Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North

Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North

10 thoughts on “Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea

  1. Jenni Jenni says:

    Well as an agnostic this memoir was a bit of an eye roller for me as the author attributed his entire experience from captivity to release as the will of God I have to admit I even found myself at times agreeing with the skeptical North Koreans who pretty much thought he was delusional for believing in something unseen and unheard The irony that the North Koreans are as brainwashed to believe in the leadership of the Kims as the author is brainwashed to believe in his God is not lost on meI also have to admit that his being detained has merit in the eyes of a North Korean North Koreans are taught to believe in their gods the Kims Here comes this guy crossing into their country to spread the word of his god When you travel to another country the conseuences of not following their laws include arrest and imprisonment He did not follow North Korean laws in fact he blatantly disobeyed them and the result was his captivity Irrespective of the major God element in this memoir I enjoyed the read and found it interesting He's a nice man who believes in the work he does and in his God and his belief in God did sustain him throughout his captivity whereas a person like me might lose hope uickly That said I still felt sorry for him not only for his confinement but also for his inability to see the similarity between his blind faith in his God and the North Koreans in their leaders Without that acknowledgement I'm not sure their work will ever achieve its goal

  2. Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja says:

    It’s kind of hard to be critical of someone’s personal story because it’s their story It’s what happened to them and they’re retelling it for you So instead of criticizing I’m just going to say this story wasn’t for me I was by no means the target audience of this book and that’s okay I’ll admit I picked it up by title surfing “Not Forgotten The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea” is pretty much what I went in expecting I didn’t realize that Kenneth Bae was a well known missionary or that this book was about his relationship with G d while he was imprisoned in North KoreaIf it sounds like a story you’d want to read then by all means pick it up I’ve even recommended it to someone I think would enjoy it I just didn’t I didn’t agree with some of Kenneth’s choices and the way he told the story just didn’t resonate with me There were times I was bored or just beyond unmotivated to keep reading so overall not my favorite read

  3. PingPing PingPing says:

    An very honest account of what Kenneth had endured including his struggle his hope his heart for the people of North Korea Gripping yet can feel his sense of calmness and his strong faith his low point in his faith and how he regained his faith when different events unfolded I couldn't imagine how he could have endured all those hard labour and emotional sufferings from the people he tried to help so much Captive in Iran was gripping but these two books are very similar in the sense that both the authors persevered had found new strength by truly surrendering their will to God His will and not our will which takes so much faith and trust Another cannot put down book which we can gain insight into how missionary persevere amidst all the sufferings in such a harsh environment

  4. Brian Brian says:

    This book is as fascinating as it is harrowing Mr Bae's journey as a North Korean was definitely a struggle but if you are as morbidly curious about the goings on of the modern day DPRK as I am the silver lining to this whole experience is that it does provide real insight to the mindset of North Korean citizens and their way of life At times his writings about God can be a bit preachy and boring he is a minister after all but it adds an important dimension to his perspective Throughout the work it becomes clear that his faith is what helped him through even the darkest times and the resolve it gave him can even appeal to non religious readers

