Every year out of all the books I read, one or two linger and becomes a part of me in some way. This book is one of those. Like a visit to Auschwitz, you cannot read this book and not be effected by it.
Just last month I visited the Demilitarized Zone and actually got to step into North Korea for a few minutes while in the Joint Security Area. Yet even after that experience, North Korea to me remained what it is to most, a weird – potentially dangerous – but mostly laughable hermit kingdom. Shin’s story recorded in Escape from Camp 14 is helping to wake me up from my apathy.
Shin’s story has started for me what I hope is a lifelong journey of education, prayer, and action in response to one of the greatest injustices in our world today – the North Korean Prison State.