The Daring Heart of David Livingstone: Exile, African Slavery, and the Publicity Stunt that Saved Millions  -     By: Jay Milbrandt
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The Daring Heart of David Livingstone: Exile, African Slavery, and the Publicity Stunt that Saved Millions

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As a doctor, Livingstone treated the sick, earning enough trust to teach Africans about the love of Christ---which many freely embraced. Then he turned his attention to exploration, seeing this as much a spiritual calling as traditional missionary work. But it is as an outspoken crusader against slavery, Milbrandt thinks, that he should best be remembered. 256 pages, hardcover. Nelson.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.03 X 6.60 (inches)
ISBN: 1595555927
ISBN-13: 9781595555922

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The captivating, untold story of the great explorer, David Livingstone: his abiding faith and his heroic efforts to end the African slave trade

Saint? Missionary? Scientist? Explorer?

The titles given to David Livingstone since his death are varied enough to seem dubious—and with good reason. In view of the confessions in his own journals, saint is out of the question. Even missionary is tenuous, considering he made only one convert. And despite his fame as a scientist and explorer, Livingstone left his most indelible mark on Africa in an arena few have previously examined: slavery.

His impact on abolishing what he called “this awful slave-trade” has been shockingly overlooked as the centerpiece of his African mission.

Until now.

The Daring Heart of David Livingstone tells his story from the beginning of his time in Africa to the publicity stunt that saved millions after his death.

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  1. UK,
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An unappreciated hero?
    November 17, 2014
    English Lady
    UK,
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    For those, like me, entirely unfamiliar with the life and career of David Livingstone, this book proved a useful account of his historical legacy and importance. This said, it is not, in the strictest sense, a full or complete biography- the focus and overall argument is clear from the outset. It proposes that his main goal was to destroy the central African slave trade- thus those looking for a conventional biography laying bare the great mans personal life may want to look elsewhere.

    There are many personal insights and accounts of his adventures (or more often misadventures) in Africa, and relationship with the people and fellows. Sometimes, a less than flattering picture emerges. Livingstone was passionate about his convictions, certainly, but also comes across as obsessive and obstinate to a fault- and at times, unwilling to admit responsibility for mistakes, an aspect which provides a useful and better-rounded view of the man.

    It would be easy, in hindsight, to consider Livingstone to have been a failure, but as the full picture presents a different story. Perhaps the overarching argument that the abolition of slavery was the principal goal all along has some shortcomings, but this was the main way in which he ultimately, proved successful.

    My only real complaints mostly regard small details. The author made the common error of conflating England and Britain throughout, and the writing seemed a little repetitive and patchy in places. The bibliography demonstrates the level of research and dedication that has gone into the work, which is commendable for an author from outside the historical discipline.

    I received a copy of this book free from Thomas Nelson via Booklookbloggers in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive one and all opinions expressed are my own.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Intriguing adventure of a devout Christian set out to end the African slave trade.
    October 20, 2014
    Brandi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was unaware of Dr. Livingstone when I first received this book. I was intrigued by the previous reviews and curious to find out the 'other side' of his story. I was quite surprised by my findings.

    A very quiet and always thinking type of man, the scientist was devout to God and his mission to carry out His plans for Livingstone. He kept God as his guide and pushed through all the hardships he and his caravan encountered - floods, disease, fever, deaths, slave raids, and more. Even after becoming broke from his dedication to fund his explorations through Africa, he was determined to find a permanent end to the terrible slave trade and its collateral damage.

    His commitment to the abolition of slavery in African cost him his family and, ultimately, his death. Sadly, his work and achievements go unnoticed by a majority of the people and history itself, yet it was his dedication to Africa that ended the slave trade.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    An exciting telling of a faithful life ...
    October 4, 2014
    Scotty
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    You believe God has given you a vision for ministry, so you boldly step out in faith to obey His call and turn that God-given dream into reality.

    Then everything seems to go wrong, and in a very big way.

    Most would turn tail and go home. David Livingstone refused to do so.

    Because of his great faithfulness in pursuing what he believed his mission was, God used Livingstone in a way that impacted people around the world. Fascinating us with his telling of that story is author Jay Milbrandt, who manages to keep us riveted to the pages of his new book, "The Daring Heart of David Livingstone" (published by Nelson Books).

