly through our website or calling or writing us and can also be ordered through most major book outlets and walk-in book stores.

We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of the Lighthouse Trails readers who have taken our materials and used them to share with others. We know that is not an easy task, and we know many of you are often looked down upon, ostracized, ridiculed, and belittled for speaking up about difficult issues. You are the ones on the front lines, and it is for you especially that Lighthouse Trails exists.

Looking Ahead

At Lighthouse Trails, we have many hopes and plans for 2016. And every day, we commit these to the Lord, always praying that we will only do the things He wants us to do and that will bring glory and honor to Him.

Some of the projects we are going to be working on in 2016 include Caryl Matrisciana and Roger Oakland’s new edition of their book The Evolution Conspiracy. We are also working on a Berit Kjos’ children’s novel The Invisible War and an updated expanded edition of Maria Kneas’ Strength for Tough Times. And for those who have read Castles in the Sand and Dangerous Illusions, we are happy to announce that Zach Taylor has completed the manuscript for the third novel in this series. Our editors have now begun to prepare this book for publication. We have a couple other book projects we are developing as well.

In 2016, we expect to release 20-25 new booklet tracts. Several of our authors are working on new ones on some vital topics. We will also be releasing a new lecture DVD set by Warren B. Smith and one by Ray Yungen. These lectures took place at The Berean Call’s 2014 conference, and TBC was kind enough to give us permission to package these and offer them to our readers. Warren’s set should be available by the end of March, and Ray’s by the end of May. We have reviewed all of these lectures and have found them to contain highly valuable information.

We also plan to mail out our 2016-2017 product catalog this coming spring. If you have purchased anything from Lighthouse Trails in the past seven years, you will receive a catalog in the mail.

For those of you who have become acquainted with our Shepherd’s Bible Verse Tea (our own creation), we are making two changes in 2016. First, starting in the spring of this year, the packaging that the tea bags go in will be different. Instead of the clear cellophane packaging we have been using since we began the tea division five years ago, each tea bag will be wrapped in a coated paper wrap. This will not only be much more attractive, it will also retain the tea’s freshness and flavor longer and will have brewing instructions on each wrap. Second, by the end of the year, we will be enlarging the printed text of each Bible verse on the tag on each tea bag. It will mean reducing some of the text, but the verses will be easier to read. One thing will not change with the tea, and that is the flavor of the 6 blends of tea we offer. We have been told over and over by so many people that they absolutely love the flavor of each of the Shepherd’s Bible Verse teas. We are grateful to the Lord for providing this venue that helps meet the financial needs of Lighthouse Trails.

We pray that 2016 will be a productive year for Lighthouse Trails Publishing and Lighthouse Trails Research Project. And most of all, we pray that we may continue being a service to the body of Christ and a witness to the unsaved so that many may come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior in these difficult times in which we live.

Over the years, many of you have told us that you pray for the Lighthouse Trails editors and authors. We thank you for this dedication and support.

Because of His faithfulness and grace,

The Editors at Lighthouse Trails

From Christian Newswire: Christian Publishing Company Takes on Controversial Issues

Aug 11th, 2013 Posted in company information, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT, Publishing News | Comments Off on From Christian Newswire: Christian Publishing Company Takes on Controversial Issues

EUREKA, Mont., Aug. 9, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Lighthouse Trails Publishing (est. 2002) is taking a new approach to addressing controversial issues in the evangelical and Protestant church. The ministry, based in Eureka, Montana, began publishing Booklet Tracts this year, providing short concise topical resources for Christian believers.

The Booklet Tracts are unique in two ways: first, they are not the traditional small tract size but are the size of an average book (but with only 14-18 pages) on a high quality gloss paper; and two, they are addressing issues that are not being published by most other Christian publishers today.

Topics covered in the Booklet Tracts include: Yoga and Christianity – Are They Compatible?, Energy Healing, Israel (on Replacement Theology), Rick Warren’s Daniel Plan, Protecting Children From Sexual Predators, Signs of the Emerging Church Coming Into a Church, Roman Catholic influence, Mysticism in the Church, Native Spirituality, and more.

Since launching the Booklet Tracts in January, the editors at Lighthouse Trails have made note of the enthusiastic response by its readers, with over 35,000 already sold. “We have come to believe there are many believers out there who are concerned about these issues that other publishers aren’t addressing,” says Lighthouse Trails chief editor David Dombrowski.

David and Deborah Dombrowski began Lighthouse Trails 11 years ago when they learned that a mystical spirituality was coming into the church through Spiritual Formation programs, and no one seemed to be warning about it.

