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A Good Introduction to Missionary Biography
on July 30, 2009
We were given this book as a part of Sonlight's curriculum and I have read stories to the children nightly from it. They are moving stories about adversity or danger faced with great faith by God's servants in mission work. I have skipped one story (about a the murder of a father) because I felt it was too much for my children...but the rest of the stories have been excellent. Someone above referred to them as horror stories. It's an unfortunate fact that much of human activity up to this day has been horrific. And, in fact, the Heroes books contain very similar stories (Boxer rebellion, etc.). I remember vividly as a child being deeply affected by Corrie Ten Boom's story, The Hiding Place; I never forgot it. "There is no pit so deep, God's love is not deeper still." I remember her father's parable about the train ticket to this day. God gives us grace in our hour of need to face whatever we must. I think it is good for our children to be aware not only of man's inhumanity to man (for they will have to face it), but especially of God's response to it--the Cross--and thus our own, carrying His message of mercy and forgiveness to humanity. These stories are just exciting enough to rivet the children's attention, but the "mature" aspects (e.g., a reference to temple prostitution in the Amy Carmichael story) are muted a bit for the ears of children. It's a good way to pique their interest in reading more extensive missionary biographies.