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Soul of a Tiger: A Miraculous True Story of a Family Who Survived the Cambodian Genocide [Kindle Edition]

SreyReath Kuy , SreyRam Kuy
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Throughout Asia, the tiger has long been a metaphorical creature of magnificent power, magic, tenacious will and independence. Born in the Year of the Tiger, Rachana’s undeniable symbolic life or death experiences prove that faith, belief, and the will to survive can prevail above all odds.

In what was one of the most appalling mass murders known to mankind, the Khmer Rouge inflicted evil upon the first class citizens of Cambodia from 1975-1979. Throughout the next gruesome four years of the Killing Fields, and even prior during the Cambodian Civil War, nearly a quarter of the entire country’s population was lost from starvation, torture, insurmountable tragedy, disease, and blatant atrocities. Families were broken and the entire landscape of the country was destroyed.

Inspired by a true story, one young woman defies all odds in this profound journey of love, anger, bravery, forgiveness and survival. Along with her beloved mother and two young daughters, Rachana experiences both the best and worst of mankind. Through insurmountable adversities, this tearfully authentic and courageous story will take you on a compelling pursuit of freedom, surprising sacrifices and life or death decisions to be made along the way.

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  • File Size: 818 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Motivational Press (October 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G8P26RQ
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I just finished reading Soul of a Tiger, a story based on a real woman's struggle to survive and free her family from the horrors of the Cambodian war. BRAVO!!! This is great story-telling that inspires, entertains, and educates readers. I'm ashamed to admit that the war in Cambodia, which took place during a large portion of my life, was a terrifying piece of history I knew NOTHING about. Genocide, slavery, poverty to the extreme... thanks to Rachana, the heroine of this book, I have become more enlightened and determined to learn more. Her faith in God, which was rewarded many times over, gives me encouragement to pursue my own goals. This book delivers, clearly illustrating that miracles do continue to happen through faith, determination, and hard work.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Journey of Hope April 14, 2014
After seeing the "Onion Fields" years ago, I never again wanted to experience the angst and pain of reading such a journey. However, Soul of a Tiger, caught my eye and I picked it up. By the time I put it down, I had finished it. I was exhausted and emotionally drained.

The authors capture a human spirit few possess. This is "Rachana's Journey" and the power of faith, love, family and perseverance. Soul is an appropriate term. This book is soul wrenching.

I can't wait to read it again, to see it as a movie and to 'never forget' how cruel people can be to one another and how the power of faith can always triumph over such horrors. This is a story of survival, of human people who never gave up their faith and will to live and to prosper. It is a very easy read, not sad, but uplifting and very enjoyable.

Don't miss reading this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Story April 6, 2014
By Janet
Format:Kindle Edition
Amazing testimony of faith and survival in unthinkable circumstances. Beautifully told and truly inspirational. Rachana's faith and perseverance bears witness to the power we have in Christ.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Soul of a Tiger is a truly inspiring story of tragedy, hope, and perseverance. I've only heard stories of the atrocities of the Cambodian genocide and the recounting of this story made everything seem so vivid and real. You couldn't help but feel for everyone in the story and in some ways relate to them, without minimizing the struggles that were faced throughout the story.

A truly wonderful read for anyone looking to understand just how tragic things were in this long forgotten country to Western Civilization. And through it all, it still manages to be a vibrant and beautiful country filled with love, hope, and compassion.

