Life on the American frontier in the early 1700s was very difficult — with the continual threat of disease, attack, and brutally cold winters. The English and Native Americans lived side by side, which often led to conflict. David Brainerd however was a compassionate and fearless missionary to the various Indian tribes in America. Riding on his horse across rivers, over mountains, and through towns, Brainerd carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost, the hurting, and the broken.
Notable pastors and missionaries like John Wesley, William Carey, Adoniram Judson and Jim Elliot were all influenced by the life, passion, and dedication of David Brainerd.
In David Brainerd: A Love for the Lost, author Brian Cosby shares Brainerd’s story with young readers. He takes them on a journey from Brainerd’s teenage years on the farm to his expulsion from Yale; from preaching on the frontier to his death in his late twenties. The reader will be encouraged, inspired, and challenged by the perseverance and single-minded devotion of the early American missionary to the Indians, David Brainerd.
The book is geared toward children ages 7 to 14, with ages 9 and up being able to read it independently. At the back of the book the message of each chapter in the book is applied and Scripture brought to bear for the reader, in the “Thinking Further Topics” section. The book also includes a timeline of Brainerd’s life.
About the Author:
Brian H. Cosby is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He has written several books including John Bunyan: The Journey of a Pilgrim, also in the Trailblazers series, and continues to write articles for various magazines and journals.
About the Trailblazers Series:
The Trailblazers series from Christian Focus for Kids (CF4K) introduces elementary and middle school-aged children to influential Christian leaders from throughout church history and on down to the present. Missionaries and pastors, scientists and statesmen, authors and evangelists — the Christian “trailblazers” highlighted in these short biographies offer examples of Christian living and evidences of God’s grace at work in the world. Click here for the complete list of titles in the Trailblazers series.