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271 pages
Published 2009
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Selena Robins
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This non-fiction story encompasses the human spirit and the will to survive more than any story I have ever read.

The book caught my attention during an episode of Dragon's Den, where they pitched their book for publication. To tell you how this book had an impact on the Dragons, even hard-ass Kevin O'Leary shed a few tears.

These young men (Gospel singers) told of their trials and tribulation, escaping Romania and traveling under treacherous conditions, where each breath and a sip of water was li
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Price of Freedom is an amazing book about two young men escaping from Romania. I saw these men in concert and they told their story there but I had to buy the book too. Actually, what was so amazing about this story, that it only happened 10 years ago. The fear these boys felt when the were crossing boarders from Romania to Hungray and then Italy, I only thought that this happened in Russia, over 40 years ago. The story follows Simon and Wesley as they flee from Romania, and then to Italy -- ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amazing true story. I didn't realize the repression that still exists in some european countries. These men were brave!
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was held on the the seat of my chair following Simon & Wesley on their adventure to escape Romania. Their faith held them steadfast all the way to the end.
A must read.
Karen Gadd
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very inspirational! These men payed not only a high price for their freedom, but also for their integrity.
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Every young man between the ages of eighteen and twenty knew from early childhood that they would be required to go into the army to give one year of their lives in military service. … it was the young men with strong Christian beliefs who faced the worst danger in army life. Many gave up their faith in order to make it through their term of service.

Those who clung to their beliefs, like Simon's brother Stefan, were regularly ridiculed, mistreated and beaten, sometimes fatally. Stefan had land
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
More like 3.5 stars because of the writing style.

This story kept my attention to the end. The pacing was really good and I liked how the story included so much about their fears and their challenges including the ones regarding faith and doubt. The writing style took a bit getting used to, but it didn't take much from the story. I still felt like I understood what they went through when they risked their lives. All of the miraculous ways God intervened on their behalf was quite inspiring. I coul
Edward Arrington
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a "must read" book for all Christians who think we have it rough in the USA and are persecuted for our religious beliefs. I have heard people whine for many years how difficult it is to serve the Lord at their school or job or home. I have often said that we in America don't know what persecution is. This book is about two young men who felt they had to choose between their religious faith or their country. Their flight for freedom and the cost of obtaining is probably far beyond what mo ...more
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Saw these young men on a re-run of Dragon's Den this last year and thought it might be an interesting read for our book club. When we chose this book, I could not wait to read it. And ... I was not disappointed. Even though I already knew the outcome of their escape, I was kept on pins and needles as they traveled away from their families into the unknown. The story is compelling and the pace is appropriate. I look forward to seeing them, in person, as they travel through Western Canada this com ...more
Simon and Wesley were up for conscription into the Romanian army. They knew that as Christians they would face dire persecution. They decided to flee the country and lived in Italy for a time. Since they were illegal immigrants they constantly faced the danger of deportation. When the opportunity came to be smuggled out of the country on a container ship they accepted the challenge. It was astounding the dangers they faced but their faith in God carried them through. God miraculously saved their ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book should be in church libraries rather than some of the fiction that passes for Christian literature.

Simon and Wesley braved many dangers and challenges as a price of freedom; freedom to serve their GOD, freedom to live without fear. Time and time again they had to acknowledge that GOD intervened with a miracle, saving their lives.

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Jennifer Harper
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
You can't argue that this is a compelling story and a wonderful testament to human resilience, but Simon and Wesley should have had a more professional ghost writer tell their tale, and a far better editor. Still, despite those flaws, the book is worth reading for the story alone. The Christian message might make it a little hard for some to swallow, but if you look past that, there is a tale worth reading about. Just happy that both men survived and are thriving in their new homeland.
Sam Brown
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this story. This is one of those books that when you finish, you just feel on top of the world. It is absolutely brilliant that this story is true, and even more brilliant that it turned out the way it did. A great piece of work for enjoyment, strengthening you relationship with god, and learning lots.
Trish Boese
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
4* This is the riveting true story of Simon and Wesley, who escaped from Romania in 2000. This is not ancient history, my friends. The price of freedom almost cost them their lives in the hold of a container ship on the way to Canada.
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Interesting story that many people who have lived in Canada their whole lives cannot imagine happening. It was an easy read and interesting story.
Saw this book being pitched on Dragons Den so I bought a copy :)
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is an amazing story of teenage boys fleeing persecution for their faith in Romania. The have an incredible story to tell...I thought the story just a little hard to follow, the timeline wasn't real clear. visit the wedsite at
Tim Young
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just wanted to mention that I know these guys personally and they are the real deal!
They can both sing quite well but Wes is exceptional.
The story is great. I read it in one sitting.
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down! A fascinating account of the true story of the authors' escape from Romania.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
The harrowing escape from Romania. "A story of courage and faith"
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it
The story is super interesting. The problem was the elementary writing style. But wow these guys went through a lot!
Lillian Wakulchyk
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Gripping story of hope and perseverance
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