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Found in Translation
by Roger E. Bruner  Kristi Rae Bruner 

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Publisher:  Barbour Publishing ISBN-10:  1602609616 Type: 


Copyright:  1/1/2011 ISBN-13:  9781602609617

Join spoiled eighteen-year-old Kim Hartlinger on a mission trip to a remote Mexican village—where faith, obedience, and forgiveness intersect. This first novel in a brand-new series will challenge your faith—and capture your heart—as you get to know Kim and her new friends and witness their unforgettable journey.

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Faith, obedience, and forgiveness intersect in a remote Mexican village.

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?


“What do you mean I missed my connecting flight?”

Never had I raised my voice to my parents—or to any other adult, for that matter—but I couldn’t have screamed much louder at that forty-something Skyfly Airline representative if I’d tried. She may have been joking, but I didn’t feel like laughing. I couldn’t have missed my flight.

“The plane was here and ready to leave at 1:19. Your baggage was aboard, but you weren’t.” Although her voice remained calm, she resembled a flashing danger signal and siren that screamed from head to toe, Kim Hartlinger, it’s not my fault you’re the most irresponsible eighteen-year-old I’ve ever met.

“So,” she said, “your flight left without you. We paged you a number of times first, but you never responded.”

“Is that what those announcements were?” Curiosity and defensiveness made me forget my initial irritation. I was too naive to know how concerned I should have been.

“I heard somebody paging a Kimmy Somebody-or-Other, but nobody calls me Kimmy—and nobody ever will. If that guy said Hartlinger, I misunderstood him. His accent was thick, like a TWI—talking while intoxicated—or maybe like someone who isn’t a native English speaker. Don’t tell me announcements like that are made somewhere off-shore.”
Telephone support for our home computer was, and I hated calling there for that very reason.

Oblivious to everything I’d just said, Millie Q—I’d glanced at her name tag a moment before—had the nerve to smile, revealing an excess of leathery wrinkles that wood filler would have smoothed out better than her rainbow of cheap and ill-applied makeup.

I could also see a mouthful of teeth that needed braces so badly I was tempted to refer her to my orthodontist. I doubted, however, that she could handle the commute from the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to Georgia on a regular basis, even for something as important as making those fangs look friendlier.

Besides, I wasn’t in a mood to do her any favors. If she was teasing about missing my flight, her humor was sick and her attitude the ultimate in unprofessional. If she was serious—I was battling hard to reject the niggling possibility that she was—I needed to consider my alternatives. Normally, Scarlett O’Hara and I could put our worries on hold until tomorrow; but I had to reach San Diego early enough today to join the mission team to Mexico or turn around and go home again.

I could have panicked then, but I didn’t. Missing my flight would be a minor nuisance comparable to short periods of bumpiness due to mild turbulence. It couldn’t be a real problem like a major blizzard closing the San Diego airport in mid-July and preventing the plane from landing.

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Reviewed by Roger Bruner 7/10/2012
This book is the first book in the Altered Hearts series. Although the inspiration came from Kristi Rae Bruner's (now Lury's) mission trip to Mexico, the story and setting are completely fictitious. Kristi is listed as a co-author for marketing purposes, and she did write the Forward to Found in Translation. This book is considered Young Adult because of the age of the protagonist--eighteen. Men and women seem to enjoy it as much as teens. Please note that this is a Christian book. I point that out only so no one will be shocked to discover that fact upon reading it.

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