Living For Higher Purpose: Story of a City Boy Who Survived the Vietnam War by Living for Jesus and Others

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There are plenty of Vietnam-era memoirs. People started writing them before the war was over in 1975 and continue writing them to this day. Most are written by the service men and women who were stationed there or about the response to the war in the U.S. or other countries involved. But rarely do you find one written by a Vietnamese native beginning after the Fall of Saigon. Living for a Higher Purpose is one of the latter.

Peter Vu lived on the outskirts of Saigon during the war, and his family suffered deprivation and punishments after Northern Vietnam bombed and then occupied Saigon and the South. From starvation to forced labor camps, Vu’s family struggled to get by and get Peter an education as he grew up. As educational opportunities were rare, the family plotted to get him out of the country and to the United States for safety and his future. It took Peter multiple attempts to get out of Vietnam, one of which landed him in prison, but, eventually, he ended up as one of the Boat People making the dangerous journey to anywhere that will take them, as long as it wasn’t but back to Vietnam.

Throughout his story, Vu maintains a persistent optimism, even in the face of extreme hardship and danger. It was his family and personal belief in Jesus and the Bible that kept them going and lead Vu to the Catholic priesthood. His faith is his story, and he tells it in a clear and concise way, making it both an easy-to-read book, but also brings the reader into his world. While this is a book of faith, it is also a memoir of a period of time that many Americans don’t know about, or probably even thought of. The scenes on TV of the last helicopters leaving Saigon may have been the end of the American’s involvement in the war, but there was a second act for those left behind. Read Living for a Higher Purpose for the inspirational story, learn from it the additional human costs after the “end” of the Vietnam War.

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Author Reverend Peter G. Vu
Star Count 4/5
Format eBook
Page Count 210 pages
Publisher Dog Ear Publishing, LLC
Publish Date 2017-Sep-14
ISBN 0978145755816
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Issue July 2018
Category Biographies & Memoirs


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