Last week my mother loaned me the Christian novel “I’ll Cross The River” by author C. Hope Flinchbaugh. I was nearly in tears as Young Soon lay bleeding on the ground nestling her newborn. Is this when she realized everything her brother told about her beloved homeland, North Korea, was true? I think so.
I was captured by this true-to-life story of North Korean refugee, named Young Soon and Chinese missionary, named Mei Lin. I’ll Cross The River is the vivid story of these two strangers, who never actually meet, but whose lives are bound together by hope in a collision of grace orchestrated by a sovereign, loving God.
Not for the faint hearted, both moving and exciting, this book is chocked full of the hard truth and horrors of North Korean residents. We hear bits of how North Korea oppresses its citizens in the news, but I didn’t put faces and hearts to it until I read this book. It spurred me to pray for them and want to tell others what I learned.
I also enjoyed reading about how God is moving in the hearts of Christians in Communist China, who are spreading the Word of God at great peril to themselves. I didn’t realize that it was still that dangerous in China.
I recommend this beautifully written, factual book. If you’re interested in the plight of the masses in North Korea and China, you will not be disappointed.