Today, the publishing house consists of 35 authors and editors with a steadily growing readership, currently at around 20,000 people as well as numerous ministries and organizations. In addition to the books, Booklet Tracts, and DVDs they produce, they began Lighthouse Trails Research Project in 2004 providing free articles, research, documentation, a free weekly e-newsletter to visitors of the website, and as of this year a subscription-based print journal.

Lighthouse Trails wanted to make the Booklet Tracts affordable so they could be purchased in bulk and handed out. Each book is $1.95 retail, with quantity discounts as much as 50% off.

There are currently 24 different topics being covered with 10 more planned before the end of the year.

Publishing site and online store: www.lighthousetrails.com
Research site: www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com

NEW RELEASE: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD FROM THE NEW AGE & SPIRITUAL DECEPTION

Jun 4th, 2013 Posted in company information | Comments Off on NEW RELEASE: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD FROM THE NEW AGE & SPIRITUAL DECEPTION

Lighthouse Trails is pleased to announce the release of How to Protect Your Child From the New Age & Spiritual Deception by Berit Kjos.

How-To-Protect-Your-Child-From-the-New-Age-Spiritual-DeceptionBook Information:
336 pages, softbound
Retail: $14.95
Quantity discounts available
Official Release Date: May 28, 2013
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Chapter by Chapter Synopsis
Author’s book website
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Exposes the assault on Christianity and the global plan to transform society through the minds of our children

TEMPTING VOICES BECKON to children everywhere. Schools, movies, music, and books all sound the call: “Come, dream, trust Self, you are divine, create your own reality, build a new world. Anything goes, for sin and guilt exist only in the minds of the antiquated ‘religious.’”

“Unlearning the old ways” is key to this global transformation. Today’s assault on biblical Christianity is fast undermining God’s moral and spiritual boundaries. It invites chaos rather than unity—coercion instead of freedom—war and violence instead of peace—and ultimately overtakes today’s children with the plan to turn them into “progressive” transformation leaders of tomorrow.

How can we equip our children so they do not become spiritually deceived and fall into this world-wide agenda? And how can we teach them to have the courage to say no to seductive enticements? There is an answer! We can teach our children to know Truth, so they will discern the counterfeit. And we can teach them how to spot the New Age/New Spirituality and to understand the serious implications that occur when it is embraced.

Author Bio: Berit Kjos is a respected researcher, the author of many books and magazine articles, and a concerned parent (and grandparent) who has extensively studied religious trends, today’s social changes, the roots and branches of the United Nations, the rising worldwide management system, and—most alarming of all—the transformation of the church. Berit first became aware of New Age and occult influences in our society at a 1974 conference on holistic health. As a registered nurse, she was interested in methods of healing but soon discovered that the occult powers found in New Age methods brought bondage instead of true healing.

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LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS IS 10 YEARS OLD!

Feb 24th, 2012 Posted in company information, SPECIAL OFFERS | Comments Off on LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS IS 10 YEARS OLD!

We began Lighthouse Trails in March of 2002.

As a way to say thank you, from now until the end of March, we are offering our U.S.A. customers a $5 flat rate shipping on all orders (you can choose a lesser rate for smaller orders). When you get to the third step at check out, just choose the FLAT RATE shipping option.

For our Canadian and other international customers, use CODE 10-OFF to get 10% off your order to help compensate for your shipping charges.

To all our customers and Lighthouse Trails readers, we want to say thank you for supporting us. We hope we have been as much a blessing to you and your families as you have been to us. Click here to enter store.

2011 YEAR IN REVIEW AT LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS PUBLISHING

Jan 2nd, 2012 Posted in company information, YEAR IN REVIEW | Comments Off on 2011 YEAR IN REVIEW AT LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS PUBLISHING

As Lighthouse Trails soon nears the end of our 10th year (10 years this coming March), we’d like to take a moment to ponder 2011, which was a busy year for us. It’s not easy being a small publisher in today’s western society where book reading is being slowly squeezed out of many people’s lives by the Internet, television, radio, and a host of other technological inventions. Not only that, small publishing houses must compete with the large houses that seem to have marketing budgets that keep them selling thousands, if not millions, of books. And many of the more established Christian publishers have been bought out by huge secular corporations giving their marketing budgets even more clout. An article in Christianity Today this past fall titled “HarperCollins Buys Thomas Nelson, Will Control 50% of Christian Publishing Market” is a case in point. HarperCollins bought Zondervan in 1988. Thomas Nelson and Zondervan are Christian publishing’s two largest publishing house.

