Customer Reviews for the Book “Living for a Higher Purpose: Story of a City Boy Who Survived the Viet Nam War by Living for Jesus and Others

Published December 19, 2019

6 Customer Reviews:

Tom Carew

5.0 out of 5 stars. A excellent description of growing up in War ridden Vietnam
January 2, 2018
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A excellent description of growing up in War ridden Vietnam. Not political, not about the war really, just a life event that highlights the courage of one man and his family/friends in a time of horror.
I am also prejudiced because he, P. VU, is a “real” friend that I see often.


5.0 out of 5 stars. Listen to God and Serve Others
May 28, 2018
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This personal account demonstrates the strength of genuine faith and how God’s love for each of us provides guidance for true purpose in life. Discarding selfishness and embracing a life of service to God and others provides unimaginable joy. Most of us live a life of privilege in the United States and Viet’s experiences illuminate this in dramatic fashion. God Bless.

Roxanne Long

5.0 out of 5 stars. Good Book & a True Story!
August 31, 2018
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Very good book! Can’t wait for a movie to come out of this!

Adam Johnson

5.0 out of 5 stars. Good book Father Vu!
August 7, 2018
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Great book!

Lee Broom

5.0 out of 5 stars. Riveting story of surviving war and escape from communist Vietnam.
September 11, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
Riveting story! It captured my attention right away, with a young Vietnam boy named Viet, trying to survive amidst a war and communist rule. He lived in poverty with his family, and they all struggled to live under the strict rules of the war and the communists. Viet did everything he could to find food and help his family, and at the same time he tried to better himself by getting an education. There were numerous stories of how they survived, and shocking events that taught him valuable lessons. Viet was quick to be kind and help and have compassion toward anyone sick and hurting. Because of the communist rule, he couldn’t do higher education, so Viet decided to escape the country and start a new life elsewhere. There were nerve-wracking and dangerous trips in the night to try to escape. He failed several times, and even was put in jail for trying to leave the country. It was an amazing story of survival and divine intervention, as Viet finally was able to escape. It’s quite a journey, and I highly recommend this book, “Living For Higher Purpose”. It’s an inspiring story as the young man comes to America and fulfills his dream of higher education and becomes a priest to help the unfortunate and the hurting.

P. Cochran

3.0 out of 5 stars. A Story That Doesn’t Get Told Very Often
June 20, 2018
Format: Paperback
The Vietnam War left devastation in its wake. Not only did it pit Americans against one another but Vietnamese families in Viet Nam as well. Living for a Higher Purpose is the true harrowing journey of Viet. Having lived ten years under the Communist stranglehold, he escapes on his own after several failed attempts to find a better and freer life. During that voyage to freedom, he finds himself thrown into prisons that try to break him. After his release, when liberty is just at his fingertips on board a small boat, he is again faced with terrifying obstacles. Throughout his lifetime, Viet has been forced to make the hardest decisions anyone can make. One of those decisions was to leave part of his family in Viet Nam. His faith in the Lord kept him moving one foot after the other despite losses and setbacks until he reached his final destination of the United States, eventually discovering his life’s purpose. And although the life of a refugee had more downs than ups in the beginning, he prevailed. Viet’s traumatic crossing into the land of opportunity is full of heart weary events and moments of bliss. However, Reverand Peter G. Vu’s style of narration, because of its at arms-length approach, doesn’t provide a fully connective experience for the reader. For it to become an immersive experience, the voice needs to dig deeper and be less detached so that the reader can be “one” with Viet and his life. There were also points throughout the book that lent themselves to a language-barrier issue. In one section, the narrator described a fun memory in regard to a person having a stroke or heart attack. With the language barrier issue aside, Living for a Higher Purpose is a glimpse of one refugee’s life, and it is a perspective that doesn’t get written about often, which makes it a worthwhile read.


5.0 out of 5 stars. Very good.
October 7, 2018
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Good story and it made me remember some things from when I was there.