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Vance Christie Visits The Shaun Tabatt Show to Share About the Life of Andrew Murray

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Last week Vance Christie sat down with Shaun Tabatt and shared about his new book on the life of Andrew Murray. Listen to their interview below.

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AndrewMurrayAbout The Book:
In an era that saw many gifted and diligent ministers, missionaries and evangelists being used by God to powerfully advance Christ’s Kingdom work in South Africa, Andrew Murray (1828-1917) emerged as that country’s premier preacher, devotional writer and Church leader. Andrew Murray’s writings and influence are still felt today and Vance Christie skillfully and faithfully brings his story to life for a new generation.

About The Author:
Vance Christie is a pastor and author best known for vivid retelling of missionary stories. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska and has previously written for the ‘Heroes of the Faith’ series. His website is www.vancechristie.com.

Additional Books by Vance Christie:

Timeless Stories: God's Incredible Work in the Lives of Inspiring Christians by Vance Christie John And Betty Stam: Missionary Martyrs by Vance Christie David Brainerd: A Flame for God by Vance Christie

Adoniram Judson: Devoted For Life by Vance Christie Women of Faith And Courage by Vance Christie

Where to Buy:
Andrew Murray: Christ’s Anointed Minister to South Africa is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Top 10 Reasons to Read Andrew Murray’s Life Story – Vance Christie

Top 10 Reasons to ReadAndrew Murray's Life Story
In this guest post, Christian Focus author Vance Christie shares the top ten reasons for reading Andrew Murray’s life story.

Why is it worthwhile to read an account of the life and ministry of Andrew Murray (1828-1917), the distinguished pastor-devotional writer from South Africa? Here’s a brief rundown of my top ten reasons:

  1. Andrew Murray became the most prominent South African minister of his day. He is almost certainly the premiere pastor ever to serve in that country. It’s certainly worth our while and to our benefit to get acquainted with such an outstanding Christian servant.
  2. Murray provides an inspiring example of active service of Christ, even under challenging circumstances, clear to the end of life. His entire adult life (age 20 to 88) was spent in consecrated Christian service. He often ministered under difficult pioneer conditions, despite personal health challenges, and under enormous ministry pressures. When he retired from full-time pastoral ministry at age seventy-eight, he continued right on in his active speaking and writing ministries for another decade.
  3. Murray also has much to teach us about the devotional-contemplative side of the Christian life. He was a man of prayer who maintained daily time for personal prayer and who prayed “without ceasing” by weaving prayer all through his many activities of the day. His mind was saturated with and continually fixed on Scriptural truths. That pronounced biblical focus resulted in his publishing nearly 240 works (including over seventy full-length books) on scores of different subjects, all from a sound spiritual perspective.
  4. Both during his lifetime and to this day Murray’s books have been widely read and appreciated by Christians throughout the world. His books are thoroughly spiritual, devotional and practical in nature. But because Murray’s books contain virtually no autobiographical material, many people who have greatly appreciated and profited from his writings know very little about his life and ministry. However, they can get to know the man behind the pen by reading a biography about him.
  5. Pastors will benefit from considering the ministerial career and powerful preaching ministry of this faithful fellow under-shepherd. Murray pastored four congregations over the course of fifty-seven years, including his last pastorate of thirty-five years. The settings for his pastoral ministries ranged from an isolated frontier settlement to the capital city of South Africa.  In addition to ministering to his own congregations, Murray was a popular preacher who carried out extensive speaking ministries at churches and Christian conferences throughout South Africa, as well as in Europe and America.
  6. Ministry leaders of various types will appreciate and learn from Murray’s vibrant, visionary leadership of numerous Christian causes. He served six terms, totaling some twenty-five years, as the Moderator of his denomination, the Dutch Reformed Church of Cape Colony. Murray threw his tremendous energies into: establishing schools throughout the Colony; actively evangelizing European settlers; founding foreign missionary societies to minister to unreached tribal groups beyond the Colony’s borders; supporting home mission endeavors that ministered to military personnel, the poor and moral outcasts; developing and promoting student ministries and the Higher Life Movement.
  7. Murray lived through two periods of bona fide spiritual awakening. As a twelve-year-old boy, while pursuing his education in Scotland, he witnessed the widespread revival that took place in that country in 1840 through the ministry of William Burns. Twenty years later, as a pastor in Worcester, South Africa, Murray participated in and helped promote the awakening that occurred throughout Cape Colony. The accounts of those two revivals are truly dramatic and stirring.
  8. Another great benefit to reading an account of Murray’s life is the opportunity to consider his amazingly-consistent Christlike character. In public and in private, whether dealing with hearty supporters or harsh critics, Murray manifested patience, kindness and gentleness. Throughout his ministry career he actively sought to promote Christian love and unity in the churches, communities and countries where he served, often in the face of deep divisions between various parties.
  9. While three other full-length biographies were previously written on Andrew Murray, two of those have been out of print for many decades. All three of those earlier biographies related only about half of Murray’s life in chronological order. They treated the ministry emphases of the latter half of his life (such as his promotion of education, evangelism and missions) in topical but non-chronological fashion. The biography I have written on Murray is the first to offer a chronological account of his life from start to finish, presenting the events and developments of his life and ministry in the order in which they unfolded.
  10. Historic Christian biography is an enjoyable and easy way to learn some history, both sacred and secular. As one reads the account of Murray’s life, a lot is learned about (to list only four of many subjects): the establishment and spread of Christianity in South Africa; some of the battles within the Christian Church in South Africa and Europe against encroaching theological liberalism; the settlement of European people groups in South Africa and their conflicts with indigenous tribes; tensions between the British government and Dutch settlers that led to South Africa’s tragic Boer Wars.

