Friday, February 10, 2006

The Courage of Bulgaria's King Saves 50,000 Jews During WWII: A True Story of Faith Under Fire Releases

The Courage of Bulgaria's King Saves 50,000 Jews During WWII: A True Story of Faith Under Fire Releases

Based on a true story, "King's Ransom," releasing on Waterbrook Press, a division of Random House, unveils the incredible sacrifices of Tsar Boris III, King of Bulgaria, and his countryÂ’s extraordinary effort to save its entire population of nearly 50,000 Jews from HitlerÂ’s concentration camps. Aware of the price he might pay for his risks, Boris faced the Third Reich with courage and resolve, firm in his convictions that he could not abandon his countryÂ’s Jewish citizens. The Tsar, along with members of the Orthodox Church, Jewish religious leaders, and others, ensured that not even one Bulgarian Jew fell into the clutches of the Nazi regime.

Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) September 25, 2004

Set during the darkest days of World War II, “King’s Ransom” tells the heroic story of a faithful king and his people. Based on a true story, this historical novel unveils the incredible sacrifices of Tsar Boris III, King of Bulgaria, and his country’s extraordinary effort to save its entire population of nearly 50,000 Jews from Hitler’s concentration camps. Aware of the price he might pay for his risks, Boris faced the Third Reich with courage and resolve, firm in his convictions that he could not abandon his country’s Jewish citizens. The Tsar, along with members of the Orthodox Church, Jewish religious leaders, and others, ensured that not even one Bulgarian Jew fell into the clutches of the Nazi regime.

“King’s Ransom” tells more than one story. The astonishing facts of Tsar Boris’ successful campaign to rescue his Jewish people from certain death are interwoven with the fictional love story of Daria, the Jewish attendant to the Bulgarian royal family, and Dobri, a sergeant in the king’s bodyguard. With courageous characters and passionate storytelling, “King’s Ransom” reveals how individuals with faith and conviction can change history.

This book compares in content and historical accuracy to both Academy Award-winning films SchindlerÂ’s List and The Pianist. It includes maps of Europe during World War II to help readers orient themselves to the settings and cities in the story and become more familiar with Bulgaria's proximity to Germany and the events of the war. Although some characters are fictional, the tension-filled accounts of the rescue of thousands of Jews are real.

The heroic efforts of Tsar Boris and his people provide a dramatic backdrop for a captivating romance. With its historical setting, “King’s Ransom” will appeal to fans of fiction and World War II novels, readers of Judaica who will be drawn to the historical accuracy of events, and those who enjoy a romance spiced with suspense. The novel will challenge and inspire readers as the Tsar and his people truly live their faith-based convictions.

About the Authors

Jan Beazely is the author of The Strength of Mercy and cofounder of All GodÂ’s  Children International, a licensed, non-profit Christian adoption and relief ministry that began in 1991 after the Beazely family adopted a child from Romania. In her extensive travels to Bulgaria, Jan has heard firsthand from the remaining royal family much of the account of Tsar BorisÂ’ daring rescue. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

Thom Lemmons has published numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including Sunday Clothes, the best-selling Jabez: A Novel, and three titles in the Daughters of Faith series. He is the managing director of ACU Press, owned by Abilene Christian University and frequently speaks at writers' conferences and retreats. He and his family reside in Abilene, Texas.

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CertainTeed Corporation Brings Sustainability to the Masses, Sponsors Calistoga Half Mile National Racing Event

CertainTeed Corporation Brings Sustainability to the Masses, Sponsors Calistoga Half Mile National Racing Event

With help from sponsors like CertainTeed Corporation, the Calistoga Half Mile National (CHMN) management team gets the “green” flag for their environmentally friendly initiatives at this year’s American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Grand National Championship event.

Valley Forge, PA (PRWEB) July 26, 2010

With help from sponsors like CertainTeed Corporation, the Calistoga Half Mile National (CHMN) management team gets the “green” flag for their environmentally friendly initiatives at this year’s American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Grand National Championship event.

From online ticket sales, encouragement of travel by motorcycle to the event, recycling of bottles and cans on-site as well as solar and sustainable energy sources to power the event — the CHMN management team has the ideal ingredients for a green event.

“CertainTeed Corporation is honored to be part of a great motorcycle racing spectacle and is thrilled to have a strong ally in the American Motorcyclist Association,” says Eric Nilsson, vice president of corporate marketing for CertainTeed Corporation. “The Calistoga Half Mile National is an exhilarating event with dedicated fans and we’re proud to be able to share our passion for sustainability with them.”

On July 31, the Calistoga Speedway at the Napa County Fairgrounds, Napa, Calif., will host the AMA Grand National Championship featuring Pro Single and Expert Twin class racing. The event will also feature a custom and new electric motorcycle show, dozens of industry booths and exhibitors, a charity ride and a legends reunion dinner. The all-day, family-friendly event gives fans the opportunity to leisurely view the motorcycles on display and numerous vendor booths, all culminating in the evening with one of the most thrilling races in motorsports.

“This year’s event is unique because it’s green. We wanted to reduce the carbon footprint of the CHMN, and are doing so by bringing sustainable initiatives to the American motorcycling family in every detail of the event,” says Bob Bellino, a member of the CHMN management team. “CertainTeed was the ideal partner to help us promote sustainability as they have a strong track record as a responsible steward of the environment. We are excited to have them as our presenting sponsor and their support to make this event possible.”

CertainTeed is committed to manufacturing products that will reduce the industry’s impact on the environment while meeting customer demand for products that deliver beauty, comfort and performance. This year, CertainTeed has launched several innovative products including EnerGen™, a photovoltaic solar power roofing system; AirRenew™, an industry-first sustainable gypsum board that improves indoor air quality; and Sustainable Insulation™, a fiber glass insulation engineered, produced and shipped to minimize environmental impact.

For more information about the Calistoga Half Mile National, visit www. calistogaflattrack. com.

For more information about CertainTeed Corporation, visit www. certainteed. com.

About CertainTeed
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, windows, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. In 2009, CertainTeed, which is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, a national award that recognizes environmentally responsible corporations. The group had total sales of approximately $3 billion in 2009. www. certainteed. com

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