June Book Giveaway – David Brainerd: A Love for the Lost

The end of June is just around the corner and we’re ready to host our next giveaway on the Christian Focus BookNotes blog. This month we are giving away David Brainerd:  A Love for the Lost by Brian Cosby.

Life on the American frontier in the early 1700s was very difficult – continually threatened by disease, attack, and brutally cold winters. The English and Native Americans lived side by side, which often led to conflict. David Brainerd arose as 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 this book, Brian Cosby takes the reader 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 20s. 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.

Contest Details:

To enter the contest, answer the following questions in the “Leave a Comment” section for this post:

  • Which historic figure from Christian history inspires and influences you most?  What is it about their life that you find so compelling?

Terms and Conditions:

  • This contest is limited to residents of the 48 state continental United States and the UK.
  • Contestants may submit one entry as outlined under contest details.
  • We are awarding two prizes in the June book giveaway.  Each winner will receive 1 copy of the book.
  • The contest will run through end of day June 30, 2011.
  • Winners will be announced July 1, 2011.

This giveaway is now closed.  The Winners are:


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  • Jeffrey Co

    Richard Baxter — very helpful writings. He seems to write more than I can read. Practical, devotional. Pastoral.

  • I’m new to the Christian history scene. However, I’m amazed by all that women like Katie Luther and Sarah Edwards were able to do to free their husbands to minister. They inspire me to work hard and persevere in all to which God has called me, that Christ may not be reviled. Even with all of the modern “servants” (ex. dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.), my daily tasks don’t even begin to hold a candle to all that they were able do accomplish. What a testimony to God’s grace in their lives!

  • No doubt, Martin Luther! The Lord used this guy to change the world!

  • Aaron Reynolds

    Right now its a tie between Karl Barth and Jim Elliott. Not what they taught, wrote, or said, but just the way they lived their lives completely sold out for God, fully aware of the cost of serving Him.

  • Katherine A

    William Tyndale. What he did for Bible translation was soo fantastic. He inspirs me to keep on and not give up in the face of opposition.

  • After reading Tony Williams’s _The Pox and the Covenant_ I’m an admirer of Cotton Mather.

  • Dow Thompson

    I like John Calvin cause he confirmed that it was God that chose the Elects according to His own pleasure.

  • Shane Barnard

    Jesus by far!

  • Robert Hertha

    Joel Osteen! I mean, I couldn’t have had my best life now without him! He profoundly made me a better me! And he can make you a better you too.

  • Cliff VanNostrand

    David Brainerd! His passion for God’s glory and his determination to stick to the calling God placed on his life are continual reminders of the sacrifice of calling oneself a follower of Christ.

  • Hannah

    I would say it would be Amy Carmichael. I love her writings and I admire her courage and devotion to God.

  • It would be a split between Edwards and Calvin…

    Edwards in his unwavering personal discipline and spiritual resolve for God’s glory in all things. Calvin for his diligent theological pursuits and how they overflowed in his pastoral work and personal worship.

    Thanks for the generosity in the giveaway.

  • Harrison Hamada

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Bonhoeffer is commemorated as a theologian and martyr by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Church of England, the Church in Wales and the Episcopal Church (USA).

    “This is the end — for me the beginning of life.” as he was led to his execution.

  • Mary Quayle

    Fanny Crosby
    As a baby, she lost her eyesight at the hands of an unqualified doctor. Instead of taking the road of bitterness, Fanny responded to pain and loss with courage and hope. She was a poet and used her creativity to bring joy and learning to many. After she understood her need for Christ and responded with belief, her poetry and lyric-writing was used for the glory of God. I can’t imagine going through all she went through, and I can’t imagine using my mind the way she did. Her life really shows the power of the Lord Jesus.

  • I would say John Piper, but I guess if you want to do historical (a.k.a. dead), I’d have to say Edwards because the two of them know how to magnify Jesus in everything while being disciplined and working hard still.

  • I consider Elisabeth Elliot and Isobel Kuhn to be two of my spiritual mothers. I admire Elisabeth’s faith and steadfast, no-nonsense confidence in God. Especially that she and her toddler daughter moved into the very people group that took her husband’s life. I love that once Isobel was sure of God’s will, she went for it. In her writings, she is refreshingly honest and I’ve learned so much from her.

  • Elisabeth Elliot and Isobel Kuhn. I consider them to be two of my spiritual mothers. I’ve learned so much from their honest writing and their open display of steadfast faith in God. Whenever I’ve faced a crisis in life, aside from the Bible, theirs are the books I reach for.

  • Martin Luther – My conversion experience and subsequent sanctification struggles have been similar to his.