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China Cry: The Nora Lam Story

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  179 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Paperback, 253 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 1980)
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Sharon/ LFrog1386
Sep 30, 2012 Sharon/ LFrog1386 rated it liked it
As a story about escaping from Communist China, this book lacks much detail and depth. It is rather, a book about God and Nora's faith in Him. If that is what draws you to this book, you will enjoy it thoroughly. If you are drawn in (as I was) because it's a story that should be about escaping the Communists, you will be disappointed. Too much of the book is a sermon.
Nov 14, 2015 Jessi rated it really liked it
I have such a heart for China and what God has done/is doing there. The amazing experiences of the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that Nora describes in this account of her many Crusades for Christ is just amazing. It has increased my faith to pray and ask God for more and more.
Mar 16, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
This was a really good book. My favorite parts were when she was really struggling because it made my problems turn into specks, I think it made me less selfish too.
Deborah Hecht
Nov 03, 2016 Deborah Hecht rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw the movie first and was greatly impressed with how God worked in her life! From the book I saw how he worked in her life to help others.
Plot: A
Writing: B
Vocabulary: C
Level: Easy
Rating: PG13 (abuse, torture, murder, firing squad, starvation, work camps, illnesses, separation of families, atheism, warfare, theft, etc)
Worldview: Pentecostal Christian

Nora Lam's autobiography skims her life from 1932 to 1979. She recounts life as a little princess, fleeing from the Japanese to live in Chongqing, returning to the middle-class of Shanghai where she found love and a new political philosophy in college, the horrors of the Great Leap Forw
May 09, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that will stick with you forever. I have watched the movie several times and read the book at least twice. I love true stories and this one really makes you examine your own life because of all the things Nora went through (being imprisoned, persecuted, forced to do heavy manual labor when she was pregnant, etc.). I would recommend reading the book or at the very least, watching the movie.
Jan 01, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extraordinary book about an amazing missionary and her escape from Communist China--and the firing squad that could not kill her--and the lifetime of obstacles and miracles that followed.

I wish this book was longer!
Jul 07, 2012 Mallory rated it liked it
It was an absolutely incredible story. Her life is full of miracles, but her writing ability is not too great so I didn't love it for that reason. But wow, God is an amazing God!
Mar 02, 2013 Kw rated it it was amazing
This is not the edition I read. The one by Irene Burk Harrell is very well-written and just an incredible story of God's faithfulness and love for His people. So thankful for this uplifting book.
Mar 15, 2008 Kim♥ rated it really liked it
I saw this movie at the theater back when I was ten. It was so moving! I'll never forget it. I have the movie edition of the book.
Jan 01, 2015 Toni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well the book I have wasn't written very well at times but I am able to overlook that because the story is amazing and powerful, and I love it!
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Nov 04, 2013 Jenny rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story--it challenged me in my faith and also made me think a lot about Communism.
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