"a masterpiece of observation and empathy" —Roderick MacFarquhar in The New York Review of Books.
"full of moving encounters with Chinese citizens ... Johnson succeeds in having produced a nuanced group portrait of Chinese citizens striving for non-material answers in an era of frenetic materialism."—Julia Lovell in The Guardian.
"Johnson’s writing is compelling and lyrical, and his research strikes a fluid balance between the political implications and the implications for daily life." —Publishers Weekly
"Engaging, timely, and humane." —Kirkus
The culmination of a six-year project looking at the values and faiths of today's China, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao tells the story of one of the world's great spiritual revivals. Following a century of violent anti-religious campaigns, China is now filled with new temples, churches and mosques--as well as cults, sects and politicians trying to harness religion for their own ends. Driving this explosion of faith is uncertainty--over what it means to be Chinese, and how to live an ethical life in a country that discarded traditional morality a century ago and is still searching for new guideposts.