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 (Nashville, Tenn.) – November 8 marks the one year anniversary of the release of Kenneth Bae, the longest-held U.S. prisoner in North Korean history.   Next spring he will break his silence surrounding his life-changing ordeal, from his surprise arrest to a US government negotiated release in a new book from W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson. 

Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea (W Publishing Group, ISBN 9780718079635, $26.99, May 2016), is the gripping real-life drama of one man’s terrifying experience under one of the most repressive and abusive governments in the world. However, it is also a look into the heart of a man driven to help the people of North Korea –  one whom ends up sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor with the threat of never seeing his family again. 

 “It is an honor to work with Kenneth on his biography. He endured such tremendous hardship at the hands of one of the most oppressive regimes—all in an effort to help the people of North Korea,” says Joel Kneedler, Associate Publisher for W Publishing Group. “It is a privilege to help him finally tell his full story.” 

 In Not Forgotten, Kenneth will share details from the first harrowing moments of his ordeal to his globally publicized release, while offering a firsthand look into one of the most shrouded countries in the world. 

 Through it all, Kenneth never wavers in his love for the North Korean people, even his captors. His story will offer readers both a compelling narrative of one man’s dedication to serving the less fortunate and a modern testament of God’s faithfulness. 

 “Alive Literary is proud to represent Kenneth and partner with W Publishing Group to share his story with the world,” said his agent, Bryan Norman. “As a lover of biography and memoir, I have been deeply struck by his immense faith and resolute love for the North Korean people. His story has so much to teach us about God’s faithfulness. Not Forgotten can be a landmark book for this generation, and it will be exciting to see the impact it has.”  

Kenneth Bae immigrated to the United States with his family in 1985. He went to high school in California and attended the University of Oregon and Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He held multiple jobs in sales and marketing until he moved to China in 2006. After years of managing his cultural-exchange business and missionary work, he transitioned into travel and tourism industry in 2010 planning trips for the DPRK (North Korea). Kenneth had a passion to introduce westerners to the untainted beauty of the landscape and the people of North Korea while contributing to North Korea’s economic development. He is a licensed preacher in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), an ordained Southern Baptist pastor, and has been working with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) since 2005. Kenneth is a husband and a father of three children, ages nineteen to twenty-six. 

For more information, contact: 
Judy McDonough, Director of Publicity, W Publishing Group 


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