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 Adoniram 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.
- Expected biography, but heard sermons on why world missions.
I was quite disappointed in this book because it wasn't what I expected. I expected life stories of these faithful missionaries, but instead heard mainly quotes from current Christian leaders and scriptural reasons for world missions. The biographies of these faithful missionaries was a side point for the most part. Because the book is described as telling the stories of faithful missionaries but didn't tell those stories, I am disappointed.
- The Golden Lives of God's Servants
The down side of this audiobook is the nuggets you come across in the stories and words of these faithful missionaries. If this was a physical book I'd have scrawled and footnoted like mad. Listen, learn and re-consecrate yourself to the God these frail saints served with such depth and assurance. They are gone, on to glory. He changes not, his gospel remains his power to save the lost.
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