A Heart for Freedom

A Heart for Freedom

The Remarkable Journey of A Young Dissident, Her Daring Escape, and Her Quest to Free China's Daughters

Book - 2011/09/01
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One of the ring leaders of the Tiananmen Square protests shares details of her life and work focusing on her work fighting for the rights of young women in China.

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 ten 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.

Publisher: Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, 2011/09/01
Edition: International trade paper ed
ISBN: 9781414362465
Branch Call Number: B LING
Characteristics: xvi, 344 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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Feb 03, 2014

What I like:
- Chai Ling's personal story
- detailed descriptions of her internal struggles and conflicts
- confessions

What I dislike:
- a bit disorganized which makes it hard to follow
- the religion part is not purely spiritual, i.e. it is more about power, democracy, and goals. Is that why people should believe in God?

Jan 07, 2013

Chai Ling's account of the events leading up to the Tiananmen massacre provide much insight into the challenges faced by anyone wanting to make changes in China's political system. It also demonstrates the difficulty of a mass movement being successful when coherent organization and strong leadership are lacking.
Her description of her involvement I trust as accurate. However, when she cites word-for-word dialogs between officials such as Deng Xiao Ping and Li Peng, I question the accuracy. How does she know exactly what they said when she was not present and they certainly wouldn't publish their conversations in the press.
The other element of the book that may annoy the reader is Chai Ling's missionary spirit at the end, almost proselytizing, as she describes her new found faith in Christ.


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