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Chasing the Dragon: One Woman's Struggle Against the Darkness of Hong Kong's Drug Den

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  3,950 ratings  ·  226 reviews
Inside he Walled City of Hong Kong, prostitution, pornography and drug addiction flourished. A 20 yr old young woman is called there by God. The true, rivveting story of how one girl lead hundreds of junkies, prostitues and a few drug lords to Christ.
Paperback, 238 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Regal Books (first published 1980)
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Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Some stories you have to hear firsthand to believe. Jackie Pullinger's life in Hong Kong is that kind of story.

I am not pentecostal. I grew up suspicious of anyone who raised their hands in church. Speaking in tongues, signs and wonders, healings and resurrections were all a bit far for my home church. Even today, I'm still a bit iffy about things like prophetic words and power evangelism. If God want to act in that way, great! But it will take a little work on God's end to overcome my scepticis
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sp-curriculum
Chasing the Dragon is one of my favorite internship books. Pullinger's autobiography of her ministry in Hong Kong's walled city of Kowloon inspires, challenges, and captivates. As a white Westerner headed to a Southeast Asian slum in a few months, re-reading CTD gave me fresh hope and renewed gratefulness for God's call in my life.

CTD is one of those generally-not-recommended styles of missionary work: Pullinger goes by herself, without a sending org, and sets up shop ministering cross-gender; s
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My last read and second of 2018: Chasing the Dragon by Jackie Pullinger

This is a true story which many have described as “inspiring”.

I could have easily done the same but that would have been embellishing the truth. It made me introspect a lot and I ask myself some very tough questions.

"Chasing the Dragon" is a true story of Jackie Pullinger’s work in Hong Kong’s infamous “Walled City”. Her work resulted in hundreds of gangsters, drug addicts, prostitutes and hardened criminals to turn to Christ
Jackie Pullinger has had a crazy life. I was blown away by this book. Basic gist: woman goes to Hong Kong slum with no plans and no money, and through her, people are saved, lives are changed, and Jesus is glorified.

Now, I'm not the crying type, but I was definitely sniffling back a few tears at several points in this book. Mostly, because God is so PRESENT in this book. He is the center of everything, and Poon Siu Jeu (Jackie's Chinese name) continues to give him glory for everything that happe
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-story, religious
This book is awesome.
May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
Jackie Pullinger, an English single missionary and her incredible journey in bringing the light of Christ to the drug infested areas of Hong Kong. I admire Pullinger a lot. For a single woman to leave her land just by faith to a land unknown like Abraham and start a ministry, just fills your heart with joy. Her stories are amazing of the power of the Gospel to change leper's spots or in this case, free addicted drug dealers and prostitutes from their bondage and melt any and every heart of stone ...more
Ben Cook
Nov 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book has changed my life. What a gift.
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
I commend Jackie Pullinger on all the wonderful things she accomplished and all the people she helped in the Walled City. I enjoyed reading about the interesting people she came in contact with. I gave two stars because I thought the story became very repetitious.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The most compelling missionary biography I've ever read.

As a young 20-something, Jackie Pullinger sensed a call to go into missions. Where she was to go she did not know, and missionary societies weren't interested in her. One Spirit-filled vicar suggested she get on a boat and go as far as as she could. She took his advice, trusting God to meet every need. She sailed to Hong Kong, was initially denied entry, but had an Advocate who was helping her. With no money, no job, and no prospects, she e
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jackie Pullinger is Kowloon’s Mother Theresa. This auto-biography describes her remarkable evolution from exposure to Christianity in London, to a young call to be a missionary, to total dependence on the Holy Spirit long before she knew anything about speaking in tongues. Rejected by all mission societies in Africa, this British-trained musician was given a dream of Hong Kong and boldly left as a single 22yo in 1966 and probably is still in H.K. today. She pioneered love among addicts and prost ...more
Brandon H.
Another captivating missionary story! If you enjoy reading stories of God moving in foreign lands to save people and set them free this is one to add to your list. If you're a fan of Brother Yun, Brother Andrew and Corrie Ten Boom I'd recommend adding this one to your reading queue. If you're unsure if God still uses the gifts of the Spirit these days, or how practical and effective they may be in ministry these days, I'd recommend this book.

I found it inspiring and refreshing. Great light read
Kuching Rose
Dec 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Total crap. I was asked to read this by a Christian friend. Endless tales of people being saved from drug addiction with prayer. One woman's heroic crusade of cleaning up Hong Kong. She did it all herself apparently by getting criminals to become Christian and speak in tongues. Sorry but this is mumbo jumbo. ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Amazing testimony in a book that was poorly written. I think it did a disservice to her life’s work, but there were plenty to love the book exactly as it was written. Repetitive, poorly written, confusing at times in switching back and forth with people that had such similar lives.
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of the more amazing missionary stories I have ever heard or read.
Mary Theresa
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's as simple as this, I want to live her life. ...more
Gary B
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_2015
Astounding, humbling, inspiring. Nothing else I can say.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A amazing book. A must read. A true story that is so inspiring.
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was super cool to hear about experiences from inside Hong Kong's walled city, something I'd never heard of before -- a city that hosted over 30,000 people within 6 acres, filled with prostitution, opium dens, and more (it was demolished in 1994). The author, Jackie, writes in a very accessible way. Though the book is short, it's packed with story after story, so much that I found it overwhelming, and it definitely would benefit from being read over time.

