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I don’t rave about books very often, but this one blew me away. I’ve familiarized myself with some of the inhumane activities going on in North Korea under the current Kim dynasty. It’s gut-wrenching. Nauseating. I almost can’t believe these Nazi-like atrocities are going on in the 21st century, but then again, I’ve been shocked by recent events in the Middle East. Obviously, people still have the flaws of power, greed, lust, and violence. Dictators seem to have them in abundance.
Let me warn you now. The Beloved Daughter is highly disturbing and appropriate only for a mature audience of high school age or older. From everything I’ve read, this fictional account is extremely accurate and takes no pains to soften the truth of what’s really going on behind North Korea’s closed borders. Chung-Cha is abused in every way. But this isn’t a dark, morbid read. It’s a celebration of life and love and of the human spirit. It’s also a hard look at why God lets such atrocities go unaccounted for.
The Beloved Daughter is written from a Christian perspective. The atheistic communist government allows for the worship of only one god, the “Beloved Leader” (emperor). Anyone who runs amuck of the ruling dynasty finds themselves dead or imprisoned, and Christians are among the most hunted subgroups. But the book is not at all preachy. It’s brutally honest. After giving the most horrific examples of evil, it cries out, “How can a God of love permit this to happen?” The answers are as hard and muddied and honest as the question.
This is a phenomenal read. It’s won numerous awards. And I’m proud to say it’s independently published. Put it on your must read list. Ages 14+