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Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
"Have you grace to be a martyr?" D.L. Moody was once asked.
"No," he replied, "I have not. But if God wanted me to be one, he would give me a martyr's grace."
They came from around the world. Administrators, teachers, doctors and nurses, church planters and pilots. Regular people in the prime of life.
In A Martyrs Grace, Marvin Newell tells the individual stories of these faithful men and women who made a difference in the places they served. He also describesin many cases for the very first timehow Jesus called them home. Their legacies live on in the rainforests, villages, churches, and cities where they died.
What is it that compels ordinary people to sacrifice their lives in this way? Only Christ. They didnt go expecting to die. But they wenthaving already given their lives.
Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Reminder That No Life Is Ever Truly WastedJanuary 14, 2017Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Martyr's Grace: 21 Moody Bible Institute Alumni Who Gave Their Lives For Christis a collection of short biographies by Marvin J. Newell. Telling the stories of these martyrs as best as can be compiled through journal entries, first-person accounts, public records, and personal correspondence, Marvin shares with us glimpses into their lives, teachings, and the examples that they have put forth to share the message of the Lord with those who would otherwise not be exposed to it.
What first drew me to this book was the D. L. Moody quote on the back, which states:
"Have you grace to be a martyr?" D. L. Moody was once asked.
"No," he replied, "I have not. But if God wanted me to be one,
he would give me a martyr's grace."
The first chapter of the book goes on to explain the following:
A martyr's grace is a special gift granted to a select few.Of the thousands of graduates
of the Moody Bible Institute who have entered Christian service, less than two dozen
have been granted this grace. Whereas scores of graduates have died while doing
ministry, only a few have died a "martyr's death."
These 21 martyrs served in countries all over the world, and died between1898 and2002. Their ages ranged from27 to 63, and they consist of both men and women. They were teachers, nurses, pilots, church planters, Bible translators, and administrators - ordinary people with ordinary vocations. The only things all of these people had in common was ahistorywith Moody Bible Institute and their heartfelt love and devotion for sharing Christ with others. When the time came, they all willingly gave everything of themselves in order to furtherserve God.
Marvin dedicates around 7 pages to each of the names that most of us have probably never heard of, taking the time to show us their childhood, upbringing, how they came into the Lord's service, and the manner in which they left this world. For most of them, he also goes past their death to demonstrate the impact their life and martyrdom had on the community in which they served and the world as a whole.
The two stories that had the largest impact on me personally were that of John Cornelius Stam and his wife,Elizabeth (Betty) Alden Stam. While their lives were tragicallytaken by Chinese Communists in 1934, God made provision for their babygirl to be rescued and returned to her grandparents.
This book does have graphic details pertaining to each death, although it does not go beyond the necessary facts. My intentions upon receiving this book were to use the included stories to further illustrate a weekly study of Christian persecution(past and present)that my family has set forth on this year, and I personally have no problem sharing this stories with myalmost-teens in a family setting where questions can be asked as they arise.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Christian history pertaining to martyrs, or who needs a reminder that God chooses and calls ordinary people to live - and sometimesdie - in extraordinary ways, and that no life is ever truly wasted. 5/5 stars.
*I received a free print edition of this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Thistle5 Stars Out Of 5The Ultimate Gift: martyrdom for ChristApril 1, 2016ThistleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love this book! What an awesome idea, to honor those who have given their all to Christ. Every school that trains missionaries to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ should have such a record of its alumni.
From the unassuming cover (front and back) to the divisions by continent, to the beautiful illustrations, to the biographical information, to the narrative, to the list of sources, this book is clear in its objective and consistent in its message.
Every one of the twenty-one alumni in this book were completely trusting God with the details as they sought to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who had never heard.
I love the title, and the fact that it is a phrase connected with D.L. Moody. I have no personal ties to Moody Bible Institute. This book is a great tribute to a great institution used by God to prepare scores of men and women to serve Him.
It is never easy to read of the untimely deaths, especially of young people who are totally committed to serving God. Something about the way this book is written makes it difficult to put down. It creates a hunger to know more. I learned so much from each of the martyrs, and was encouraged by them to pursue a deeper level of commitment in my walk with the Lord.
I highly recommend this book to all readers.
My rating: 5 stars
I received my copy of A Martyr's Grace from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
JaneElmhurst, ILAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5They Gave the UMarch 12, 2016JaneElmhurst, ILAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a compilation of 21 brief biographies of Moody Bible Institute Alumni who were killed for their faith while on the mission field in various parts of the world. These inspiring stories are about ordinary men and women who chose to go to different cultures to minister to the people there not realizing that they were going to be giving the ultimate sacrifice.
It is a good reminder to remember and honor those who sacrificed their lives in service to Christ and their fellow man. It also challenges Christians to examine their own lives to see if they would be willing to do the same.
I received this book from Moody Publishing for this review.