“When I was a young girl, my parents warned me never to record my story with black ink on white paper.” So begins Finding My Way Home, the story of one Chinese Christian girl in an age of great change for a great nation. Nettie Ma chronicles the trials and tribulations she faced, including the Japanese occupation of China, China’s own civil war, and Chairman Mao’s Communist Cultural Revolution of re-education, brainwashing, and imprisonment. Her journey has been far from straight and smooth, but she writes, “when I have looked up, God has given me eyes to see.”
From the conversion of her grandfather in China by an American missionary to her immigration to the United States, Nettie Ma traces her Christian journey through the valleys and peaks that have ultimately led her home. She now captures this journey with black ink on white paper for all to read.
There are an endless number of personal stories embedded in the 20th century history of China, most of them never to be written down, let alone published. This is one which is now available to all. Nettie Ma's story, of herself and her family, is one wherein fellow believers will see, as she does, God's faithfulness despite trials and tribulations, all set against the drama and turmoil of 20th century China.
— Daniel H. Bays
Professor of History
Head of Asian Studies Program