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Bread Upon the Water by Deanna K. Klingel

Rafka Press
$12.95, paperback
ISBN-13: 978-0977962853
June, 2012
Young Adult Biography
Available from the publisher

“Father Tiến Dương’s life is an amazing and inspiring story of perseverance in following God’s call in the face of severe trials and testings. Father Dương pursued his vocation to the priesthood, knowing God would always be faithful. The kind priest who taught the young Tiến Dương in sixth grade gave him sound advice for his life’s journey: ‘Trust God. Always, trust God.’”
--Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte

This is the true story of Father Tiến Dương, a Catholic priest who grew up in the strife and hardship of Communist Vietnam. Follow young Tiến’s riveting tale as he deals with not-so-distant mortar fire in a Catholic boarding school, his eventual escape from Vietnam, struggles in various refugee camps, and eventual migration to the United States.

Deanna Klingel was a child in a small town in the 1950s. It was a time when kids amused themselves with paper, scissors, magazines, paste, crayons, and books, while listening to the radio. That’s when she wrote and illustrated her first books, lacing the pages together with shoe strings. Writing wasn’t something she dreamed of doing “when I grow up;” it was something she was already doing. She wrote plays for her classmates, wrote for the school newspapers, yearbook, tons of letters of correspondence with relatives and pen pals. She recently found a yellowed poem she wrote for the Michigan State University newspaper. Don’t remember it, but there it is! After she had kids (7) she wrote puppet plays and stories for them, edited school newsletters, and projects, plays and news for Scouts and church. She wrote all the time. She made scrapbooks, diaries, and kept journals. She hadn’t figured out that she was a writer, or an author. That didn’t happen until after the children were grown and she began writing travel books for grand children. Then one day it happened. She woke up and said, “I have a story in my head, and I think it wants to be a book. I guess I’ll try to write a book.”

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