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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chai Ling Narrator: Karen White Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/13/2014

    " It was a eye opener to what the women of China have to put up with. I find myself wanting to finish the book just to see how and what her life was now. I would recommend this book to anyone that wanted to know what some women had to suffer to reach freedom in all areas of life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Curtis | 2/9/2014

    " My main reason for a lower number of stars with this book was that the end of it REALLY seemed to bog down. I appreciated her desire to advocate against a forced abortion mandate. However, it consumed the end of the book in a way that surprised me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Casos | 2/7/2014

    " I was 19 when the conflict in Tiananmen Square broke out. I really did not understand very much about the politics of what was happening, except that the college students wanted more freedom, and that many died. This book is written by one of the youth leaders of the movement, and helps explain what was happening from the view of those who were in the middle of the movement. It was very interesting to get a better understanding of those proceedings, as well as how she was able to escape from China, and her struggle to find purpose and meaning again in her life after Tiananmen Square. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carri | 2/4/2014

    " I almost didn't read this book because I had already read several books this year about the oppressions and restrictions of women, but something made me try just one more. This was a remarkable story of Chai Ling who, through a series of seemingly innocent decisions, became one of the leaders of the Tiananmen Square student protest that occurred China in 1989. Although the tragic events that occurred as part of that protest happened over 20 years ago, and those things they were protesting still haven't changed in China, Chai Ling continues her quest today. The thing that softened my heart most towards her was her humility in admitting mistakes she made in her young life, how her conversion to Christianity helped her to see many of those mistakes and find forgiveness from them, and her resiliency in not giving up on a cause that others have viewed as a failure. Although she's not perfect, she is willing to admit her imperfections and move forward. I found that the most refreshing part of her story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 1/31/2014

    " This is an inspiring story of a woman who was on the forefront of Tienanmen Square; immigrated to the US; was successful in business; came to faith in Christ; and has taken up the fight against China's One Child Policy. She's clearly a very brave and ambitious woman, and I appreciated learning more about her story. However, the book wasn't particularly well written (though I don't have a great comparison group - most biographies/memoirs I read are written by poets and writers). It was a quick read, and one I would recommend to those interested in China and women's/human rights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Litzelman | 1/20/2014

    " I ran across this book a couple of weeks before going to Beijing. Although I remember the protests of 1989, I was pretty young and have never studied the details. "A Heart for Freedom" not only gives firsthand testimony from the leader of the uprising, but also great insight into the heart of China, and the ultimate answer to freedom - Christ Jesus. As a stood on Tiananmen Square last week, I saw it from a whole different perspective because of this book. Highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/17/2014

    " Great story. I never realized what life in China is like -especially for women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 1/16/2014

    " I liked it alot. Amazing journey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 1/12/2014

    " Very interesting. Inspiring. Transparent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/7/2014

    " Amazing story of courage and conviction! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 12/7/2013

    " Make sure you finish this one! An amazing story that will inspire you to act on what you have read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Morse | 11/14/2013

    " A great book. I wasn't sure where she was going with it, but by then end it is a powerful testimony to the working of the Gospel in her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skybirdsmom | 11/8/2013

    " This was an excellent first-person account of the events at Tiannamen Square in China in the 80's. The writing was not the best, but the account was good. She also shared some personal struggles and about finding Christ when peace could not be found. A good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawna Ray | 10/26/2013

    " very enlightening book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 10/13/2013

    " I did not understand the protest that resulted in the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Now I understand a little better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Raabe | 4/17/2013

    " This book was a great way to learn the story of something that I lived, through the news, but never really understood or knew. The faith element of her story is also compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 3/22/2013

    " I remember the news coverage of the atrocities of the Chinese government in the days surrounding the Tiananmen Square massacre. I now have a greater appreciation for the struggles and sacrifices of those brave Chinese students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jana Muntsinger | 2/9/2013

    " Great gospel filled book! Highly recommend!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/26/2013

    " Met chai ling at the natl prayer breakfast in 2012 and moved by her biography. When the student protests in china failed in 1989 many became disillusioned only to find that christ not democracy was the answer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Hardin | 11/8/2012

    " Difficult to read at times, but a perspective that is hard to beat. Worth the work! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 6/8/2012

    " Part of why I liked this book so much is that I was in China in 1989 during Tiananmen. I remember hoping Chai Ling would escape, then hearing that she had. And now she is a Christian believer as well. Wow! She tells her story well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne Benner | 4/28/2012

    " Detailed account of Chai Ling's life, her childhood, time at University and how Tiananmen square shaped her life. Quite engaging, although at times seem to bog down with too many details. "

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