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Time To Choose by Dawn Kazmierzak

Time To Choose

by Dawn Kazmierzak

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The average 12-year-old girl thinks about what she’ll wear to school, how many “likes” she gets on her Facebook status, and boys. When Hilda Gutwein was 12-years-old she worked long days on the family farm in Eastern Europe, lived under constantly changing political influences, and wondered if she would live to be thirteen. In Hilda’s biography, Time to Choose: Growing Up Under Hitler and Watching History Repeat Itself, she and her daughter, Dawn Kazmierzak, chronicle the journey of a Christian family’s life in war-torn Eastern Europe and their trek to America, the land of freedom.

Dawn Kazmierzak, a wife, the daughter of a refugee and the mother of a refugee, and a doctor of optometry accounts her mother’s struggle to honor God and her parents while growing up in an ever-changing landscape of political strife and fear. Beginning with a short history of the geographical area, she then tells the story of Hilda’s growing up on the family farm, learning a trade, reluctantly joining Hitler’s Youth movement, and her family’s immigration to the United States. Kazmierzak follows with a record of the struggle to make a way in a country based on godly values and the freedoms He gives to mankind. Through Hilda’s life, readers will witness the story of a God who continually prepares, protects, and provides for His child and a woman whose unshakeable faith in God has carried her through heartache and loss on both sides of the globe.

The first-person writing style is easy to read and each chapter ends in a section titled “Connecting the Dots” where they help readers see the connections to American society today and the lessons that can be gleaned from this gripping story. A map of Eastern Europe, family photographs, and a Resources and Selected Bibliography will help readers to connect to the story and extend their learning and study. People of all ages will enjoy this relevant and timely book, especially those concerned with the current trends in American society. Young readers will marvel at the experiences of Hilda as a teenager and young woman. The book will stir adult readers, especially parents and teachers, to engage youngsters in dialogue about truth and wisdom and to protect the tender minds of those under their influence ( )
  NikkiBarcus | Aug 17, 2012 |
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