Where the Wind Leads: A Refugee Family's Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption  -     By: Vinh Chung, Tim Downs
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Where the Wind Leads: A Refugee Family's Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption

W Publishing / 2014 / Hardcover

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* Fleeing communist persecution in 1979 Vietnam, 4-year-old Vinh Chung was one of the ethnically Chinese "boat people" set adrift and facing almost-certain death. Rescued by a World Vision mercy ship, he went on to become a Fulbright Scholar, Harvard graduate, successful surgeon, and philanthropist. You'll be captivated by his story of resilience and redemption! 368 pages, hardcover from W.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: W Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0849947561
ISBN-13: 9780849947568
Availability: In Stock

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“The account of Dr. Chung and his family will inspire you to believe in second chances and miracles and the God who gives them both.”

-Max Lucado, New York Times best-selling author

My name is Vinh Chung.

This is a story that spans two continents, ten decades, and eleven thousand miles.

When I was three and a half years old, my family was forced to flee Vietnam in June 1979, a place we had never heard of somewhere in the heartland of America.

Several weeks later my family lay half-dead from dehydration in a derelict fishing boat jammed with ninety-three refugees lost in the middle of the South China Sea. We arrived in the United States with nothing but the clothes on our backs and unable to speak a single word of English.

Today my family holds twenty-one university degrees.

How we got from there to here is quite a story.

Where the Wind Leads is the remarkable account of Vinh Chung and his refugee family’s daring escape from communist oppression for the chance of a better life in America. It’s a story of personal sacrifice, redemption, endurance against almost insurmountable odds, and what it truly means to be American.

All author royalties from the sale of this book will go to benefit World Vision.

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Vinh Chung was born in South Vietnam, just eight months after it fell to the communists in 1975. His family was wealthy, controlling a rice-milling empire worth millions; but within months of the communist takeover, the Chungs lost everything and were reduced to abject poverty.

Knowing that their children would have no future under the new government, the Chungs decided to flee the country. In 1979, they joined the legendary “boat people” and sailed into the South China Sea, despite knowing that an estimated two hundred thousand of their countrymen had already perished at the hands of brutal pirates and violent seas.

Where the Wind Leads follows Vinh Chung and his family on their desperate journey from pre-war Vietnam, through pirate attacks on a lawless sea, to a miraculous rescue and a new home in the unlikely town of Fort Smith, Arkansas. There Vinh struggled against poverty, discrimination, and a bewildering language barrier—yet still managed to graduate from Harvard Medical School.

Where the Wind Leads is Vinh’s tribute to the courage and sacrifice of his parents, a testimony to his family’s faith, and a reminder to people everywhere that the American dream, while still possible, carries with it a greater responsibility.

Author Bio

Vinh Chung graduated Harvard magna cum laude and attended Harvard Medical School for his MD. Dr. Chung studied at the University of Sydney as a Fulbright Scholar and completed a Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Chung also holds a Master of Theology from the University of Edinburgh and currently serves on the board for World Vision US. Dr. Chung and his wife Leisle have four children and run a successful private medical practice. Tim Downs is the author of nine novels including the Christy Award-winning PlagueMaker and the highly acclaimed series of Bug Man novels. Tim lives in North Carolina with his wife Joy. They have three grown children.

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  1. Diane
    Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Riveting story of God's grace
    July 17, 2014
    Diane
    Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Riveting account of one family's journey from great wealth to poverty in post war Vietnam. The Chung family fled communist controlled Vietnam, ultimately being abandoned on the South China Sea to die. God provides the rescue and a new home in America.
  2. Janice Powell
    Owasso, OK
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Moving story of God's providence
    July 5, 2014
    Janice Powell
    Owasso, OK
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I just finished this book about a Chinese family who escaped from Communist Vietnam in the late 70s. Very moving and informative, it is an amazing story of God's providence. As a teen I faintly remember hearing about the "boat people" but had no idea what they experienced. And sadly, I probably didn't care beyond a fleeting moment of sympathy. This book will take you where they traveled and show you what it meant to them to come to America. Very much worth the read.
  3. Trudi
    Bath, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Story of Loss, Rescue and Redemption
    April 28, 2014
    Trudi
    Bath, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    While I do love to read for a variety of reasons, there are some books that come along that hit one at a deeper level_these are the books that cut into your bedtime and then into your sleep time as you go over in your head what you just absorbed. Where the Wind Leads was one of those books for me. It's not fiction, or even a biography, but a memoir. For me, it was also a history lesson.

    Where the Wind Leads tells the story of a family - a well-to-do Chinese family - who happened to live in South Vietnam. Through various set-backs and wars, they had managed to prosper, but the Vietnam War which ended with the takeover by Communism, proved to be the one storm they could not ride out.

    I grew up during the Vietnam War - living an insulated life as many of us did - we heard of terrible things, of young men killed, of anti-war demonstrations, but we did not hear the story as told by a Vietnamese family. And I'd heard of the "boat people" - those who were sponsored by churches in America, starting over in a new land. But that sentence covers most of what I knew.

    Vinh Chung tells the story from a different perspective - as one of the youngest children in a large family, and with the memories of his family to help him. He tells the story of the money it took to bribe officials to leave, the fear of boarding a boat that was barely sea-worthy, for an unknown future, of moving slowly through heavy waves with no land in sight, through pirate-infested waters. And then, when the joy of land appeared, to find it patrolled by inhospitable soldiers, because of the thousands of refugees who had already come. This is a story of hardship and hunger and fear and courage, but as you continue to read, you realize that it's also a story of God's grace. For the thousands who tried but failed, for the unbelievable odds against this one family and their overcrowded boat, you cannot miss that God had his hand on them or they would never have succeeded. And even with little knowledge of Christianity, Vinh's father came to realize that the Creator God was the only One to appeal to.

    In a time when we continue to hear nightly news stories about refugees, you need to read this book to understand what the word "refugee" means in human terms. If you enjoy reading stories of God's grace, of people overcoming with God's help, then you need to read this book. And if you're just looking for a good inspirational book, pick this one! You won't be sorry.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.
  4. Kyliegirl
    Massachusetts
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A powerful, inspiring memoir
    April 21, 2014
    Kyliegirl
    Massachusetts
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved this book.

    Where the Wind Leads is the story of a family forced out of Vietnam in the aftermath of the Vietnam war. The first part of the book chronicles the life they abandoned when they fled and their harrowing journey as unwanted "boat people" in desperate search of a place to land.

    Then the story shifts. They are welcomed to a small town in Arkansas, and face the challenge of learning an entirely new culture. This is an especially strong section, as the author does a great job of detailing small cultural differences and how they add up to make communication and integration unexpectedly difficult.

    Then my favorite part is where he shares about being a nerdy high school kid trying to connect with a girl he's attracted to. These scenes are just so sweet and hapless, and they had me cheering for him and laughing at the same time. Also, they provide a nice balance to the intensity of the first part of the book. It was nice to see a child who almost didn't survive wrestling with everyday questions about what to say to a girl.

    The back cover of this book calls it "a story of personal sacrifice, redemption, endurance against almost insurmountable odds, and what it truly means to be American." Often, cover copy is hyperbole, but in this case the book more than delivers. I'm still thinking about this story days after turning the last page. Highly recommend.

    Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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