The Legacy of Faith: New Beginnings


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Concordis Publishing
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.65 inches | 0.91 pounds

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About the Author

Brian Spielbauer grew up on a farm in northeast Iowa. It sat on a hill overlooking Johles Hollow, about two miles north of Osterdock and seven miles west of Guttenberg. He is the sixth of seven children born to Frank and Jackie (Wessels) Spielbauer. Brian, like all the sons and daughters of Frank and Jackie, played sports growing up. Unlike the rest, he was also in high school plays and was in the band. He also had a vast imagination that allowed him to escape, at times, the bustle of a busy home to withdraw into a different world, one where he took a prominent place in all activities. He graduated from Guttenberg (now Clayton Ridge) High School in 1991, from William Penn University in 1996, and finally from Bemidji State University in 2002. He taught Kindergarten through eighth-grade Physical Education and Science, coached high school sports (but mainly basketball), and then he coached and taught at William Penn for ten years. He then was a college athletic director for seven years; two of them at Presentation College in South Dakota and finally five years at Central Methodist University in Missouri. He married his very supportive and loving wife, Jennifer (Bryant) Spielbauer, in 2001. They live in Fayette, Missouri, with their two wonderful daughters Sydney and Allie.


"Being a fan of historical fiction and a descendant of these families, I am so impressed with this book and am looking forward to the sequel. Brian has a vivid imagination and the ability to combine fact and fiction into a very compelling story. He has given readers like me an insight into family history. After reading the book, I feel I am truly part of this family's legacy. I have heard of many of these events from my parents and older siblings and I certainly appreciate my family so much more."Cecelia Spielbauer Steger

"Just finished the second book in The Legacy of Faith trilogy by Brian Spielbauer. A historical fiction account of our family's arrival in America. The author set the stage for a third installment by introducing various characters from the earlier families. It is beginning to connect all my ancestors into a fascinating story of people overcoming adversity as they make their way in post-Civil War America."Tom Spielbauer

"An illegal whiskey operation, a Bavarian Prince, and the introduction of George Spielbauer, whom our author is descended from. Quite an interesting saga in this chapter of The Legacy of Faith series. I'm interested in the next chapter of this series to see how the Spielbauer clan contributes to the growth and history of this quaint little town of Guttenberg, Iowa."Howard Hubbell

"Having read The Legacy of Faith: The Journey, I was excited to read Brian's second book. It brings the Tschohl family story right into your home. Having spent time in the cities and towns in this book, I could easily follow along and feel as though I was part of the events that were happening. I grew up hearing stories about these people and Brian tells them in a way that keeps you fully engaged from beginning to end. I look forward to these families as they continue their life's journey."Diane Frauchiger

"When I read Brian's first book in this series, I could hardly wait for the second book. As much I enjoyed the first, I actually enjoyed the second even more. Brian takes the reader through the reality of life on the western frontier in rural Iowa in late 1800s. I could not help falling in love with the families and their deep love for one another and the deep faith they instilled in their families. I was so invested in the story that I wanted to reach through the pages and give them a hug. I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book!"Becky Kurtz

"The Legacy of Faith: New Beginnings, is a great sequel to the first book of the series. Brian does a great job of juggling the storylines of three separate families as come together throughout the series. It is hard to tell what's fact and what's fiction and the story was so vividly told that I felt the pains and joys the families experienced as they grew through the years just after the Civil War."Sue Mienecke