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The Beloved Daughter

(Whispers of Refuge #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  939 ratings  ·  206 reviews
In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. 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 q ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published April 6th 2013 by Createspace (first published January 1st 2013)
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Create With Joy
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Beloved Daughter tells the tale of Chung-Cha, a 12-year old North Korean girl who is imprisoned in Camp 22 – one of the most notorious political prison camps in the world – because her family is Christian, and her father refuses to renounce his faith.

As a young prisoner, she sees and endures things that no one should. She suffers betrayals from friends and is separated from those closest to her. In the midst of her surroundings, she struggles to reconcile her life with her faith.

The story is
Ruth Hill
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads, e-books
It is books like this that humble me and remind me of how blessed I am to live where I do. All too often, American Christians (like me) forget how much Christians suffer for their faith in other parts of the world for practicing their faith. This book was extremely well-written, but it was immeasurably difficult to read at times. And I'm sure the author wrote a happier story than many Christians in North Korea experience. I was pleased with the stark honesty and pathos that enveloped the pages o ...more
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This fictitious memoir is written in the first person by a young North Korean woman named Chung-Cha (righteous daughter) to her daughter, Ae-Cha (beloved daughter). Each entry in this painful journal begins with related scripture, and follows with the details of Chung-Cha's life, arrest and imprisonment in one of the world's most notorious prison camps. Her journal begins in a village in North Korea in 1998 where Chung-Cha is the 12-year-old daughter of a Christian father whose faith endangered ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: North American Christians who think we're persecuted
Shelves: recent-reads
Confession: I gave up on Christian fiction years ago. I read a lot of speculative fiction and love it-- I even find it believable, if it's done well. But Christian fiction usually seemed fake to me. Contrived. Filled with deus ex machina (literally... loving Jesus is all anyone needs to have the perfect life, gettin' saved SAVES THE DAY!). I'm a Christian, and I know very well that this is not how life works. I got sick of predictable messages and "everything will be fine if you just BELIEVE" me ...more
Tia Bach
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 stars
Worthy of rounding up

Could you proclaim your faith in a country where such a proclamation meant death?

Chung-Cha's upbringing was steeped in Christian faith. Her father refused to deny his beliefs. As a result, Chung-Cha ended up alone in a prison camp and faced many forms of abuse, not the least of which was betrayal.

One day she ends up sharing a cell with an old woman of tremendous faith, one even the guards are afraid of. A woman who holds the keys to Chung-Cha's survival. Tha
Pauline Creeden
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Quick Thoughts - Beautiful and Tragic. Highly Recommended (longer review on the way)
Some stories - make you think of fairy-tales, some even though are real - make you believe are fiction, and some are written so horribly you are thankful they are just a product of someone’s imagination. This story on the other hand keeps such a balance that even though I was told it’s a fiction my mind still has it registered as truth. I know there are horrors in life; I know people’s inhumanity has overpassed our creative imagination. I have listened to too many testimonies of concentrating ca ...more
Temujin Hu
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel! I read it in two sittings, didn't want to put it down. I was drawn to the characters and pulled along by the plot, eager to see where the conflict took Song Chung-Cha.

The story is the history of Song Chung-Cha as recorded by her for her daughter. It begins with her at twelve years old as her North Korean family is torn apart after they are arrested for their Christian faith. It follows her through the death of her parents, torture, captivity, and escape. She spends her freed
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Alana Terry has written a novel that inspires and shocks at the same time. I wasn't going to read it at first. I did not have any idea what the novel would entail. I was truly amazed and touched by the essence of the story, its characters, and its message.
Unbelievable would be a word I would use to described this story. The question: "Do these camps and confinement centers really exist?" A little research from Alana Terry's web page will take you to many prisons around the world where real peopl
R.J. Rodda
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a harrowing account of a young girl in North Korea. When she is twelve years old Chung-Cha is tortured and placed in a concentration camp because of her father's open proclamation of his Christian faith. After being tortured for several weeks, Chung-Cha turns away from the God who seems so powerless to help her.

