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Vendor: Tyndale Momentum
|Publication Date: 2011|
The book has seven parts that detail the different phases of Chai Lings life. Chai Ling grew up with military parents, two siblings, and her grandmother in Rizhao in the late 1900s. She became a key student leader in the Tiananmen Square massacre while attending Beijing University. After the massacre, she and her husband fled China for the United States. She later divorced and graduated from two Ivy League universities. At Jenzabar, Inc., she met her current husband, Bob Maginn. In addition to leading the students in Tiananmen Square from April to June 1989, she earned a BA in psychology from Beijing University, an MPA in Public Affairs and International Relations from Princeton University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She founded Jenzabar, Inc., an online university portal, and All Girls Allowed, which advocates Chinese womens rights and aims to end Chinas one-child policy.
Chai Ling conveys her desire for Chinas freedom from communism, as well as her own quest for freedom from unnecessary guilt, especially from the guilt of four forced abortions. The abortions were forced because Chinese women are required to have a birth permit to have a baby. Such permits are not given to unmarried women or women under twenty-five; Chai Ling met neither of those criteria. She also describes her battle with survivors guilt after the Tiananmen Square massacre. Chai Ling later realized that she and her fellow students had failed to bring freedom and justice to China (p. 325) because they had relied on human strength instead of Gods strength. She says, God used the Tiananmen events to save me and free me. He used everything that happened afterward so I could see Im completely helpless unless I trust and rely only on him (p. 326).
I recommend this book to all who enjoy history, biographies, or both. Chai Ling tells her story well, giving readers a deep, truthful account of her life. Though she did not always know Jesus, Chai Ling now truly lives out Philippians 4:13: For I can do everything through Christ, who strengthens me (NLT). Kelly Helton, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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