Not Forgotten

Not Forgotten

The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea

Book - 2016
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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 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 hard drive, that reveals the true nature of his visits, to customs. He is arrested, brought to Pyongyang for further questioning, and sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor. His crime? Attempting to overthrow the North Korean government. He may never see his family again.

Back 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 2014 National Prayer Breakfast. Meanwhile, Ken grapples with his new, solitary reality as a captive of one of the world's most brutal governments.

From the first harrowing moments of his ordeal to his release--and even today--Ken never wavers in his love for the North Korean people, 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 secular appeal, this never-before-told story is sure to captivate and inspire readers of all ages.

Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee :, W Publishing,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780718079635
Branch Call Number: 365.45092 Bae
Characteristics: xviii, 247 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), map
Additional Contributors: Tabb, Mark


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Oct 27, 2017

Insightful journey of an American pastor who was imprisoned in North Korea for two years. It shows how the status of the North Koreans were not much better than the pastor. He had to plant his own food in his labor camp, but his guards during their "off duty" time also had to work in their own fields for their food--with hand-held tools. North Koreans plow snow by hand with snow shovels.

Jun 30, 2016

Fascinating look at a U.S. citizen captured and held very recently by the North Korean government. This book provides a lot of insight into North Korean history and how and why the North Koreans believe as they do and how they view the West. It is also a strong testament to Mr. Bae's Christian faith to survive for over two years in captivity.

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