I hope you’ll read my recently-published Andrew Murray: Christ’s Anointed Minister to South Africa. Murray’s is an inspiring and instructive example well worth considering.

*This article originally appeared at VanceChristie.com.

Where to Buy:
Andrew Murray: Christ’s Anointed Minister to South Africa is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Triumph through Tragedy – The Martyrdom of John & Betty Stam

John and Betty Stam

John and Betty Stam

Today marks the eightieth anniversary of the martyrdom of John and Betty Stam on December 8, 1934. John and Betty, respectively, served as missionaries in China for only two and three years. They were viewed as ideal young missionaries in many ways and as having excellent potential for a long career of fruitful service. Just two weeks after assuming charge of a fledgling work in southern Anhwei Province (in east-central China), they were taken captive by rebel Communist soldiers. Two days later, on Saturday, December 8, they were executed by decapitation because they were Christians and foreigners. John and Betty were only 27 and 28 years of age at the time of their death.

Even in and through such tragic developments God worked in a number of ways that brought glory to Himself and advanced His Kingdom work. Here are some of the ways He did that:

John closed the short letter he penned to China Inland Mission (CIM) officials, informing them that Betty and he were in the hands of rebels, “The Lord bless and guide you, and as for us, may God be glorified whether by life or by death.” When a Chinese postmaster asked John where the soldiers were taking them, he responded optimistically, “We do no know where they are going, but we are going to heaven.” Faithful Chinese Christians who recovered the lifeless bodies of the martyred missionaries testified that John’s face bore an expression of unmistakable joy while Betty’s facial expression reflected complete serenity.

One of those Chinese believers bore this witness to the crowd that had gathered to watch the recovery of the slain couple: “You have seen these wounded bodies, and you pity these foreigners for their suffering and death. But you should know that they are children of God. Their spirits are unharmed and at this minute are in the presence of God. They came to China … not for themselves but for you, to tell you about God and His love, that you might believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved eternally.”

Helen Priscilla Stam - The Miracle Baby

Helen Priscilla Stam – The Miracle Baby

John and Betty’s three-month-old daughter, Helen Priscilla, was left abandoned in a house when her parents were taken from it to be executed. Learning of the infant’s whereabouts a full twenty-four hours later, a Christian Chinese couple retrieved her. After undertaking an arduous overland journey on foot, they delivered Helen six days later to the closest CIM missionaries. Of the baby’s deliverance Betty’s mother commented: “To me it is nothing less than a miracle that Baby Helen Priscilla has been spared. My husband said this morning, ‘All the hordes of wicked Communists couldn’t harm that helpless babe, if it were the Lord’s purpose to have her live to glorify His name and show His power.’ We know that even more He could have delivered Betty and John from their captors, had that been His will for them.”

