Endurance | Faith | Health | Persecution | Perseverance | Trial

A friend recently loaned me an amazing book, entitled Life And Death In Shanghai, by Nien Cheng (Grove Press, New York, 1986). It is the compelling story of a Chinese woman who was arrested and spent seven years in solitary confinement beginning in 1966 during the Cultural Revolution in communist China. It is a powerful story of endurance and faith in the face of persecution. Following is an excerpt that describes an incredible experience in revolutionary thinking during that period in China’s history. In order to reprogram people’s minds the authorities depreciated the intellectuals as well as anyone who had “foreign” connections or who had studied in Western schools. Even medical doctors had to be reprogrammed and many of them were taken away from their practice for a time to work at manual labor to purge their minds of their intellectual pride. The flip side was that many unskilled peasants were given the medical jobs though they had…

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