A Highly recommended read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...a remarkable tale! May 31, 2014
By Bevan
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As someone who has lived and worked (as a volunteer) in Cambodia several times, I personally know people who went through the harrowing experience of the lunatic Pol Pot era and have nothing but unbridled admiration for them all.
This tale was only slightly marred by the lengthy introduction which read more like a fluffy television soap opera and I was skipping paragraphs and then chapters until about 52% into the book when the Khmer Rouge era began - then I was moved and totally riveted to every word; until it again tapered off at the end.
To be picky - there were occasional strange choices of adjectives to describe some situations which were out of keeping with the overall tone of the tale. And: it also became slightly evangelical at time - but understandably?
STILL - it is a truly remarkable tale of fortitude by an extraordinary woman which still has me stifling back tears as I type this.....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Memorable and Well-Written Story May 12, 2014
This book has a storyline that grabs you from the very beginning. At first I felt sorry for the man in the hospital, but after reading it for some time I realized that he was not even the main character and so I felt that it was a clever way to introduce the main characters, Cha-Cha and her mother, Thida. I really felt touched by their journey and felt like as I was reading this, I grew to know them through the great adjectives and well-written dialogue. Not only do you see who they are, but you can almost imagine what they look like and how their personalities might be in real life. I know this book is about a real story that happened, so I was so impressed by the women’s remarkable survival, especially when they went to the refugee camp. I will read it again as time permits, it is one of those books that you can read a second time and pick up new qualities that you missed the first time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! May 9, 2014
This book was one of the most moving accounts of the horrific circumstances that surrounded the genocide in Cambodia. I picked up this book in the hopes of learning about what happened in Cambodia as I was preparing for a trip to the region but got so much more. The beauty of this story is that it is written through the eyes of Rachana and forces the reader to grasp not only the events that unfolded but also the emotions that penetrated the lives of those who lived through those very events. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be moved by the human spirit while simultaneously learning about the history and culture of Cambodia. An excellent read and absolutely worth it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SURVIVAL June 4, 2014
I enjoyed this book.. when you read the book it leaves you with hope... If you fight for what you want and dont .give up. You can make it through anything.... life and daily living was a struggl, but if you keep the faith you can make it through anything..EVERYBODY SHOULD GO READ thumbs up GREAT BOOK..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars couldn't finish
I hate doing this to a personal account story and maybe it's a clash of culture that's keeping from opening up to the expire necks but I simply could not invest in this book. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Mrscompton
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Fast, easy read. Only took me two hours. Good book. ChaCha's faith is to be admired - it played such an important role in her survival of the killing fields. Read more
Published 1 day ago by joanfreney
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story of survival
Amazing story of survival, persistence, and the power of faith. Miracles do happen. And this story tells of a God that is good and compassionate.
Published 1 day ago by Tracey Hansford
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended reading
Good easy reading. I flew through the book. Learned so much about what happened in Cambodia. Would recommend the book!
Published 1 day ago by nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars good book. amazing details about the killing fields
good book. amazing details about the killing fields. Would recommend this book to others
Published 1 day ago by Prisma
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul of a Tiger is a beautiful story about a family struggling to...
Soul of a Tiger is a beautiful story about a family struggling to forgive and heal, set in the fascinating and horrifying context of Cambodia during its darkest period. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Peter C Jenkins
3.0 out of 5 stars A life of woman
This story is about a life struggle and victory. The story of a woman in a time of a war the some people don't know or have for gotten about.
Published 5 days ago by Melody Tolle
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story of faith and survival
The grammar and language is not sophisticated, but that is quickly forgotten as you learn about Cha-Cha and her family. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jill R. Faughn
5.0 out of 5 stars This story is moving, incredible and heart-wrenching.
Amazing and inspiring! Easy, fast read. This story is moving, incredible and heart-wrenching. Definitely great for a book club. Can't wait to see it as a movie! Read more
Published 7 days ago by Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul wrenching and inspiring
Let me start by saying, I really don’t understand those reviews that criticize language aspects of this book. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Johann David Renner
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More About the Author

To be blessed with the gift of life is a message that SreyReath Kuy shares in her debut novel. Based on true events, Soul of a Tiger is a daring story of survival and courage amid unspeakable atrocities. SreyReath's journey as a child raised during the reign of terror inflicted upon the citizens of Cambodia in the Killing Fields offers a terrifying account of what took place, while also touching readers' hearts with the many miracles along the way.

The author's strong passion and gift to help people led her to the United States, where she continued her education to become a doctor. She has always strived to make life better for the people she encounters, both through her profession as a podiatrist in Houston and now through her talents as a writer and speaker.

Both in high school and college, SreyReath Kuy went to Mexico as a volunteer. The first time was with her church group to build an orphanage. The second time she went to Mexico was through a scholarship she received as a Global Graduate from Oregon State University. At that time, she stayed in Mexico for six months and offered health education programs to people in rural farming communities.

My book, Soul of a Tiger, is a book that teaches how to find hope when there is no hope. It is a story of a woman that refuses to give up no matter how bleak her circumstances are. It tells of a family that loves each other, and takes care of each other. When you have the love of your family and your faith is deeply rooted the rain and the storms may come, but it does not blow that house down.

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