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STRAINING FORWARD by Minh Phuong Towner's Story by Michelle Layer Rahal

STRAINING FORWARD

One woman's journey from oppression to redemption in the wake of the Vietnam War

by Minh Phuong Towner's Story by Michelle Layer Rahal

Pages: 374

Dimensions: 6 x 9

Category
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - Personal Memoirs
  • HISTORY - Military - Vietnam War
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - Religious

Type : Paperback

ISBN : 9781545631638

Price : $19.49



In the early morning hours of January 31, 1968, New Year fireworks gave way to gunfire and bombs. Eleven-year-old Minh watched in horror as her father and two siblings were gunned down by the Vietcong in their backyard. Though she escaped the bullets that night, prison, torture, and rape would follow. The tragedy of her childhood would haunt Minh for the rest of her life and lead her to question God’s very existence. Why had He turned His back? What had she done to deserve such punishment? Was she beyond redemption?
Minh’s dramatic story of escape from war-torn Vietnam, as well as dangerous and unhealthy relationships throughout her life, is told with raw sincerity. Straining Forward is a riveting, spiritual journey of hope and healing that reminds readers that we are all more than victims of circumstance and that even in the loneliest and most desolate moments, we are never truly alone.

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MICHELLE LAYER RAHAL is a former radio news reporter and published educator. She is a graduate of Hofstra University and holds a Masters of Education degree from the University of New York at Buffalo. Michelle lives in Virginia with her husband.
MINH PHUONG TOWNER, a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, is an ordained chaplain with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). As a child of the Vietnam War and a teenage refugee, she is an advocate for social justice, particularly for those facing oppression in Southeast Asia. Minh’s two adult children live in Australia; she lives in Virginia with her husband.

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