Monday, August 19, 2013

BLOG TOUR/GIVEAWAY: Heroes of Faith by Marlene Bateman Sullivan


Our fast-paced society loves adventure and it loves a hero—but what about Latter-day Saint heroes? Are there any? There are plenty!

Heroes of Faith, True Stories of Faith and Courage, is a collection of twenty-four riveting stories about people who rose above difficulties and impossible odds to emerge triumphant. You’ll read about stalwart men and women who stood firm and valiant in the gospel in spite of dangerous mobs, flying bullets, physical handicaps, extreme hardships, and dictatorial regimes.

It's fascinating to read about the exploits of real heroes and when that hero is acting in accordance with the principles of the gospel, the adventure is not only thrilling, but inspiring as well. In these days of increasing trials and tribulation, we can all use some worthy role models, especially those that strengthen our faith and increase our testimonies.


Marlene Bateman Sullivan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they are the parents of seven children.

Her hobbies are gardening, camping, and reading. Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and has written a number of non-fiction books, including: Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s From Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, and Brigham’s Boys. Marlene also wrote the best-selling novel, Light on Fire Island.

A busy writer, Marlene is set to have three books published this year. Gaze Into Heaven, a fascinating collection of over 50 documented near-death experiences in early church history, was published earlier this year. Next came Motive for Murder, the first in a mystery series featuring the quirky private eye, Erica Coleman. Then, Heroes of Faith, a collection of stories about people who acted heroically in the face of grave trials and handicaps was released by Cedar Fort Inc. 


The world needs more people like those whose stories are told in this book.  The world portrays heroes as people of great visibility and talent, but for me, true heroes are ordinary people who do extraordinary things under difficult circumstances.  The author does a fabulous job of telling some of these stories.  For me these stories are a reminder that despite the awful things that go on in the world there are still amazing people out there doing amazing things. People facing everything from death to false imprisonment and war find the faith to carry on with God's work despite the challenges. And at least one of those whose story is told in this story actually died  because of his efforts to tell people the truth at the tender age of 16. A truly inspiring and touching book that I can highly recommend.


1 print copy of Heroes of Faith
US/Canada only
Ends  8/26/2013

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