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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon November 13, 2010
Project Pearl by Brother David and Paul Hattaway, 2007 is a great book - the true story of how in June 1981, one million Bibles were smuggled into China on a Christian owned boat/barge. The Book is a great read, thrilling and honest, and details the life of Brother David and his quest to land 1 million smuggled Bibles in China; an event that would eventually changes China's policy on printing Bibles.

The book cover Brother David's life, from school to ministry and includes: his football, academic let downs, unconverted state, military training, working in a printing press, his conversion under Billy Graham in a campaign in LA; becoming a missionary with FEBC in the Philippines (1963), trips to Hong Kong, Vietnam and the realisation from a question from brother Andrew of Open Doors: "Are you ready with literature for when China opens?"

What began with a trickle of Bibles into Communist China in suitcases in the late 1970s grew into hundreds, thousands and the ultimate million for the House Church Movement; which Christian from around the global became couriers for Christ - taking Bibles into China by the trunk load! The Book is also interspersed with spiritual truths / life lessons from Brother David and incorporates much biblical teaching. There is also a good chapter of the ethics of "smuggling" - `better to obey God rather than men' when the law of the land contracts God's higher law.

The book is honest in its portrayal and does not gloss other negative aspects. It revealed the hidden disunity amongst the crew, Brother David's own failings which result in the cancellation of the delivery just two days before they were to leave when Brother David had to meet his superior Brother Andrew (of God's Smugglers) and the Board of Open Doors and explain himself over certain things and allegations! There was repentance and reconciliation between the Board members and those concerned and back in Hong Kong (where the supplies and men were), after months of work, six crew members had left. Unity prevailed and the Lord sent His angels and the blessing prevailed during the "impossible" mission.

Brief accounts of the mission are also written by members of the crew and the Chinese brethren (and the aftermath) who received the Bibles; the persecution, blessing to the brethren and things that God was teaching the crew; that it was more important for Christ to be formed IN them, than the delivery of the much needed Bibles.

The book also covers other aspects of B. David's life, ministries, heartaches, "friendly fire" (persecution from the brethren) and in another ministry eh found they delivered 5 million Bibles in 5 years, via inside China and Amity Press.
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