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The true story of how one woman's faith resulted in the conversion of hundreds of drug addicts, prostitues and hardened criminals in Hong Kong's infamous Walled City. The true story of how one woman's faith resulted in the conversion of hundreds of drug addicts, prostitues and hardened criminals in Hong Kong's infamous Walled City.


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The true story of how one woman's faith resulted in the conversion of hundreds of drug addicts, prostitues and hardened criminals in Hong Kong's infamous Walled City. The true story of how one woman's faith resulted in the conversion of hundreds of drug addicts, prostitues and hardened criminals in Hong Kong's infamous Walled City.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Sagely

    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 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 scepticism. CtD carries a latent pentecostal punch. Only after you've committed to Pullinger's story does the gift of tongues come to center stage. Honestly, speaking in a Holy Spirit language is both catalyst and content to much of her work in Hong Kong's Walled City. But the way she brings this gift across even has me questioning my own prejudices (which is always a good thing). The presence of God and the power of Jesus are undeniable in her accounts. The sort of life that seems to me the natural path for a Christian is showing up in what she's doing. Maybe I'm the one who's missing something. I'm thankful I happened on the 2000 edition. Pullinger's two final chapters put the first part of her story into some perspective. Her voice sounds less polished, and some of the deep anguish she felt shows through. Like Mother Teresa's posthumously published journals, these later chapters provide a necessary context to the rest of the stories.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    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 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; she has very little boundaries or rhythms of self care. That said, AMAZING works of the Holy Spirit happen in part because Pullinger was obedient and tenacious in her response to God's call in her life. I truly wish we saw more works for the Spirit in the U.S. today, if simply for the fact that God could do those miraculous works here if only we'd let Him.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Danesh

    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 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, give up their former ways, be immediately healed of their drug addictions and pledge their obedience to Christ over drug lords. The power of the Holy Spirit and praying in the Spirit features prominently. After hearing the call of God, Pullinger left England in her early twenties with a one-way ticket to Hong Kong and with little money. She heard the call and obeyed. She had no mission group or church backing her. It’s reminiscent of the many rags-to-riches stories of immigrants who left their countries to seek wealth except her riches are in the Kingdom of Heaven. Read it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    This book is awesome.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    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 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. This book however, was just ok for me. The writing is poor and reads like a bunch of journal entries. It was hard to keep track sometimes. It also seemed like one spectacular highlight after another of people getting saved and speaking in tongues, for which I praise God (and I'm not a cessationist), but it would have been helpful to hear more processing of her heart through these years, and I would have loved to see her elaborate on her sorrows and lows (she says she had some, but doesn't really elaborate). Towards the end, she bemoans the problems with short-term missionaries and"missionary voyeurism..." how people like to come for some short thrills and leave with their video cameras having not really "seen" or made any real sacrifice. Giving her life to these broken people taught her that true love always costs. This was a great insight and I wanted her to talk more about things along those lines. Then I thought it might be in the last chapter, but that too was full of more highlights and then it just ends abruptly with another person getting miraculously healed. Two stars for a five-star woman of God!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Josiah

