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The Book

“Do you have any idea what happened to us?”


The year was 1979. The question—whispered by an uncle at a family reunion in Shanghai—launched a 30-year quest by journalist Jennifer Lin to piece together her family history. The result is Shanghai Faithful: Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian Family, both a touching family memoir and a chronicle of Christianity in China. 


The cast is compelling: a poor fisherman; a doctor who treats opium addicts; an Ivy League-educated Anglican priest; the charismatic religious leader Watchman Nee; and two sisters whose hopes and dreams were torn asunder.


The settings are evocative: remote 19th-century mission outposts, cosmopolitan 1930s Shanghai, the frigid plains of China’s northeast—even the genteel streets of Philadelphia a century ago. 


The book’s central figure, the Reverend Lin Pu-chi, is the author’s grandfather. Through his eyes we witness China’s tumultuous past, up to and beyond the betrayals and madness of the Cultural Revolution, when the family’s resolute faith led to years of suffering and persecution. 


With its sweep of history and the intimacy of long-hidden family stories, Shanghai Faithful offers a fresh look at Christianity in China—past, present, and future. 

Q&A With the Author


Click for an extended Question and Answer session with Jennifer Lin.

Read an Excerpt


Click to read the Introduction of Shanghai Faithful.



See a listing of events with author Jennifer Lin.

In the News


Read "starred reviews" in Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and features in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette & Naples News.


Philadelphia Inquirer calls Shanghai Faithful "panoramic."

Three new radio interviews: WHYY Radio Times, WORD FM and "The Bible Answer Man," who calls memoir "one of the most impressive books."



Videos about Shanghai Faithful.

Photo Gallery


From the author's collection of vintage and family photos.


Reviews & Endorsements

Including former anchorwoman Connie Chung and author Orville Schell.

Watchman Nee

Watchman Nee

About the Author


A brief bio of author Jennifer Lin.



Jan. 15, 2023, 4 p.m.

Discussion with author
Jennifer Lin

Church in Cerritos

12061 Del Amo Ave.

Cerritos, CA 90703 



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