After graduating from the Secret Seminary, Hannah and Simon are ready to return to their homeland. Their training has equipped them to carry the gospel to a country ravaged by darkness and despair. If necessary, they're even prepared to face the North Korean labor camps, but the hardest part of their mission isn't the hunger, cold, and incessant danger. The hardest part is cutting off contact with one another. In this world of spies, secret police, and informants, Hannah and Simon learn that staying together won't just compromise their ministry. It could cost them both their lives.
Two undercover missionaries delivering a single message of hope. Two Christians willing to die for the sake of the Good News. One love - more powerful than terror, more beautiful than life, and more dangerous than either of them could possibly imagine.
A love so strong, nothing but the grave could overcome it.
©2014 Alana Terry (P)2015 Alana Terry
I would listen to Torn Asunder again because of the story. The suspense, romance, deep questions, and faith touched me and kept me listening even though the characters experienced many harsh circumstances.
Torn Asunder reminded me of the realities of the persecution happening to Christians worldwide. I remember the verse in Hebrews that tells Christians to remember those who are persecuted for their faith as though we were experiencing those things with them. Therefore, I am challenged to pray for those who are persecuted.
My favorite scene was the execution scene at the end. I cannot tell what happens for fear of revealing the end, but it was fantastic. It brought the right amount of stress and fear for the characters while reminding me of the joy that is to come.
The most memorable character was Moses. He was quite possibly the hardest character to understand and I did not care about him like I did the other characters. However, his circumstances challenged me to consider what it would really be like to be in a position of having to persecute someone else of the same faith. It made me question the goodness of his character. Yet, he still accomplished many good things for other Christians. I would never want to be in his situation, however.
I liked this book. it was as good as an audiobook as it was as an ebook.
I received a free audiobook copy of Torn Asunder from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Yes. It tells a heart wrenching tale of love that endures tragic circumstances.
Moses is a mysterious character who must make difficult decisions. Readers are not told what this does to his soul, but we do get glimpses.
The most powerful scene is when Hannah is about to be executed.
Hannah to offer her encouragement and a good meal!
Spreading the word of God in North Korea is definitely not for the faint of heart. Torn Asunder shows us the hardships endured by missionaries and explores the question, although does not completely answer it, of how far should Christians go to spread God's word in such dangerous situations.
Alana Terry is a gifted writer who takes us into the enemy territory and helps us to understand a little of what those who work for the cause of Christ are enduring. This will open your eyes to the plight of Christians in North Korea.
This is truly a gripping as well as a sobering story. As I read about the characters and the difficulties they faced, I had to keep stopping to pray for Christians in North Korea and around the world who really are going through situations like that right now. This is fiction, but it reflects the hard fact of religious persecution that most of us in the West seldom think about. Though many of the events in the story were extremely unpleasant, the book is nevertheless an interesting read and was hard to put down. The characters are vivid and so real that I felt I knew them personally. The author has done a beautiful job of bringing romance and hope out of a dark and serious story.
If you enjoy this book, you may want to read the other two in her series as well. All of them can stand alone, but they do share a few characters and settings. I enjoyed the others and highly recommend them all.
The story of Hannah and Simon will stay with me for a long, long time. Alana Terry tells a little of what the North Koreans go through who call Jesus Lord. Let’s just say that you will be a very grateful person after reading this story! We are the rich of the earth in terms of materials. Hannah and Simon are rich in their relationship with God and each other. Going through intense torture and experiencing martyrdom drove their relationship—their wrestle, deeper with God. Alana Terry does a brilliant job of portraying their journey, from eager infatuation to experienced knowing. The gems along the way (hint: they are people -smile-) are treasures teaching us all about real wealth and high priorities. Thank you Alana Terry. Superb writing--you are a gift. I am so grateful that you gave me a copy of Torn Asunder to review and glean from. Bless you!
Slave Again. Beloved Daughter.
My favorite of the three. Not as graphic in detail, but definitely got the point across. Ms. Terry was able to show the characters strengths and their weaknesses; I really felt their humanity. They felt like real human beings with real human conflicts. It didn't seem like fiction at all. Also very thought provoking. I kept wondering what I would do in that situation. Would my love for God remain firm? Or I falter and think He'd forgive me anyway? The quote from Mr. Stern has really struck a cord with me. "Never judge someone who fails a test you yourself have yet to pass." Overall, this book has made me more aware of what missionaries go through in closed countries. I find myself praying more for them. Good job, Alana Terry!I received a free ARC in exchange for this review. It in no way influenced my review.
This book takes you into the many struggles, hardships, and true persecution many face in other countries simply for the sake of the gospel. Alana Terry does a great job at capturing your interest and explaining some of the most difficult yet true things many christians must face in other counties. You will be captivated and surprised by many of the things that are revealed throughout this novel. It will definitely keep you interested and heart broken.
