- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: B&H Books (May 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 143367307X
- ISBN-13: 978-1433673078
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
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.
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!
Warning: When you're done with the book you will rethink where you are and feel a very strong urge to live for something more than what you are living for now.
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