"Soaring Eagles" is Ingrid Rimland's creation. Below is
a summary of her professional achievements:
Ingrid Rimland was a child during World War II, born to German-descent Mennonite wheat farmers in the Ukraine who had been persecuted in the Soviet Union for their pacifist beliefs. The end of World War II saw her and her family undertake a 1000 mile trek back to the homeland of their forefathers, now a devastated wasteland.From there, still a youngster, she moved with her family and friends to the rain forests of Paraguay to pioneer the jungle and live, as her grandmother put it,". . . far from the wicked world."
It was a simple, barefoot life. Ingrid married there and started a family, only to discover shortly thereafter that life had handed her a struggle that would make all her childhood hardships pale by comparison. For while Ingrid was endowed with all the riches of a strong and questing mind, her first son's mind was "absent"-- or so all the "specialists" said.
She was young, poor and in pain but determined to make her child well. She came to Canada in 1960 and to the United States in 1967. With no more than three years' worth of grammar school, she talked her way into a university because she knew: "That is where I belong." From Ann Landers's column, at the age of 31, she learned the rudiments of English.
Four years later she graduated from Wichita State University--magna cum laude and tenth place in a class of 400. Two additional years gave her a master's degree, followed by a doctorate in 1979.
Eight years after she wrote her first coherent sentence in English, she had an award-winning ethnic novel, winning the prestigious California Literature Medal Award as the best fiction writer in that state for 1977.
Ingrid Rimland has a kaleidoscopic story to tell. She has thrilled audiences across this country with an account of a courageous struggle against overwhelming odds. You will never forget Ingrid Rimland as she tells how she baked her wedding cake in an anthill.
Ingrid Rimland has authored several books as well as hundreds of articles and columns; additionally, she has assisted in manuscript preparation and editing for others, primarily in the medical field. Below is a partial listing:
• The Wanderers - a Novel
Concordia Publishing House, 1977
Bantam Books, 1978
an historical account in fictitious form about the Mennonite exodus out of the Ukraine in 1943. A three-generational story of three strong, determined women who survived.
Concordia Publishing House, 1977, hardcover
Bantam Books, 1978, paperback
". . . What I liked best about your book is that you tell about an ethnically cohesive group that did not sell out on its values . . . "
". . . I now appreciate my German heritage as I never did before. This book has brought home to me that there were German soldiers seen as liberators, not destroyers !"
• The Furies and the Flame – an Autobiography
Arena Press, 1984, hardcover
". . . a soaringly passionate epic about one courageous woman's battle to find love, identity and meaning in a world hostile to her aspirations. A remarkable woman who has put the substance of her life into the kind of narrative that grips us with the candor of its confession and the power of its perception. . .
". . . I feel as if I know the author because she writes with such passion, clarity and energy. . . "
". . . no other book has hit me as this one did. No other writer has ever shared as the author did. "Furies" haunts me, bothers me, pains me--so why, then, is it so beautiful . . .?"
• "Lebensraum!" - an Ethnic Trilogy about a German-based wheat farming empire in the Midwest
(banned in Canada as “hate literature” at the request of B’nai Brith)
Samisdat Publishers, 1998
___ Children in Focus
Stockton Record, 1981
Beautiful People and Books
Stockton Record, 1982
Stockton Magazine, 1982
___ Exclusively Yours
Stockton Lifestyle, 1985
___ Mennonite Images - edited by Dr. Harry Loewen, Chairman of the Department of Mennonite Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Hyperion Press, 1980
___ Sprache als Heimat - edited by the International Association of German Media, Westkreuz Verlag, Bonn, 1980
• Book Reviews
Regular contributions to the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Des Moines Register, Kansas City Star, Fresno Bee and Stockton Record
• Miscellaneous Publications
Numerous features, articles, profiles and essays published by or about Ingrid Rimland in dozens of papers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada
• Editorial Work and Manuscript Preparation in the Medical Field
___ Sajj Dharnidharka, M.D. - Stockton, CA
___ Lorraine Day, M.D. - Rancho Mirage, CA
___ Theresa L. Crenshaw, M.D. San Diego, CA
• Awards and Honors
___ "The Wanderers"
The California Literature Medal Award for ". . . best first novel by a California writer in 1977. . ."
