Duke Divinity School will host a book launch and reception for Professor Xi Lian's new book, Blood Letters: The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, a Martyr in Mao's China. The reception will begin at 5 p.m., with remarks starting at 5:30 p.m. The book will be published by Basic Books on March 20.
Blood Letters tells the astonishing story of Lin Zhao, a poet, journalist, and devoted Christian 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.
Xi Lian, professor of World Christianity at the Divinity School, has written the first authoritative, documented biography of Lin Zhao to appear in any language.
His first book, The Conversion of Missionaries (1997), is a critical study of American Protestant missions against the backdrop of rising Chinese nationalism in the early 20th century. His second book, Redeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China (2010), winner of the 2011 Christianity Today Book Award, examines the development of missionary Christianity into a vibrant, indigenous faith of the Chinese masses.