But in spite of the huge challenge it is for small publishers to stay in business, Lighthouse Trails is still here after nearly a decade. We believe that God has continued to provide for us; and we thank Him for giving us the wisdom to keep our overhead small, live and work as simply and frugally as we can, and never lower our standards from what we believe they should be just so we can sell more books. We’ll never be a Thomas Nelson or Zondervan (we think that might be a good thing considering their move toward contemplative and emerging), but we hope and pray we can be around another ten years and represent even more authors than we already have who have biblical and personal integrity .

Here is a recap of this past year:

In 2011, we published our second public domain book, Stories from Indian Wigwams and Northern Campfires by Egerton Ryerson Young. It’s a wonderful collection of true stories by a Canadian missionary to the Cree Native Americans in the late 1800s. The stories are fascinating and inspiring, and we think our readers will gain much from reading this book.

We also published two biographies by women – Stolen From My Arms by Katherine Sapienza (with Zach Taylor) and In My Father’s House by Corrie ten Boom. Sapienza’s book is her story of how her young son was abducted, taken to a far away country, and how with the help of a Delta Force team she decides to attempt to get her son back. This is an edge-of-your-seat book.  In My Father’s House is about the years prior to World War II in Corrie’s life. The book paints a beautiful picture of “family” from which today’s Christian families can glean valuable and eternally-lasting lessons. While this book was published a number of years ago by a couple top name publishers, we’ve been told this Lighthouse Trails edition is the nicest one that’s ever been done. We think it has more photos than any of Corrie’s other books – over 50 of them!

This fall, we published Roger Oakland’s biography Let There Be Light. The book had been published several years ago, but this new edition is about double that size with several new chapters and lots of photos. We’ve been getting some great reviews back on the book – it’s a hard one to put down, we’ve been told time and again. This book will challenge believers to stand strong in their faith and will capture the attention of non-believers, showing them what the true Gospel is and why it is worth believing.

In addition to the new books wepublished ourselves in 2011, we also added several products from other companies or ministries to our Lighthouse Trails online and catalog store. We want to say, we don’t just add products for the sake of adding products. Every single item has been chosen with much care, thought, and prayer, and always with the best interest of our readers in mind. One of the most exciting names we picked up this year was Canadian song writer and singer, Trevor Baker. Roger Oakland told us about him, and we came to love this brother in the Lord and his music immediately. He sings about many of the things that Lighthouse Trails Research writes about, and it doesn’t take too long listening or watching Trevor to know this is man after God’s own heart. You can listen to 30 second clips of all his songs that we carry on the store, and there is also a full Trevor Baker in Concert video on the store site – definitely worth watching. You won’t be sorry you did.

Harvey Yoder, a biographer, is a new name in 2011 to Lighthouse Trails. We now carry three of Yoder’s books, and every one of them is a book you will never forget. Heavy stories of people who are going through some kind of persecution: A Small Price to Pay (Behind Iron Curtain), God Knows My Size (Behind Iron Curtain), and A Good Different (Kenya). Harvey Yoder is an excellent writer and captures the essence of life and faith  in these difficult places.

Just recently we added two young people’s books by Patricia St. John: Treasures of the Snow (we also carry the movie) and The Tanglewood’s Secret. We decided to add these books when we learned that both books have a wonderful Gospel message. It has been our desire to build our children and youth section – a bit of a challenge for sure.

A new project we have just launched is our handcrafted wood-framed pictures with Scriptures. These are absolutely stunning and made right here in Montana by some of the Lighthouse Trails team. The photographer, Dan Morgan, is giving 10% of the proceeds to Understand the Times Bryce Lodge Orphan Home project. You might want to check out these beautiful rustic frames and pictures. The framed photos are part of our new gift section; each item in this collection is really very unique. One of the new product lines that we are just getting started with is baskets made by the widows in Kenya. We should be receiving our first batch in the next few weeks. We are paying the widows a fair market wage to make these beautiful hand-woven multi-colored baskets, which we believe will improve their lives and give them the chance to support themselves.

In 2012, we’ve got some very interesting projects lined up so far. We will be publishing Nanci Des Gerlaise’s book, Muddy Waters: an insider’s view of North American Native Spirituality. This apologetics biography is important and  ties in with much of the evangelical church today. Not only is the evangelical church embracing a mystical spirituality through Native Spirituality, but many First Nations Christians are being led into a very spiritually dangerous situation by Christian evangelical leaders. This book addresses these issues.

We are also planning to release Berit Kjos’ book, How to Protect Your Child From the New Age and Spiritual Deception. When it is released, it will be worth the wait. Berit Kjos has a succinct understanding of spiritual deception in today’s world and how it is affecting children. We consider her work to the body of Christ vital and trustworthy.

Roger Oakland is working on a new book, one he is co-authoring with the editors at Lighthouse Trails. We’ll announce more about this apologetics book later in the new year. We’ve got some other projects on the burner and hopefully those will come to fruition in 2012. We’ll keep you posted.

