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The Beloved Daughter | [Alana Terry]

The Beloved Daughter

In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. Catastrophic floods have ravaged her countryside. But it is her father's faith, not the famine of North Hamyong Province, that most threatens Chung-Cha's well-being. Is Chung-Cha's father right to be such a vocal believer? Or is he a fool to bring danger on the head of his only daughter? Chung-Cha is only a girl of twelve and is too young to answer such questions. Yet she is not too young to face a life of imprisonment and forced labor.
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In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. Catastrophic floods have ravaged her countryside. But it is her father's faith, not the famine of North Hamyong Province, that most threatens Chung-Cha's well-being. Is Chung-Cha's father right to be such a vocal believer? Or is he a fool to bring danger on the head of his only daughter? Chung-Cha is only a girl of twelve and is too young to answer such questions. Yet, she is not too young to face a life of imprisonment and forced labor. Her crime? Being the daughter of a political dissident.

The Beloved Daughter follows Chung-Cha into one of the most notorious prison camps the contemporary free world has known. Will Chung-Cha survive the horrors of Camp 22? And if she does survive, will her faith remain intact?

©2013 Alana Terry (P)2013 Alana Terry

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    Annie Douglass Lima 11-05-13
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    "Deeply Moving"
    If you could sum up The Beloved Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    powerful, moving, heartbreaking


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beloved Daughter?

    There were a couple of startling revelations. I don't want to give any details and ruin the story for those who haven't read/listened to it yet!


    Have you listened to any of Kathy Garver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry in several places.


    Any additional comments?

    I was deeply moved by Beloved Daughter. The story is gritty and heartbreaking in places, but at the same time touching and inspiring. It burdened me to pray more for the people of North Korea, especially Christ's followers who have been imprisoned and are enduring unspeakable suffering for their faith. I really think all Christians ought to hear this story, especially those who don't know much about what's going on in other parts of the world. Now I can't wait for the sequel! Oh, and the problem with the chapters being out of order has apparently been fixed, as I didn't have any trouble with them.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-19-14
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    "Amazing"
    Where does The Beloved Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top ten. Right along side the Francine Rivers narratives I enjoyed last summer.


    What does Kathy Garver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really appreciated the complexity of the scenes which contained dialogue. I could feel the personality of each voice as she brought him or her to life.


    If you could take any character from The Beloved Daughter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Moses.


    Any additional comments?

    I've both read it and listened to it and LOVE the audio version! Not only can I enjoy it hands-free, but I was able to pick up on things I missed the first time through. It definitely adds a deeper dimension. I look forward to Alana Terry's next book!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    mountains Canada 03-19-14
    mountains Canada 03-19-14
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    "My heart was so inspired!"
    If you could sum up The Beloved Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful. Convicting. Amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the main character for her resilience, her strength of heart even when she thought she had given up


    Have you listened to any of Kathy Garver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    cry


    Any additional comments?

    Alana Terry has written a wonderfully gripping and intense story about a young woman's years in a prison camp and her journey of faith through it and beyond it. It challenged my faith and opened my heart to questions I don't often explore.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Meagan @ Blooming with Books Chippewa Valley, WI USA 12-24-13
    Meagan @ Blooming with Books Chippewa Valley, WI USA 12-24-13

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    "A touching and heart wrenching story of faith"
    What made the experience of listening to The Beloved Daughter the most enjoyable?

    The Beloved Daughter
    By Alana Terry

    Chung-Cha's story is one that will quite literally tear at your heart. When she is 12 she is sent to Camp 22, a forced labor camp within North Korea. Her crime? Being the daughter of an outspoken Christian father.

    Facing lies, torture, and a life of forced labor is the faith that she has strong enough to survive? And is God even there? After all where was God during the famine that has hurt her country? And where was God when her family was taken during the night? And how can her parents have different responses when her very life is threatened by the government agents?

    The Beloved Daughter is a heart wrenching journey of faith and love. What would you sacrifice for your daughter? Would you deny your Savior or would you sacrifice your daughter? This is a question that haunts Chung-Cha and it is the premise of The Beloved Daughter.

    I was provided a copy of this title by the author Alana Terry in exchange for my honest review.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chung-Cha is a character whose story comes full circle and her choices make her a compelling character with whom I could empathize with.


    Have you listened to any of Kathy Garver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time I ever heard Kathy Garver and I found her performance compelling and dramatic.


    If you could rename The Beloved Daughter, what would you call it?

    I really like the name The Beloved Daughter and feel it suits the story very well.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anita United States 12-17-13
    Anita United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Heart Breaking, Shattering"
    What made the experience of listening to The Beloved Daughter the most enjoyable?

    This was a riveting story. It's not something I would usually read, but I could not stop listening. From the first words, I was hooked.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything.


    What about Kathy Garver’s performance did you like?

    She really did a great job, especially with different voices. There was never a moment when you didn't know which character was speaking.


