12 Dec 2012
- News Editor
Uong Nguyen's journey from atheism, under the North Vietnamese Communist regime, to Christ is not an easy journey. Anger, bitterness, trauma, brutality and despair can destroy a man, yet the love of God can turn anyone around.
Growing up during the Vietnam War made a lasting impact on Uong's life. Conscripted into the Vietnamese army at 18, he saw firsthand the horrors of the Cambodian 'Killing Fields' and the brutality of the Khmer Rouge. He also experienced the despair of languishing in a Thai refugee camp for seven years.
I found it to be a fantastic book. Very difficult read through the horrific details of torture and imprisonment but yet the heart of the story being hope made it ambiguously compelling. It's unimaginable what Uong went through and how God used it for his purposes.
This book will minister to both men and women in a very special way. Very readable and amazing to realise that English is not Uong's native tongue. Yes, it is gruesome in parts, but as Uong relates not nearly as gruesome as the death on a cross endured by our Lord.