The World Is Bigger Now: An American Journalist's Release from Captivity in North Korea . . . a Remarkable Story of Faith, Family, and Forgiveness (2020)

The World Is Bigger Now: An American Journalist's Release from Captivity in North Korea . . . a Remarkable Story of Faith, Family, and Forgiveness Euna Lee Janet Song The World Is Bigger Now An American Journalist s Release from Captivity in North Korea a Remarkable Story of Faith Family and Forgiveness For the first time Euna Lee the young wife mother and film editor detained in North Korea tells a harrowing but ultimately inspiring story of survival and faith in one of the most isolated parts
  • Title: The World Is Bigger Now: An American Journalist's Release from Captivity in North Korea . . . a Remarkable Story of Faith, Family, and Forgiveness
  • Author: Euna Lee Janet Song
  • ISBN: 9780307749956
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Audio CD
The World Is Bigger Now: An American Journalist's Release from Captivity in North Korea . . . a Remarkable Story of Faith, Family, and Forgiveness Euna Lee Janet Song For the first time, Euna Lee the young wife, mother, and film editor detained in North Korea tells a harrowing, but ultimately inspiring, story of survival and faith in one of the most isolated parts of the world On March 17, 2009, Lee and her Current TV colleague Laura Ling were working on a documentary about the desperate lives of North Koreans fleeing their homelandFor the first time, Euna Lee the young wife, mother, and film editor detained in North Korea tells a harrowing, but ultimately inspiring, story of survival and faith in one of the most isolated parts of the world On March 17, 2009, Lee and her Current TV colleague Laura Ling were working on a documentary about the desperate lives of North Koreans fleeing their homeland for a chance at freedom when they were violently apprehended by North Korean soldiers For nearly five months they remained detained while friends and family in the United States were given little information about their status or conditions For Lee, detention would prove especially harrowing Imprisoned just 112 miles from where she was born and where her parents still live in Seoul, South Korea, she was branded as a betrayer of her Korean blood by her North Korean captors After representing herself in her trial before North Korea s highest court, she received a sentence of twelve years of hard labor in the country s notorious prison camps, leading her to fear she might not ever see her husband and daughter again The World Is Bigger Now draws us deep into Euna Lee s life before and after this experience what led to her arrival in North Korea, her efforts to survive the agonizing months of detainment, and how she and her fellow captive, Ling, were finally released thanks to the efforts of many individuals, including Bill Clinton Lee explains in unforgettable detail what it was like to lose, and then miraculously regain, life as she knew it The World Is Bigger Now is the story of faith and love and Euna Lee s personalconviction that God will sustain and protect us, even in our darkest hours From the Hardcover edition.
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  1. Charlie

    I m 18% into this now I know that looks strange but that s what the Kindle tells me no pint in rounding off just to seem normal and I may not be able to finish it.I started it because I became so interested in North Korea after reading the excellent Nothing to Envy This book is about a Korean American documentary film maker who was captured and imprisoned in NK while shooting a film about North Koreans who escaped to China.The writing is quite pedestrian and the author wears her Christianity on [...]

  2. Jenny

    A few months ago I reviewed Somewhere Inside by Laura Ling and Lisa Ling about Laura s captivity in North Korea for five months Euna Lee was the film editor also on that trip who was captured as well I won t recap the whole story or the tid bits I included about North Korea, but it s really interesting so please refer to the linked review above and go read that first But back to this review, I definitely think The World is Bigger Now is absolutely worth reading even if you ve already read the me [...]

  3. Louise

    Euna Lee chronicles the events that resulted in her captivity in North Korea, her experience as a captive and her ultimate release While there are good and important parts in this book, I felt too much space was devoted to never sent letters home, text relating to missing loving family, prayers and guilt feelings These could might comprise one third of the book.Lee, appropriately begins with her life She tells of her family and how she came to be a Current TV journalist The next part on the Nort [...]

  4. Jami

    I d probably give this about 2.5 stars I was very intrigued by the story of journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling The women were captured in North Korea while filming a documentary and spent months imprisoned.Sadly, this book just wasn t written very well Lee may be a great documentary maker, but I don t think she was meant to write books even with a co writer The story was kind of boring I m sure it was difficult to remember all the details of things that happened during such a stress filled tim [...]

  5. Eileen Souza

    Previously this year, I read Somewhere Inside, by Laura and Lisa Ling, and I wanted to read this book to see how if at all Euna Lee was treated because she is South Korean Though there were similarities to their stories, their experiences were quite different It definitely seemed as though Euna had harsher treatment, though only to a degree It was interesting that she spent the majority of her captivity locked in her head whereas Laura was constantly trying to find a way to communicate and get o [...]

