"Lay still-pretend you are dead," Young Soon told her trembling young son as she lay, bleeding, on the ground, and nestling her nursing baby closer.
How could the daily messages blaring from the loud speakers be wrong? Loyal communists believe government announcements that North Korea is the only country prospering, as the rest of the world is depressed and starving. Was it all a lie?
After reading a smuggled newspaper article about life beyond North Korea, widowed and pregnant Young Soon is determined to flee her beloved country with her son and baby to find food and safety in neighboring China...across the river.
Near the riverbank and above the guardhouse looms a great red dragon. Its tail sweeps back and forth across the river and smaller evil-looking creatures scurry beneath it. Far above the red dragon, Heaven's warriors, dressed in white, charge courageously. The dragon seems distracted, but not defeated. What?s to become of Young Soon and her children?
Miles away in China, Mei Lin has a heart-pounding dream about a baby crying out to her from murky waters. Who is this baby? How will she find him?
I'll Cross the River is a true-to-life novel that depicts the incredible human tragedy occurring today inside North Korea. The prayers of many bring two families together in a story you will never forget.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.13" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.78"
Weight: 1.08 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2008
Publisher DESTINY IMAGE #45
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|I'll Cross the River Mar 19, 2009|
"I'll Cross the River" does an excellent job of explaining the awful conditions in North Korea today, where the government is actually starving its own population! I also enjoyed hearing how God is moving in the hearts and lives of the Christians in China, who are spreading the truth of the living Lord Jesus Christ at great peril to themselves.
|eye opening!!! Nov 16, 2008|
|This is well written, easy to read and a must for anyone that wants to look outside their bubble. I think it should be a mandatory read, very eye opening. Next should be actions taken by all those moved.|
|Many are called and they secretly help the needy in North Korea Jul 29, 2008|
|I must say I have a dificult time reading any Christian novel, but this is a great one of truth serving. with dificulity, the needs of others in a lost country with human tragedy dificult to understand, but seemingly as a way of life. Hopefully in time this will chage!|
|Blessed Jul 25, 2008|
|I was tremendously blessed to hear of this book and even more so to read it. Thank you, Hope!|
|The Red Thread of Hope Jul 13, 2008|
|An old Chinese proverb states, "An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch, or tangle, but never break." In I'll Cross the River, the need of a North Korean refugee, named Young Soon, meets the courage of a Chinese missionary/evangelist, named Mei Lin, in a collision of grace orchestrated by a sovereign, loving God. It is the story of two strangers, who never actually meet, but whose lives are bound together by this red thread of hope. |
This red thread concept fascinated me because I had learned several years earlier that one of the Hebrew words which translated as "hope" in the Bible is tiqvah. Tiqvah finds its origins in the verb qavah meaning "to wait for" or "to look hopefully" in a particular direction. This verb's original meaning was to "stretch like a rope." The word tiqvah is found in Scripture 33 times, and in Joshua 2:18, 21, it is translated as "line" or "cord." You will recall that prior to the "attack" on Jericho, Joshua sent two spies into the city. Rahab hid them and helped them escape from the city by letting them down the outer wall by rope (Joshua 2:15). She asked them to spare her family when they conquered this great walled city. The spies told her they would, and instructed her to tie a scarlet tiqvah (rope or cord) in the window where she had let them down. If she brought her family into her home, and had this scarlet rope hanging from the window they would be saved. In much the same way, the red thread saves Young Soon's family. The scarlet rope of hope is symbolic of the redemptive work of Christ that saves us. It is interesting that Joshua's name means "God saves," (just as Jesus' does) and Rahab is one of Jesus' ancestors. There is something about this whole red thread concept which transcends cultures.
I'll Cross the River is based on actual accounts from North Korean defectors. It will educate you as to the human misery to which the world has, to this point, turned a blind eye. This is a people who are starving for food and for truth. Your heart will be pierced as you hear the story of the suffering and deception of the North Korean people. The lack of action on the part of the United State in response to this situation will agitate you. But at the same time it will motivate you to do something about it.
It made me want to arm the angel armies with my prayers. It made me want to equip the missionaries with God's Word. It made me want to go - to do what I can, where I can, when I can, under the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and in His power. This is not a feel- good summer read. This is a clarion call to arms in spiritual warfare for the country of North Korea.
Hope - just like the author's middle name, is at the heart of this moving story. Once you read this book, your life will be forever bound to this people by this same red thread - a thread of hope in our Savior, Jesus Christ.
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