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Rena Pederson writes for the heart and mind. She engages readers with her vivid stories and inspires them to make meaningful change in their own lives and the world around them.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Recent Articles and Interviews

Why I Got Hooked On Burma - Dallas Morning News
Burma in Play - American Interest
An interview with Rena by Advocate Magazine
An interview with Rena by Preston Hollow People
CultureMap's article on Rena and her experiences with Aung San Suu Kyi
Q & A posted by the Bush Institute
Q & A posted by Asian Books Blog

Praise for “The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the New Struggle
for the Soul of A Nation.”

“The Burma Spring captures Aung San Suu Kyi’s courageous fight for democracy in Burma, including her nearly two decades of unlawful imprisonment under an oppressive and violent regime. Aung San Suu Kyi’s strength and perseverance brought hope to so many Burmese who now see the possibility of reform, and her story will continue to inspire future generations around the world longing for freedom in the midst of tyranny and darkness.” (Senator John McCain)

“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the towering figures of our age: a tireless champion of democracy, freedom and reconciliation. Rena Pederson captures Suu Kyi as few others have, producing a vivid account of the life of this remarkable woman. The Burma Spring is a valuable resource for anyone interested in contemporary Burma.” (Senator Mitch McConnell)

“Impressively researched and compellingly written, Pederson has woven together the epic journey of Aung San Suu Kyi with the turbulent story of her country in a fascinating and inspiring way.”
(Benedict Rogers, human rights activist and author of Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads)

“Writing a biography of a living legend is never easy, especially when the living legend is legendarily inaccessible. Rena Pederson has managed to break through the difficulties to publish a thick, fascinating biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, a legend in the closed-off nation of Burma (sometimes called Myanmar), who became a legend worldwide because of winning the Nobel Peace Prize.” (Steven Weinberg, Dallas Morning News Book Section)

“Even Aung San Suu Kyi's harshest critics will learn from Rena's reporting on one of the world's most important politicians. Detailed and fascinating." (Chuck Mertz, WNUR-FM, Chicago)

“Pederson evokes the quiet, stubborn dignity of this rather improbable political icon. She draws a deeply nuanced portrait of the enigmatic, inspiring leader.” (Kirkus Reviews)

"Journalist Pederson delivers a penetrating portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of the Burmese National League for Democracy party, in a thoughtful biography that reveals the ‘moody, temperamental’ side of its charismatic and visionary subject." (Publishers Weekly)

“The riveting story of Suu Kyi’s brutal imprisonment, deplorable maltreatment, astonishing inner strength, and ultimate survival is told with a historian’s appreciation for context and circumstance by journalist and former State Department speechwriter Pederson in a complex and sweeping history of Burma’s centuries-old struggle to maintain a closed society, yet manifest its power on a global scale.”
(Carol Haggas, Booklist starred review)

“…an ambitious and necessary work, for it harvests the available materials and presents them, together, as a kind of illuminating dossier about a heroic woman and a nation walking, slowly, toward a freer land.”
(Cleveland Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com)

“Writing a biography of a living legend is never easy, especially when the living legend is legendarily inaccessible. Rena Pederson has managed to break through the difficulties to publish a thick, fascinating biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, a legend in the closed-off nation of Burma (sometimes called Myanmar), who became a legend worldwide because of winning the Nobel Peace Prize.” (Dallas Morning News)

"The Burma Spring is an instant must-read resource for all things Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar. In her new book, Journalist Rena Pederson offers the whole range of what we should know — from how to pronounce the Nobel laureate’s name to why Suu Kyi’s battle for democracy and freedom in Burma still isn’t over. We are there for a frightening massacre and for the pronouncements of the men who imprisoned Suu Kyi or now resist her party. The Burma Spring provides the national and global context for Suu Kyi’s struggle — right up to 2015. Through years of Suu Kyi’s observations and actions, her long separation from her husband and sons, even the trademark flowers in her hair, Pederson has illuminated a human being.” (Joann Byrd, Amazon Review)

Applause for “What’s Next?” by Rena Pederson

“Tart and witty…Ms. Pederson’s book shines.” (Novelist Shelby Hearon, The Review)

“I hope she will write several more books…Pederson is a brilliant editor of material she accumulated. Her own distinctive voice blends so well with others…” (Robert Morris, Amazon Vine Voice)

“Wonderfully inspirational…a must read.” (Sen. Elizabeth Dole)

“A book full of wonderful experiences.” (Former Governor Ann Richards)

“Inspiring Anecdotes.” (Publishers Weekly)

And praise for “The Lost Apostle” by Rena Pederson

"Engagingly written and intelligently documented, this book is recommended as a worthy contribution." (Library Journal)

“A compelling case…a fascinating behind-the-scenes look…and engaging narrative.” (Karen Jo Torjeson, dean of Claremont Graduate University’s School of Religion, Claremont, California)

“Very readable.” (Carolyn Osiek, U.S. Catholic)

“Fascinating.” (Dwight Moody, Dallas Morning News)

“Well-honed journalist skills.” (Michael McTeer, Toronto Star)

“A strong case.” (Jim Jones, McClatchy Newspapers).