Monday, February 3, 2014

Book Review: The Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry

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"In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. It is her father's faith, not the famine of North Hamyong Province, that most threatens Chung-Cha's well-being.
    
"The Beloved Daughter" follows Chung-Cha into one of the most notorious prison camps the contemporary free world has known. Her crime? Being the daughter of a Christian"

The Beloved Daughter is a thought provoking story of faith, loss, and God's redemption. This story is not for those with soft stomachs. Alana Terry delivers the gritty details of life in North Korea through the character of Chung-Cha.  My eyes were opened to the reality of life in North Korean prison camps. Hopelessness and sorrow permeate the characters' lives in The Beloved Daughter. But how wonderful it is to read of Jesus' redemption even amidst the prison camps of North Korea!

Alana managed to keep a tight balance between overcast moments and moments when a glimpse of the sun shone through. This book was not all sorrow. Seeing the Christian church flourish among the barren wilderness of godlessness was encouraging and awe-inspiring. And Alana crafted a plot that– despite its serious tone– was engaging and interesting. Because of the heart-wrenching circumstances thrust upon Chung-Cha, I immediately rooted for her spiritual and physical deliverance. And a certain revelation about her father brought both joy and sorrow to my heart.

Reading this book allows a reader to truly count their blessings and pray more earnestly for our persecuted Brothers and Sisters. Chung-Cha's story is one filled with pain, hope, betrayal, love and sorrow. I was aching for a peaceful and joyful ending, yet, even in this, Alana remains true to the story. This book will take you out of your comfort zone, reveal a glimpse into the life of North Korea, and, God willing, leave you with thankfulness in your heart that you can freely know and serve Jesus Christ. I give this book 5 stars. It can be bought at Amazon.

** Much thanks to the author and Bookfun.org for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given **

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