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Trailblazer Books combine history with exciting fiction in a brand-new way for kids looking to read about Christian heroes of the past. Each story is told through the eyes of a young boy or girl witnessing firsthand the impact Christian heroes like Martin Luther, Harriet Tubman, William Penn, and many others have made on history. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. Over 1.2 millions copies of the Trailblazer Books have been sold. The Trailblazer Books series was selected for the C.S. Lewis Noteworthy List in 1995.

 

Paul BrandPaul Brand
Lucille Travis
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Paul Brand grew up in India with missionary parents. His father was a doctor who was willing to help people with leprosy but Paul vowed to never become a doctor. After many years of tragedy and challenges Paul returned to India with a medical degree and began to do exactly what he had vowed never to do-work with the lepers. Paul's work was influential-because of him leprosy become a disease that was no longer life threatening and could be managed. Paul's story is an inspiring one-one that gives hope and new life to those that suffer.
     

 
David BrainerdDavid Brainerd
Brian Cosby
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Learn about the life of David Brainerd, from his teenage years on a farm; his expulsion from Yale; to his preaching on the frontier to his death in his late twenties. This early American missionary felt compelled to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to various Indian tribes in America-to the lost, the hurting, and the broken. Readers will be encourage and inspired by this true, heartfelt story whose perseverance and single-minded devotion led him into dangerous territory for a colonial settler.
     

 
John Calvin: After Darkness LightJohn Calvin: After Darkness Light
Catherine Mackenzie
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In this, the 500th anniversary year of the birth of John Calvin, it is right that we should think about the life of one of the people who has most impacted world history.
Calvin had ideas on how we could live better lives -particularly how we could live in closer harmony with God and each other - but because his ideas were radical, his life was filled with dramatic events and dangers.
He was run out of town - and then welcomed back. He was accused of being too harsh - and also too tender hearted. When he explained what the Bible meant he was considered too logical, and too spiritual!
He must have been an amazing man to have caused such a stir!
     

 
Billy Graham: Just Get Up Out of Your SeatBilly Graham: Just Get Up Out of Your Seat
Catherine Mackenzie
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Billy Graham is one of the greatest evangelists of all time; discover what his life was like, his calling, and what made him so determined to give the glory to God in everything. 143 pages, softcover, with timeline.
     

 
Charles Spurgeon: The Prince of Preachers, Trail Blazers SeriesCharles Spurgeon: The Prince of Preachers, Trail Blazers Series
Christian George
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Charles Spurgeon was a simple country lad who went on to become one of the best-known preachers in London, Europe and the world. Caught in a snowstorm one night Charles snuck into the back pew of a dusty country chapel. He had no idea that as well as escaping the freezing temperatures outside, he would be faced with the most important decision of his life. A wrinkled old man started to preach. Charles thought it would be a thoroughly boring service--but with the words "Look unto Jesus and be saved!" a cold and grumpy teenager began to realize that God's Word can change you, completely!

The simple country lad became a man who mixed with princes and beggars. He spoke words that touched the hearts of rich and poor alike. His fame became so widespread that it is reputed that even Queen Victoria attended one of his sermons. The Queen of England came to listen to the Prince of Preachers. But Charles was more concerned about the King of Kings--Jesus Christ. Recommended for ages 9 to 14.


     

 
Michael Faraday: Spiritual Dynamo, Trail Blazers SeriesMichael Faraday: Spiritual Dynamo, Trail Blazers Series
Derick Bingham
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Every time you switch on a light, start up a computer or turn on a television, you do it because of discoveries related to the work of Michael Faraday. In a swimming pool you will be guarded from disease because of liquid chlorine in the water: this is because Michael Faraday first liquefied chlorine. Faraday built the very first electric motor and later the first generator and transformer of electricity. This was to change long distance communication across the earth leading to the ability to talk to astronauts far out in space. His work on electromagnetism is included in Melvyn Braggs' book on 12 books that changed the World.

But Michael Faraday also suffered from a disorder known as dyslexia. This meant that he had difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols. Faraday however, overcame this problem to become one of the greatest public lecturers in history. The interesting thing is that alongside all the amazing discoveries and brilliant experiments there was something more important in Michael's life. He deeply loved and followed the Lord Jesus. On one occasion after a brilliant public lecture he had given at the Royal Institution, the house "rocked" with enthusiastic applause. The Prince of Wales rose to congratulate the great Professor. The thunders of applause however, were followed by a strange silence. Everybody waited for Michael Faraday's reply, but the lecturer had vanished! Where was he? Faraday had slipped away to a prayer meeting.

