Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ten Thousand Sorrows


A new interest of mine as been memoirs. I finished this one a few weeks ago and the pictures it left in my mind will never be forgotten. This is the Synopsis taken from Barnes and Nobles website:


They called it an "honor killing," but to Elizabeth Kim, the night she watched her grandfather and uncle hang her mother from the wooden rafter in the corner of their small Korean hut, it was cold-blooded murder. Her Omma had committed the sin of lying with an American soldier, and producing not just a bastard but a honhyol—a mixed-race child, considered worth less than nothing.

Left at a Christian orphanage in postwar Seoul like garbage, bleeding and terrified, Kim unwittingly embarked on the next phase of her extraordinary life when she was adopted by a childless Fundamentalist pastor and his wife in the United States. Unfamiliar with Western customs and language, but terrified that she would be sent back to the orphanage, or even killed, Kim trained herself to be the perfect child. But just as her Western features doomed her in Korea, so her Asian features served as a constant reminder that she wasn't good enough for her new, all-white environment.

After escaping her adoptive parents' home, only to find herself in an abusive and controlling marriage, Kim finally made a break for herself by having a daughter and running away with her to a safer haven—something Omma could not do for her.

Unflinching in her narration, Kim tells of her sorrows with a steady and riveting voice, and ultimately transcends them by laying claim to all the joys to which she is entitled.


I had to remind myself when reading this book that most likely the author would never again turn to a Jesus or find comfort in His word. The "Christian Orphanage" and "Fundamentalist Christian Parents" in her life, could of been an living example of God's love BUT distorted the TRUTH OF GOD and scarred her life forever.  I can only pray someday she can read The Bible in a different light than was presented to her.  So its worth the read.... an amazing true story of a woman still walking this life today.

(The term Ten Thousand Sorrows comes from the Buddhist faith 10,000 sorrows & 10,000 joys)


Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required... Luke 12:48

But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea. Matthew 18:6




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