Thank you to all of those who have supported Lighthouse Trails Publishing these past nearly ten years. We hope we can continue to be a publisher that you and your families feel good about and can trust. May God bless you, your loved ones, and your churches in this New Year with the truth of His Word and the power of His Gospel.

Lighthouse Trails Editors
Eureka, Montana

P.S. If you haven’t had a chance to try our Shepherd’s Bible Verse Tea, remember, you can send us your name and address with a self-addressed stamped envelope, and we will send you a free sample.

Reminder: Lighthouse Trails Titles Available through Most Bookstores

Aug 20th, 2011 Posted in company information, Publishing News | Comments Off on Reminder: Lighthouse Trails Titles Available through Most Bookstores

Just as a reminder, the books and DVDs that are published directly by Lighthouse Trails Publishing are  available to order through most online and walk in stores. Even if a particular bookstore does not actually carry one of our titles in their stores, a store can order a title for you through SpringArbor or Ingram (or directly from Lighthouse Trails). Libraries can order our titles from Baker & Taylor (or directly from Lighthouse Trails). Ordering through a bookstore may take a little longer to get, but you won’t have to pay shipping costs this way.  Below is a list of the titles published by Lighthouse Trails available to order through stores. Also click here for ISBN numbers, authors, prices, and release dates.

Tapestry: The Journey of Laurel Lee

Trapped in Hitler’s Hell

A Time of Departing

Laughter Calls Me

The Other Side of the River

For Many Shall Come in My Name

Faith Undone

Another Jesus?

Things We Couldn’t Say

Standing Fast in the Last Days

La Fe Desechada

Castles in the Sand

The New Face of Mystical Spirituality – The Emerging Church & Interspirituality

The New Face of Mystical Spirituality – Contemplative Prayer

The New Face of Mystical Spirituality – The Invisible Denomination

Good News in the Badlands: Americana Gospel Folk Music

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

The Color of Pain: Boys Who Are Sexually Abused and the Men They Become

Strength for Tough Times: Encouragement from God’s Word

Stories from Indian Wigwams and Northern Campfires

In My Father’s House

Stolen from My Arms

Let There Be Light

My Father’s Footsteps – Imprisoned for his faith – The third time

Jun 20th, 2011 Posted in company information, Excerpts | Comments Off on My Father’s Footsteps – Imprisoned for his faith – The third time

Courtesy Kjos Ministries

From A Small Price to Pay by Harvey Yoder

The prison door shut behind me with a bang. I heard the key turn in the huge lock, then the guard’s footsteps faded away. Three days of solitary confinement. That was the usual procedure before being admitted into a prison. I was alone.

But not really. Christ was present with me. And I had another reason not to feel alone. In fact, I was rather excited. Memories were flooding my mind. After nearly eight years of relative freedom, I had once again been arrested. This time, I had gone to visit a Christian woman in Leningrad. When I returned to my sisters’ house after midnight, they had come out to greet me. Two officers had appeared out of the shadows and told me I was under arrest….

At the trial, the usual accusations were held against me—teaching minors about God, holding meetings without permission from the state, not registering our churches with the state.

This time, they added a new charge. I was charged with creating an unhealthy environment because too many people had crowded into one space. Some expert had come up with the idea that it was not sanitary for so many people to be breathing the same air for an extended period of time. I wanted to ask them who was going charge the government with creating an unhealthy environment the trams, buses, and trains. Those public transport vehicles were far more crowded than our meeting places. But I knew it was hopeless to say anything….

Now, here in my cell, I was reflecting on what my mother had told us after Papa had been arrested. “He is in Sverdlovsk in prison.” This was all we knew for some time.

Now I was in Sverdlovsk. I was in the same prison my father had been in! This excited me, for my mind went back to my memories of Papa. Had he spent time in this very cell?

Even though my breath was quite visible in the cold air, I eagerly examined the cell walls. Had Papa left some message behind, scrawled on the wall? Had he stood here, looking up at the barred window that let in a small patch of light from the waning day?… It was quite possible that my father really had been in this cell. It was one of the cells that held all the new inmates.

Forty years had passed since Papa had been in this prison. When I had been unloaded from the Black Raven, I imagined my fatherwalking through the courtyard, standing at attention on the granite slab as his sentence was read. When I stood on that slab upon my arrival, I tried to fit my shoes into the worn spaces that marked the granite. So many thousands of prisoners had stood there that there were actually small hollows where the shoes had worn away the surface of the hard stone. Here was where my father had stood!  (Excerpt from A Small Price to Pay – courtesy Kjos Ministries)

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