Shannon here: Ruth Wuwong shares the inspiration behind her latest Contemporary Romance, Blazing China. Read the blog to learn how to get a free e-copy of Love at the Garden Tomb. Any comments will go in Monday’s drawing. Deadline: Nov 25th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Ruth:
Why I Wrote Blazing China
While my husband (a retired pastor) and I served together at three churches from 1987 to 2020, many students and visiting scholars from Mainland China attended the Chinese congregation of our church. A majority of them initially identified themselves as atheists. They came to church out of curiosity. The work of the Holy Spirit was beyond my comprehension. One by one, hundreds of them accepted Christ as their personal Savior.
From them, I heard numerous stories about the Cultural Revolution, the
most trying period in modern Chinese history. The Lord put an idea in my mind: Someone must write those incidents down. I compiled some of them into a draft and self-published the booklet, “Ninety Degrees of Separation,” about twenty years ago.
In 2020, I received another inspiration from the Lord and revised my draft into a full-length book. This time, instead of depicting the horror and hopelessness of people ensnared in the political turmoil, I focused on showing how Christians prevailed under intense suffering and persecution. Many scenes depicted in the book took place in real life.
About Ruth: Dr. Wuwong (PhD in biochemistry, MBA in finance) has published 120+ scientific books and papers (under her legal name) and Christian fiction books (Love at the Garden Tomb, The Way We Forgive, Blazing China, and Detour to Agape, under R. F. Whong). She lives in the Midwest with her husband, a retired pastor. They served together at three churches from 1987 to 2020. Her grown son works in a nearby city.
She currently runs a small biotech company (www.vidasym.com). Learn more & connect:
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About the book – Blazing China:
Live or believe? God or survival?
Ordinary Christians. Extraordinary circumstances. Beliefs under siege outside and conflicts within. Where do these women stand?
Leesan wants to produce heirs to carry on the Lee family name and manage their enormous estates. When she delivers identical twin girls, Ann-Ann and May-May, just before the Cultural Revolution in China, she cannot imagine how much their world is about to change. Now, with her husband dead, their land forfeited to the government, and their lives in jeopardy, Leesan, her mother-in-law, Su-Ann, and her daughters must surrender all that’s left of the past, even as they struggle to hold on to their Christian faith.
As the persecution intensifies, Red Guards murder those caught attending their home church, and the survivors are scattered in different directions. From Beijing to Inner Mongolia, from Hong Kong to California, hardship and the clash between ideologies challenge their faith, love, and loyalty.
Should they choose survival over God?
Reminiscent of the stories and styles of Amy Tan and Francine Rivers, Blazing China is an extraordinary tale about a family’s journey through adversity and persecution.
Blazing China reached Amazon’s #1 new release in Asian Literature in 8/2023. On 10/1/2023, it ranked #2 in Asian Literature.
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