Resurrecting the category of blog posts entitled Book of the Month, I would like to introduce my very favorite book of 2012: Fierce Compassion, by Kristin and Kathryn Wong.
Fierce Compassion recounts the true story of Miss Donaldina Cameron, who courageously rescued Chinese girls who were sold into slavery in San Francisco in the early 1900s. I loved this book for the amazing story itself, for the inspiring example of the heroine, and for the captivating writing style that kept me turning pages late into the night.
The stories and the backdrop are fascinating for themselves, especially thought-provoking in light of current events including modern immigration trends and human trafficking awareness. Prior to reading this book, I knew next to nothing about Chinese immigration to California at the turn of the last century. In hopes that many of you will also have the opportunity to read this book, I will refrain from explaining the story. Suffice it to say that Donaldina Cameron lived a life of tremendous adventure (including daring police raids), heartbreak (lost love), and satisfaction in hard work (rescuing slaves and changing the tide of slavery at the time).
One aspect of her story that particularly struck me is the way in which she began her tremendous work. It all started when an old family friend told Donaldina about an opportunity to teach rescued slaves in Chinatown, San Francisco. Donaldina first told the woman that she was definitely not qualified for that sort of thing. When encouraged to consider trying it for just a year, Donaldina agreed try it… for a year. It’s amazing what great things can follow a willingness to give something a try.
Fierce Compassion is a beautiful and inspiring true story of how Donaldina Cameron’s convictions, struggles, and dedication were used by God to bring justice and compassion into brokenness.
You can find this book for yourselves here.