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?
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powerful, moving, heartbreaking
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!
It made me cry in several places.
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.
Among the top ten. Right along side the Francine Rivers narratives I enjoyed last summer.
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.
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!
Powerful. Convicting. Amazing.
the main character for her resilience, her strength of heart even when she thought she had given up
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.
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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.
Chung-Cha is a character whose story comes full circle and her choices make her a compelling character with whom I could empathize with.
First time I ever heard Kathy Garver and I found her performance compelling and dramatic.
I really like the name The Beloved Daughter and feel it suits the story very well.
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.
She really did a great job, especially with different voices. There was never a moment when you didn't know which character was speaking.
Chung-Cha - I really want to know the rest of her story.
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.
amazing, memorable, thought-provoking
Chung-Cha's father - his faith was steadfast in the midst of horrendous adversity
Kathy Garver brings each character to life. She does an amazing job with such a variety of characters.
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.
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.
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
The Beloved Daughter ranks near the top of previously listened to Audiobooks
Beyond Sunday Moring, an Audie Award winner compares to The Beloved daughter as both books cover important topical issues in a dramatic fictional way to create make the most impact on the listener.
The main character of chu cha was my favorite character. I identified with her as she met the unfolding events in her life. The narrator, Kathy Garver, did an excellent job in making that character realistic and approachable and was very able to convey her changing ages and emotions,
I was very moved by the scenes with the old woman and chu cha
The dynamics of the encounter and the differences in the voices made for emotionally stirring experiences
This book was an intriguing insight into a very important issue of Christians being persecuted. The author set a good pace for the book and the twists and turns it took provided many surprising revelations,. The narrator did an excellent job in keeping the suspense through her rhythm and delivery. The voices of the different characters were well defined and added drama to this very dramatic topic. I loved it!
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.
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.
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.
I really like the current name, it seems so fitting and such a great way to introduce the idea of the book.
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.
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.
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.
The pronunciations of North Korean words seemed to be good, and the voice acting was very clear.
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.
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.
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