Book Review: 10 Who Changed the World by Daniel L. Akin
The Stars. The stars of this book were the missionaries. Men and women that I admire greatly. Incredible stories of dedicated faith through hardship, persecution, and even martyrdom. Missionaries who took the Gospel where it needed to go.
They Said It. The author went to great lengths to provide quotes from the missionaries themselves. From personal letters, journal entries, and other documents were used to give the reader actual missionary quotes. Powerful does not even describe the words. As some quotes were taken just moments before the missionaries were killed.
Biblical. While the biographies of these missionaries were remarkable, the Biblical basis for their legacy was what held the book together. Each missionary story was assigned a passage of Scripture that weaved through their life story. This was a perfect touch by the author to make sure the glory is given where glory is due.
Read with a little excitement (audio book only). Ok, confession time…I didn’t actually read the book. I listened to it on audio book. Obviously, the reader was a professional and there was never any mistakes, pauses, or interruptions. However, there was little enthusiasm. As a pastor, if I would have read some of these pages, I could not help but raise my voice.
The Grade: A-
Wow. It was a word that I would say out loud as I listened to these powerful stories of legendary missionaries of yesterday. If you want a book that will inspire you to share the Gospel, you can start here. I could not wait to get in my car for more stories of missionaries being faithful to their call. What is amazing, the missionaries were often quoted as what they did as no big deal. They each saw it as the calling of any Christian, to follow where God leads and share his precious gift of salvation with others. To them, it was a privilege to give their life to such a call.