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THINKING BLACK - 22 Years Without a Break in the Long Grass of Central Africa
THINKING BLACK - 22 Years Without a Break in the Long Grass of Central Africa
by D. Crawford
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insights and experiences of a missionary in the Congo, Oct. 7 2013
Thinking Black - 22 Years Without a Break in the Long Grass of Central Africa by Daniel Crawford, 1912, a thick hardback with rough edge paper. The book is very well made with gilt on the board covers, and red ink at the beginning of each chapter. The book also included photos and stuck in `postcard style' paintings of African scenes on black board.

The content of the book is good, but there is a lot of information which is great about Africa and African thinking which clouds this book from being a autobiography of 22 years. I would recommended Dan Crawford - The Central African Missionary by John Hawthorn, (c.1930) as a good overview of Crawford's life to help you understand his life within Thinking Black. Nonetheless, Thinking Black is an incredible book into a world that no longer exists - well not at least in the open, of a cruel tyrannical tribal leader with 500 wives, who kills whom he wills at will! His `city' is scattered with human skulls on poles, in trees and naked warriors stand all about him, caked in oil and grease whilst heathen rituals take places and things of an unspeakable manner. Crawford's ministry began in 1889.

The Belgium's take over the country and many atrocities ensue, and many crimes are overlooked whilst many are not. Shocking section on cannibalism - semi-sanctioned by the Belgium's, the savage Arab slavery-raider who burns villages and takes the natives to sell, or just kills them if they refuse to cooperate. Crawford and others flee for their lives and resettle as new mission base - which get flooded and they have to spend 3 days on the roof of their thatched home / hut. They later resettle and the town of Luanza springs up. Somewhere along the line, Crawford gets married and has a child (which he gives no details about) and the last date in the book is 1909.

Fascinating insights and experiences of a missionary in the Congo

Livingstone, the pathfinder, by Basil Mathews ... with seventeen illustrations by Ernest Prater, twenty-four other pictures and photographs and three maps
Livingstone, the pathfinder, by Basil Mathews ... with seventeen illustrations by Ernest Prater, twenty-four other pictures and photographs and three maps
by Basil Joseph (1879-1951) Mathews
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A good book about a great man of God, May 28 2013
Livingstone the Pathfinder by Basil Mathews, 1912, 1943 is a really good book on the life of Dr David Livingstone, missionary explorer. The book is based for a youth readership, and so apart from some of the younger references is quite mature in its outlook.

The book includes photos and illustration and a map of Livingstone's travels which is not that easy to read, or the various types of lines to plot all of his travels. A good read on the bicentenary of Livingstone's birth!

With and Without Christ
With and Without Christ
by Sadhu Sundar Singh
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting Christian book, May 28 2013
With and Without Christ by Sadhu Sundar Singh, 1929 are `incidents taken from the lives of Christian and non-Christians which illustrate the difference in lives lived with Christ and without Christ.' The book is 129 pages long divided into just 6 chapters.

The first chapter is Singh's conversations (and his life in chapter 5) with those of other faiths - without Christ - and is interesting as he talks to a sadhu on a bed of spikes, an ascetic walled into a cave, a liberal Rabbi In Jerusalem and a fan of Confucius in Peking, China. This is book is better than Sadhu Sundar Singh Reality and Religion (1924).

With and Without Christ also reveals the differences between East and West and many who profess to be Christians are not. Singh also gives the stories or conversation of indigenous Christians and evangelists and tells of their struggles, victories, triumphs and disappointment, many of whom are unknown to missionaries but have Christ in their hearts, on their tongue and in their lifestyles. The final chapter is evangelistic in its nature

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3.0 out of 5 stars Little snippets of wisdom and insights, May 28 2013
Reality and Religion by Sadhu Sudhar Singh, 1924 are `meditations on God, man and nature' and is a compendium of Singh's observations and theological thoughts split into 27 short chapters in just 88 pages. A short book and an easy read. This book is not as good as Sadhu Sundar Singh With and Without Christ which was published 5 years later.

Fredrik Franson
Fredrik Franson
by TORJESEN EDWA
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable 'mission' book of just 122 pages., May 28 2013
This review is from: Fredrik Franson (Paperback)
Fredrick Franson - A model for Worldwide Evangelism by Edvard P. Torjesen, 1983, William Carey Library. Franson was born in Sweden in 1852 and immigrated to America in 1869. He would soon get converted and go into fulltime Christian ministry as a church planting and then mission planting, holding campaigns around the world and inspiring people towards the great commission.

The book is an overview of Franson's life, pieced together by documentation and the history of the churches and mission organisations he founded, and as the author acknowledges a much fuller work is required to duly acknowledge all that Franson had done for Christendom and the cause of world missions. Franson saw revival in a number of places, whether revival amongst the reformed churches, or the unchurched.

There is a number of appendices at the back of the book, which gives Franson's beliefs of the church, its government, evangelism and missions all based on the New Testament pattern. Thus avoiding denominationalism division, but rather all being one in Christ - part of the body of Christ through faith in Jesus Christ's atoning work.

