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Shanghai Faithful by Jennifer Lin
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it was amazing

This is a dynamite book about the author's Christian family in China. Despite their persecution, they kept the faith and helped lay the foundation for the takeoff of Christianity in China today. The story is especially interesting because the author's great uncle was one of the most famous Chinese preachers of the 20th century, Watchman Nee, while her grandfather was a very prominent Shanghai pastor. The author has a great flair for the narrative--it's fast-paced and hooks us in early--and then takes us back to the 19th century when her first ancestor converts. It's quite a story and a real insight into an important movement in China. I strongly recommend it for people interested in Chinese society, Christianity, or the vibrant world of interwar China.
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Reading Progress

January 1, 2017 – Started Reading
February 1, 2017 – Finished Reading
February 19, 2017 – Shelved

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