Ben and I were privileged to hear this fellow speak a few weeks ago. His story is heartbreakingly beautiful. I love how clearly God is wooing souls to himself in seemingly godless societies. This is a book of human abandonment, but a boy discovering the presence of his heavenly father. Alex rewrites his life story with eyes illuminated to the fact that he no longer is an orphan. He shares the catalyst of Christ that changed his mind and softened his heart to his ever-loving Father. As a westerner, I am guilty of thinking God is good and loving when things go smoothly for me. Whereas, this man knows that God is good in the frozen land, the land without hope, the place where you don't see Him, but God still sees you.
Wow. wow. wow. This is a one-of-a-kind book speaks of deeper faith and understanding of God than many of our western churches preach. This is a familial account of living in North Korea while living under the banner of God. God has not forsaken his remnant. This book is proof that walking in obedience to Christ is full of "absurdities." We will be wrongfully accused and imprisoned but get to free spiritual captives, we will be hungry but get to feed souls, we will be destitute but get to make many rich. A quote from the powerful afterword, "...when we find ourselves in dark places, rather than focusing our thoughts on escape, we will instead seek to emit light."
Just as God's ways are mysterious and contrary to human reasoning, Matthew 10:39 aptly sums up these little but powerful books.
"Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."