Chai Ling is one of the most courageous women I know, and always has been—from her early days as a self-possessed student thrust suddenly onto the worldwide stage to her current role as a fierce defender of women and girls. Her conviction that every person should have a voice has informed her whole life and made her a powerful role model to Glamour’s 12 million readers and to women worldwide of every political persuasion. Quite honestly, she awes me!
Editor in chief, Glamour magazine
Chai Ling bravely fought for democracy in China but found something even more transformational—grace. This memoir is not just for people interested in a compelling first-person account of politics and history. 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.
Cofounder and president of Walden Media
As a foremost student leader of the Chinese democracy movement, Chai Ling gives us a deeply touching firsthand account of what really happened in China that eventually led to the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989. By preserving memories of this epochmaking event and its aftermath from oblivion, A Heart for Freedom not only makes an important contribution to history but also helps keep alive China’s ever-increasing hope for freedom and democracy.
Professor emeritus, Princeton University, and recipient of the John W. Kluge Prize (2006), Library of Congress
What was it like to be at the center of the Tiananmen democracy movement in Beijing in 1989? Chai Ling, who was the commander in chief of the students, 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.
Former TIME magazine Beijing bureau chief, eyewitness to the Tiananmen massacre, and author of Jesus in Beijing<
Chai Ling has a dramatic story to tell of God’s transforming power—from radical dissident to radical Christ-follower, now changing China and the world in ways she never dreamed possible. Her book, A Heart for Freedom, will inspire you to pursue great things for a great God!
DR. BRYAN WILKERSON
Senior pastor, Grace Chapel, Lexington, Massachusetts
I am delighted that Chai Ling, who has promoted and sought freedom all of her life, has found the greatest freedom of all in Christ. And I pray for God’s blessing on her in the coming years as she discovers new ways to serve and minister in the world in the power of the gospel.
author of King's Cross and The Reason for God