  6. Alisa

    A personal account of the two American reporters who were captured and detained in North Korea in 2009 Three weeks after President Clinton flew to North Korea and brought Euna Lee and Laura Ling back home to L.A my family and I moved to South Korea I had vaguely remembered hearing about their capture detainment on the news, so when I saw this book at the library, I was intrigued I ended up really enjoying it Euna s faith was inspiring, as well as her renewed dedication to be a better wife mother [...]

  7. Jodi

    I received this book in the mail Friday and have already read it The author did a wonderful job of telling her story My heart broke for her and her family She did a great job of making the story easy to follow whether you knew much about North Korea or not Although the author doesn t go into alot of the background she shares enough to paint a clear picture Overall a great story of faith, hope, family, and courage.

  8. Jodi Hawkins

    I loved Euna s powerful faith I can t imagine the hard times she went through This book was a heartbreaking story of a woman just trying to do what it takes to put a foot forward in her career I loved the emotion she puts in when talking about her family Her faith certainly carried her through this awful ordeal.

  9. Millie Jones

    Stirring and powerful Euna s faith in God and commitment to her family are inspiring This is a heart wrenching, but ultimately uplifting read.

  10. Cynthia

    A must read after Somewhere Inside by the Ling sisters Really give you an inside look into North Korea.

  11. Tom Schulte

    I am not impressed by Janet Song as a narrator, but I enjoyed this view from inside the 2009 imprisonment of American journalists Euna Lee author and Laura Ling by North Koreawere detained by the North Korean army I previous read Ling s Somewhere Inside One Sister s Captivity in North Korea and the Other s Fight to Bring Her Home and looked forward to a different P.O.V Ling worked in front of the camera and had famous sister Lisa Ling while Euna is a camera shy technician behind the scenes The t [...]

  12. Sharon Baker-johnson

    American journalist Euna Lee writes about her experience accidentally crossing into North Korea from China in 2009, her capture and release What I found interesting about her account is that it reflects a regular person experiencing a trauma that she could not be prepared for When military personal are captured, one expects that they have received some training in how to respond and we tend to expect them to be a hero But Euna Lee and her colleague Laura Ling were thrust into a dicey situation w [...]

  13. Feisty Harriet

    This story is super fascinating and the look into North Korean interrogation and incarceration but, you know, the non violent kind was really interesting Lee and her colleage were doing a documentary story on DPRK defectors who escaped into China, and in the course of their documenting they actually wandered into North Korean territory, and are then SUPER shocked at being caught and dragged off to interrogation, a trial, and a strict prison sentence, the level of shock Lee exhibits throughout th [...]

  14. Kurt

    This heartfelt and honest memoir of a journalist taken captive in North Korea is a gentle and compelling work that I recommend.A few months ago, I read Somewhere Inside, which covers the same events as this book, but from the perspective of Laura Ling Lee s co defendant and Lisa Ling Laura s sister, who worked from the States to bring Lee and Ling home In that book, Lee played a small role, as a quiet co worker and translator, and the reader didn t get much insight into who Lee was While Lee s b [...]

  15. Cynthia Sillitoe

    As a lot of reviewers have said, this is a very different book than its counterpart I think what made Somewhere Inside so compelling was the dual narrative of the Ling sisters what happened in the US while what was happening in North Korea Euna Lee s narrative has a kind of reserved quality to it I don t know if it s personality or cultural or what It s not that it s without the same emotions, but I felt like I was an observer and less like I was there I guess I feel like this was a safe versio [...]

  16. Alyce (At Home With Books)

    The World is Bigger Now is Euna Lee s recollection of her time spent imprisoned in North Korea, and the story of how she ended up there Euna was working on a documentary that told the stories of escapees from North Korea, many of whom were in hiding in China because China sends them back to North Korea if they are caught.To me the most fascinating parts of this book were the stories of those refugees which were a small section of the book The author relates her experiences interviewing them, as [...]

  17. Christian

    I have no interest in finishing this book Between the self pitying, saccharine exposition and heavy handed religious proselytizing, I cannot swallow my bile long enough to finish the first chapter.In The Reluctant Communist, Charlie Jenkins fled into DPRK because he was trying to avoid the Vietnam war He quickly realized what he d done wrong and bore his error for the next 40 years.In Long Road Home, Yong Kim was sent to a labor camp for no fault of his own, but for the crime of politically ques [...]

