Too Much To Ask?
Guest Post by Choon-Hee from The Beloved Daughter, a novel by Alana Terry
When I complain to him, he thinks I’m an apostate. He thinks I’ve given up on my faith. You know what I tell him? I tell him that any man cowardly enough to put his daughter’s life at risk for the sake of a mere philosophy is no man at all.
The Dear Leader has already sent an inspections team to our North Korean village. With the coming of these workers from Pyongyang – whose one job is to seek out political traitors – you’d think my husband would develop a little prudence. But he won’t listen to me. He doesn’t know when to keep his mouth closed, even when his recklessness puts our only child in grave danger.
If they find out about my husband’s subversive faith, the National Security agents will kill Chung-Cha. Or worse. Even if they don’t execute us all openly, they’ll at least send us to labor camp. And what would happen to an innocent twelve year-old at a place like that? You don’t even want to think about it, and neither do I.
I used to admire my husband for his faith. I used to think he was the bravest man alive. And then Chung-Cha was born. The famine has been so severe it’s a miracle she’s survived to reach the age of twelve. My husband goes on serving his God. I’m just trying to keep my daughter alive. Because if the famine doesn’t kill her, my husband’s stubborn faith will.
II will never speak to him again if he lets Chung-Cha be taken prisoner. Nor will I forgive the God that my husband serves so faithfully if he lets something happen to my daughter.
I am Chung-Cha’s mother, after all. If I don’t look out for her well-being and survival in this God-forsaken land … who will?
ABOUT THE BELOVED DAUGHTER
In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. Catastrophic floods have ravaged her countryside. But it is her father’s faith, not the famine of North Hamyong Province, that most threatens Chung-Cha’s well-being.
Is Chung-Cha’s father right to be such a vocal believer? Or is he a fool to bring danger on the head of his only daughter?
Chung-Cha is only a girl of twelve and is too young to answer such questions. Yet she is not too young to face a life of imprisonment and forced labor. Her crime? Being the daughter of a political dissident.
“The Beloved Daughter” follows Chung-Cha into one of the most notorious prison camps of the contemporary free world. Will Chung-Cha survive the horrors of Camp 22?
And if she does survive, will her faith remain intact?
“The Beloved Daughter” won second place in the 2012 Women of Faith Writing Contest.
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Alana Terry is a homeschooling mother of three. “The Beloved Daughter” is her debut Christian novel and won second place in the Women of Faith writing contest. Alana is also the author of “A Boy Named Silas,” the story of her son’s complicated medical history and “What, No Sushi?” a children’s chapter book about the Japanese-American internment.