“Despite our earlier bravado, we were afraid. For all we knew, this could be our last day on earth. We held hands and prayed to the Lord to calm our hearts. Our greatest fear was that we would break and say things outside of God’s will. We prayed for strength. We wanted our captors to see that we were confident and brave. If we are tortured, give us the power to stand fast.”
It took me awhile to finally start this book. I was looking forward to reading it, don’t get me wrong, I made the request to review this specific book. I knew why I was so hesitant though. I knew once I opened that first page and read these two women’s powerful testimony, my faith world would be rocked and challenged in incredible ways.
And it was.
“The realization that God is their Father and loves them unconditionally just as they are was a life-changing revelation. And because we were already in prison for promoting Christianity, we figured we might as well shout the good news of Jesus Christ from the rafters.”
How easy it is to forget the freedoms we have in America. Especially the freedoms to have our own opinions, our own ideas of religion. With the recent news of Kenneth Bae, who was sentenced to hard labor in North Korea, for, what some believe, doing missionary work, and this book, it’s a wake call not only about the precious freedom we have, but of the costs for Christians in other countries.
I thought this book was such a great read. I don’t remember this story too well when it was happening, but their story is definitely one to be heard. It was a fast read too. Usually non-fiction takes me a bit longer than the fiction, but I was so fascinated by the story and the people they shared prison walls with, I found myself saying “just one more chapter, just one more” late into the night. The stories are real and they are honest.
They were honest about what they saw in the prisons and about the injustices of the regime, and not just for those who profess Christianity, but against their fellow women inmates.
They are both examples of unwavering faith, even while facing death, and what it means to be used by God no matter the circumstance (the stories they shared about loving their fellow prisoners and results of that were touching and encouraging). They grew up and lived in a culture vastly different from the one I was raised in, but I was reminded that the Lord is bigger than culture and country.
Be sure to check out this short clip and for more info about the two women, check out the website here!
(I was given a copy for my honest review by Tyndale)