Born in an overcrowded slum in Scotland in 1813, from ten to twenty-four david Livingstone worked twelve - hour days in a cotton factory.
A pamphlet by Karl Gutzlaff kindled his desire to become a missionary, and he resolved to apply himself to medicine. He educated himself and eventually qualified as a doctor. In 1841 he left for Africa as a medical missionary and stayed there for thirty years, returning to Scotland for a total of two years. His accomplishments are legendary: Missionary geographer, ethnologist, chemist, botanist, astronomer, anthropologist, discoverer of Victoria Falls and the source of the Congo, and the first to cross the continent. And Africans revered him as a near saint, the epitome of moral virtue.
Interest level: 2. The occasional very interesting story thrown into a book that seemed very underwhelming.
Spiritual content: 2. Though Mr. Livingstone probably had an exceptional relationship with God, I didn't feel it was translated well enough through this book for me to be changed by it.
Content: A life story that sounds like it should be exceptional, but I ended up having to force myself to finish the book, instead of wanting to finish it. I hope to find a biography of Livingstone's that is more followable and engaging, because I think I should be able to benefit from his life and story.
Narration: 5. Well done.