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C.T. Studd: No Retreat (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) Paperback – April 4, 2005
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Christian Heroes: Then & Now - C.T. Studd: No Retreat
Christian Heroes: Then & Now
A Premier Christian Biography Series for the Whole Family.
- Written in a gripping adventure style
- Unique narrative format
- Written for readers ages 10 and up - enjoyed by adults!
- Audiobook editions available
'We're lost,' C.T. Studd said, shaking his head. C.T. and his traveling companion, Alfred Buxton, had been trying to find their way back to the trail through the dense African jungle, but all they had succeeded in doing was walking in circles until they were now totally disoriented. 'And hungry,' Alfred added. The men's porters from whom they had become separated, were carrying all of their food and supplies. The two Englishmen walked on a little farther and came upon a small clearing.
- Christian Heroes: Then & Now chronicles the exciting, challenging, and touching true stories of ordinary men and women whose trust in God accomplished extraordinary exploits for His kingdom and glory.
- There are currently 50 books in the series
About the Author
- Publisher : YWAM Publishing (April 4, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1576582884
- ISBN-13 : 978-1576582886
- Reading age : 10 - 14 years
- Grade level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #162,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once a stuborn young man, the star cricketer of Cambridge then a christian convert later a missionary and finally a key figure in christian evangelization and mision work
His legacy remains a tribute of God's work
This historical man shows love, respect, responsibility, care, bravery, faithfulness, perseverance and... forgivness
Founder of the Heart of Africa Mision and later WEC International (World Wide Evangelical Crusade)
C. T. Studd spent over fifty years as a missionary and when doctors said that going as a missionary to such a savage region as Congo and Sudan would be the end of him that stuborn man would not gove in
C. T. Studd 1861 - 1931 was no chovolate soldier
Love this man
Not many people have such a succesfull life... and not so many authors have such a talent as wrightibg such good books
Positives of this series:
1) Great introductory overviews of the lives and ministries of the individuals.
2) Basic reading level for an increasingly illiterate culture
3) Short enough to be read quickly in a culture with an increasingly short attention span
4) Available in Kindle and audio book for the technologically inclined
5) Well written and holds your attention without being exaggerated and exploitative
6) Chapters are short and can easily be read to children at bedtime or by adults on lunch breaks
Negatives of this series:
1) Due to their brevity and target audience the series does not deal with the more negative aspects of an individual's struggles with sin and the weaknesses in their personality as sinners saved by grace.
2) Does not come across as hagiography (so idealizing the person that it borders on idolatry) but these introductions are not the place to get the full picture of these godly but imperfect champions for God. Instead they are great springboards to more extensive biographies that deal with the fuller picture of these heroic but very human Christ followers.
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I am not sure how much of the colour of the book is researched and attributable and how much is artistic licence or imagined. There is a bibliography of four biographies of Studd written by those close to him so I assume much of the detail of conversations and personal reactions is culled from those biographies.
It is an exciting book not just for the real sense of adventure it relates as Studd gives up his cricket career and gives away his financial inheritance in exchange for a life of soldiering for Christ stripped of any semblance or ease or rest. When he was writing to Priscilla his prospective wife he is quoted as writing "It will be no easy life, no life of ease which I could offer you, but one of toil and hardship". That was not said out of bravado and that is what he delivered in full. He was driven to spend his life for Christ whether in England, China, India or his final home in the African Congo. He died to self and was so single-minded and dedicated to his task that he seems to have become estranged from those who could not be moulded to same supreme dedication. At times this comes across as a critical spirit, intolerant of those who do meet the very high standard he set for himself. Yet by sacrificing his personal life and to a large extent his family life he reached thousands of people and pointed them to Christ. He was acerbic in his criticism of so called "Chocolate Soldiers" - soft Christians. It is mentioned in this book and you can find his "Chocolate Christians" tract fully accessible on the internet. It makes for uncomfortable reading.
This was no ordinary life and a real challenge to Christians of any generation but particularly today. Be prepared to be challenged.
Wow what an inspiring life.