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February 12, 2017

Publishers Weekly Gives Shanghai Faithful a Starred Review

From Publisher's Weekly: "Lin writes with a novelist’s narrative flair and grace and a historian’s fine eye for detail, and as she sketches the personalities, dreams, and life circumstances of her relatives, her thorough research and compassion for her subjects are evident."

March 30, 2017

Booklist starred review

From Booklist: "Richly detailed and informed by fascinating characters, Lin’s story is altogether a compelling and inspiring one that is sure to interest a wide range of readers."

April 09, 2017

Philadelphia Inquirer review: "Panoramic."

Review: "...Jennifer Lin's Shanghai Faithful would not glow as it does unless it were so well told."

May 22, 2017

WHYY "Radio Times" interview

WHYY's Marty Moss-Coane interviews Jennifer Lin on Radio Times

February 22, 2017

Kirkus Review

From Kirkus: "The author’s portraits of family members and other Shanghainese and their many difficulties during the worst years of the repression are affecting."

March 04, 2017

Hong Kong's RTHK "Read All About It" review

Writer Nury Vittachi of Hong Kong radio RTHK reviews Shanghai Faithful. "A wonderful read."

February 22, 2017

Library Journal Review

From Kirkus: "The author’s portraits of family members and other Shanghainese and their many difficulties during the worst years of the repression are affecting."

April 29, 2017

Whose Century Is It? Podcast

Podcaster and public radio China correspondent MaryKay Magistad interviews Jennifer Lin and author Ian Johnson about "soul searching" and religion in China.

May 12, 2017

The Bible Answer Man interview

Hank Hanegraaff, radio's "Bible Answer Man," proclaims Shanghai Faithful "one of the most impressive books I've read."

May 11, 2017

WORD FM "The Ride Home"

The drive-time "Ride home" show with John Hall & Kathy Emmons, who call Shanghai Faithful "an incredible story."

April 07, 2017

South China Morning Post review

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post gives Shanghai Faithful four-star review

April 15, 2017

Broad Street Review

From Broad Street Review:  "Her book follows an obsession she’s had since 1979; the result is an absorbing tale that stretches back five generations."

April 03, 2017

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Journalist Jennifer Lin digs into family history

April 30, 2017

Naples Daily News

Jennifer Lin unearthed a Chinese Christian ancestry that struggled against distrust.

April 08, 2017

Greensburg Tribune-Reivew

Journalist Jennifer Lin delves deep into turbulent past

May 22, 2017

Reading Religion calls Jennifer Lin "ideal author"

American Academy of Religion reviews Shanghai Faithful in "Reading Religion." 

"For Lin, her family lineage and her “distance” from China, makes her the ideal author to present a precise and valuable addition to the study of Chinese Christian theology in twentieth century."

April 16, 2017

Philadelphia Inquirer essay: In China, a religious revival

Jennifer Lin writes about China's Christian revival in The Philadelphia Inquirer. 

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