From Hell to Heaven: From Surviving the Killing Fields of Cambodia to the Beatitudes of Living in Gratitude by Sophal Pettit
Published: November 5th, 2019
Sophal was born in Takeo, Cambodia, a small town near the Vietnamese border on July 16th, 1970. At the tender age of five the Khmer Rouge, a communist guerilla group led by Pol Pot, took power in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia forcing all city dwellers into the countryside and labor camps. During their rule, it is estimated that nearly 2 million Cambodians died of starvation, torture or execution. Having survived the horrible suffering and nightmares of the killing fields, at the very young age of fourteen, she and her family of seven arrived in the United States as refugees.
Beginning life anew in Hummelstown, PA was not without its challenges. Having never had a formal education, she entered school for the first time at age fourteen, without knowing a word of English, an Asian child in a classroom of white children, who, having their parents talk of the Vietnam war, did not take kindly to someone so different from themselves.
Sophal’s touching story will grip you, as she talks about the struggles of adapting to life in the U.S. and her journey to discovering herself. She shares her story to inspire others to understand that they do not need to live a life of victimhood and that they can indeed overcome the trials life brings to them.
Sophal’s deep spiritual connection to God has been her saving grace. She describes herself as a child of the King of Kings, a wife, mom of 3 kids, a grandma (aka) Glamma, and a partner business owner. She lives a busy, productive life. While her journey has not been an easy one, she knows that the road that she took has made her a champion for life.
Sophal’s touching, powerful personal story will touch and inspire you and demonstrates her unfailing mindset that her life is destined for success.
About the author:
As a survivor of Killing Field coming to this country without having anything, never had formal education, and don’t speak the language. How do I overcome and strive in the world that some or most Americans struggling to make sense in their lives? I want to share my story to inspire people that they don’t have to be the victim of this world and that they also can overcome anything.
I am a child of the King of kings, a wife, a mom of 3 kids, a grandma (aka) Glamma and a partner business owner. My life is buzzzzzz. How do busy people make time? People that know me say Sophal, you make everything look so easy. I know one thing if you want anything to get done, just ask the busy person. I think most busy people know how to work around the clock and still look glamorous! I am one of those people who came from an un-privilege background all the odds against me. It was not an easy road to be on but that is one of the journeys that makes everything worth living for that end-gold my heaven and my champions. I know that road that I took designed just for me so that I can be the champion for my life.