Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power (2006)

David Aikman, former TIME Magazine bureau chief in Beijing, provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date book-length report on the remarkable spread of Christianity across China. Beginning with China’s first contact with Christianity in 635 A.D., Aikman recounts the gripping story of how Chinese across the country and from all walks of life are today turning to a life of faith, and predicts that this phenomenon could transform this Asian giant.

As China becomes increasingly important in world affairs, the role that the church in China is playing has become more and more apparent. When this book first appeared in 2003, some China experts dismissed Aikman’s thesis, but by the time this updated paperback edition was published in 2006, developments in China had already proven the author right.

Anyone who wants a more complete understanding of China today would benefit from this fascinating book, which traces the unique development of the church in China from ancient history to the 21st century. Packed with fascinating details and inspirational stories of persecuted Chinese church leaders, the book is considered a must-read for anyone interested in Christianity in China.

“The Story Behind Jesus in Beijing” — A transcript of David Aikman’s talk to an audience in Beijing about how this book was written and what happened after its publication.