  5. Max Heimowitz Max Heimowitz says:

    Since you believe in a different god you came to pray against us and against our Great LeaderMemoirs are always difficult to review and Kenneth Bae's harrowing memoir is no difficult Convicted of some of the highest crimes against the North Korean state he violated Article 60 of the Constitution which could have meant a death sentence Instead sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp he eventually makes it out after only two And all of this because he hoped to spread Christianity albeit subtly throughout North KoreaKenneth Bae's memoir made me think a lot about my own identity in terms of religion I was born into a Jewish family and because of its matrilineal nature I am Jewish by birth Jews are a rather small portion of the world population and we historically do not really make efforts to proselytize That thought concerning proselytizing efforts was what I was working to wrestle throughout the memoir Had Bae not been driven by his desire to spread Christianity especially to the North Korean people would he have found himself convicted and sent to a labor camp? I do not mean to mock or undermine the tenets of a religion of which I am not a part but because of my complicated relationship with religion and especially my complicated feelings about proselytizing Bae's ideas such as God wanted me in North Korea God had called me here He had a purpose for my being a prisoner 171 didn't really sit well with meHowever that is not to say that I admire his strength and his desire to alter the perception of North Korea He writes I also wanted the people I brought into North Korea to experience the beauty of the country and its people which is actually for lack of a better word uite touching 54 He wanted to change the negative perceptions of the people living in the country It's also similarly interesting that upon confessing to his crimes Bae is told that he was deceived by all the misinformation you received in school in South Korea and through the media in America 73 Bae works to change the outsider perception of North Korea while the North Koreans themselves believe that Bae's own perception is skewed which I found uite fascinating Combining both the perception of North Korean life and the spread of religion whether that be juche or Christianity it was eually as fascinating to see both Bae and the North Korean guardsprosecutors for example try to convert one another Bae explains that one of the guards was every bit the preacher I was only his religion was juche 145 The religious adherence to juche is tantamount to North Korean life and so Bae's insistence that the North Koreans must open themselves up to Christianity is entirely in opposition to every tenet of their life philosophy However I sensed a sort of hypocrisy in Bae's analysis of the North Koreans he explains Perhaps the political officer was trying to convert me through his acts of kindness 159 Is this not exactly what Bae sought out to do by demonstrating his kindness open heartedness goodwill and grace toward the Noth Koreans he had hoped to turn them to Christianity albeit in a subtle manner? That fact that he recognizes the machinations of the North Korean guards while simultaneously endeavoring to do something so similar felt a little off putting to me Is there a point at which one religion should truly trump another? What makes Bae's Christianity better than the North Koreans juche? Why should one convert from one to another? Surely juche leads to much pain and suffering however much the North Koreans refuse to admit it But why is Bae's proselytizing effort valid than the North Korean's efforts with juche?

  6. Teresa Teresa says:

    I read the description of this book and was pretty excited I am very interested in North Korea and want to learn about every aspect of its culture and political systeminstead I got Christian propaganda and religious delusions bordering on mental illnessNow to be fair Bae did document what happened to him in North Korea very wellfrom the start to the end we got everything in detail so that's good I would be lying if I said i didn't learn anything here because I did I learned about their social system what daily life is really like how the political prisoner thing works and how exactly America handles it when this kind of thing happens I'm grateful for this education I am however unsure on a few things but I'm generally not invested enough to care about a few skips in detail so i'll liveBut good lord I uickly hit a point where I was just reading this to see what crazy shit Bae would say next very early onafter he implied god made him forget key facts his interrogaters were asking for some unknown reason I can understand one's faith helping them through uncertain and dark times but this was just straight up delusion I'm really supposed to believe God gave him and his team money? God made people bring him the soup he had been craving? I don't think so Also Bae never knew when enough was enoughit's not really appropriate to be going through what he was going through and tell them Jesus sent you or to start raving in a fever pitch of religious ecstacy at the top of your lungs He's lucky that kind of shit didn't backfire on him I officially gave up on him as a balanced individual when he said he still wanted to mission in North Korea and when in the depths of self pity that any of us would have he decided god didn't send him home earlier because this is part of a plan Yeah okay you normally have to go to a yoga studio to make that kind of stretch I just really can't get over it I would give my friends updates on the crazy shit this man was spewing as I kept on reading and it was honestly endlessly entertaining infuriating and ridiculous all at once good lord Look to sum it up if you want to read this for North Korea and you're not religious or your religion hasn't totally melted your mental capacities just skip it The only time I felt bad was when a dog was part of the story and I generally spent way time yelling at the book then enjoying it Don't do it

  7. Jon Jon says:

    As someone detained interrogated imprisoned in North Korea Kenneth Bae has a very uniue story to tell While I certainly enjoyed the insight on life in North Korea learning the details of his experience the book waffles between a fascinating historical account an outright blatant proselytizing for Christianity Bae's particular versionexperience of it Learning details of Bae's detainment is really insightful but I found the continuous proselytizing annoying rather off putting If you haven't guessed Bae is a Christian missionary he uses the memoir of his ordeal to continue his work He is at times overly preachy when extolling the virtues of his belief what he claims to be the work of god

  8. Tim Baker Tim Baker says:

    As I continue to devour anything I can around North Korea this story was a fascinating recap of Kenneth Bae's struggle as the longest held hard labor camp prisoner since the Korean War He went over as a missionary so there's obviously a lot of his God stuff in here but if you look past that you'll see a thrilling story on the politic games and brainwashing employed by North Korea on their people and the rest of the world and their pathetic attempts to blame everything on the US South Korea and Japan

