The book “And God Smiled Back”, written by Emily Dicolen-Abagat, is spiritual and inspirational. I had just finished the F. Sionil Jose books I ordered from the Philippines when I learned about it from a feature article by Filipino writer (and friend) Cathy Garcia in Korea Times.
I sent a message to Dr. Abagat’s number and she immediately replied that she’s going to send me a copy as soon as possible. She asked me how I learned about the book and who game me her number. I told her I read about it online and that her number is also posted online. She asked me my address. It was a late Friday afternoon. On Monday morning, she sent me a message that she’d sent the book. I asked her how much and she said to just send 10,000 won and I need not worry about the postage. I sent her 12,000 won and got the book the next day.
I bought the book because I read that proceeds will go to a scholarship program by the Filipino Catholic community. I wasn’t expecting anything from the book but I was surprised that it’s quite an easy read with personal anecdotes of Dr. Abagat’s experiences as an OFW in Korea. There are a total of 20 stories with biblical passages and prayers. At the end of each story are reflection questions with a space to write down your own prayer or thoughts. I’m not really into inspirational/religious literature but this one is not downright preachy.
And God Smiled Back is a nice read especially for the Filipino expat in Korea. I was able to relate to some of its stories.
If you’re interested to get a copy of the book, you can contact Dr. Abagat through 010-5160-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org