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LET GO is the true story of a girl who was raised by her grandma in her aunt’s home in Shanghai. With nine people sardined in a single small room, tension flew high. She constantly found herself the focus of contention between her grandma and her aunt’s husband and the target of her mother’s uncontrollable rage. Yearning to build a home of her own, she fell in love with a young man at the age of sixteen, married him right out of college and came to the U.S. with him. His love healed her wounds and her Christian faith brought meaning and purpose to her life. But the tremendous losses in his life forced him to revaluate life, death and religion. He eventually made the unthinkable decision, which left her at the crossroads of life … LET GO depicts an Asian girl’s survival under the extraordinary circumstances. It also illuminates that true love triumphs over any adversities.
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Jul 21, 2013The book makes an extremely interesting reading. As young girl, the author, Linda, emotionally and physically abused by her mother, with an emotionally distant father, struggled thru her early life and managed to enter and graduate from college with admirable achievements. The emotion and spiritual vacuum led her to two of her most precious holdings in her life, her husband, a bright physicist Joe, and the Judaism-Christian God - one of them she has to let go as her restless heart seeks and her life progresses. The setting of the story is both typical and atypical. It described the down to earth story of the first well educated generation immigrant Chinese in the US. With no culture and family connection in the new world, their own family is the only comfort and Christianity/church is almost the only connection to the world outside the family. The church’s agenda, especially for the Chinese circle, is pushing for a total integration of the family and church life. Many of these Chinese... More > have managed to navigate successfully and even become local church leaders, as Linda did, against the mounting historic, literature, and most importantly, scientific evidence against the existence of the personal, almighty, and sometimes self-contradicting Christian God. Attributing everything, especially her beloved husband, to God’s grace, Lind did have many years of seemly peaceful life. Eventually, human’s and God’s powerlessness against cancer, which eventually took his sister and brother’s life in a painful way, caught up with Joe the husband. He reexamined all the scientific evidence and concluded that the God as described by the Bible is not real. This conflict brought the crisis Linda has to resolve. The book depicts Linda herself as an earthly strong willed wife every married man can recognize, and a cool headed husband Joe every married woman is familiar with. It is filled with every day anecdotes in vivid language, making the books at times a true page turner. One of the stories makes me laugh is a typical wife-husband conflict that led to a 3-hour, willful walk of Linda from the Lifetime Fitness Center to her house in a day of 90 degree. This “Lifetime walk” reminds me of my wife whom I love dearly. I recommend the book for those Chinese church goers for its in depth revealing of the pursuit of life’s truth of a faithful, intelligent common couple, and the rational examination of the human-god relationship at both emotional and intellectual level.< Less
Jul 18, 2013The author Linda is a very talented, energetic and diligent writer. Amazingly, in some degree, I realized reading her blogs has become part of my daily life. I always believed that she would accomplish something big one day. Now the publishing of her new book Let Go is exactly like a verification of my firm belief. As a matter of fact, I read through each and every chapter of this book despite I define myself an utterly fastidious reader. I have to say, no doubt Let Go is an inspiring memoir; readers would enjoy the rich contents, detailed observations and vividly told real life stories. When I finally put away Let Go, interestingly I could not help sinking into a deep contemplation. The book has very well captured the mentality paths where a Shanghai girl grew into a young woman, a wife to a wonderful man and a mother to three beautiful children; following her steps you would find yourself in an adventure journey exploring and discovering the true meaning of love, friendship, life... More > and death, religion, career, an immigrant’s American dream, and many more. The author sure has her unique background and experiences. As an immigrant myself, her experiences and feelings were so familiar, which truly evoked my emotional resonances. Yet if I were telling the same stories, my scripts most likely would end up some blotters. That is another reason I admire Linda, she is a true talented writer. I highly recommend the book Let Go.< Less
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- Linda Xu (Standard Copyright License)
- Linda Xu
- July 3, 2013
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.86 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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