    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 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 happens. The way she presents the gospel is so simple to everyone she meets, and the miracles that happen seem so commonplace that sometimes I forgot that these things ARE NOT NORMAL. Jackie presents it all in this book, the good and the bad, and at the end all I seem to be able to say is: GOD IS SO GOOD.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    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 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 embarked on an adventure which would mean the transformation of hundreds of lives inside Hong Kong's infamous Walled City. No review can encapsulate the inspiration, lessons, and exhortation presented in this testimony of Pullinger's work. Here are a few things that hit me: - Jackie's simple, child-like faith and that exemplified by the Chinese gang members - The entitlement attitude among the Chinese she tried to reach through her youth group. She was, in their eyes, a rich Westerner and they wanted to bleed her for what they could get. It was the gang members, prostitutes, and opioid addicts who were desperate enough really to want the heart of what Jackie had to give. - Jackie being told she needed the baptism in the Spirit if she really wanted to see fruit, her offense at this, the persistent prayer of the Chinese couple to see she got it, and finally - her speaking in tongues. - The key role praying in tongues had in Jackie's ministry, but also the Chinese addicts coming off heroin with minimal or no symptoms when they prayed in the Spirit. - The joy of the new converts, despite their circumstances, poverty, etc. - What hideous things come out of a culture in which demons are worshiped: children brought into the world by parents' greed so that they will serve them; children bought and sold or produced simply so the adult will have someone who will worship their memory when they're dead. Women treated as property. Dogs beaten in restaurants while they're still alive so their meat will be tender after they're killed and served to eat. - The fact that British police (in earlier decades, anyway) recognized the dangers of witchcraft as a punishable offense by the law and indicted criminals accordingly Pullinger writes with humor and flair; she feels within her right to invoke mild sarcasm at times toward the church where it failed to share her burden. While I couldn't give less than five starts for the dramatic impact of this book, there were a few ways in which I'd have liked to see the story improved. For one thing, the book ends rather abruptly with a lot of loose ends. There was no way to keep track of all the names mentioned, nor how they were related, nor the timeline etc. but by the end of the book, there's no follow-up on specific Triads mentioned. One or two are mentioned as becoming pastors, but that's the extent. Whether they continued to be in any kind of relationship with Jackie is not known. At one point, Jackie sells her prized oboe to redeem a prostitute. Here she mentions in a single sentence, out of the blue, that she was part of the Hong Kong Philharmonic for two years. I read that line three times to make sure I understood it. This was the first indication, other than her time with the Willanses, that she had any kind of a life outside of running through the squalid streets rescuing those in the gutter. Jackie indicates some moments of anguish, but she seems to take most of life in stride. Did she ever have any ongoing personal struggles? So many of these missionaries come across as superhuman in their biographies, but an autobiography allows room to be real. I think this aspect of the journey is just as important as all the fruit. And I really wanted to know of what became of the Willanses. Memorable passages: Every day- as I had promised the Willanses- I prayed in the language of the Holy Spirit. Fifteen minutes by the clock. I still felt it to be an exercise. Before praying in the Spirit I said, "Lord, I don't know how to pray, or whom to pray for. Will You pray through me, and will You lead me to the people who want You?" And I would begin my 15-minute stint. After about six weeks, I noticed something remarkable. Those I talked to about Christ believed. I could not understand it at first and wondered how my Chinese friends had so suddenly improved, or if I had stumbled upon a new evangelistic technique. But I was saying the same things as before. It was some time before I realized what had changed. This time, I was talking about Jesus to people who wanted to hear. I had let God have a hand in my prayers, and it produced a direct result. Instead of deciding what I wanted to do for God and asking His blessing, I was asking Him to do His will through me as I prayed in the language He gave me. Once Ah Kei became a Christian, he began to tell the good news to his family, who one by one accepted it. Ah Bing's father was so pleased to see the change in his son-in-law that he too became a Christian and was baptized with the Spirit. He threw a lavish dinner to celebrate...Afterward, the father rose to his feet and announced, "Once I was young and now I am old, but never before have I seen a bad man become good. Ah Fung...stayed not one year but two in our houses and became very helpful and responsible with other boys. He was just one of the 75 boys we took in during the first 20 months. Each had his fascinating story, and all, without exception, came off heroin without pain and trauma." Few of the junkies...had any exposure to Christianity before coming off drugs. Far from being a hindrance, this helped them. Now they would arrive saying, "I heard how Ah Kei (or some other friend) has changed. He says it is Jesus who did it. Ah Kei is the meanest addict I know. If Jesus can change him, he can change me too." Their faith did not depend on theological concepts but on seeing Jesus working in others and on their willingness to let Him work in their lives. Each time they prayed, their prayers were answered, and their faith grew as they were healed. The boys who had come off drugs were very good at helping the "new boys." Having recently been through withdrawal, their faith was high. The other boys listened to them with some respect when they said, "It works - once you begin to pray, the pain goes. Just ask Jesus and pray in the Spirit." Upon word that his father was dying, Bibi went to see him in the hospital. When he arrived, his father, who had come off opium himself and become a believer, said simply, "Now that Jesus has made my sons good, I'm ready to go to heaven." He kissed both his sons a tender farewell, but instead of dying, he was healed as his sons prayed for him. A week later, he was discharged. Over the years we had hundreds of short-termers who want to get the picture immediately - if possible, on video - so they can show it to their home church and have an inspired evening. I have begged them to love the people and stay, just like Sai Di did of me of 30 years. The disadvantage of short-term missions is a wrong perspective based on this generation's need for instant results.

