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Ten Who Changed the World [Kindle Edition]

Daniel L. Akin , David Platt
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Ten Who Changed the World is seminary president Daniel Akin’s powerful tribute to the transformational work done by some truly inspiring Christian missionaries. With each profile, he journeys into the heart of that gospel servant’s mission-minded story and makes a compelling connection to a similar account from the Bible.

David Brainerd (1718-1747; missionary to Native Americans) reminds Akin of Paul’s missionary life in 2 Timothy. The faithful ministry of George Leile (1750-1820; missionary to Jamaica) is aligned with Galatians 6.

William Carey (1761-1834; missionary to India) lives out the Great Commission of Matthew 28. There are parallels between Adoniran Judson (1788-1850; missionary to Burma) and Romans 8.

Lottie Moon (1840-1912; missionary to China) displays the power of a consecrated life described in Romans 12. The work of James Fraser (1886-1938; missionary to China) illustrates Revelation 5. Eric Liddell (1902-1945; missionary to China), his life documented in the film Chariots of Fire, illuminates Hebrews 12.

Together, John (1907-1934) and Betty Stam (1906-1934; missionaries to China) embodied Psalm 67. William Wallace (1908-1951; missionary to China) was a shining example of Philippians 1. Jim Elliot (1927-1956; missionary to Ecuador) is a bold reminder of Psalm 96.

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About the Author

Daniel L. Akin is president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. His previous books include Engaging Exposition, God on Sex, and A Theology for the Church. Akin and his wife have four adult sons and a growing number of grandchildren.

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  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group (December 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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If you're looking for ten cameos on missionaries that are respected in and around SBC life, a list of extensive biographies on each person, and lives that primarily suffered great hardships, even martyrdom, this is your book. Those featured, like most pioneers who opened the way for others, suffered things that settlers never have to experience.

The book's ten chapters constitute ten "mission messages preached by Danny Akin and collected in this book" (xviii). I'm blessed for having read the book. However, that these chapters were originally sermons is witnessed by the book's frustrating sentence structure; e.g., "During the Civil War [Lottie] and her sisters Colie and Mollie nursed soldiers at Charlottesville as well as her brother Orie back home" (53).

Over the years, I have read extensive biographies on these ten people; having short cameos on hand to refresh my memory was a delightful gift. Thank-you Danny Aiken!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Daniel L. Akin is the President of Southeastern Baptist Seminary. He possesses a M.Div. and a PhD. of Philosophy in Humanities. He is the author of five theology books and numerous articles.

The author selected 10 missionaries and wrote a chapter-long biography on each. In addition to a short missions biography each chapter contains a biblical devotional that is tied into the biography.

The format was a bit tiring and even confusing at times. The author's transition from biography to devotional was seldom seamless and often a bit tiresome. The convulsive way the author jumped between devotional and biography was distracting. Standing on their own the devotionals were good and the biographies were excellent. But trying to read this book was akin to eating a chocolate cake and steak milkshake. Mixing two good things together into one isn't always a good idea.

In spite of the format the book was enjoyable. The 10 missionary biographies were a wonderful mix of diverse missions history. The missionaries depicted in the biographies were wonderful samples of flawed men and women allowing a perfect God to use them to his glory. The sacrifice of the martyrs and the dedication in the face of adversity was inspiring. Well written and packed with faith challenging details, the biographies were wonderful.

The devotional portion of the book was theologically sound and contained wonderful analyses of Scripture. The verses chosen and the way they pointed to Christ was a pleasure to read.

The book shined in spite of the handicap of the format. It is highly recommended and an enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: This Book Could Change Your Life October 6, 2013
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I originally purchased "Ten Who Changed the World" because 1) it was on sale, and 2) I noticed that several of the subjects had served in east Asia, where I live. Akin has masterfully weaved ten short biographies with passages of Scripture that were exemplified by the ten "M's" described.

I loved learning more about some of the men and women who not only pioneered the modern "M" movement, but many of whom gave their lives to take His name to all nations. I loved the exegesis and the way Akin helped me better understand the text by illustrating the way it was lived out by these men and women. I loved reading the subjects in their own words, which regularly express joy, struggle, perseverance, and His faithfulness.

This is a MUST read, but be forewarned...this book could change your life. If I was not already living and serving in east Asia, I would be seriously considering it after reading this book. May The Lord use this book to raise up another generation of go-ers who will forsake home and comfort to point those who have never heard to the One who offers endless home and comfort!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and convicting September 4, 2013
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Dr. Akin uses the lives of those who have gone before us to compel us to live a life of the high call of God through Jesus Christ. Thank you!
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Ten Who Changed the World is a book written by Southeastern Baptist Theological seminary president Daniel Akin providing a compelling recognition of the extraordinary missions work undertaken by 10 amazing Christian missionaries. Author Akin skillfully shares each missionary's story revealing their individuality in personality and methodology as well as where the missionaries served. And he frequently refers to Scriptures that are appropriate to each missionary's story.

The first missionary author Akin writes about is William Carey, (1761-1834 missionary to India), who had a "passionate global vision" and took the Great Commission of Matthew 28 seriously enough to live it out in his life. The next missionaries he refers to are Adoniram Judson (1788-1850 and his wife Ann missionaries to Burma); revealing how Romans 8:28-39 seemed to correlate with their lives. He writes of them that they were "marked for death, but were messengers for life." In Chapter 3 author Akin shares the story of William Wallace (1908-1951; who was a missionary to China) and how he lived and served as a living epistle read of all men - the epistle being Philippians faithfully loving and serving the people of China. The next missionary he shares about is Lottie Moon (1840-1912; another missionary to China) who manifested the power of a Spirit filled and Spirit led life as written about by the Apostle Paul in Romans 12. Next we read the touching story of Jim Elliot (1927-1956 missionary to Ecuador); who literally gave his life that the Auca Indians he went there to reach for Christ might be saved. Author Akin uses Psalm 96 as Scripture passage that best parallel's his life. We then read of the missionary service of George Leile (1750-1820 missionary to Jamaica); which correlates with Galatians 6.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Challenged to do more....
I am an avid reader and a church planter. This book sparked a conviction in me greater than any book other than the Bible. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brandon Skelton
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This is a great little read summarizing the lives of 10 different missionaries.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and am happy to recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Andrew D. Buell
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent summation
Dr. Akin does a tremendous job of giving a glimpse into the lives of these influential individuals. The Scriptural parallel is allows each section to read like a sermon.
Published 3 months ago by ADB211
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a very fine book.
Published 5 months ago by B. Valentine
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Great and inspiring book
Published 10 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories
Wonderful accounts of real people who changed the world; also an easy read. I will be using sharing this book on a mission trip; it will make a perfect gift.
Published 13 months ago by Virginia
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy
One of the best books I have read. After the bible the next most inspiring book for my faith and walk with God. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sandeep
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten Who Changed the World
Mastery of the English language falls short in describing this book. The author was successful in pulling the reader in to the inspiring stories of these ten and thus to allow The... Read more
Published 23 months ago by lala
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Aken's writing does not live up to the promise in the title. He promises to reveal the ten lives that changed the world. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Wounded Warrior
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Lives
10 great and challenging stories. Your heart will be stirred for the glory of God after reading these accounts. Some names I knew, but others were introduced to me.
Published on May 16, 2013 by Len S.
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