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10 Who Changed the World – Daniel Akin
Akin connects the dramatic lives of ten missionaries to ten passages from the Scriptures to show how those men and women lived the passages out and how we can do the same.
I care not where or how I lived or what hardships I went through, so that I could but gain souls for Christ. While I was asleep I dreamed of these things, and when I awoke the first thing I thought of was this great work. All my desire was for the conversion of the heathen, and all my hope was in God. (William Carey quoted by Akin)
Through Gates of Splendor – Elisabeth Elliot
In 1956 the world was shocked by the massacre of five young missionaries by the Auca Indians in Ecuador. Elisabeth Elliot records the amazing and challenging story from the perspective of her husband, Jim.
“I walked out to the hill just now. It is exalting, delicious, to stand embraced by the shadows of a friendly tree with the wind tugging at your coattail and the heavens hailing your heart, to gaze and glory and give oneself again to God – what more could a man ask? Oh, the fullness, pleasure, sheer excitement of knowing God on earth!”
To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson – Courtney Anderson
Anderson traces the life of Adoniram Judson from his birth, to his conversion to Christianity, to his sailing for India, to his ministry in Burma, through his imprisonment during war, to his death. This engaging biography reads like an adventure and inspires the reader with the sacrificial life of this servant of Christ.
“Though he now ceases to exist, they still worship a hair of [the head of Gaudama] which is enshrined in an enormous pagoda, to which the Burmans go every eighth day. They know of no other atonements for sin than offerings to their priests and their pagodas. You cannot imagine how very difficult it is to give them any idea of the true God and the way of salvation by Christ, since their present ideas of deity are so very low.”
Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions – John Piper
Piper brings together both New and Old Testaments to show worship is the ultimate end of the church which drives the mission effort to see the nations worship God – an engaging theology of biblical mission.
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.”
The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected – Nik Ripken
Nik tells us the story of how God led him to take the gospel to the nations, of his challenging work in Somalia, and of his journey to understand the persecution faced by believers all over the world. This story will inspire and challenge you to surrender all to the Jesus who is worthy of and worth it all.
“What we discovered—through God’s grace and with the help of hundreds of faithful people—wasn’t so much a strategy, a method, or a plan. Rather, it was a Person. We found Jesus—and we found that Jesus is very much alive and well in the twenty-first century. Jesus is revealed in the lives and words and resurrection faith of believers in persecution.”