Faraday believed that his great purpose in life was to read, as he put it, "the book of nature...written by the finger of God." Few people in history have read that book more accurately and applied it more helpfully. Recommended for ages 9 to 14.


     

 
Robert Murray McCheyne: Life Is An AdventureRobert Murray McCheyne: Life Is An Adventure
Irene Howat
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Learn about Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-1843), a Scottish minister who travelled the world as a missionary working to bring people to Christ. McCheyne travelled to Israel and Hungary, ministering to locals before he realized that he didn't have to go far from home to be a missionary and make a difference.
     

 
Gladys Aylward: No Mountain Too High, Trail Blazers SeriesGladys Aylward: No Mountain Too High, Trail Blazers Series
Myrna Grant
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Many looked on Gladys Aylward's expedition to mainland China as foolhardy and dangerous. It was.

On her own, as a single female she carried her passport and other documents along with the only money and belongings that she in a small briefcase with a teapot and a saucepan tied to the handle.

After having purchased her one-way ticket to China she left the United Kingdom with a single-minded determination to do what God had commanded her to. She knew she was meant to go to China even if no mission was prepared to support her.

Unconventional is the only way to describe this journey to the country that would eventually become her home. A theme that would continue throughout her mission work in China where she thwarted authorities became involved in the Chinese resistance and rescued over 100 children from the invading Japanese army. Recommended for ages 9 to 14.
     


 
Mary Slessor: Servant to the Slave , Trail Blazers SeriesMary Slessor: Servant to the Slave , Trail Blazers Series
Catherine Mackenzie
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Mary Slessor grew up in the slums of Dundee in the 1800's. Industry was booming but housing was substandard and life expectancy was low. Illness, disease and malnutrition killed many children before they reached the age of five. Mary was lucky--born into a poor family, abused by her father she was still alive. Dundee was Mary's training ground for a far fiercer battle. Mary left the shores of Scotland while only in her early twenties to immerse herself in reaching the lost tribes of Calibar in West Africa. Her preparation in the slums of Dundee was the key ingredient to her success on the mission field...that and her tireless trust and belief in her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He was the reason she was there. Calibar today still remembers Mary Slessor, affectionately known as "Ma", her influence on that area of Africa was astounding. Superstition demanded that families kill twin babies and murder slaves and women at funerals--the Lord Jesus Christ that Mary Slessor brought to these people set them free from all that. They were set free from the law of sin and death. Recommended for ages 9 to 14.
     

 

 
C.S. Lewis: The Storyteller , Trail Blazers SeriesC.S. Lewis: The Storyteller , Trail Blazers Series
Derick Bingham
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This book takes you into the life of C.S. Lewis, the child, the scholar, the husband, the writer and the believer in God. If you haven't read any of his books before this is an excellent beginning. Find out how Lewis struggled through school but eventually made it to be one of the best known Christian authors of this century. Discover the reason he preferred to be called Jack and how he would spend hours as a child writing stories of animals who came to life and spoke just like humans. Recommended for ages 9 to 14.
     

 
Corrie Ten Boom: The Watchmaker's Daughter, Trail Blazers SeriesCorrie Ten Boom: The Watchmaker's Daughter, Trail Blazers Series
Jean Watson
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This book is the true life story of one of the most amazing Christian women of the 20th century, Corrie ten Boom. Jean Watson tells us about the hardships and punishment she endured at the Nazi concentration camp, and about her astonishing courage and faith, and how she experienced God's love and help in unbearable situations. Recommended for ages 9 to 14.
     

 
William Wilberforce: The Freedom Fighter, Trail Blazers SeriesWilliam Wilberforce: The Freedom Fighter, Trail Blazers Series
Derick Bingham
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The conditions on slave ships were sickening, and many never survived to reach their destination. Thousands of men, women and children suffered heart-rending separations from their family, even their own children, parents and siblings. This was what life was like for countless people before the slave trade was abolished. But William Wilberforce fought to bring freedom and relief from the terrors of the slave trade. His exciting story shows the amazing effect his faith in Christ and his love for people had on transforming a nation. Recommended for ages 8 to 14.
     

 
Voice in the Dark: The Story of Richard Wurmbrand , Trail Blazers SeriesVoice in the Dark: The Story of Richard Wurmbrand , Trail Blazers Series
Catherine Mackenzie
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Richard Wurmbrand is a Romanian pastor who was imprisoned and tortured for his faith. This incredible story of one man's faith, despite horrific persecution, is unforgettable and will be an inspiration to all who read it. Recommended for ages 9 to 14.
     

