It was necessary for patience, perseverance and prayer to lay the foundation for the many conversions to Christianity that took place in later years. It is that cause for which Jesus the Son of God came into the world and suffered and died. Many years later after facing dangers and difficulties they had their first convert to Christianity. My favourite part of the story was many years down the line when Judson had begun using tracts in an area that they were exploring for new ministry. A local leader later came to advise them that having walked around in the community in the evening all the wooden shack houses had little lights on display and the sounds of the people reading the tracts aloud could be heard throughout the area. During a festival to a heathen god they distributed Nearly ten thousand tracts, giving to none but those who ask. Do give us a writing that will tell us how to escape it.' Others came from the frontiers of Kathay, a hundred miles north of Ava- 'Sir we have seen a writing that tells about an eternal God. Are you the man that gives away such writings? It makes sense as a sign of God's love and mercy, but it's always amazing to read about it being discovered.
But in America, a brilliant young man named Adoniram Judson was preparing for a very different life. Judson had met the beautiful Ann Hasseltine (who most people called Nancy) in 1810 at a dinner in her parents Massachusetts home. It's a wonderful biography of the life of Adoniram Judson, missionary to Burma, and of the women who stood by his side.
After reading My Heart in His Hands: Ann Judson of Burma, on Adoniram Judson's wife, Ann, I was eager to read this book to get an even closer glimpse into the life of this missionary couple. This book made me even more aware of the work Adoniram and Ann Judson did in bringing the gospel to the Burmese people. I could go on and on with this review because it covered over 30 years of missionary work and before that the early days of Adoniram, but I shall stop here and let you read the book yourselves and discover the treasures inside.
4.5 stars A very good and thorough book covering the entire life of one of Burma's (Myanmar) first missionaries, Adoniram Judson.
I say it only as a credit to the author in depicting the humanity of Mr. Judson I can only imagine the amount of research that Mr. Anderson did on order to create this book. It has all of the elements of a good story (and all human life) including joy, happiness, despair, humor and the like. I think anyone who enjoys a good "story" (from the human aspect) will enjoy this.
Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) was sent to Burma (now Myanmar) as the first American foreign missionary in 1812. After reading a book describing Burma as a very literate and advanced nation, welcoming to outsiders, but a land of Buddha-worshipers, Adoniram saw it as a place ripe for the harvest and felt compelled to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ there. As they made their way towards Burma, the Judsons began to learn that most of the positive aspects of Burma that Adoniram had read about were not accurate. Nancy and Adoniram had come to regard a mission to Burma with feelings of horror, but it was beginning to seem almost as if their destiny were linked in some strange way with that terrible Golden Kingdom. For the next 13 years, together Adoniram and Nancy would dedicate themselves to building relationships with the people, learning Burmese, teaching and translation work, interfacing with government officials, and raising a family. Andersons compelling biography on the life of Adoniram Judson (not to mention his three amazing wives!) describes the faith, commitment, sacrifice, and perseverance, accompanied by pain, tragedy, and heart break, that would result in establishing a lasting Christian presence in the dark land of Burma.
The ending wasn't that powerful in itself, but the accumulation of feelings about the endurance of faith in Adoniram Judson's life was finally released at his passing. It's a long book, as biographies go.
The story really picks up after he starts his missionary journey.