Missionaries' Memoir Gives Firsthand Glimpse of Korea

March 15, 2012

Authors tell the story of the Korean people through their own experiences, and share how Korea has made a permanent mark on their lives.

Our Lives in Korea and Korea in Our Lives is not only George and Dorothy Ogle's personal memoir of living in South Korea from 1954 to 1974 and later visiting both the North and South, it is an effort to tell the story of the Korean people as the authors experienced them, and through their efforts to track the two countries' history as it evolved over almost 60 years.
Because he prayed in public for eight men who were tortured, forced to make false confessions, and were sentenced to death by South Korea's military dictatorship, in 1974 George Ogle was deported from the country where he had worked in urban industrial mission for 20 years. Two months later, when Dorothy and the four Ogle children left Korea, friends and colleagues commissioned them to "go tell our story."
After the South Korean people ended the military dictatorship in 1987, the story changed from the struggle for democracy and human rights to a story of the Korean movement for peace and reunification of their divided nation, the Ogles write.
The book highlights what the Ogles consider to be the hope and promise of President Kim Dae-jung's "Sunshine Policy" of constructive engagement with North Korea, and gives a vision for ending the Korean War to bring peace, prosperity, and reconciliation to all of the Korean people.
The authors hope to give readers around the world an in-depth look at modern Korean history – not just the perspective found in most newspapers.
For more information on Our Lives in Korea and Korea in Our Lives, or to purchase a copy, visit the publisher's website at www.Xlibris.com or call Xlibris (toll free) at 888.795.4274.
About the Authors
Dr. George Ogle was a missionary in South Korea for 20 years, mainly working in an urban ministry with men and women laboring in the factories of Incheon. After returning from Korea, he taught at Candler School of Theology at Emory University and was Program Director for Social and Economic Justice at the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, and later was the director of Illinois IMPACT, the public policy arm of the Illinois Conference of Churches. Dr. Ogle made eight return visits to South Korea and visited North Korea in 1995.
He has written three books on Korea – Liberty to the Captives: the Struggle against Oppression in South Korea (John Knox Press, 1977); South Korea: Dissent within the Economic Miracle (Zed Books, 1990); and a book of historical fiction, How Long O Lord: Stories of Twentieth Century Korea (Xlibris, 2002).
After retiring to Lafayette, Colorado, Dr. Ogle published two more books of historical fiction, Stories from the Colorado Coal Mines (Xlibris 2011) and The Mystery of Jacob Engles (Xlibris 2008). He also writes poetry.
Dorothy Ogle, a registered nurse, was a United Methodist missionary in South Korea from 1960 to 1975. The Ogles' four children were born in Korea during that time. After working for the North American Coalition for Human Rights in Korea in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Ogle was the Legislative Affairs Coordinator for the National Council of Churches, for its policy statement, Peace and the Reunification of Korea. She also has written articles for numerous magazines.