Chasing the Dragon, Paperback Book
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Until it was pulled down, the Walled City was Hong Kong's most foreboding territory.

It was a lawless place, dominated by the Triads, and which the police hesitated to enter.

Strangers were unwelcome. Drug smuggling and heroin addiction flourished, as did prostitution and pornography, extortion and fear.When Jackie Pullinger set sail from England in 1966 she had no idea that God was calling her to the Walled City.

Yet, as she spoke of Jesus Christ, brutal Triad gangsters were converted, prostitutes quit, and Jackie discovered a new treatment for drug addiction: baptism in the Holy Spirit.


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On the one hand, this isn't brilliantly written, it sometimes feels a little disjointed and, particularly in the update chapters of the new edition, unevenly paced. On the much more important hand though, this is a startlingly vivid depiction of the way God has worked in a really dark place to bring light. It left me feeling grateful that we have a God who can overcome all and heal all. It also prompted questions about why we don't see these kind of miracles everywhere. A bit like the elder brother in the parable of the prodigal son, I wanted to know why I don't see this kind of party going on for me. Having thought about it a bit more, I think that this book does show that part of the answer is that Western Christians aren't as good at living in the reality of our inheritance, and also that we aren't good at recognising the depths from which we have been rescued.

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