Blood Letters

Blood Letters

The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, a Martyr in Mao's China

The staggering story of the most important Chinese political dissident of the Mao era, a devout Christian who was imprisoned, tortured, and executed by the regime

Blood Letters tells the astonishing tale of Lin Zhao, a poet and journalist arrested by the authorities in 1960 and executed eight years later, at the height of the Cultural Revolution. The only Chinese citizen known to have openly and steadfastly opposed communism under Mao, she rooted her dissent in her Christian faith–and expressed it in long, prophetic writings done in her own blood, and at times on her clothes and on cloth torn from her bedsheets.

Miraculously, Lin Zhao’s prison writings survived, though they have only recently come to light. Drawing on these works and others from the years before her arrest, as well as interviews with her friends, her classmates, and other former political prisoners, Lian Xi paints an indelible portrait of courage and faith in the face of unrelenting evil.

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Genre: Nonfiction / History / Asia / China

On Sale: March 20th 2018

Price: $30

Page Count: 352

ISBN-13: 9781541644236

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"Blood Letters is a genuinely exciting book. Lian Xi sheds a whole new light on an extraordinarily important Christian leader (and martyr) who has hitherto been utterly unknown outside a narrow band of specialists. Beyond writing an enthralling account of the story of this heroic woman, the author provides a rich historical and international context, and he thoroughly justifies the daring analogy he draws between Lin Zhao and legendary figures like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. A masterpiece."—Philip Jenkins, author of Crucible of Faith: The Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World
"Blood Letters tells the story of Lin Zhao's martyrdom with the elegance her life demands. Those that tortured her could not prevent the beauty of her life and poetry from testifying to her faith in God. We are in Lian Xi's debt for making Lin Zhao's life and witness available to Christians in the West like myself because we can barely imagine from where a life like that of Lin Zhao comes. Lian Xi's book will surely become a classic not only as we come to understand the struggle of Christians in China but also for how the story he tells helps us understand China."
Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T Rowe emeritus of Theological Ethics in Duke Divinity School