Missionary Stories with the Millers
Mildred A. Martin
Summary: 28 great stories about men and women who heard God's call to be a missionary in lands both near and far. These stories are full of adventure. They will bring joy, they will bring sorrow. Read about a fierce tribe in the jungle who revel in killing. Meet a young girl in India who works in a pagan temple. Discover how a bundle of flowers was instrumental in bringing Bibles into a communist country. Read about a women who led 100 children to safety during a terrible war. Learn the names of men and women who died giving testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ, bringing light to places of terrible darkness.
Personal Thoughts: I've read this book to my kids several times. It's important for them to connect with other Christians around he world and to become acquainted with the dangerous situations in which they live. Children need to learn how to pray for missionaries and that can only come when they know those stories. My kids do enjoy these stories. This book prompted them to ask for more in-depth missionary stories and as a result we read a lot of biographies about other missionaries. I highly recommend this book.
Jonathan Goforth: An Open Door in China
Janet & Geoff Benge
Summary: China was always his first love. Jonathan Goforth made this clear to his wife before he married her and he lived this principle all his life at great physical cost. He lost 5 of his 11 children to disease or accident. He suffered greatly during the Boxer Rebellion when the Chinese rose up against all foreigners in their land. He lost all privacy in his home as more than 5000 visitors a month visited him in his own home. He battled disease, disaster, danger and death. But this man was such an enormous blessing to the Chinese people. He loved thier souls so much and he let absolutely nothing become a hindrance to their salvation.
Personal Thoughts: This is an action-packed book. My kids LOVED it so much! I loved reading it to them. When I think of what this man endured to bring out the gospel to a perishing nation it puts me to shame. This is probably one of my family's favorite reads. I strongly encourage you to pick it up.
John Newton: A Slave Set Free
Summary: His father was a well renowned captain. His mother, a most godly influence, died when he was but 6. John Newton grew up to be a rough lad. Following his father's lead, John made a living on the seas--eventually becoming a captain of his own vessel. But the Lord would not relinguish His hold on Newton. Converted and suffering a health scare, Newton abandoned the slave trade and became a minister. Nearing the end of his life, he aided William Wiberforce in the abolition of slavery.
Personal Thoughts: I love the story of John Newton. This book is a fair retelling of his life, but it also lacked in several ways. The book was choppy. As I read it to my son I had to continually stop to explain that a good amount of time elapsed between 2 paragraphs. I also found the story did a poor job of integrating details into the main flow of the book. It often felt like this or that fact was thrown in haphazardly. Finally, the book made absolutely no mention of Willaim Cowper--a man under great distress for much of his life. Newton came alongside this man and kept him close for many years, counselling and encouraging him. Other than that, I think it was a pretty good read. My son enjoyed it.