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Chasing the Dragon. Jackie Pullinger with Andrew Quicke

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When Jackie Pullinger set out from England she had no idea that God was calling her to the walled city in Hong Kong. Yet as she spoke of Jesus, brutal Triad gangsters were converted, prostitutes quit, Jackie discovered she could make a difference.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Hodder Christian Books (first published 1980)
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Hye Sung
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most powerful books I have ever read and I feel that whoever reads this book will not come out the same. The story of Jackie Pullinger's missionary work is humbling, miraculous, and beautiful. She was a lone 20 year old baby-believer without a missionary society behind her, jumping into a mission field of prostitutes, gangs, and drug dealers. Though the 'Walled City' in Hong Kong, a semi-anarchic settlement, presents incredible challenges, she sees Jesus come through time after time i ...more
Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-story, religious
This book is awesome.
Robin Koshy
May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Caroline Friday
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book about a British woman who refused to let religion and the evils of the world stop her evangelism of the love of Jesus. Called to one of the darkest places in the world, Hong Kong's notorious Walled City, Ms Pullinger relays her experiences with The Lord and His Holy Spirit as they relentlessly pursue the hearts and minds of God's precious people trapped in drug addiction, prostitution, and gang violence. Reading this book will stir up your faith like never before AND convict the rel ...more
Kuching Rose
Dec 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Really fascinating story of the power of Christ in the darkest places.
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book has made such an impact. It is both encouraging and convicting and managed to capture my undivided attention from page one. An eye opening book filled with astounding truth and honesty.
Nov 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're wondering if God is really at work in our world or whether Jesus still performs miracles, read this book! Truly inspiring.
Loved this book. Her storytelling is very clear and brings the characters and surroundings to life. All in all, a very inspiring read!
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating story of a missionary in Hong Kong. There are some wild things going on, and it's inspiring.
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 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
Gary Conachan
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pullinger's faith is inspiring and profound. Not only has it borne much fruit in her own life and the lives of Hong Kong's neglected, but it's encouraged me as well as many others, I'm sure. She demonstrates that in a way, it really isn't hard to do what God's calling you to do - you just have to trust and depend on God. Definitely recommend the read!
Mark Green
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is still an exceptional book of how God can change lives, even those who seem the most hopeless. The book reads a bit like a continuation of the book of Acts in the Bible. Very encouraging!
D Cox
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
So hard to rate this book. Two ways to view it. First there is the subject matter. That is amazing and inspiring. Second is the book as a body of writing. There is so much Jackie has to tell that it becomes a mass of anecdotes without a clear chronological order. However, it is a great set of anecdotes and gives a Christian reader hope that God is very much alive and calling people to repentance.
This book was an interesting read as I was able to delve into the completely different culture of Hong Kong during the sixties and seventies, the pressures of drugs, gang rule and family relationships through the eyes of Pullinger.

Pullinger certainly gives an thrilling account of her work in the Walled City, the miracles of the Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit. I enjoyed her descriptions of the people she met and befriended as they shocked me from my comfortable Western world and into th
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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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