Both John’s and Betty’s parents bore remarkable testimonies of unshakable trust and commitment in the midst of their unspeakable loss. John’s father, Peter, wrote in part: “It was our desire that he, as well as we, would serve the Lord, and if that could be better done by death than by life, we would have it so. The sacrifice may seem great now, but no sacrifice is too great to make for Him who gave himself for us. We are earnestly praying that it will all be for God’s glory and the salvation of souls. … How glad we shall be if many dear Christian young people shall be inspired to give themselves to the Lord as never before, for a life of sacrifice and service!”

Several memorial services were held in China and the United States to honor John and Betty and to praise God for their lives of consecrated service. At two such services, 700 Moody Bible Institute students and 200 Wheaton College students stood to dedicate their lives to missionary service wherever the Lord might lead. Literally thousands of Christians around the world were challenged and encouraged to serve Christ with greater consecration and courage.

Hundreds of secular newspapers across the globe carried full accounts of John and Betty’s martyrdom, faith and dedication. Some were thus drawn to salvation.

A tribute in the February 1935 edition of the CIM’s periodical China’s Millions stated: “It has been a long time since any event connected with the mission fields has made so wide and profound an impression in this country. We believe that John and Betty Stam may by their death have spoken even more loudly than by their brief lives of devoted service. Let no one call this ending of their career a tragedy, for in reality it is a triumph.”

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John And Betty Stam: Missionary Martyrs by Vance Christie In the eight decades since their deaths, the story of John and Betty’s service to Christ and their martyrdom for their faith in Him has continued to inspire and strengthen countless Christians in their own devotion to the Lord. You can read their full story in my book John and Betty Stam, Missionary Martyrs.

Copyright 2014 by Vance E. Christie

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Mission Partners: Indonesia

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We received another book in the post this morning from Andi Publishing in Indonesia. We’re excited to announce that Timeless Stories by Vance Christie has been translated into the Indonesian language. Find out more about Andi Publishing at their website: www.bukurohani.com. If you want to look at Timeless Stories in the English edition, follow this link:  LINK.

Vance Christie is a pastor and author best known for vivid retelling of missionary stories. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska. You can follow Vance online on Facebook and at VanceChristie.com.

Books by Vance Christie:
Women of Faith And Courage by Vance Christie Timeless Stories by Vance Christie John And Betty Stam Missionary Martyrs by Vance Christie

Adoniram Judson: Devoted For Life by Vance ChristieDavid Brainerd: A Flame for God by Vance Christie

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Vance Christie Interviewed on Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt Podcast – Adoniram Judson: Devoted For Life

Last week Christian Focus author Vance Christie was interviewed on Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt about his recent book Adoniram Judson: Devoted for Life, which is a part of our History Maker series. The interview is available to stream or download via the links below:


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Adoniram Judson Devoted for LifeAbout the Book:
Explore the life of America’s first foreign missionary, Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), who was devoted to serving God for over 38 years in Burma, no matter the cost. The son of a congregational minister, Judson was a precocious young man who aspired to gain exceptional worldly fame through some prominent secular career. But following a crisis of faith and a stunning turn of events that exposed the vanity of mere temporal pursuits, he went on to study for the Christian ministry and to dedicate his life to missionary service. With unshakable faith in God and His Word, Judson persevered through staggering difficulties. His unremitting labor and devotion were used of the Lord to spread the Gospel and to establish healthy Christian congregations throughout Burma. Judson’s example was an inspiration to untold thousands in his own day and still has the power to encourage and instruct believers today.

Vance ChristieAbout the Author:
Vance Christie was born in Indiana and raised in south-central Washington State. He had the unspeakable blessing of being raised in a loving Christian home where both his parents consistently lived by the principles they believed and taught. His father, a pastor, was used of the Lord to lead Vance to saving faith in Jesus Christ as a young boy.

Vance attended Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. While in college, he met and married his wife, Leeta. They have been married thirty-three years. They are blessed with three lovely adult daughters and two quality sons-in-law.

Since graduating from seminary (with the Master of Divinity degree) in 1986, Vance has pastored churches in Michigan, Iowa and Nebraska. He currently pastors the Evangelical Free Church of Aurora, Nebraska, where he has served for over sixteen years.

An avid fan of historic Christian biography throughout his ministry, Vance has published seven books in that field since 1999. His works have been published by Christian Focus Publications, P & R (Presbyterian & Reformed), and Barbour Publishing.

