Commander in Chief of the Student Protesters at Tiananmen Square in 1989 Releases Her Story in New Book, A Heart for Freedom
Chai Ling shares her remarkable journey: her daring escape from China, how she found Jesus, and her quest to abolish the one-child policy and gendercide in China
CAROL STREAM, IL—In A Heart for Freedom (releasing from Tyndale, October 2011), Chai Ling, two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, tells the dramatic story of what really happened at Tiananmen Square in 1989, of how the massacre there became a turning point for the growth of Christianity in China and how her own search for true freedom resulted in her becoming a follower of Jesus in 2009.
“I was on a desperate quest for freedom, purpose, and peace. I wanted to free China and myself. But even after all of my accomplishments, something was missing,” shares Ling. “I finally came to the realization that only God could change China and me. It was then that I surrendered my heart to Him.”
Ling’s newfound passion for God led her to her life’s greatest mission: Fighting for the lives and rights of young girls in China. It is estimated that, because of cultural preferences for sons, more than 400 million baby girls have been forcibly aborted since China’s one-child policy was instituted. Last year, Ling founded a nonprofit organization, All Girls Allowed, whose goal is to expose the harsh realities of China’s one-child policy and hopes to help abolish this unjust law.
Micheal Flaherty, cofounder and president of Walden Media, has endorsed Ling’s story. “Chai Ling bravely fought for democracy in China but found something even more transformational—grace. . . . It is for all of us seekers who search for true meaning and purpose while battling our private fears and regrets.
It is about that liberating discovery when we learn that there is nothing we can do that will make God love us any more, and nothing we can do that will make God love us any less.”
David Aikman, former TIME magazine Beijing bureau chief, eyewitness to the Tiananmen massacre, and author of Jesus in Beijing, has also endorsed Ling’s story. “Chai Ling tells the story in a gripping and moving way. She shares her insights into the student movement and the personal narrative of her dramatic escape from China and experience as an immigrant in the United States. If you want to read one book about China’s student democracy movement and what happened to its activists, A Heart for Freedom will keep you completely engrossed.”
For more information, visit www.AHeartforFreedom.com.
Chai Ling was a key student leader in the 1989 Tiananmen Square movement who escaped capture and came to the United States. Today she serves as the founding president and chief operating officer of Jenzabar, Inc., a leading higher education software and services provider. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MLA in public affairs from Princeton University, and a BA in psychology from Peking University. Ling has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. Most recently, Ling is the founder of All Girls Allowed, an organization dedicated to restoring life, value, and dignity to girls and mothers in China and revealing the injustice of that country’s one-child policy. For more information, visit www.allgirlsallowed.org.