Would you practice Christianity knowing that, if caught, your family would be sent to a concentration camp to endure a lifetime of suffering and pain? Would you stand for Christ knowing the consequences would be torture and starvation? Are you willing to put your life on the line for the sake of Jesus Christ? Would you denounce your faith to save the life of your child? Would you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord or cave under the hands of those who persecute Christians?
Alana Terry’s new book, The Beloved Daughter, is nothing short of a masterpiece. The story unfolds in North Korea when officials arrest a father and mother and their twelve year old daughter Chung-Cha for their belief in Christianity. The family’s middle of the night capture is only the beginning of their nightmare. They are quickly imprisoned in separate concentration camps and persecuted for their love of Jesus Christ. They are starved, beaten, physically and mentally abused, sexually assaulted, and forced to work long hours for meager rations of food.
At just 12 years old, Chung-Cha’s life of security and love are ripped away from her. She is separated from her father and told he denounced his faith. She lives in and out of solitary confinement and fights daily for her survival. She questions the sincerity of every person she encounters and her eyes are kept wide open, always suspecting danger around her. The grief-stricken young girl is forced to make exceedingly difficult decisions when desperate and hopeless. She questions her faith when sexually and physically abused by detention officers and is punished for her perseverance to live. But through the pain and devastation, Chung-Cha continues her fight for freedom.
How would you react to these living conditions? What would you do to survive? Would you befriend your abusers for extra food and easier work? How would your faith play out in your daily life inside a concentration camp? Would your love for Christ turn to hate? Or would you keep the faith and trust in His plans for your life?
This is a story of the present-day persecution of Christians in North Korea and how faith trumps all evil. You will never again take your freedom for granted but will be left with a desire to be a part of change. Your eyes will be opened to the liberties we have and that our problems compare nothing to those being victimized every day of their lives, all for the sake of Jesus Christ. Your compassion and love will grow for those facing deprivation and torture in the attempt to make them deny their faith.
The Beloved Daughter is a work of fiction, but the book is both educational and informative of the many sacrifices and hardships faced in concentration camps and underground churches today. The story is both heartbreaking and redeeming as Christ reveals himself to the characters time and time again. Even as their faith waivers and they question His presence, His love for them never fails. You will read this book in the safety and warmth of your own home, but the story will transport you into the horrendous living conditions of modern-day concentration camps in North Korea. While most of us still have our freedom of religion, the truth is that others are fighting for their devotion and love for Jesus Christ. The captivating journey you will take while reading this book is frightening and life-changing.