The dramatic and fascinating story of Chai Ling, commander-in-chief of the student protesters at Tiananmen Square and witness to the massacre of thousands of Chinese civilians. Risking imprisonment and possible death for her leadership role in the student democracy movement, she was on the run in China for 10 months while being hunted by the authorities. She eventually escaped to the U.S., completed her education at Princeton and Harvard, found true love, and became a highly successful entrepreneur.
But her desperate quest for freedom, purpose, and peace - which she had sought in turn through academic achievement, romantic love, political activism, and career success - was never satisfied until she had an unexpected encounter with a formerly forbidden faith. Her newfound passion for God led to her life's greatest mission: fighting for the lives and rights of young girls in China.
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Inspirational, Educational, and at times Heartrenching..... A must read for anyone
So many parts of this I remember. I love the courage, the honesty, and the will to live displayed by Chai Ling, and the other students. There are moments that are truly sad, however the love of Jesus overshadows and conquers those moments in Chai Lings life. Truly remarkable story... a must read.
She made you feel like you were right in the story.
Both, and inspired me to move past my own fears.
Yes. This book was compelling and tragic, full of hope and despair. Others have indicated the narrator's breathing habits, but you really don't notice them much; Ling's story is so compelling.
The massacre, the escape.
yes, when Ling found love and faith.
I enjoyed this book immensely, with the exception of Ling's propensity toward waxing spiritual towards the end. While it is part of her journey, it seemed to come from nowhere and dragged on (describing the sacred spaces, etc.) The narrator's Chinese pronunciation may or may not have been accurate; it is hard to tell, but she did make many names sound the same. This is, however, on the whole, a welcome addition to anyone interested in modern Chinese history.
Absolutely--this book not only gave a historical context of China in times of uprise, but it gave me a new insight of the oppressive pressures that the Chinese people experienced.
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