The youngest of 10 children, his mother would have him at the age of 42 from an arranged marriage. His father that frequently was absent from the home served as a Christian minister traveling all over the countryside preaching and building churches. It is this enduring steadfast love of Christ that would eventually imprison his father for not bowing to the figure of the Japanese Emperor and later never to be seen again by a religious scheme.
I see the hand of God in this story operating in the strategic locations where Hi -Dong would find himself in. His most cherished brother Hi -Seung would play an instrumental role in ridding him of fears while raising him up to defend himself and ingrain positive self talk that would be reflected on in time of need. Hi-Seung’s return from the Japanese youth corps would be a shock to family as he was not well and very malnourished. His death a year later referred to by Hi-Dong as follows: “All I could see or feel was emptiness enveloping the universe around me. When he died the light went out of my life.”
His brother Hi-Bum, turned communist would eventually be on the run and at odds with his father’s Christian beliefs. It was his mother however that will show strength of character and her hospitality toward others and faith in God. His mothers love for him goes beyond measure and you will feel the intensity of not only her love but her deep sorrow.
Don’t miss this memoir as it will make you appreciate the simple things in life that means so much like family ties and generosity. Somehow after reading this touching memoir and feeling the compassion and love of his mother toward him I can envision her waiting earnestly at the gate of glory for a son she would still look out for until the very end. (less)