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Through a series of miraculous events, a Chinese family, living in Vietnam, joins the ranks of "boat people" and overcomes oppressive struggles to raise its children in the foreign culture of America. At three years of age Vinh Chung and his family of 10 fled communist oppression in Vietnam. As legendary "boat people" they were attacked twice by Thai pirates and left for dead, adrift on the South China Sea. A World Vision mercy ship stumbled across them and rescued them, eventually relocating them to the tough frontier town of Fort Smith, Arkansas, where they faced poverty, ethnic discrimination, and an almost insurmountable language barrier. The Chung family's inspirational story, as told by Vinh Chung, offers fascinating insights into Asian traditions as it gives the account of three remarkable women who shaped the lives of Vinh and his father. From one dream and a series of providential encounters, to a life of perseverance, sacrifice, and a new faith in God, Vinh excelled and eventually graduated from Harvard Medical School. He and his siblings hold five master's degrees and five doctorates. This is Vinh's family's extraordinary journey.

©2014 Thomas Nelson (P)2014 Thomas Nelson

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My favorite book of all time!

This inspiring and remarkable story has so much to offer: wisdom, perspective, inspiration and wonder. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be amazed. We listened to this story on the way to school every day, and my teenagers learned so much about their lives and the lives of refugees. I highly recommend this book to any parents who want their kids to grow up with an understanding of what it's like to be a refugee, and what it truly means to be an American.

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  • GW73
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  • 10-15-17

Love love love!!!!!!!!

Everyone needs to read this book!!!!! It is a must read! If you were at least a teenager in the 70's you remember the boat people but the story behind the headlines is so much more. The message at the end is SO IMPORTANT!

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timely reminderthat we are our brothers keeper

This demonstrates that God's family and the church are still to care for the widow, the orphan and the alien. The Church is still the first and best resonse. Vinh Chung's powerful "parallel world" doesn't cast guilt, but the unfathomable will of the Lord and the Grace that binds humanity. This tale of the Vietnamese boat people and how they became Americans despite all obstacles, challenges us against the backdrop of those that did not make it. The challenge can be made today for those still trying to make it, as The Shepherd still seeks one lost sheep

P.S. Tim Downs: Is it not time to revive the Bugman?

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Terrific story

Where does Where the Wind Leads rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is right at the top. It was so interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked learning about the history of Vietnam and the boat people and their struggles to overcome.

What about Josh Aaron’s performance did you like?

He was easy to listen to. He didn't have a strange accent or anything difficult to understand

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  • 03-03-17

Family together always means home.

Would you consider the audio edition of Where the Wind Leads to be better than the print version?

Have not read print version.

What did you like best about this story?

The strong core values of the author.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the author described his love for his wife. It gave you even a greater insight into the pure love he shared. He was no longer impersonal as he applied the strong work ethic learned from family and it's survival.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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The book was very insightful of the hardships immigrants go through to get to this country. The extraordinary amount of work and concentration on a clear goal the hero of the book demands of himself subsequently is a reward to the community in which he works and the family that he loves. The hero should be oh so proud of himself.

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Amazing story but the narration is tough to listen to

The story itself is one of struggle and overcoming. I want to finish it, but the narration makes it tough. The poor diction is distracting and a bit monotone. I may turn the audible version back in and get the Kindle version just to be able to finish.

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Great, convicting and life impacting

Excellent true life story. Overwhelmingly convicting if God's love for us even when we have neither heard of Him or know of Him.

Thanks to all theses family members for experiencing these trials which would have caused many of us to give up early on in their journey. But because of their passion and determination and for the Lord's hand in their and Stan Moonyham's vision and commitment to the Lord's vision and the conviction of the WV Board, this testimonial is possible.

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Tremendous story on so many levels

I was invested in the story from the very first page. I was completely invested in the characters, I felt deeply about them and learned about the boat people's plight from a factual and beautifully written personal level. I thought about these characters everyday until I could read some more. I will always remember this story and have more compassion for the Vietnamese and all of our plights from hearing this tale of human hardship and perseverance.

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unbelievable. Absolutely amazing story

This was one of my favorites. It's full of horror AND sweetness. Makes me so grateful for what I have & have had in life. A must read for everyone. Wow WORLD VISION is an stupendous organization that's doing incredible acts of kindneds & goodness & courage around the world. Also there was lots of dry humor where i laughed out loud.

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Near Death to Success

A gripping story of going from wealth to abject poverty due to war. A miraculous rescue of 93 boat refugees on the day which was likely their last. Every adult and teen should read this Inspirational story of the eventual success of a family of 10 who stuck together and never gave up.