What I liked about this book was the attention is draws to the horrible conditions of people and Christians in North Korea. It is important not to forget them despite the media b
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written, but intense and difficult to read. The first half of the book, I could only read a chapter or two at a time because of the difficult subject matter and the intensity of it. The hardest part is knowing that this fictional tale is no exaggeration of reality.

I do recommend to all my fellow believers in America that they read a book or two about life in north Korea, especially for believers. I believe that as a church we need to mobilize and be ready and watching in prayer for the mom
Reet Champion
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chung-Cha adored her father and was enthralled with the Gospel of which he was a follower...until the North Korean government swooped in and carried the family off to a prison camp. After her mother renounces Jesus Christ and her father is thrown into solitary confinement to endure torture, Chung-Cha must also endure torture at the hands of her captors. When she is finally released from the detention center several years later, she learns her father has finally cracked. He recanted his Christian ...more
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Source: pdf provided for free from Pump Up Your Book for purpose of review.

My Thoughts:
I loved this book and read the entire story in 24 hours. I could not lay aside the story because I had to know what would happen to Chung-Cha. To say I was absorbed in the story is an understatement.
My list of reasons for giving this story a 5 star review:

The characters, descriptions, mood, dialogue, plot, drew me in so that I felt a strong emotional investment. I had to stay with the story from start to fi
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Beloved Daughter was an awesome read, enticing me to read from beginning to end in a sitting. There was something for everyone, and as I read couldn't help but asking myself often, "What would I do? Could I stand up for my faith when faced with death, or torture to other family members? "

We are so spoiled here in North America that I for one am guilty of taking my Bible, my faith, too lightly sometimes. There are countries where, as in this story, stating your faith, owning a Bible are cause
Jalynn Patterson
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. 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 daugh
Emerald Barnes
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
I had so many mixed emotions while reading this story. I felt sadness at Chung-Cha's situation, happiness when she was finally allowed that, and then sadness again. I couldn't imagine being in the situation that Chung-Cha had to endure, and all in the name of "authority" and because her Dad was a Christian.

I was provoked to thing about my stand with God. Would I deny Him for an easier existence? Would I die for Him? What would I do to protect my family if faced with that difficult decision.

Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Now that I have a clear mind and free of tears, I can just make this review as it should.

This is a book like no other. It's one of those that move you so much that make you cry. I had to contain the urge to mourn because I didn't want to miss a word of the story of Chung -Cha .

It's an enthralling , dramatic and heartfelt story. Chung- Cha's life is a reflection of a small portion of people who have suffered persecution because of their faith. Her words give us a new vision of th
Kate Frost
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-kindle
For 12 year-old Chung-Cha it's her father's Christian faith that rips her family apart when, in the middle of the night, her family are taken from their home and are subjected to humiliation and torture in a North Korean prison camp. And so begins an epic journey for Chung-Cha with the novel being surprising, uplifting and at times so very sad.

The Beloved Daughter has the feel of being set in a time long past and it's shocking to realise that this is a story about modern day North Koreans. The a
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I need to start by saying that The Beloved Daughter is not the typical story that I normally read. However, when I was contacted by Alana Terry to participate in her blog tour, I happily signed up. I have heard many great things about her book and decided that I wanted to read it for myself. I am glad that I did. It is so well written! This is a very serious book on the very serious topic of the persecution of Christians in North Korea. Through the book we follow the life of a girl who is impris ...more
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just finished the book "The Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry. I found this well written and the characters are so real that you feel you are their with them.

