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To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson Paperback – June 1, 1987
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In my lifetime I have read quite a number of biographies, including a number of religious biographies. This one I rank near the top in my biographical reading experience. The interest is compelling by virtue of Adoniram Judsons historic place in American foreign missionary endeavor and by the drama of his life. --Raymond Banner
The book is very provocative, in the sense of drawing your emotions into the adventures of frontier missions. It makes for great material to fuel the fires of your heart, for those on the field and for those supporting missionaries. --Daniel Elmore
The detail of Judson s life as found in To the Golden Shore is breathtaking. His testimony of salvation is given in full detail it alone is worth purchasing the book...An excellently written and researched biography. If you are a Christian, I commend this book to you. If you are thinking about going on the mission field, then this book becomes a must read. --ChristianBookNotes.com.
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This book tells how the 'golden shore' bought bitter hardships, imprisonment, and family tragedy.
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I am 75 and at a point where I am finding the time, along with a zillion other things.....to read such books. I could not put it down. If you like Michener's Hawaii, you will like this book.
Little visible progress, illness, obstacles, death of friends, co-workers and their own children, illness, antagonists, indifference, illness, financial concerns, war, illness, discomfort, loneliness, depression, persecution and cultural and language barriers plagued them. The first few years seemed to yield no progress. The missionaries were discouraged. They contemplated giving up. Some actually did leave. Then things got worse.
But the Judsons and others were so convinced of their faith and so confident that their obedience to God's will would produce fruit that they never gave up. And eventually their work yielded fruit. First, one convert. Then a couple other converts and a lot of people who were seriously interested started showing up at their door. On some occasions people literally begged to hear about Jesus and for copies of the gospel tract that Adoniram Judson had printed in the Burmese language. The rest is history.
It's an inspirational book, and one can appreciate the work of God throughout the book from Judson's infancy to the Karen people who eagerly accepted the gospel.
In addition to Adoniram, the respective characters of his wives were discussed in depth. One can't help but admire with amazement the determination, courage, godliness and fervency of all of these women.
This book is impeccably researched. Names, dates, events and details are abundant throughout the book's 500+ pages. The author has done extensive research. The author has also left a comprehensive bibliography and laments that some of Judson's letters home were destroyed (at his request) after the death of his first wife.
Adoniram Judson, the first American foreign missionary, left America in 1811. He returned home once in the 37 years that followed, dying on a ship in the Sea of Burma in 1850. His story is a thrilling tale of faith. This biography does it justice. Buy, read, treasure this book.