For additional information on Vance Christie, see his website at VanceChristie.com and his Facebook page at Facebook.com/vancechristieauthor.

Where to Buy:
Adoniram Judson: Devoted for Life is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Praise for Adoniram Judson: Devoted For Life:

“Adoniram Judson remains a fascinating individual and a missionary we do well to remember. There is a great deal we can learn from his life and ministry. Vance Christie is an excellent biographer who brings his subject to life in the pages of this book. I highly recommend it.”
Tim Challies, Christian blogger, Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church, Toronto, Ontario

Adoniram Judson Devoted for LifeAbout the Book:
Explore the life of America’s first foreign missionary, Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), who was devoted to serving God for over 38 years in Burma, no matter the cost. The son of a congregational minister, Judson was a precocious young man who aspired to gain exceptional worldly fame through some prominent secular career. But following a crisis of faith and a stunning turn of events that exposed the vanity of mere temporal pursuits, he went on to study for the Christian ministry and to dedicate his life to missionary service. With unshakable faith in God and His Word, Judson persevered through staggering difficulties. His unremitting labor and devotion were used of the Lord to spread the Gospel and to establish healthy Christian congregations throughout Burma. Judson’s example was an inspiration to untold thousands in his own day and still has the power to encourage and instruct believers today.

Vance ChristieAbout the Author:
Vance Christie is a pastor and author best known for vivid retelling of missionary stories. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska and has previously written for the ‘Heroes of the Faith’ series. To connect with Vance, visit his website at www.vancechristie.com.

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Adoniram Judson: Devoted for Life by Vance Christie

Adoniram Judson Devoted for LifeExplore the life of America’s first foreign missionary, Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), who was devoted to serving God for over 38 years in Burma, no matter the cost. The son of a congregational minister, Judson was a precocious young man who aspired to gain exceptional worldly fame through some prominent secular career. But following a crisis of faith and a stunning turn of events that exposed the vanity of mere temporal pursuits, he went on to study for the Christian ministry and to dedicate his life to missionary service. With unshakable faith in God and His Word, Judson persevered through staggering difficulties. His unremitting labor and devotion were used of the Lord to spread the Gospel and to establish healthy Christian congregations throughout Burma. Judson’s example was an inspiration to untold thousands in his own day and still has the power to encourage and instruct believers today.

Vance ChristieAbout the Author:
Vance Christie is a pastor and author best known for vivid retelling of missionary stories. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska and has previously written for the ‘Heroes of the Faith’ series. To connect with Vance, visit his website at www.vancechristie.com.

About the History Makers Series:
The History Makers series brings you the best biographies – new works and classics from the past – of key people in Church History. Reading of how great Christians of the past faced trials, made key decisions and saw God’s blessing is an encouragement to us today. God doesn’t change and seeing how He has worked in the past should inspire  us on to serve Him better today.

See the full lineup of titles available in the History Makers series here:  LINK.

Where to Buy:
Adoniram Judson: Devoted For Life by Vance Christie is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Vance Christie Interviewed on the Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt Podcast

Christian Focus author Vance Christie was recently interviewed on the Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt Podcast about his books Timeless Stories and Women of Faith and Courage. The interview is now available to stream or download via the links below:

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About the Books:

Women of Faith And Courage by Vance ChristieWomen of Faith and Courage
Through some of the best-loved heroines of the Christian faith, God’s glory is manifest as He accomplishes significant things through imperfect people. In Women of Faith readers discover the remarkable stories of Susanna Wesley, Fanny Crosby, Catherine Booth, Mary Slessor and Corrie ten Boom. Their lives spanned three centuries and their circumstances were each very different, but steadfast faith and courage is the constant resounding theme for each.

In Women of Faith engaging narratives with rich historical detail reveal the uncommon faithfulness of these five women in evangelism, missions pioneering, ministries of compassion and the nurturing of their own families. Their giftedness, resilience and compassion shine through, modeling devotion to Christ and sacrificial service in His kingdom.

Across the pages of this book, the legacy of these women lives on to inspire and instruct contemporary believers-in living all of life for the glory of God.