 
Imprisoned In The Golden City, Trailblazer Series #8 (Adoniram & Ann Judson)Imprisoned In The Golden City, Trailblazer Series #8 (Adoniram & Ann Judson)
Dave Jackson, Neta Jackson
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The two young Burmese girls had dreaded leaving their father, but he told them the only safe thing was for the two of them to go live with the American missionaries, Adoniram and Ann Judson. May-Lo and Len-Lay really aren't sure what the danger is, and they don't know what to believe about their American foster parents. Could the accusations that the missionaries were English spies be true? When the Judsons leave the city of Rangoon to establish a mission work in Ava, the Golden City, the girls are taken along on the dangerous river trip that will separate them form their father by 350 miles. Their arrival is followed by eventual disaster. When the British attack the Burmese, all the white foreigners are hauled off to the Death Prison. Should the girls tell the authorities what they know? Or will they all end up in the Death Prison? Recommended for ages 8 to 12.
     

 
Spy For The Night Riders, Trailblazer Series #3 (Martin Luther)Spy For The Night Riders, Trailblazer Series #3 (Martin Luther)
Dave Jackson, Neta Jackson
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Karl Schumacher was fifteen when he came to the German city of Wittenberg in 1520 seeking an education. He had been very fortunate that the esteemed university professor, Doctor Martin Luther, had taken him into his household as a servant. Luther's promise of tutoring Karl in exchange for his labor was the chance of a lifetime, until a poster on the church door declared his master a heretic! Karl is asked to travel with Doctor Luther to appear before the emperor's Imperial Council in the city of Worms. Will his life be at stake as well as Luther's? And who is the mysterious young lady who shadows their trip? Could she be a spy for Luther's enemy, Doctor Eck? Recommended for ages 8 to 12.
     

 
John Bunyan: The Journey of a PilgrimJohn Bunyan: The Journey of a Pilgrim
Brian Cosby
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John Bunyan's life is an exciting one. He leaves the security of his father's workshop to join the Parliamentary troops fighting against King Charles. There is no way he is going to settle for a boring life. but over time the thirst for excitement is replaced with a longing for something more. A friend takes him aside in the heat of the battle and asks John if he has a faith-a real faith-a personal one. And for the first time John Bunyan hears about the only way to get to heaven, which is through the Lord Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross. John knows he isn't good enough to get to heaven. But when he realizes that Jesus Christ is the only one who is good enough, the real excitement begins. Bunyan becomes a Pilgrim and his journey takes him through the Civil War and into other conflicts. A prison cell awaits him, but so do opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Recommended for ages 8-14.
     

 
Jonathan Edwards: America's Genius, Trail Blazers SeriesJonathan Edwards: America's Genius, Trail Blazers Series
Christian Timothy George
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Jonathan Edwards lived in an America that was a new world full of adventure and opportunity. Battles and Tomahawks were just some of the thrilling adventures that his family lived through. But Jonathan also loved the small things in life too. In an age of scientific discovery, Edwards saw God's beauty displayed most perfectly through nature. His journals are filled with drawings of plants, animals, and spiders because he knew that each one of them reflected the creativity of its Creator.

His mind was full of questions and he grappled for the answers. Intellectually there were few to beat him. However it wasn't just his amazing intelligence that set him apart from other boys his age--he may have had a thirst for knowledge but he also had a strong desire for the things of God. His genius and abilities teamed up well with his faith and love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Recommended for ages 8 to 14.


     

 
Patricia St. John: The Story Behind the Stories, Trail Blazers  SeriesPatricia St. John: The Story Behind the Stories, Trail Blazers Series
Irene Howat
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Patricia St. John became one of the world's most-loved Christian writers for children, but her own life is a story in itself! Born in the Bay of Biscay, her life took many twists and turns. She worked as a nurse when the bombs fell during the blitz in London. And when she looked after 30 children in a boarding school as housemother, her exciting bedtime stories kept the children up. They were later to become her classic stories, Tanglewood's Secret and Treasures of the Snow. When her brother needed her help at his hospital in Morrocco Patricia just jumped on the back of his motorbike and went with him. Every place that she called home was the inspiration for yet another story that brought children to understand and love their Lord Jesus Christ. Recommended for ages 9 to 14.
     

 

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