The coolest part about this book was s
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies
3.5 stars for me, very close to a 4 but while the stories were great the writing was at times a little disjointed and hard to follow.
I found the content, miraculous, encouraging and impacting. What an encouragement to read about Jackie’s work and what God did in the walled city in Hong Kong. Jackie’s mission to just share Jesus’s love and not shy away from that, her being very direct was inspiring. Her obedience and her love for the people God called her to minister to was also inspirational. Th
Leah Beecher
Jun 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This particular memoir sat on my nightstand for over a year. Why? Memoirs are a dangerous thing for dreamers and the restless.
I’ve learned not to start memoirs, especially memoirs about women who do amazing things in Christ’s kingdom, unless I am in the right frame of mind. Not too depressed, but not too optimistic; an equilibrium of positivity and realism.
I feel like this about 3.5 weeks a year on average, so as you may have guessed I don’t read more than one memoir a year.
The interesting thin
Rebecca Adelle
Apr 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
One adventurous woman's life (because she hated the words missions and ministry) in the slums and drug dens of Hong Kong. I would have enjoyed knowing Jackie, I think. She didn't let anything stop her from what God called her to do, and she prayed like mad. ...more
Val Munton
Oct 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book by a very courageous woman
Dorothy Bayles
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was riveting!!! This was great for getting a vision for what God wants to do and can do.
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
This one really stumped me. It could easily have been 5 stars as the story was simply amazing; Jackie Pullinger must truly be a vessel of the Lord. She has helped so many drug addicts, drug lords and prostitutes in Hong Kong. But does this make a good read? Unfortunately I found it rather repetitive - I would go as far as suggesting it to be a holy version of "50 shades of grey"! I don't mean to be disrespectful but unfortunately, the constant barrage of success after success after success could ...more
Helen Maltby
A very powerful read. It tells the true story of Jackie Pullinger, an English woman who, in her early 20s felt that God was telling her to go to Hong Kong as a missionary. She ends up in the notorious Walled City and spends her time reaching out to drug addicts and Triad (illegal gangs) members. Gradually she wins their trust and she tells them about Jesus and how he can help them with their addictions. She brings many to Christianity and opens several safe houses where these new Christians can ...more
Sheryl Painter
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colee Firman has skillfully crafted yet another great story in her Unbinding Fate series. From the first chapter in Chasing Darkness, I was drawn back into her marvelous characters, her fantastic worlds and breathtaking suspense. I love how Ms. Firman can mix a little romance, fantasy, mystery, suspense, and a few really evil characters into a story that just keeps racing ahead. I can count on her characters to keep me guessing, and caring, from the beginning of the book to the very end of the l ...more
Leah Good
A desire for missions that began in childhood eventually leads twenty year old Jackie Pullinger to purchase a boat ticket. Her plan is to get off wherever God tells her to. She ends up smack-dab in the middle of an underworld of drugies and prostitutes living in a lawless city that has no plumbing. It is for these people that God fills her heart with love and a desire to serve.

I've been wanting to read this book since Leslie Ludy mentioned Jackie Pullinger in a lecture given in 2010. When I got
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-books
WOW, this woman is just amazing. She tells the story of how she was convinced God had called her to go to Hong Kong to share the Gospel ... and then WENT ... apart from any specific church sponsorship or mission board. God used her in absolutely spontaneous and miraculous ways to eventually reach drug addicts in the Walled City portion of Hong Kong. She tells her story with simple transparent faith and humor ... careful to include the fact that she made her share of mistakes that God was able t ...more
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Not only is this book a biography of a remarkable and courageous young woman, but it gives a great portrait of the drug culture in Hong Kong's Walled City, as well as an excellent treatise of why tongues is still a vital spiritual gift to be exercised today.

I first read it at a Crossroads Discipleship Training School in Youth With A Mission. I have since recommended it to several others.

Want to see if you have what it takes to be an inner city missionary in another country? Want to know one way
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an exciting book to see how the Holy Spirit moved and changed young men's lives in Hong Kong's Walled City in the 1980's. The first half was especially interesting as the author shows how many misconceptions she had about God and how He works. I really had a lot of chuckles because I had many of the same ideas from society in general and some churches in particular. It was encouraging to see how she was protected thru her adventures and "mistakes". Her story reminded me of "The Cross an ...more
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Jackie Pullinger is a British Protestant missionary to Hong Kong.
At the age of 22 she moved to Hong Kong and began to reach out to the people of the Walled City. Her ministry started with only a handful of people but has grown steadily over the last fifty years.
She founded the St. Stephen's Society, which is involved in drug rehabilitation in Hong Kong and the Philipines.

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