Timeless Stories by Vance ChristieTimeless Stories: God’s Incredible Work in the Lives of Inspiring Christians
They were, much like us, ordinary citizens of their time. Yet their extraordinary lives resound through the generations for the glory of God, pointing us to a higher way of life today. Timeless Stories is an exceptional collection of narratives from the daily lives of Christian heroes like George Muller, Charles Spurgeon, Dwight Moody, Corrie ten Boom, Billy Graham and others.

Timeless Stories is a treasure trove of illustrations that will capture the hearts of children and adults alike. The powerful words of testimony and transformative ideals portrayed in this collection continue to instruct believers across the globe and through the ages. These stories of day-to-day living reveal human frailty, emotion and struggles common to man-all undergirded by an unshakable faith that fueled great passions. There are tales of love, family, broken hearts, regrets and survival. Lessons of forgiveness, adversity, stewardship, prayer and service light the way for followers through the ages.

The same Lord who equipped, empowered and gave great success to those who went before us-despite their faults and inadequacies-will so work in the lives of Christians today and until the end of time.

Vance ChristieAbout the Author:
Vance Christie was born in Indiana and raised in south-central Washington State. He had the unspeakable blessing of being raised in a loving Christian home where both his parents consistently lived by the principles they believed and taught. His father, a pastor, was used of the Lord to lead Vance to saving faith in Jesus Christ as a young boy.

Vance attended Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. While in college, he met and married his wife, Leeta. They have been married thirty-three years. They are blessed with three lovely adult daughters and two quality sons-in-law.

Since graduating from seminary (with the Master of Divinity degree) in 1986, Vance has pastored churches in Michigan, Iowa and Nebraska. He currently pastors the Evangelical Free Church of Aurora, Nebraska, where he has served for over sixteen years.

An avid fan of historic Christian biography throughout his ministry, Vance has published seven books in that field since 1999. His works have been published by Christian Focus Publications, P & R (Presbyterian & Reformed), and Barbour Publishing.

For additional information on Vance Christie, see his website at VanceChristie.com and his Facebook page at Facebook.com/vancechristieauthor.

Where to Buy:
Timeless Stories and Women of Faith and Courage are available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Why Read Historic Christian Biography? – A Guest Post by Vance Christie

Why Read Historic Christian Biography?

My enthusiasm for historic Christian biography ignited my final semester of seminary. Though I had a couple of thousand pages of assigned reading to do for my classes, I got distracted by two fascinating Christian biographies that I could hardly put down until I had finished them. In the twenty-seven years since then I’ve read hundreds of such biographies. Here are several ways in which I appreciate and benefit from them:

1. Historic biographies provide enjoyable and engaging reading as they relate the life-stories of outstanding Christians of the past. We’re drawn into the narrative of an individual’s life. Once we’ve started, we’re eager to see where the true story will lead and how it will turn out. Some people’s lives are so full of noteworthy developments and amazing events that their biographies rival fast-paced novels in terms of interest. Yet their life-stories have the superior benefit of being entirely true.

2. Through Christian biography we’re introduced to some of the most important and remarkable ambassadors of Christ who have ever lived. These individuals had books written about them because their lives were truly outstanding. Some of them were spiritual giants who were used of God to significantly shape and advance Christ’s kingdom work in their country and/or another part of the world in their generation. The written accounts of their lives and ministries have impacted and profited untold thousands of believers since then.

3. The examples of these notable Christian servants inspire and encourage us in various areas of spiritual life and service. To name but a few of many such areas, they motivate us to higher heights in:

  • Cultivating a deeper devotional relationship with the Lord.
  • Developing a Christlike character and perspective.
  • Serving with singular focus and tireless exertion to help fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission and advance His kingdom.
  • Resolutely enduring discouragements, hardships, sacrifices and even persecution.
  • Having a heart of concern for the lost as well as for other hurting, needy people.
  • Balancing ministry and family demands.

At times their examples expose our own spiritual mediocrity and convict us of our low-level commitment. But they also hearten us to correct our shortcomings and to rededicate ourselves to serving the Lord in an earnest, worthy fashion.

4. To be sure, great Christians of the past were very real people who, like ourselves, had personal weaknesses, struggles and flaws. Part of the benefit of considering their lives is seeing how they addressed and were able to overcome their own faults. They reassure us that the Lord is able to use in significant ways imperfect individuals who nonetheless continue to pursue and serve Him with wholehearted consecration.