    Most people think of Livingstone as a great missionary, yet he had only one convert who would not remain faithful. Livingstone is also thought of as a great explorer, but he never found what he was looking for. But far fewer know that Livingstone was the sole person most responsible for bringing an end to the East African slave trade. By enduring great hardships and persevering tremendous trials, God would even use Livingstone's "failures" to accomplish more than this man realized before his painful death.

    Milbrandt's impeccable storytelling skills takes the reader from Livingtone's hero status in London, back onto the rivers of Africa, and winds us through the troubles, trials, and tragedies Livingstone would witness and experience before bringing us to a final triumph. Packed into the action captured in these pages is the revealing of the real man who we learn was heavily flawed and not initially very personable. But God would use the difficulties of traversing Africa to mellow and shape Livingstone into a man who only --- and desperately --- wanted to be used by God.

    "The Daring Heart of David Livingstone" is a story that can inspire you to examine your own heart and inquire of yourself just what you might be willing to dare and endure for God. That's more than enough reason for me to heartily recommend this book.

    I received this book free from HarperCollins Christian Publishing as part of their BookLook book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Daring Heart of David Livingstone by Jay Milbrandt
    October 2, 2014
    ldesherl
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a biography about is historical figure who "wore many hats." David Livingstone was a missionary, an abolitionist of East African slavery, a scientific explorer, and an exile. Told in chronological order, each chapter contains maps charting where Livingstone was at the given time. Each chapter also starts out with a David Livingstone quote, a brief summary of that chapter plus statistics of slaves sold annually during the time period and the total victims of that trade. The biography ends with study guide questions based on the chapters and contains research footnotes.

    Since this book is set in a different culture and time from my own, this affected my ability to follow its narrative. I reread parts of it to comprehend its content. Clearly, the author wanted to make sure that Livingstone is not unrealistically as a "super-holy" saint and missionary whose feet never touched the ground. In so many biographies, authors caricaturize their subjects, making us wonder if their subject was really that "perfect" in life, without any dark side or struggles that show their humanity. The author shows us Livingstone's passion for his mission of abolishing the East African slave trade and his deep love of God. He also reveals Livingstone's struggles with discouragement and depression. This book is realistic. The author's practice of using charts, timelines and maps made it easier for me to read it in its historical context. I won't give any details away but clearly Livingstone did not have an easy life.

    I recommend this book for adults 18 and over. The content will probably be too hard to comprehend or appreciate by youth. When I had to do required reading of any historical material in school, it made little sense to me. Any history buff will enjoy this book, as will people who have a heart for missions, especially those in Africa. I recommend it for anyone who is considering becoming a missionary. Christian universities offering courses in church history may consider making this book required reading for their students.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book by Booklook Bloggers. I was not required to give this book a positive review.

  5. West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Home Run Biography
    September 25, 2014
    Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What do you really know about David Livingstone? Would you love a volume that in giving wonderful biographical narrative emphasized one of Livingstones greatest, yet seldom-discussed accomplishments? How about if the volume was gripping to the point it you did not want to put down? You should, then, check out the new release The Daring Heart of David Livingstone by Jay Milbrandt and published by Thomas Nelson.

    The subtitle Exile, African Slavery, and the Publicity Stunt That Saved Millions clues you in his angle. I must confess that at first I was a little skeptical about that angle. Livingstone was a missionary, not a political crusader, right?

    Fortunately, the book was not obsessed with its angle, but only developed it naturally as it went along. What you had instead was the famous story marvelously condensed and thrilling as ever. All the big events were there woven seamlessly into the story of the man and the authors conclusions. Mr. Milbrandt can tell a story well.

    The author showed Mr. Livingstone warts and all, yet you never lost your great respect for him. He had his struggles and he felt a failure on several occasions. Results were unpleasant actually at times too. Yet, Livingstone never failed to keep pressing on.

    What the author demonstrated well was that Livingstone, though he died without knowing it, was one of the main reasons the slave trade in Africa stopped. He proved too that became ever more a goal for Livingstone. He was horrified at the tragic events he witnessed in the abuse, enslavement, and,even, slaughter of Africans.

    The irony of so much of Livingstones goals being accomplished without him knowing it, and his lonely, humble life in Africa as he became a worldwide celebrity, is a most compelling story. In my view, it is a story of God at work in our world as well.

    My only complaint is the missionary work of Livingstone was rarely discussed and portrayed as a minor thing. For the man who died praying by his bed in Africa, the evidence easily proves he was a servant of the Lord.

    This book is a home run, and short enough for those readers who shy away from biographies that are a little too thick. You will enjoy this book!

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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