To read an official review of Islands of Faith - New Zealand, by an Online Bookclub reviewer, go to:
https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=87587 Four out of Four stars
"Thank you so much for your inspiring book. I know so many of those dear Saints and have shed lots of tears. Thank you for documenting and recording their experiences and testimonies before they are lost to the NZ Church."
-Iain McKay, New Zealand Consolute in Utah, USA, from Wellington, New Zealand
"HEARTY CONGRATS to Linda and Randy Ripplinger on the release of “ISLANDS of FAITH: NEW ZEALAND.” Their inspirational new book is a labor of love that takes readers along more than 30 walks of faith among Mormon families living throughout the lush southwestern Pacific nation. Stories where “tears became rivers of gratitude” and “despair turned to joy.” Every success to Randy and Linda. Well done, dear friends."
-Dan Christopher, News anchor and broadcaster, Photographer
"I read the first story about Trevor & Gill Neale and I’ve already not only fallen in love with this family but I’ve fallen in love with your book. Man oh man are you two ever good writers! I read a lot and I can see I’ll have to savour this book or I’ll read it all in a day or two and I truly feel it’s so worth the savour, kind of like your favourite chocolate that you only get once a year. It would be a shame to eat them all at once. So I’ll savour these stories like my favourite chocolates and maybe try to only read one story every day or so."
- Lee Jones, Mother of 2 and student in Surrey, BC, Canada
"Thank you for the great work you put into this book. I started reading it and couldn’t put it down. I have now read it twice. It has put me back on track and bought me back to my faith. Wonderful reading. Thank you so much. "
-Pauline Miller," Chapter 18. Islands of Faith - New Zealand, Alexandra, South Island, New Zealand
"We so enjoyed reading the two uplifting conversion stories from Brother and Sister Ripplinger’s Book of Brother and Sister Neale and the Tongan family, Kaufanas. It was a pleasure and blessing to have the privilege to read them.
Sister Rangi Parker."
-Rangi and Vic Parker are missionaries who for the past 18 years have headed the collection of New Zealand LDS and other historical artifacts for the Matthew Cowley Pacific History Centre in Temple View, New Zealand.
"What an inspiring book. I always wanted to put pen to paper, but it has been done for me. Now to write down more of our life stories and journey."
-Gillian Neale, Chapter 1 story in Islands of Faith - New Zealand, Temple View, New Zealand
“I found the stories in Islands of Faith – New Zealand refreshing, true-to-life with careful descriptions. I could visualize the bravery of these people as they faced the hardships of life."
A job very well done.”
-Janeel Henderson, PHD, President of Life Zone, co-author of Living in Clarity, author of Destinality, public speaker at many universities and conferences, and world-wide consultant teaching about nutrition and self help issues, Fruit Heights, Utah, USA
Visit New Zealand at home – we’ll take you there.
Islands of Faith engages the reader in a never-before written collection about the peoples of New Zealand. The volume opens the doors of faithful Kiwis—from Omamari, near the country’s northern tip, to Invercargill, close to the nation’s southern-most point. Authors Randall and Linda Ripplinger invite you into the homes, hearts, and lives of 31 New Zealand families, and they will leave you with wonder at how so many are making so much of life despite their trials.