Saturday, September 21, 2013

Willing to Die by Jo Walker

Back Cover Blurb:
Hope and freedom hang in the balance between the success or failure of one man’s plan. And John Muntean will succeed or die trying. 

One man can make a difference. For thousands of persecuted believers in Communist Romania, one man did. He was “Willing to Die” for freedom.

Born in Romania when it was still the beautiful, vibrant, productive Breadbasket of Europe, John Muntean had a taste of real freedom. Thirty-two years later, his desire to flee religious persecution and Communist control pushes him into a plan that very well could cost him his life. All he’s got to do is get past the throng of specially-trained guards keeping Romanian citizens away from the American Embassy. If he doesn’t, his family will be living forever under one of history’s most ruthless Communist dictatorships. John’s willingness to die for his family’s freedom rocks the nation and brings hope to those trapped under the thumb of Nicolae Ceausescu. Until November 10, 1980, hope hadn’t been a word heard too often on the lips of the average Romanian citizen. Then, with one broadcast from Radio Free Europe, it explodes across the nation into the hearts and minds of all those yearning for independence.

Now, after living thirty-two years in his beloved America he sees the same things happening, and fears for his children’s and grandchildren’s religious freedoms. John has a strong warning for God’s people and every liberty loving patriot.

Read an Excerpt:

8:00 am,
October 1977

Bucharest, Romania Blizzard-like conditions, with heavy snow blowing sideways, made me almost invisible to the group of Romanian soldiers who guarded the American Embassy. I had already walked around the embassy looking for a way to slip past them.

The long black wool coat and furry Russian ushanka not only kept my head warm, but helped me blend in with the others on the street who rushed to work or hurried toward the bread lines. From across the street I studied the backside of the embassy.

There has to be a way inside without being stopped.

Some people might think me stupid to attempt this contact; however, without help my family had no hope. The living conditions under the brutal Communist leadership of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu caused thousands to attempt escape. People took the chance, knowing—if caught—they faced possible imprisonment, torture, and even death.

Married couples lived with a bittersweet understanding and agreement. If a spouse was presented with the opportunity to escape, he or she would take it, leaving spouse and children behind to never know if or when they might be reunited. Until, and if, contact was made, fear and uncertainty ruled. What drove people to take this risk? We lived in the prison known as Romania. Thirty-two years of communist rule brought the complete destruction of a country once called the Breadbasket of Europe.

Everywhere we went, we were watched. At work, in the schools, in the churches, and even on the streets informers looked and listened for something, anything to report. If they found nothing, lying was just as beneficial.

For years we lived with the extreme poverty, hard work and empty shelves, constant fear of the secret police, and the unending Communist control. How does a person live without hope or freedom?

I could not, not any more.

Thousands before me had died seeking it. I had no intention of becoming one of them.

There had to be a way past the guards whose job it was to find out who I was, why I was there, and what business I had with the Americans.

I noticed many people dressed similar to me as they walked unhindered past the security guard at the back gate. They appeared to be employees. With my briefcase in one hand, I flipped up my collar and pulled down the earflaps on my hat, and then quickly crossed the street. I passed through the gate pretending to be an employee. Five feet from safety the guard yelled,


Excerpt from his warning to America, thirty-two years later

The remains of American soldiers lie in cemeteries across Europe and other countries as monuments to America’s willingness to fight for freedom for all.

Thousands of our combat veterans carry emotional and physical scars from their efforts to protect freedom—ours and other countries’.

Do some things need to change? Of course, they do. There are those within and without who want to bring America to her knees. There are those within and without who have an agenda of destruction. Yet, American citizens are strong. Our heritage of freedom ought not allow us to stand aside and let destruction happen. If we, God’s people, will fulfill our responsibility to God and our land, God will, indeed, hear from heaven and heal our land.

Thirty-two years ago, I feared for my children’s and grandchildren’s futures under a Communist dictatorship. I put my life on the line to gain freedom for my wife, my children, and me. Now, thirty-two years later, I again fear greatly for the freedom of my children, my grandchildren, and their descendants.

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Author Bio:

Josephine Walker a former stay-at-home mom, car sales associate, Realtor and CNA in a long-term care center started her writing career in 2009 after asking God “When I get old, what am I going to be doing? I must have some talent somewhere.” God planted a seed in her heart, gave her the idea for her first book, a fiction called Hope, soon to be published. Over the two years of writing Hope, she learned her craft, which prepared her for God connecting her with Mr. Muntean to author, Willing to Die.

A rough partial outline for the book was written by John Muntean, that and a total of 107 interviews brings the story and John’s warning to America to light.

Josephine Walker is the penname for Jo Walker, a member of ACFW. A mother of three grown children, grandmother of eleven, widowed in 2011.

Connect with Jo here:
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 Jo is giving away a copy of Willing to Die.
The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.

To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


squiresj said...

Whow being up early I get to make the 1st comment. Not usually a good place to be to win. I would love to win and review.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Patricia Bradley said...

Great interview. Willing to Die sounds like a great book! pat at ptbradley dot com

sam said...

Love to win and read your book about Communist persecution and loss of freedoms. sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

bonton said...

What an amazing book - but so true! I fear that we are slowly loosing our religious freedoms! Would love to read this book - thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!


Anonymous said...

This sounds like an amazing book. Another warning from people who know what they are saying is true, So many warnings from people who have been where America is now and stayed silent. I keep praying will have an awaking of our Freedoms being lost and fighting back. Silence of the people is what lets these things happen. I would love to win this book and hope to get to buy one for our Church Library. Thanks for a chance to win. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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