Sunday, April 14, 2013

Found in Translation by Roger Bruner

About the Book
When Kim Hartlinger—eighteen and spoiled—arrives on a mission trip to Mexico and discovers, to her chagrin, that she’ll be doing construction in a remote village without plumbing and electricity, rather than evangelism in a medium-sized town with a fast food joint . . she has only two choices. “Rough it” (which isn’t exactly what Kim had in mind when she signed up for this trip) or turn around and head home.
Will Kim be able to touch the villagers’ hearts with the Gospel? Or will her time in Mexico be up before she gets the chance?

My Thoughts
(Thought I posted this review ages ago but apparently I didn't, so here it is!)
I saw this book during a giveaway hop and was instantly intrigued. Then I read the description and knew I had to read it. First off it was about a mission trip to Mexico which has a soft spot in my heart since I took a trip there with my church a couple years ago. And secondly it just sounded amazing. I was not disappointed. Although Kim seemed a little uppity at first, it was really just based on how she was raised and she shaped up real quick. There was also some other awesome characters including, Aleesha-a spunky African American girl who befriends Kim, Anjelita-a young Mexican girl who attaches herself to Kim, and Rob-one of the trip's leaders who is kinda a father figure. The story was superbly written and left me longing to go back to Mexico. I cannot wait to read book two!

About the Author
Roger Bruner worked as a teacher, job counselor, and programmer analyst before retiring at sixty-two to
pursue his dream of writing Christian fiction full-time. Barbour Publishing released the first two novels in his young adult Altered Hearts series, Found in Translation and Lost in Dreams, in 2011. His agent is actively seeking homes for several of his remaining seven unpublished manuscripts.
A guitarist, bass player, and songwriter, he is active in his church's choir, praise team, and nursing home ministry. Roger also enjoys reading, photography, web design, mission trips, and spending time with his wonderful wife, Kathleen, and their two cantankerous cats. His new grandson, Robbie, isn't yet as cantankerous as the cats, but he comes from good stock and will undoubtedly rival the cats sooner or later.
Find out more about Roger at and enjoy some of his song lyrics at


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