A Heart for Freedom
by Chai Ling
Published by Tyndale House
Hardback, 344 pages
Retail Price: $22.99
I had the opportunity to review A Heart For Freedom which is an autobiography by Chai Ling. She was born in China, raised in Chinese ways with no knowledge of Jesus Christ. She was raised in a family that was a part of the Communist Party (as most Chinese are) but she never felt led to join, as a matter of fact she felt led NOT to join. As she went off to college, she finally felt free to pursue her own interests. As different political happenings transpired, she eventually became a major leader of the hunger strike in Tiananmen Square which eventually led to her having to go under ground to get out of China alive.
As it turns out, the major “theme” or “point” of this book is recovering from abortion, and changing the laws in China. During her time in China, she had three abortions – which is VERY COMMON PRACTICE in China. This was SHOCKING to me…I’m not sure why, as I’ve heard of the “one child policy” and how they always want boys who can carry on the family name, but I guess I just never really thought about it – until now. The book states statistics like, “86% of all Chinese women have had at least one abortion and 52% have had two or more, and when more than 40% of American women will have an abortion by the age of 45, it’s clear that hundreds of millions of women are victims of abortion, along with their babies.” (pg. 322)
Chai Ling found the Lord and become a Christian, after coming to America. Shortly after, someone told her God would forgive her for her abortions if she confessed them to Him. She didn’t like that very much – her thought is to share with people that the Lord will love you, help you and heal you. Much better, don’t you agree? In 2010, she started a ministry called All Girls Allowed which is meant to (1) help end gendercide, (2) educate abandoned girls, (3) rescue trafficked children and (4) defend mothers.
Chai Ling is an amazing woman who has stood strong during MANY, MANY painful events in her life. Not only has she stood strong as a woman, but she also stood strong as a leader. And now, she is standing strong again, or still, in trying to change things in China for women – AMAZING! The fact that she decided to put her own agenda aside so she could follow what she felt the Lord was leading her to do…also amazing!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own.