This book is a sequel to Slave Again, I would encourage you to read it first, however it is not necessary to understanding what takes place in this book. It will however give you a good understanding about people and things talked about in this book.
Hannah and Simon have had their training and are now off to take the gospel to a closed North Korea, their homeland. Even though they have been trained together they must go at it alone. Are they truly prepared for what is in store for them? When trials, torment, longing and true persecution come will their faith stay strong?
They each start off alone, however when their paths cross can they go their separate ways or do what their heart compels them to do?Is any sacrifice to great for the gospel?
I have read The Beloved Daughter, Slave Again and now Torn Asunder and am a fan of Alana Terry. I recommend all three. This is not the genre I typically read but loved this eye opening, suspenseful, heartfelt and difficult story. I was given an ARC copy of this audiobook from the author for my honest review.
"Torn Asunder" is a riveting and revealing story of persecution of Christians in North Korea. This challenge in the midst of Hannah and Simon's love story gives the reader many cliff-hanging moments as the story unfolds over a six month time period. We wonder what we could endure in the face of persecution, and this gives us some answers and hope. The author Alana Terry supports a North Korean ministry, so the reality of this is clear, and her passion for the persecuted is evident. Atrocities like what is described happen even today. The characters were well developed, and the plot moved quickly with some unexpected twists. The audible feature is very well done. My opinion of the narrator's performance improved as the story unfolded and I got used to her rendition of the various voices she used for the characters. The only thing that would make this better was if it was in Whispersync mode, and maybe that is planned for the future.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
I could relax and listen without holding up a book. The voice of the narrator was soothing.
I don't think I had a favorite. Both Hanna and Simon where about the same in my view. They seemed to be hesitant much of the time but both had very willing hearts when it came to serving God. They were also mission minded and I admire that.
I really enjoy her soothing voice.
I'd say the most memorable character for me was the guard who wanted to do away with Hannah and Simon the most. He reminded me of Haman in the bible. The things he did weren't as beneficial to him as he expected which was a bit comical.
This story was an interesting journey into the danger that can be in the mission field and the weaknesses that we face or deal with daily. It showed how those weaknesses can interfere and/or drive our decisions even as we serve God. Very powerful insight.
This is a painfully realistic story of what true love can cost. "Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it." how does the urge to protect the one you love factor into a vow to minister the Gospel in North Korea? What does it mean to succeed? Betrayal, failure, separation, and even success just don't have the same meanings in that world of barbed wire, starvation, suspicion, and life and death decisions. In the spirit of George Orwell's 1984, it's not enough to be an informer or to renounce faith Hope must be destroyed. Love must be crushed. If it's possible for that to happen.
They are equally fantastic
Torn Asunder by Alana Terry is an extraordinary addition to her awesome series of books which include The Beloved Daughter and Slave Again. Ms. Terry is an incredibly gifted storyteller and all of the books are intense and thought provoking while providing a suspenseful tale of mystery, devotion and perseverance. Although there is connective tissue between the stories, they can be read as stand alones.
Torn Asunder takes us back to the Secret Seminary with Hannah and Simon, two newly trained missionaries who are eager to begin their work in the underground church. Hannah is a courageous and strong believer whose greatest gifts are masked behind the delicate frame of a young woman. Because of her looks, she is continuously underestimated. Through her torture and imprisonment while performing her missionary duties, Hannah finds that love is stronger than death.
Simon is ready to take on the National Security Administration in order to serve the Lord in the underground church, but when Hannah is threatened he realizes his devotion is also tied to his love for her. All of his training in the Secret Seminary has not prepared him for the lengths he will go to in order to protect the one he loves.
Moses is the legendary man who eludes the authorities with his ability to provide bibles and protect missionaries. Some say he is a myth but there have been a few who have actually met him. His identity must remain a secret for the greater good but the NSA is getting way too close to finding him.
Torn Asunder is very well written and although the material is tough to read, it is done with discretion and class. Ms. Terry has a great way of presenting the story without unnecessary detail that will do nothing more than hinder the reader. Rather, she delivers a story of strength and courage in the face of horrific trials.
It is easy for me to write this review as Ms. Terry has undoubtedly become one of my very favorite authors. Her stories are powerful and ones that the world is blessed to read. Not only does she provide great entertainment through her books, but she also awakens readers to the reality of those who are still suffering and martyred for the sake of the Gospel.
The narration in the audiobook is well done. It was so good that I went back and forth between listening to the book and reading it just to keep the story going. I received this book from Ms. Terry in exchange for my honest and unbiased review which I’ve provided here.
Hannah because she demonstrates love in action.
Moses because he is not who I expected him to be. It was a great AHA moment.
This is a fantastic book! Easily one I would listen to again.
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