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Answering the Call: The Doctor Who Made Africa His Life, The Remarkable Story of Albert Schweitzer

Thomas Nelson / 2013 / Paperback

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A beloved physician, respected theologian, renowned expert on Bach, concert organist, and best-selling author, Albert Schweitzer left the ivory towers of Europe's great universities to serve the "least of these" in Africa. Gire's moving biography captures the humanity and faith of one who poured out his life in service to others and to God. 176 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1595550798
ISBN-13: 9781595550798
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Series: Christian Encounters

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Revere life, and give yours away for the sake of serving others.

As a young man, Albert Schweitzer seemed destined for greatness. His immense talent and fortitude propelled him to a place as one of Europe’s most renowned philosophers, theologians, and musicians in the early twentieth century. Yet Schweitzer shocked his contemporaries by forsaking worldly success and embarking on an epic journey into the wilds of French Equatorial Africa, vowing to serve as a lifelong physician to “the least of these” in a mysterious land rife with famine, sickness, and superstition.

Enduring hardship, conflict, and personal struggles, he and his beloved wife, Hélène, became French prisoners of war during WWI, and Hélène later battled persistent illnesses.

Ken Gire’s page-turning, novelesque narrative sheds new light on Schweitzer’s faith-in-action ethic and his commitment to honor God by celebrating the sacredness of all life.

The legacy of this 1952 Nobel Prize honoree endures in the thriving African hospital community that began in a humble chicken coop, in the millions who have drawn inspiration from his example, and in the challenge that emanates from his life story into our day.

Albert Schweitzer seemed destined for greatness—and he achieved it by making his life his greatest sermon to a world in desperate need of hope and healing.

Author Bio

Ken Gire is the author of more than 20 books including the bestsellers, The Divine Embrace and Intimate Moments with the Savior. A graduate of Texas Christian University and Dallas Theological Seminary, he lives in Texas.

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    A very good description of the life of Albert Schweitzer. It also has an engaging analysis of his views of life and of what being a Christian means
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    vanessa walters
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    When I was a child, Albert Schweitzer's work in his hospital in Africa was well-known. When this book came out, I bought it, hoping to get to know him. I was disappointed that the book isnt more comprehensive, longer than it is. I wish Mr. Gire had gone more in depth with who Dr. Schweitzer was, what led him to give up his academic life, and do what he did in Africa. I hope this book will increase interest in Dr. Schweitzer, his work and the legacy he left.
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