All I can say is what a book this was. I could not put it down and there was times I felt like my breath was taken away by what this young girl went through. We are told the price it cost some for their faith and confections, and us how lucky we are to live in a land of

The story is about a young girl and the price she pays for her f
Margaret Tidwell
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
The Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry was one of the best books I have read in a long time. When I was first contacted by the author I thought it sound like it would be a good book to read but I never expect to be touched so deeply by the book. I took me about a chapter to get into the story and after that I was hooked and literally read the whole book while I was at work one day because I had to know how it ended. I felt so bad for all the characters and yet at the same time I was so proud of mos ...more
Rhonda Gayle
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am shocked to learn that this is Alana Terry's debut novel as it is so incredibly well-written. This is a very emotional, compelling story. I have never read an account of anyone who had been imprisoned in Korea. I could feel the fear and anger in Chung-Cha. She had every right to feel afraid and certainly angry also. I also experienced my first audiobook with this story and I would rush through daily chores and duties to get back to the kindle to listen some more. I am pleased to give a 5 Sta ...more
Cynthia Willow
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book had me from the first page. It was hard to read in parts because of the suffering, but that's the type of book it is. I'm so thankful that the author was able to explain what happens to the characters without getting too graphic. I don't need details of torture to know how bad it is, and the author did a wonderful job of describing without overdoing it. There were some surprises in the book that made me smile and cry at the same time! This book would make an awesome movie! Faith, strug ...more
Mary Findley
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
“I Want to Know More About Moses!”

Alana Terry presents such a gripping and realistic picture of life in North Korea. The mentality of the Korean prison system becomes chillingly clear. Overtones of George Orwell’s 1984 ripple through this book. The determination to break spirits, destroy loyalties and humanity, and snuff out hope is everywhere. But faith is really the only answer, the only hope, in this visionary work, no matter what goes wrong, no matter how flawed or pressured God’s servants m
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chung-cha's story is a tearjerker that made me question how true is my faith? The author gave a picture of North Korean persecution, and Chung-cha's struggle to trust her Heavenly Father after struggling with her earthly father. It's written in first person as we meet her friends and enemies. The book can get graphic at parts but thankfully, some is left to the reader's interpretation. Religious liberty is being threatened, in my opinion, here in America, and I look forward to more by Alana Terr ...more
Cathy Bryant
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is such a relevant book to our time. There isn't a day that we don't hear of Christian persecution taking place somewhere in the world. Alana does a marvelous job of bringing this issue to light. I highly recommend The Beloved Daughter. ...more
Nora St Laurent
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that introduced me to Alana Terry and her compelling novel that read like a non-fiction book. The style format of a memoir to a beloved daughter was engaging. Since it was written in a first person perspective I felt as if I were standing by Chung-Cha’s side as she was tortured by guards in Camp 22. I couldn’t put this book down.

Chung-cha’s world changed the instant the soldiers showed up at her house. Her only crime was being the daughter of a Christia
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author, Alana Terry, for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. It is her father's faith, not the famine of North Hamyong Province, that most threatens Chung-Cha's well-being.

"The Beloved Daughter" follows Chung-Cha into one of the most notorious prison camps the contemporary free world has known. Her crime? Being the daugh
Daliso Ngoma
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
As with any review, there is a good level of bias. And yes, I'm giving this two stars. I honestly didn't feel connected emotionally with the memoir, and I think that's what made it worse in finishing this book.

It's the story of one Korean woman who got the bad end of the stick in North Korea and just got lucky to escape to China (and later South Korea) and throughout the story puts her devotion towards God, which was very doubtful through out the whole story. Unless she was supposed to be the fe
Beckie Burnham
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the opening scenes of The Beloved Daughter, Alana Terry had my full attention. Gripping and convicting, horrifying and affirming, The Beloved Daughter is a must read novel for those who want to see just what is happening in North Korea. I knew that it was an evil regime, but Alana’s debut novel opened my eyes to the truth of its brutality and the need for intercession for the church that refuses to give up in spite of persecution.

The Beloved Daughter is the story of Chung-Cha, a young woman
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Alana is a homeschooling mother of three who loves to write, hates to cook, and enjoys reading a good book almost as much as she enjoys writing one.


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