Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Review: A Heart for Freedom by Chai Ling

Review: A Heart for Freedom
Chai Ling
Tyndale House Publishers

Powerful. Inspiring. Humbling. I was not expecting what this book delivered. It’s Chai Ling’s story to be sure, but it awakens so much more within the reader that I fear this review will fail to cover it adequately. I initially requested this book for review to discover the rest of the story of Tiananmen Square. The visual that is on the cover of that one student in front of the tank is all that most of us will know or remember of that time.

Her ability to tell this story is described as “gripping” by one endorsement and that is so true. The underlying story that comes to life through this book totally captivated me. I found it hard to put down. The hard parts are there too. They can make you cry for her and her countrymen. It is a well written work and a testimony to perseverance and courage.

Her story of freedom is more than Tiananmen Square; it’s the story of women everywhere and especially those who do not live in societies that recognize their personhood and worth. That sadly includes many in this country, too. It’s also the story of God working through history and tragedy to bring everyone into his family. Chai Ling’s growth throughout the book is sheer inspiration to me. Her acceptance of Jesus does not come quickly or easily for her. I applaud her willingness to share her life with its successes and failures with us on so honest a way.

I do recommend this book highly and encourage you to find a copy, read it, and share it with others. There’s so much here, it cannot help to speak to a wide range of people, men included.

There will also be available a discussion guide for those that participate in book club discussion groups or for personal use.

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this review.