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Torn Asunder Paperback – November 20, 2014
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The book follows two North Korean refugees mentioned briefly in Slave Again, Hannah and Simon, who have been trained in the 'Secret Seminary' by an American missionary couple. They are sent back to North Korea to carry out specific missions for the underground church. Their love for each other is overshadowed by a greater passion to bring light into a darkened North Korea. They are separated when they leave the Seminary, and the book chronicles their stories as they wrestle with how to reconcile the feelings they have for each other with their missionary work.
Alana Terry has a gift for developing three dimensional characters who struggle with some of the most difficult conflicts of the human spirit and come out on the other side looking much like someone might in real life; there are no simple answers, no decisions that come easily. One of my favorite themes of the book was summed up in the quote, "Never judge someone who fails a test you have yet to pass." Torn Asunder was full of tests of the will, tests of faith, tests of priorities. The way the characters engaged these tests was fascinating and thought provoking. I felt myself drawn into each character, feeling what they felt and understanding why they made the choices they did, even if I would like to think I would have chosen differently.
This book had some seriously difficult scenes to digest, as did the previous two in the series, but in a climactic scene toward the end of the book, there seems to be a brilliant hope for North Korea emerging that causes the reader to realize that all of the pain, sacrifice, and suffering is sowing into a greater plan and the harvest will eventually come.
I would highly recommend this book, and can honestly say that Alana Terry has become one of my favorite authors.
Torn Asunder follows Hannah and Simon, North Korean refugees who have trained as underground missionaries in China and have now returned to North Korea to spread the word of the Gospel. Just as many Christians are persecuted for their faith in real life, Hannah and Simon suffer much abuse, which Ms. Terry does not sugar-coat. I appreciate that she keeps it real and raw, but for some, it may be a trigger and too graphic.
The characters in this book are not always as they seem, and it can be hard to understand when some characters are killed out of "compassion." Hannah's pure heart and complete devotion to God are an inspiration, and I am ashamed to admit that I would 99% not survive if I were in her shoes. The love story between Hannah and Simon will leave you teary-eyed and on the edge of your seat, and many of us will wish we had such a connection with another person.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.