A Present Help
A Present Help
by Marie Monsen
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.08
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book of mission stories - God's protection and guidance, May 28 2013
This review is from: A Present Help (Paperback)
A Present Help by Marie Monsen, translated from the Norwegian by Joy Guinness, 1959, 1960, China Inland Mission is a compilation of true-life mission stories set in northern China in the 1920s and cumulating in a detailed account of Miss Monsen capture by Pirates in a 23 day ordeal.

All of the stories of God's deliverances, during marauding brigade bands and bandits, intervention and protection of angels, trusting in God, being led of Him, results in knowing how to act when in captivity amongst 60 pirates - and trusting God!

PENTECOSTAL RAYS: THE BAPTISM AND GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
PENTECOSTAL RAYS: THE BAPTISM AND GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
by George Jeffreys
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Good balanced, biblical book on the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit, Feb. 24 2013
Pentecostal Rays - The Baptism and Gifts of the Holy Spirit by George Jeffreys, 1933 red hardback is a good book. It is sound and biblical with some very good insights. All of the points that Jeffreys' makes it back up with Scriptures written in full. The book cover baptism in death, baptism in water, baptism in Holy Spirit, leading up to and including Pentecost, the New Birth in the OT, repentance, regeneration, justification, the Holy Spirit as a Person and much more. Some exceptional chapters.

Some of the chapters are exceptionally good, and there is scatterings of Pentecostal / Foursquare / Elim history. Gifts of the Spirit through history is borrowed from other authors. There are some critics questions and answers in some chapters and a interesting chapter on the gifts in the church - as opposed to large evangelistic campaigns which Jeffreys was known for.

Good balanced, biblical book on the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit

Operation China: Introducing All the Peoples of China
Operation China: Introducing All the Peoples of China
by Paul Hattaway
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB book on all the people groups of China, Feb. 17 2013
Operation China by Paul Hattaway is `Introducing all the Peoples of China' - all 490 people groups! (whereas China due to its administration policy lists just 56, nearly one third of its previous research from the 1950s). The book is big at 702 pages and weighs over 1.4KG. Each people group covers a page and has a colour image of one of its people and a map of where they are located. Each page is similar is style and layout and covers the 365 days of the year and so can be easily read and prayer through for each distinct people group. There are also other images grouped together throughout the book. There is a very good introduction and methodology and terminology.

The book is EXCELLENT in its information and style and the author cites more than 1,000 sources. The book is believed to be the first of its kind (2000) and potentially still is with population of 1990, 2000 and projected for 2010. Some of the interesting features were the people customs and the overview of each people group with their location, religion, languages and hope many have been evangelised, known Christians, whether they are an unreached people group and do they have the Scriptures, Jesus film or Gospel recordings in their language.

SUPERB book on all the people groups of China

Taught to Serve: History of Barry and Bryntirion
Taught to Serve: History of Barry and Bryntirion
by Noel Gibbard
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting historical journey from the 1930s to the 1990s, Feb. 17 2013
Taught to Serve: The History of Barry and Bryntirion Colleges by Noel Gibbard is an interesting book relating to the aforementioned colleges. The book begins with references to the Welsh revival of 1904 and talk between ministers in the early 20s of the need for a school or schools to train men for the ministry, because of the dearth of biblical training due to higher criticism - denial of biblical truths.

The book is open and honest in its ups and downs of beginning and running a Christian training centre and goes through the years with honesty and compassion. Many names and personalities are mentioned, former students and staff and council members and friends and is to a great degree, reminiscences of those associated with the colleges with some good lessons to be learnt with running a Christian organisation and all that entails.

J. D. DRYSDALE: PROPHET OF HOLINESS
J. D. DRYSDALE: PROPHET OF HOLINESS
by NORMAN GRUBB
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book on an interesting man on fire for God to the world, Feb. 17 2013
J. D. Drysdale Prophet of Holiness edited by Norman Grubb, 1955 is an unusual book as it is mostly autobiography, then biography (as the author died) by Grubb with a postscript by Stanley Banks - Drysdale son-in-law. There is a little overlapping between Drysdale and Grubb, however Grubb, in many respects elaborates on what Drysdale said, wrote or believed to bring clarity.

The book is interesting and revealing and does reveal a number of spiritual truths - what the Holy Spirit taught Drysdale and he lived fully for Christ and crucified the flesh with its carnal desires. Drysdale was a big promoter of evangelism, word missions and sanctification (holiness - baptised with Holy Spirit and fire), and denounced worldliness as he uplifted Jesus Christ.

In places the book is scant in detail, however the gist of Drysdale life comes through, `conversion' to Christianity to being born again nearly a decade later. Living by faith, fulltime Christian ministry, marriage, evangelism campaigns, holiness meetings, trips abroad and his church in Birkenhead and Bible College and Missionary Home.

Interesting book on an interesting man on fire for God to the world.

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