The Gold Biennial Award given by the National League of American Pen Women (Honorable Mention) 1978.
The most acclaimed of Ingrid Rimland's books, this novel is a fictitious account of her Mennonite grandmother's life. Now in its third printing, this book has sold more than 100,000 copies and is still in steady demand.
___ "The Furies and the Flame" - Autobiography
Optioned for a Movie of the Week - (Fries Entertainment Inc., 1985).
Described as ". . . anything but dull!. . . " this book tells of a young woman's struggle to give her son a life worth living and herself permission to become what she was meant to be.
___ "Sprache als Heimat" - Essay
Third Prize in an international, 24 contry competition, sponsored by IADM, an association of German-language newspapers and electronic media.
___ "Children in Focus" - Educational Column
Honorable Mention in a journalism competition sponsored by the National League of American Pen Women, 1982.
Elected to Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Delta Kappa, Mortar Board.
Numerous Women's Awards, including
___ "Woman of Achievement" and "Woman of Distinction," awards bestowed by Soroptimists International
___ California Senate Commendation for "Bay Area Business Woman"
___ Honorary Member of MENSA
___ B.A., Wichita State University, 1971;
___ M.A., University of the Pacific, 1973;
___ Ed.D., University of the Pacific, 1979
Ingrid Rimland is a consummate media person, with hundreds of features coast to coast.
___ Fresno Bee: ". . . Ingrid Rimland generates so much energy that she practically glows in the dark . . ."
___ Seattle Times: ". . . A story of achievement against intimidating odds . . ."
___ Long Beach Press-Telegram: ". . . her story is one of pain and hardship, despair and ostracism, work and devotion, survival and success. . . "
___ San Francisco Examiner: ". . . here, you are soon aware, is a stubborn, driven survivor who has fought her way through a life as dramatic as the answers she suggests . . . "
Below is a partial listing of various media sources.
An extended feature article describing Ingrid Rimland's odyssey as depicted in "The Furies and the Flame" was carried in the following:
___ Copley News Service - Robert Studer, Bureau Chief
___ The Verduga Group - Deb Miller, Feature Writer
Additionally, numerous broadcasts over many stations featured Ingrid Rimland, including:
___ Copley Radio Network -
An interview with Ingrid Rimland was carried by 700 stations in the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Guam, Samoa, Thailand and West Germany.
Host: Patrick Glynn
___ Voice of Freedom
Repeat world-wide satellite programs and numerous radio programs
Features, Articles and Book Reviews:
___ Los Angeles Times
___ San Francisco Chronicle
___ San Francisco Examiner
___ San Diego Union-Tribune
___ Long Beach Telegram
___ Washington Post
___ Seattle Times
___ Lutheran Witness
___ Kansas City Star
___ Sacramento Bee
___ Fresno Bee
___ Modesto Bee
___ Tracy Press
___ Manteca Bulletin
___ Lodi Sentinel
___ Stockton Record
___ Tri-City Journal
___ Hillsboro Argus
___ Clovis Independent
___ Sacramento Union
___ Medford Tribune
___ Chattanooga Times
___ Vancouver Columbian
___ The Call
___ The Shepherdess
___ The Missourian
___ Columbia Times
___ Freeman Argus
___ Yankton Observer
___ The Northridger
___ Fort Worth Star-Telegram
___ Arlington Observer
___ Oroville Mercury
___ Chicago Suburban
___ Martinez News Gazette
___ The Independent
___ Wausau Herald
___ Auxiliary Shepherdess
___ Boutique and Villager
___ Rossmoor News
___ LD Journal
___ Stockton Magazine
___ Turlock Journal
___ The Mail Tribune
___ ACLD Newsbriefs
___ World Vision
___ The Desert Sun
___ St. Paul Dispatch
___ ACLD Perspective
___ Mennonite Reporter
___ Tiger Tracks
___ Columbia Daily
___ Daily Leader
___ Tulelake Reporter
___ Lost River Star
___ Del Mar Blade-Citizen
___ The North County Times
___ Nationalist Times
___ Christian News
___ California Staatszeitung
___ Amerika Woche
___ Media Bypass
. . . and many others!
Miscellaneous Radio and Television
Hundreds of radio and television shows too numerous to mention across the United States and Canada . . .