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A Heart for Freedom - A Book Review
Where does the passion come from to reach out to help others? Most of the time, it comes from your own experiences. This is true with Chai Ling. Her passion to help other women in China and to help China find democracy can be found in her own experiences at Tiananmen Square and the massacre that occurred. Reading A Heart for Freedom gives others a glimpse of what happened that famous day and beyond.
What led up the Tiananmen Square massacre? What was going through the students’ minds? Looking at the event from across the ocean, the truth can never be perceived correctly. Each side can so easily spin the events to support their own stances. This event was no different. Where does the truth come from? By talking to eyewitnesses paying attention to detail. Chai Ling gives you the details of her life as a young girl and woman of China and what part she played in the event.
This is not just any woman who participated in the student protests. She was a main player who gave speeches and tried to have a peaceful demonstration that began as a gathering to mourn and honor the death of the country’s leader. Chai Ling, along with her husband, risked their lives to help bring peaceful democracy to their home country but ended up being smuggled out of the country. Eventually, Chai Ling found herself in America making a new life with her family and establishing roots as an American woman.
Yet, she did not forget her past or the women she left behind. She began a fight to help them on this side of the ocean. All of this came about after she found God and the love of Jesus to show her the truth of her feelings, her past, her present, and her future.
This is more than just a book about the Tiananmen Square massacre. It is a glimpse into traditional Chinese life. It is a chance to see what a young girl of the time thought and felt along with the challenges she faced leaving her village home and discovering a world more dangerous than she could ever have imagined. It is a story of innocence lost, betrayal, hope, and promises as well as second changes. It is the reality of the life of one woman willing to risk her life for a chance to have a voice.
Those that live in a democratic model of government cannot understand what it is like to live in fear of being arrested in the middle of the night just for not having the same opinion as those around you. You don’t understand what it means to disagree with a political decision calmly without facing death. It takes one who has to bring the truth home.
A read I highly recommend if you want more than a textbook reading of Tiananmen Square. If you want to know what was going through the mind and soul of a major participant of the protests, then this is a book you really have to look at reading.
Note: This book was provided by the publisher at my request.
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