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Whirligigs In China by Anna Seward Pruitt

Whirligigs In China

by Anna Seward Pruitt

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“Whirligigs in China” illustrates the changing religious philosophies of several Chinese youth who come to discover Christianity through interactions with Christian families. This work contains five different tales of youth and their respective trials that bring them to the Christian faith, told by a Christian missionary who taught in China for 50 years. The stories are similar in teachings, but the individual tales are interesting.

I most enjoyed reading this book because of the historical facts about Chinese families and their traditions and beliefs. (In the story “A Water Carrier’s Home,” one learns that ‘the Chinese people kneel down and knock their foreheads against the floor’ as a sign of respect to their idols.) The dialog among the characters is very real, and the writing is clear.

My favorite tale was “A Chinese Rose.” Reading about the traditions set up for young girls in China was educational, and following the story through to what young Rose discovers from Western teachings is inspiring. While I’m not one to completely ignore tradition, I do believe that there are traditions that should be done away with in some cultures. Pruitt’s stories break those traditional molds and teach new ideas through the Christian faith. While the stories are set in the past, what is taught in the stories is very relevant to Christians in today’s society.
  librarianolivia | Jan 5, 2012 |
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