Mary Slessor was no ordinary woman, indeed she was no ordinary missionary. Brought up in Dundee, one of eleven children, Mary was called to mission. Setting sail for West Africa on the 5th August 1876, Mary arrived one month later. Bruce McLennan examines this remarkable story of a woman who shared the Gospel, stood up against inequality and impacted all areas of life in Calabar with boldness and conviction. McLennan also considers the debt owed to the work of previous missionaries who had established the work and looks at the legacy of Slessor after her death.
Praise for Mary Slessor: A Life on the Altar for God:
“What a story and what a woman of God. Mary Slessor was a hero of the faith indeed – worthy to be ranked with those mentioned in the latter part of Hebrews chapter 11. This book is a good summary of her life and mission service with an incisive assessment of her character, ministry and impact on both Calabar and Scotland. She broke the accepted norms of 19C mission in her identification with the people, commitment and willingness to suffer for the gospel – and with what remarkable results.”
-Patrick Johnstone, WEC International Regional Director for Europe & Author Emeritus, Operation World
“Every generation of Christians needs to go back in history to study the lives of some of the towering figures that bore the brunt of pushing back the domains of darkness in order for Christianity to be where it is today. For those of us in Africa, one such pioneer missionary worth learning about is Mary Slessor, who laboured with others to establish the Christian faith in southern Nigeria. This biography not only tells us what she accomplished but also analyses why her labours had such a deep impact. We do well to learn from her example!”
-Conrad Mbewe, Pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia
About the Author:
Bruce McLennan holds degrees from Edinburgh University, the University of Guelph, Ontaria, the University of Aberdeen and Dundee University. Specializing in Church History, particularly the Reformation in the North-east of Scotland he has contributed to a number of journal articles and has spent most of his career in secondary education in England, Scotland and Western Australia.
Where to Buy:
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