  9. Rachel N Rachel N says:

    Not Forgotten is a gripping account from a man who sought to serve God in the worst of circumstances One of the best books I have read in a long time I have read many accounts of missionaries in China but this is the first inside look to North Korea I have read and it was unbelievably eye opening Thank you Kenneth Bae for writing your story and showing us what it looks like to find God in the most dire of circumstances that there is always a bigger story at work and that we are not forgotten and neither are the sweet people of North Korea

  10. Alexandria Morales Alexandria Morales says:

    I've recently been reading a panoply of memoirs and nonfiction related to North Korea in order to glean knowledge about the regime I found that Not Forgotten The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea did not further my insights about the country at all It is basic background information that North Korea is an atheistic state wherein juche roughly self reliance and worship of the Kim dynasty is effectively the only legal and compulsory religion Beyond noting that Christianity along with other forms of belief are illegal and savagely punishable the memoir does not offer any other wisdom regarding the regime Kenneth Bae's experience as a prisoner then utilized as a bargaining chip between the United States and North Korea in their diplomatic relationship is too uniue to illuminate much about day to day life under the regime Also as an American and as someone who displays no interest in scholarly work about the regime there's no intellectualism to Bae's memoir at all If you like me are interested in North Korea related memoirs as a vessel to learn about the regime I recommend the following books instead in any orderNothing to Envy Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara DemickIn Order to Live A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi ParkThe Girl with Seven Names Escape from North Korea by Hyeonseo LeeAnother potential point of contention with Kenneth Bae's memoir is that of the strength of his Christian faith As an agnostic reader I felt alienated by his chronic reference to his Christian faith and God's will To the secular reader who doesn't take God's existence and interference in our lives as a self evident truth Bae's consistent implicit proselytizing can be off putting irritating and even verge on ludicrous; it seems he isn't aware of basic psychological blindspots human beings can have such as confirmation bias He also doesn't seem to notice the irony related to how his fervent belief in Christianity could arguably be related to how absolutely North Koreans believe in juche and the Kim dynasty due to the regime's propaganda This is underscored by the fact that Bae never explains nor defends his Christian faith to readers and seems to assume we'll agree that he's reasonableThe book works if one is an extremely religious Christian who wants a triumphant narrative of a man whose faith sustains him during two admittedly anxiety provoking dreadful years However for secular readers and people with a genuine interest in North Korea diplomacy or even fair minded argumentation in regards to religion this book is an unhelpful slog Kafkaesue circumstances that should've been interesting drained of artistry ruined by an aggravating pollyannaish Jesus freak for a narrator

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Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea ❴KINDLE❵ ❆ Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea Author Kenneth Bae – For the first time Kenneth Bae tells the full story surrounding his arrest and imprisonment in North Korea Not Forgotten is a modern story of intrigue suspense and heart Driven by his passion to help For the first time Kenneth Bae The True MOBI · tells the full story surrounding his arrest and imprisonment in North Korea Not Forgotten is a modern story of intrigue suspense and heart Driven by his passion to help the people of North Korea Bae moves to neighboring China to lead guided tours into the secretive nation Six years later after eighteen successful excursions in and out of the country Ken is suddenly stopped at the border he inadvertently brought his computer with him to the checkpoint—with a hard drive that reveals the true nature of his visits He is arrested brought Not Forgotten: ePUB Ò to Pyongyang for further uestioning and sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor His crime Attempting to overthrow the North Korean government He may never see his family againBack in America family and friends rally support by establishing a website and creating a petition for Ken’s release Soon major media outlets decry Ken’s unjust imprisonment bringing needed attention that culminates in President Obama’s call for prayer on behalf of Ken at the National Prayer Breakfast Meanwhile Ken grapples with his new solitary reality as a captive of one of the world’s most brutal governmentsFrom the first harrowing moments Forgotten: The True PDF/EPUB À of his ordeal to his release—and even today—Ken never wavers in his love for the North Korean people Forgotten: The True Story of ePUB Ò even his captors Not Forgotten is both a compelling narrative of one man’s dedication to serving the less fortunate and a modern testament of a missionary forced to rely solely on the God who sent him into dangerous territory Readers will marvel at the rare firsthand tour of life inside the most shrouded country on the planet meeting its people experiencing their daily lives taking in the landscape and encountering the tyranny of a totalitarian regime With its combined spiritual and Forgotten: The True Story of ePUB Ò secular appeal this never before told story is sure to captivate and inspire readers of all ages.

  • Audio CD
  • Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea
  • Kenneth Bae
  • English
  • 25 February 2015
  • 9781511369732