  18. Marcy

    One moment, Laura and I were free citizens, journalists doing the job we d come to China to do And the next, we were prisoners, bruised and battered and scared This is the story of Euna Lee, a journalist and film editor for Current TV Euna clearly wanted to make a name for herself and rise in her career when she went to China with two co workers in order to interview North Korean refugees Euna had lots of footage of many defectors who exposed their plight and suffering for her first documentary [...]

  19. Nirjhar

    The book, The World is Bigger Now An American Journalist s Release from Captivity in North Korea A Remarkable Story of Faith, Family, and Forgiveness , by Euna Lee, is a heartbreaking story that involves a plethora of critical life messages To elaborate, the author showed that being thousands of miles away from her 4 year old daughter and her struggling husband, proved to her how every single moment spent with family matters Euna did an exquisite job in showing how North Koreans are just like ev [...]

  20. Kathleen Hagen

    The World is Bigger Now An American Journalist s Release from Captivity in North Korea, by Euna Lee, with Lisa Dickey, narrated by Janet Song, produced by Random House Audio, downloaded from audible.This is Euna Lee s account of the five months she and her colleague, Laura Ling, spent in captivity in North Korea For Euna, this was harrowing for a variety of reasons She thought that she might never see her daughter, Hanna, or at least not until she was grown Euna s parents still lived in South Ko [...]

  21. Josie

    I gave this book a rating of 3 stars because found the book on some level entertaining It is a good story even if I was not too keen on the author protagonist I did not learn anything new about North Korea or the North Korean people I was appalled at how stupidly the women behaved, how much danger they put the people they were supposed to be helping in, and how little they knew about how North Korea worked I also think people might have been affected by the publishing of this book than Lee thin [...]

  22. Kristi

    Good book and a gut wrenching story I was only a little bit disappointed that she didn t write about the history of North and South Korea Growing up in South Korea, she had some very interesting insights about the conflict and tension between the two countries especially after being captured and I would have loved She did however spend a good amount of the beginning of the book focused on the documentary she and Laura Ling were working on when they were captured It was to be about North Korean [...]

  23. Kate

    A quick read and an interesting story, although I feel like a better writer could have given the book drama and tension I was surprised every time I looked at the bottom of my kindle screen and saw how fast I was going through the book, because it didn t feel that way Reading about Lee Ling s actual capture had my heart pounding, but after that, I was able to put the book down To be fair, being imprisoned is much less dramatic than being captured, but a great writer can make anything thrilling [...]

  24. Kelly Hager

    Euna Lee was one of two journalists imprisoned in North Korea the other was Laura Ling Euna and Laura worked for a TV station and were working on a story on people trying to escape from North Korea They got too close to the border and were arrested and detained for months.This book is Euna s account of what happened It s a story of faith in hard circumstances Throughout her ordeal, Euna kept a relationship with God and it is, I think, a realistic one I m pretty sure under similar circumstances, [...]

  25. Estelle

    I didn t really enjoy this book, in fact I found it to be a bit frustrating After having read the book Somewhere Inside by Laura and Lisa Ling, in which both women provide a riveting account of the ways that they fought for release, including working to understand the motives of the North Korean captures and the international politics at play, I was awed by the strength and courage of the Lings However, after reading The World is Bigger Now , I was not in awe of the author, in fact I was shocked [...]

  26. Bridget

    This is a good access point for finding out information about North Korea if you don t know anything about the place or haven t read any other books about it Otherwise, it s of the same, but with an interesting captivity narrative overlay I think what happened to Ms Lee is truly frightening getting dragged across the border from China into North Korea It s a worst nightmare come true I am so glad her story had a happy ending.Also, not gonna lie, my favorite part was when she got home after fin [...]

  27. Susan

    Euna Lee captivates her readers with a unique look into North Korea When she and fellow journalist Laura Ling are abducted in China and dragged across the Tumen River into North Korea, Lee never thinks she ll be detained in Pyongyang for 5 months or sentenced to 12 years of hard labor A young mother and wife of an aspiring actor, Lee realizes during her imprisonment that she s been working too hard She sometimes gives up hope when it seems like both North Korea and the US aren t budging in their [...]

  28. Gretchen

    Meh Euna s story, though interesting, was not very interesting to read I struggled with the beginning of the book because it was background information on her life I think this part of the book could have been much shorter It was almost like she wants the reader to feel a sort of punishment Get to the story, Euna Once she got to the story, the book was a fast read, and I could almost feel the mental anguish she was feeling Part of the book that got me thinking was when she talked about her Chris [...]

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