Publishers Weekly Review
A key leader in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Ling has written a candid and compassionate memoir of her years at Beijing University, her rise to leadership in the student movement, her escape and eventual embrace of Christianity. A gifted writer with a passion for justice, she weaves a tantalizing web of childhood and young adult experiences to describe her misgivings about the Communist Party of China; her awakening, with other students, to the writings of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.; and her growing sense of empowerment as a woman. What’s especially remarkable about her story is the lack of bitterness toward many in the Communist regime and especially Deng Xiaoping, China’s leader at the time. This book will be treasured not only by Western China watchers and evangelical Christians who have no doubt embraced Ling as their own, but by anyone interested in how protest movements arise, grow, and work though their internal conflicts. Hers is a tale of human dignity and the imperative to live a life of meaning.