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
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.
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
This is a jolly good book (wait, maybe jolly isn't the proper word for a book like this...?), but it's a bit over-dramatic. I don't for a second doubt the human rights abuses, the camps, the torture, the religious persecution; I think it came down to Kathy Garver's excessive snarling and growling of men/"bad guy" voices. And there are sooooo many of those that it throws the narrative and flow off.
But this is a good listen, an enlightening listen, and while I sorta had a knee jerk response when I discovered that I just purchased something that could be considered Christian literature (I know, I'm a narrow-minded toad; no offense to toads meant), I was quite pleased that the characters in the story lived their faith more than preached it. That's the way I was taught to live and I found it refreshing and inspiring.
While I thought the ending was abrupt at the time, after thinking about it for a time (and trust me, this book is good enough that you will truly think about it quite a bit), I realize that it ended the only way it could.
Read this book if you get a chance, but only as a Daily Deal, or a discount. Or do a kindle unlimited/audible bundle deal. This is a story that will get to you-if you're interested in North Korea/human rights/survival of the human spirit. Even love.
A good read about the religious biases of North Korea. A young girl is sent to prison and raped and beaten over the years because her father was a Christian activist. This is the beginning of her journey that will ultimately lead her into father's footsteps as an activist but now, 10 or so years later, she has a baby daughter she must leave behind in order to take up where her father left off... spreading the gospel. Thus, she write a diary to her beloved daughter so that her child will know how much her mother loved her. Mother does not expect to return to her daughter. A feel good read... okay narration.
I'm a religious person, but I feel double crossed (no pun intended). This is pure Evangelical Christian propaganda. There is no inking of an authentic Korean voice. While the description of the prison camp is doubtless realistic, the rest is pure drivel. It is poorly written and completely unbelievable. It is a Western Christian fantasy that maps unrealistic and racist stereotypes on another culture. Ridiculous.
No cartoonish bad guys.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Very few Christians have ever been inside a communist country such as North Korea where Christianity is forbidden and punished. But more and more Christians are being persecuted and killed around the world, while we, in the United States, sit comfortably in our heated/air conditioned churches. Churches that have a lot of empty pews. This (fictional) story about one woman in a North Korean prison, who was arrested because of her family's Christianity is one that all believer's should hear. It's an honest examination of what is in a Christian's heart . . . the weaknesses that we cave in to, the choices that we easily make to deny Christ, and choose our mother, father, child over our Savior. The lies that we believe, that we base our lives upon, instead of the truth of Christ. And many times we make decisions based upon those lies. leaving a lasting impact upon us and those we love. As I listened to this audio book, it became more and more clear to me, that things in my OWN life haven't always been what I thought they were, that the times I have felt like God had abandoned me, he never had, that only people do that. And that in this life, our view may be blurred and foggy, but it is He who sees the clear path. We need to trust and follow.
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.
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