  9. 5 out of 5

    C

    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 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 prostitutes and eventually discovered that if they were sincerely willing to accept Jesus, His substitutionary death and resurrection, and pray in tongues, they would not have withdrawal symptoms. She had no money to put them in rehab centers. The transformation of the heroin-dependent gang members by the power of Christ and this mysterious gift of tongues were so dramatic, fast, and genuine, that many others including policemen became believers. Although she scoured the Walled City for potential sheep, she did so in the Spirit and learned to help those He led her to who really wanted help and never force her Christianity on anyone. But it was clear, she came to offer Christ. Everything else was a wonderful benefit as a result. Because of her direct influence on my friends in Hong Kong and their reports of miraculous healings and the attestation of Alpha Course’s Nicky Gumbel, I am a believer as well.

  10. 4 out of 5

    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 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 reading!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Misty

    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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annabelle

    One of the more amazing missionary stories I have ever heard or read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kurt

    This is a fascinating story of a missionary in Hong Kong. There are some wild things going on, and it's inspiring. This is a fascinating story of a missionary in Hong Kong. There are some wild things going on, and it's inspiring.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary Theresa

    It's as simple as this, I want to live her life. It's as simple as this, I want to live her life.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gary B

    Astounding, humbling, inspiring. Nothing else I can say.

  16. 5 out of 5

    A

    A amazing book. A must read. A true story that is so inspiring.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sage

    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 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. This book was recommended to me and I’m glad I read it, it’s encouraged me to continue praying for loved ones and to minister and share the gospel where we are. Praying of course that God prepares the ground before us. We only need to be obedient it is God that draws people and changes hearts.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Bayles

    This book was riveting!!! This was great for getting a vision for what God wants to do and can do.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    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 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 have been summed up in one number of how many young men had either stopped being drug addicts or drug barons - job done! I have always had a problem with the 'issue' of repentance. There is a very clear message that repentance immediately ensures a welcome into Heaven no matter what the crime. Whereas a non-holy person who has lived a 'proper' life, always doing good, is irrelevant. It seems wrong to me! Also Jackie was choosy on who was or was not welcomed into her houses. The book heavily suggests only young men were preferred. (Is this because they are so easily influenced perhaps?) It even states she refused 2 older men because "they did not seem suitable for mixing with our younger boys". This hypocrisy and utter dismissal of the willingness by even one person to repent means I can't give this any more than 2 stars.

  20. 5 out of 5

    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 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 stay so that they don't need to return to their old lives. I felt the timeline was confusing (something another reviewer has mentioned) as it did seem to jump around. Individual stories were obviously condensed but it did strike me that a lot of it was 'Jesus can help you, addict becomes Christian, addict no longer addict. Did make me think that sometimes we spend so much time thinking through the arguments of God's existence through and yet these people accepted without a second thought and within minutes seemed to be speaking in tongues (there is a LOT of emphasis on this). Still, a very good read and one to make you think: and realise how lucky you are in being born where you were.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Painter

    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 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 last chapter. This third book does not disappoint in any fashion. I especially love the strong female character that doesn't come across as silly or sappy, but smart and adaptive - great way to portray a young woman! Stay strong Addy! About the time I think I know where the author is taking me in the story, she twists it and I'm heading in a new, even more wonderful direction - so starting each new book in this series has been exciting. By the end of the story, I was completely engrossed and did not want to crawl out of the story back into the real world. Each time I've finished these books, I cannot wait for the next to be written, and that is more than true with this one. This is definitely one to recommend.

