This book is an eye-opening account of the life of a refugee family fleeing from Vietnam in the late 70’s. Extremely detailed, Chung gives an account that stretches for the first section back to his grandparents and all they went through to establish a successful business and then the devastation that the invasion of the communists did to their family.
The second part of this story takes place duringthe escape from Vietnam and all the perils involved. Its mind boggling to read how this family survived through absolutely horrendous circumstances – dozens of times they should have died except for the providence of God.
Finally, the last section of this book tells us how the family survived in America with no money, no language, and no credentials for work. It is here that the details of their interaction with others in America and their adjustment to life here is most revealing.
I have to say that this autobiography has had a major impact on how I view refugees and helped me to realize how important it is for us to lift them up in respect, dignity, and honor. Jesus would first and foremost would have made it a priority to care for people like refugees. We take so much for granted and so easily look down on those who don’t speak English, look different than us, dress strangely and are dirt poor. We simply don’t understand them. Read this book and you will see yourself in their shoes.
This book has been reviewed as a part of the Booklook Blogger review program. Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers who provided a copy for review. I was not required to write a positive review.