5. Their examples also remind us that God greatly blesses and uses believers of widely differing backgrounds, temperaments and abilities. This encourages us to faithfully serve the Lord to the best of our ability, using the unique background, personality, gifts and opportunities He has given us.

6. Christian biography provides us with a treasure trove of interesting and instructive anecdotes to share in our formal teaching opportunities and informal conversations. Adults and children enjoy and profit from these worthwhile illustrations.

7. Historic biography helps us understand and evaluate contemporary Christianity more fully and accurately. We learn how certain beliefs, practices and emphases developed in the Church. We come to realize that many of our present opportunities and accomplishments have been built on the insights, exertions and sacrifices of exceptional individuals who helped prepare the way before us. In the face of endless, transient issues and trends that confront and sometimes distract the modern Church, we are aided in keeping a clear focus on the primary emphases and priorities that strong evangelical Christians have maintained throughout the centuries.

Vance ChristieVance Christie is a pastor and author best known for vivid retelling of missionary stories. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska and has previously written for the ‘Heroes of the Faith’ series. To connect with Vance, visit his website at www.vancechristie.com.

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New Release – Women of Faith and Courage by Vance Christie

God accomplishes significant things through imperfect people, and He deserves all the glory. Such a display of God’s glory is manifest through some of the best-loved heroines of the Christian faith. In Women of Faith and Courage, readers discover the remarkable stories of Susanna Wesley, Fanny Crosby, Catherine Booth, Mary Slessor and Corrie ten Boom. Their lives spanned three centuries and their personal circumstances were each very different, but steadfast faith and undaunted courage is the constant resounding theme for each life.

Author Vance Christie gives us engaging narratives full of rich historical detail that reveal the uncommon faithfulness of these five women in evangelism, missions pioneering, ministries of compassion and the nurturing of their own families. As each woman’s tale is told, her giftedness, resilience and compassion shines through. Each of these women models devotion to Christ and sacrificial service to His kingdom.

Women of Faith and Courage is really five short biographies in one volume. Across the pages of this unique book, the legacy of these women lives on to inspire and instruct contemporary believers-in living all of life for the glory of God.

To read the book’s introduction and learn more about the book, visit the product detail page at ChristianFocus.com.

You can pick up a copy of this book at any of the following online retailers: ChristianBook.com, Cumberland Valley Books, Monergism Books, Westminster Bookstore, 10ofthose.com, BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com.

About the Author:
Vance Christie is a pastor and author best known for his vivid retelling of missionary stories. His other books include Timeless Stories: God’s Incredible Work in the Lives of Inspiring Christians, David Brainerd: A Flame for God and John and Betty Stam: Missionary Martyrs. He and his wife, Leeta, live in Aurora, Nebraska and have three daughters.

For more about Vance Christie, read his author profile here at Christian Focus Booknotes.

Praise for Women of Faith and Courage:

“Nothing inspires me like reading about the lives of women who lived and died serving the Lord Jesus. Vance Christie has done a wonderful job of opening the lives of five women-sharing their strengths and weaknesses as well as their victories and tragedies…. for God to take ordinary women and use them in such extraordinary ways should give every woman a mandate to serve the Lord faithfully even if in the most humble circumstances!”

Dorothy K. Patterson ~ Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Forth Worth, Texas

“The whole book has fascinated and intrigued me, and I am so grateful to Vance for putting so much hard work into the research, bringing to light so much ‘new’ material. He has written each life story in such a vibrant way, truly making each of the five women come alive.”

Helen Roseveare ~ former missionary and noted author

“Your book, Women of Faith and Courage, shows in a beautifully-written and fascinating style, the faithful devotion of these women for Christ, and allows us to look deeply into their lives and ministries. I can highly recommend this book, and I hope women around the world will study it for personal spiritual growth and also in a group Bible study setting. Truly, these five women are role models for all of us today!”

Denise George ~ author, teacher, and speaker

“In days when sacrifice for Christ’s sake is often sadly lacking in our churches there is much here to challenge and even disturb us.”

Faith Cook ~ author

“Whether confronted with poverty, a self-centered husband, endless debt, physical disabilities, perennial illness, government persecution, destructive fires, or loneliness, they all found faith in Christ gave them a courage to overcome every obstacle and serve Him.”

Diana Severance ~ a historian with broad experience teaching in universities and seminaries

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