Book Description: More than twenty years ago, Chai Ling led the protesters at Tiananmen Square and became China's most-wanted female fugitive. Today, she's finally telling her astonishing story. Though haunted by memories of the horrifying massacre at Tiananmen and her underground escape from China in a cargo box, Ling threw herself into pursuing the American dream. She completed Ivy League degrees, found love, and became a highly successful entrepreneur. Yet her longing for true freedom, purpose, and peace remained unfulfilled. Years after Tiananmen, she was still searching to find meaning in all the violence, fear, and tragedy she'd endured. A Heart for Freedom is her tale of passion, political turmoil, and spiritual awakening . . . and the inspirational true story of a woman who has dedicated everything to giving people in China their chance at a future. Find out why Publishers Weekly calls A Heart for Freedom “a tale of human dignity and the imperative to live a life of meaning. . . . This book will be treasured.”
My Thoughts: Every once in awhile I read a book that is totally out of my "regular" genre. A Heart For Freedom is one of those out. of.the.ordinary. reads!
I was in college when all of the Tiananmen Square happenings came to life on TV. Being young I wasn't quite aware of all that the protestors went through for freedom or the why of it all. Yes, I understood the protestors call for freedom and I "stood" by them as they came out and I was, even, distraught as the protestors were massacred right there! But I truly did not understand what these young people went through and how this one day changed their lives forever. Or even why she wanted freedom so badly for her country.
After reading this book my views were forever changed about the cost of freedom. And the obligation of Christians to pray for their brothers and sisters in other countries.
An enlightening read!