    If you could take any character from The Beloved Daughter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Chung-Cha - I really want to know the rest of her story.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always been aware of the persecution Christians in other parts of the world face. This book really opened my mind and my heart to the REALITY of this. What would I do if someone held a gun to my child's head and told me to deny Christ or they would kill him? For that matter, would I deny Him if I were sent to prison and abused as Chung-Cha was? This book definitely has touched my heart. I was given this book by the author and The Book Club Network, Inc. for review purposes, but I enjoyed it so much, I will be gifting my Pastor and Sunday School teacher a copy.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cari Bismarck, ND, United States 11-19-13
    Cari Bismarck, ND, United States 11-19-13
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    "I'm so glad I listened to this audiobook!"
    If you could sum up The Beloved Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    amazing, memorable, thought-provoking


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chung-Cha's father - his faith was steadfast in the midst of horrendous adversity


    What does Kathy Garver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kathy Garver brings each character to life. She does an amazing job with such a variety of characters.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Beloved Daughter and why?

    Chung-Cha simply because she is not just a character in a book. Everything that she goes through could be any young woman's true story living in North Korea or any other country that persecutes Christians in this day and age.


    Any additional comments?

    It's easy for me to think that while I live my soft, cushy Christian life in the United States, where the worst persecution for my faith I have endured is not being allowed to put up a Christmas tree, that I would remain faithful to Christ in the most difficult of circumstances. But what if I was being beaten, tormented or put in prison simply for my beliefs? Or worse yet, what if I witnessed my daughter being beaten, tormented or put in prison for my beliefs? Would I remain faithful? I used to think I knew the answer but now I'm not so sure. I am thankful to have listened to this book as my eyes have been opened to the atrocities that the persecuted Christians face all of over world. With this book being so relevant to both world history and current events, I think everyone could gain something from listening to this book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Anchorage, AK, United States 10-21-13
    Scott Anchorage, AK, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    Any additional comments?

    Please note: During the first week of its release, The Beloved Daughter chapters were uploaded in the wrong order. All the chapters from track five on are out of order and will be confusing. Here is how you can tell if your chapters are correct: Track six should be the chapter called Daughter of Purity. If it is not, please try downloading it again in a few days, as Audible is working now to correct the mistake. The author has asked me to leave this comment in the review section and apologizes for the inconvenience. She will leave a reply comment once the chapters are corrected. -October 21, 2013

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Pen Name 05-30-14
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    "Perfect"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Have and will continue too. I love that the characters aren't perfect like in most other Christian books I have read. They struggle and make mistakes.


    What other book might you compare The Beloved Daughter to and why?

    I would compare it to Francine Rivers books, any of them really (I've read the Mark of the Lion series for example) and the characters in those books are so perfect and don't seem to ever mess up. While they are well written I prefer The Beloved Daughter by far.


    Which character – as performed by Kathy Garver – was your favorite?

    Well the obvious answer would be the main character... Thats why she is the main character of course. I really liked the old woman though and the husband.


    If you could rename The Beloved Daughter, what would you call it?

    I really like the current name, it seems so fitting and such a great way to introduce the idea of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a good Christian book. It took me awhile to finally read it but when once I started I couldn't stop. I would have finished it in two days instead of four if I didn't have a job I have to go to... I would rather have read this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cactrot 05-28-14
    cactrot 05-28-14
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    "Fear and Trembling"
    What did you love best about The Beloved Daughter?

    The authentic feel of the book was never interrupted. I did not feel as though I was listening to a work of fiction. I feel the author must have done a tremendous amount of research to pull this off.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beloved Daughter?

    Toward the end there is a plot twist that changes a lot for the main character, but I don't want to give it away.


    What about Kathy Garver’s performance did you like?

    The pronunciations of North Korean words seemed to be good, and the voice acting was very clear.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The way the characters wrestle with very difficult situations affected me. The author doesn't make any of her characters into noble little robots who always do the right things for the right reasons. They are fully human, and you can sympathize with them even when they go astray or act cowardly.


    Any additional comments?

    For many American Christians, putting God first simply means occasionally forgoing some form of pleasure or recreation for the sake of a healthy, happy God-relationship.
    Jesus said, 'He that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.'
    In The Beloved Daughter this horror - the horror of being willing to sacrifice one's own child for the sake of God - is shown through the eyes of a young North Korean girl, as the consequences of her father's faith affect and mold her throughout her life.
    Never has a book forced me to more honestly consider the true ramifications of Jesus' words. This book makes you wrestle with them in all their terrible strength.
    The writing is great, and the characters are VERY believable. They have flaws, they make mistakes - sometimes BIG mistakes. Nothing is glossed over, and no punches are pulled, although everything is written tastefully. This is a difficult balance, and the author does an excellent job portraying the horrors without offending the reader.
    I don't know a great deal about North Korea, but not once in the entire novel was the 'spell' broken. I did not notice anything that might clue the reader in to the fact that they were reading fiction, nor did I notice anything that would spoil the authenticity of the book. And I am VERY picky about such things - I cringe every time the word 'Stoically' is used in fantasy literature, for instance, since it conjures up (to me at least) the idea of ancient Greek philosophical schools.
    The Beloved Daughter is a great book that will make you think.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darcie Duranceau 05-23-14
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    "Uplifting Story! Eagerly Awaiting the Sequel"
    What did you love best about The Beloved Daughter?

    I generally enjoy historical fiction, but rarely do I give a book five stars and it is even more uncommon for me to take the time to write out a review. The Beloved Daughter deserves both. I can't wait to listen to future works by Alana Terry.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's so easy to fall for the characters in this book -- particularly the main character. Her strength and determination made this story a joy to read.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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