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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company (September 24, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310459311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310459316
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book, now better than ever, has no competition. No one has ever so ably, efficiently, and delightfully linked together the key personalities that portray so dynamically the story of the expansion of our faith from a handful of people in Jerusalem to the very ends of the earth. It is a must-read for all serious believers.' -- Ralph D. Winter, , President --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Ruth A. Tucker (PhD, Northern Illinois University) has taught on alternative religions at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Formerly, a professor of missiology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she is the author of several books, including From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: Second Edition.

Customer Reviews

This book is also written to be a very interesting read.
J. M. Jones
Even so, this is an excellent book and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the history of missions.
S. VanCott
What impressed me the most was the transparency with which Ruth Tucker writes.
Stanley Harder

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a very readable account of the history of missions. The author seemed to recount history without any favoritism, something that I could not easily do (there were a lot of pathetic missionaries in the past.) The book really showed the amazing sacrifice that many missionaries have made in the past to spread the Gospel.
The only major complaint I would have about this book can be found in the title. Irian Jaya no longer bears that name. The area is now known as West Papua. This shows that the book is fairly old and there has been a lot of exciting missionary activity since the writing of the book (1983).
This is a great book on the history of missions. The author starts with the apostle Paul and works her way all into the 1980's. Ruth Tucker writes in a very easy-to-read style. The book recounts many amazing stories about amazing people who desired to bring the gospel to the `ends of the earth'. Most of these men and women were faithful, effective missionaries. But others have been faithful but ineffective. As a missionary in training, I found the book helpful as I analyzed all the different situations and encounters that the missionaries found themselves in. I can learn from their successes and their mistakes. I would recommend this book to anyone (should be everyone) involved in missions.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mandie P. on January 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was required for a college class at Moody Bible Institute ([...] The author did a great job of caputring some of the interesting missionary characters over the years. No life is glossed over with flowery words or unrealistic statements. The good and bad facts are presented here.
Definitely an interesting read if you like history and missions. Good to read in short spurts as its set up similar to an encyclopedia. You can look up your missionary, read his or her blurb, and then skip around without missing much. I cannot think of a missionary that Ruth Tucker missed. She did a great job researching this book. Many missionaries I had never heard of with awesome stories are recorded here.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dave Tucker on October 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Enjoy a well written text book of Christian missions, from the eariliest beginnings to modern history. From the Apostle Paul, to Jim Elliott, each story will help you understand what the mission field is all about. It is so exciting to read about Patrick becoming a missionary to Ireland or Hudson Taylor going to China. It is exciting to read about David Livingston exploring Africa and William Carey in India. The book has exciting sections about Medical Missions, Single Women Missionaries, Twentified Century Martyrs and my favorite Missionary Aviation. Reading this masterpiece, you will learn by about these great men and women of God, how you too, can be an effective missionary. Learn about their trials they had to experience. From the South Seas, the Americas and to the remotest places on earth these missionaries traveled. Some lived long lives and others died for the cause of Christ. Some were even eating by cannibals. You can learn alot from their lives. This is must reading for every Christian in the world!!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 1999
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Ruth Tucker clearly tells the stories of many missionaries of the past two centuries. Her summaries are concise, and packed full of useful information to help prospective missionaries avoid mistakes. Am not sure how biased her focus on women is, but the stories are amazing nonetheless. It has been amazing to see what God has done through our brothers and sisters! Remember the persecuted!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1997
Format: Paperback
Ruth Tucker traces the spread of Christianity from its very beginning to the present time. Rather than a dry, academic approach dealing with dates and concepts, she captures the very heart of mission by exploring the eras of Christian mission by recounting the lives and experiences of the people who defined them. Her book treats the human dimension of the mission endeavor by delving into the lives of missionaries, some well-known, some all but forgotten. In all, Tucker offers an often compelling narrative that adds drama to an otherwise unexciting topic
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. VanCott on July 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent and engaging book about the history of Christian missions. It is composed of short biographies of missionaries (a few pages each) arranged in topical chapters (about certain areas of the world, or movements). This format makes it easy to pick up the book and read a few pages or chapters anywhere in the book.

The book covers missions from all over the world and from every denomination. It is refreshing to read the biographies because they show both sides of each missionary. Tucker writes about the accomplishments as well as the flaws of everyday missionaries and well-known heros alike.

I read parts of the original edition of this book earlier this year, which prompted me to buy my own copy. However I was disappointed to find some changes in the new edition. I don't have the original edition now, so I can't pinpoint all of the changes. I do know that a chapter I was looking forward to reading (about Bible translation) was gone.

Even so, this is an excellent book and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the history of missions. It would be a great addition to any church (or personal) library.
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