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Jackie Pullinger , Andrew Quicke
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8 Feb 2001

A major new edition of one of Britain's bestselling Christian books of all time. To mark the 21st anniversary of Chasing the Dragon, which has sold more than a quarter of a million copies around the world, Jackie Pullinger has written two completely new chapters to update the stories of some of the lost people to whom she brought the compassion and saving power of the gospel.

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. A place of prostitution and pornography, extortion and fear. When Jackie set out from England she had no idea that God was calling her to the Walled City. Yet, as she spoke of Jesus Christ, amazing events started to occur...

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 2 edition (8 Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340785691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340785690
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jackie Pullinger has helped to turn a city around and has saved lives, all because of the compassion that she's received from Jesus. She is clear and straight up in the way that only someone who is actually doing what she says can be. (Mike Pilavachi)

One of the most dramatic Christian autobiographies ever published (Church of England Newspaper)

Anyone less likely to go tripping into the vice dens of the notorious Walled City could not be found. Maybe her ignorance saved her ... or her courage. (Daily Mail)

A book to stop you in your tracks. (Liverpool Daily Post)

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The Walled City has been demolished but Hong Kong's need for Jesus is as real as ever before ...

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an amazing book 3 April 2001
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Jackie Pullinger is one of the worlds 'nomad travellers' and 'undiscovered saints'.
This is a work which deserves wider 'worldwide recognition'.
Jackie felt a 'calling' and acted on it.
Chasing The Dragon is a work and testament to selfless commitment and human kindness towards others.
Jackies work was highlighted by the worlds media -with the BBC entering her world of Hong Kongs 'Walled City' in 1968.
Jackie found herself 'commissioned to work' 'in a den of all things unspoken of' to the outside world.
It is a grim tale of hardcore crime which would frighten mere mortals. Of Vice - drug abuse - extortion.
For a young British woman to enter into an environment that would test any human being - the success story that follows is gripping reading.
It is a story about changed lives - from the grip of Heroin addiction to freedom for those that Jackie encounters. Often her life is threatened yet by a 'greater power' than her own she survives.
Jackie faith leads others to walk away from their personal hells and to read their progress as the book unfolds is deeply moving.
Once you start to read this book - you will be helplessly compelled to read the book from cover to cover.
The Walled City in Hong Kong is no more - it has long gone - but the memories contained in this book will live with you forever if you have any thread of human compassion.
I would also highly recommend this book to those who are suffering from the nightmare of drug addiction.
May I also recommend it to Drug addiction Programme directors and for those who lead self help groups.
For the drug addicts - I would say to you there is hope - but you must believe .
Jackies work will help you see there is a way out.
But you must grasp the opportunity.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing 26 May 2008
I read this book as a 16 year old and found the account of Jackie Pullinger's work in Hong Kong exhilarating and inspiring. As a 17 year old, I had the opportunity to go out to work with her, together with two friends, all three of us keen to do something "different" before starting at University. I remember seeing the small, outlying islands of Hong Kong through the aircraft window as we began our descent and wondering whether what I had read in Chasing the Dragon would prove to be exaggerated, or simply false. What I discovered was not "simply" that heroin addicts were indeed routinely coming off the physical addiction of life-long heroin abuse painlessly when they prayed, and were prayed for, by former drug addicts and helpers from around the world, but that there, in Hong Kong, through Jackie and her team, there was a work that combined the "social gospel" of outreach to the poor, sick and hopeless, with a belief and trust in the miraculous intervention of God in people's lives. The hungry were fed, the sick were cared for, families were put back together and, yes, the miraculous took place. It became not only a life-changing experience for me, but a bench mark by which I have come to evaluate other Christian ministries.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chasing the Dragon 6 Sep 2006
I found this inspirational when it first came out several years ago. It gave me confidence as a GP in working with people with drug addiction. Having heard Jackie Pullinger speak recently, I want to buy another copy to lend to people.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly amazing and inspirational 7 Feb 2009
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This book is like no other, it talks modestly of Jackie deciding against advice to travel to the other side of the world because she feels God is calling her. In her polite and naive manner she walks in to one of the most disgusting, frightening and lawless places on earth. She starts by trying to help the desperate and needy with total openness and sharing all she earns. Gradually she discovers that God can open doors for her and work miracles as she learns to let God do things his own way.
Her story will cause every Christian to re-evaluate how they prioritise their own lives and perhaps be inspired to be open to sharing with those with great needs. Buy this and read it, then lend it out and wait for a reaction!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Jackie Pullinger, a young English woman, trying to follow God's direction, finds herself in the centre of Hong Kong's underworld. What she discovers about herself, the society around her, and the spiritual resources available to her, forms the basis for an exiting, but also thought-provoking story.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is life changing 26 April 2000
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If you want to see how God is working through the lives of His people today then this is the book for you. Prepare yourself to be amazed by God's awesome goodness and power.Read about the tangiable difference that Jesus has made in the lives of those who have come to trust in Him through the ministry of Jackie Pullinger in Hong Kong's infamous walled city. An encouraging and inspiring book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chasing the dragon 17 May 2009
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This book is a must read for all christians in pursuit of God.There are many lessons and journeys this book takes you through by her story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chasing the Dragon 16 July 2009
this is a wonderful story, all about a woman who offered her life over to God, and was led to Hongkong, where she met up with the most evil of people who where drug addicts, gamblers, and thugs, who would kill and steal without any concious.
she worked with God to repair these people and return them to normallity.
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