  22. 4 out of 5

    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 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 the book for my birthday, it landed on the top of my to-read pile and got read quickly. The power of individuals sold-out for Jesus never ceases to amaze me. The one thing that I got a little hung up on was Jackie's incessant talk about "praying in tongues." As a Christian who lands on the "skeptical" side of the fence concerning the gift of tongues, I found it's prominence in the book rather distracting. However, it may help to encourage a bit more Bible study on the subject. :) It's my prayer that more Christians today will find the courage to leave comfortable "western" lives to serve even those deemed "undesirable" by the world. Thank God for people like Jackie who followed His call.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    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 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 to work around (imagine ! God can use us in spite of our weaknesses!)Her selfless,tireless labor among and love for people that most would shudder to touch and feel total revulsion for instead of love, was an inspiration. One thing is apparent, and that is ... God is PRESENT in Jackie Pullinger's life and ministry. I was amazed that the drugs that seemed to explode onto the American scene in the 60's already had such a stronghold in Hong Kong. The stories told in this book underscore the demonic nature of drugs and Satan's tactic of promising the "moon" and delivering "hell" instead !

  24. 4 out of 5

    Honeybee

    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 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 to effectively deal with addictions? This is the book for you! See how Miss Pullinger left her home and everything she knew to answer God's call on her life. See how praying in tongues opened unexpected doors for ministry and empowered this untrained missionary to effectively share Christ with some of the most frightening and miserable souls on the planet! Read of the many lives that were transformed because of the courage and child-like faith of this young lady. Find out whether God might be calling you to take a similar step of faith.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Helene

    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 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 and The Switchblade" in that gang members were freed from drug and alcohol addictions and lives of crime and violence. The sad part is that she was not able to start a similar ministry that rescued young women from this lifestyle. The huge upswing in social justice movements in the last decade has begun to reverse this trend as young girls and women are being rescued and given alternatives to lives on the street. I found this book on a bookshelf in the house and saw that I had given it to my daughter for Christmas in 2003.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dalaina May

    I read this book a decade ago, but the story has stuck with me for this long. It's the true story about a missionary to Hong Kong's encounter with God's incredible power. Through her ministry, dozens of opium addicts were miraculously converted to Christianity and subsequently delivered from their addictions without any of the physical and sometimes fatal withdrawls that they should have experienced. This book opened my eyes to the fact that God is still actively present in our lives and still d I read this book a decade ago, but the story has stuck with me for this long. It's the true story about a missionary to Hong Kong's encounter with God's incredible power. Through her ministry, dozens of opium addicts were miraculously converted to Christianity and subsequently delivered from their addictions without any of the physical and sometimes fatal withdrawls that they should have experienced. This book opened my eyes to the fact that God is still actively present in our lives and still does the amazing miracles that He did in the days of the early church. We just don't think to ask.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Friday

    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 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 religious person's position on tongues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Highly recommended!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kuching Rose

    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. 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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This book was inspiring. Christians often think that we need to have these formal programs and to tread softly around people who might be seeking faith, but when the holy spirit is working, it's WORKING! This book was inspiring. Christians often think that we need to have these formal programs and to tread softly around people who might be seeking faith, but when the holy spirit is working, it's WORKING!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    If you're wondering if God is really at work in our world or whether Jesus still performs miracles, read this book! Truly inspiring. If you're wondering if God is really at work in our world or whether Jesus still performs miracles, read this book! Truly inspiring.

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