The category of book I’ve been reading the last two weeks is: A book by or about a missionary. The book I chose for this category was 10 Who Changed the World. Below you’ll find some information about the book, a summary, and some closing thoughts. If you’d like to skip straight to my ratings, click here.
Bibliographic Information: Akin, Daniel L. 10 Who Changed the World. Nashville: B & H. 2012.
Summary: “10” is a compilation of sermon-biographies written (and presumably) preached by Dr. Daniel Akin. Each chapter melds a sermon exegeted from scripture using the story of the sacrificial and missional life of one of ten foundational missionaries of the past couple hundred years. Rather than summarize each chapter, below is a list of the people and texts included in each chapter:
- William Carey: A Passionate Global Vision. Matthew 28:16-20
- Adoniram & Ann Judson: Marked for Death, Messengers of Life. Romans 8:28-39
- Bill Wallace: Jesus is Everything to Me. Philippians 1:21
- Lottie Moon: The Power of a Consecrated Life. Romans 12:1
- Jim Elliot: Let All the Nations Give God Glory. Psalm 96
- George Leile: The Cross and Faithful Ministry. Galatians 6:11-18
- David Brainerd: The Pattern of Paul’s Missionary Life. 2 Timothy 1:8-12
- Eric Liddell: God’s Chariot of Fire. Hebrews 12:1-3
- John & Betty Stam: The Missionary Psalm. Psalm 67
- James Fraser: The Vision of the Exalted Lamb. Revelation 5:8-10
10/10 If you’re trying to convince yourself not to become a missionary, then this is not the book for you. Dr. Akin fuses biography and exegesis in a way that convicts, inspires and encourages. Someone coming to the book for a pure sermon or biography will be disappointed. While most chapters are fairly balanced sermon-biography hybrids, there are a few that tend to lean one way or the other. In either case, though, the result is the same: a greater understanding of the mission-mind of God explained via people who sacrificed their life every day for the reward of the one who gave the ultimate sacrifice for all. Dr. Akin’s love of the gospel and his passion for reaching the nations for God’s glory pulses through every line of this book. Below I’ve put just a couple of my favorite quotes, and ,of course, my award.
“Carey would later add, ‘I question whether all are justified in staying here, while so many are perishing without means of grace in other lands.'”
“Forgive me for being so ordinary while claiming to know so extraordinary a God.”
“If our master returned today to find millions of people un-evangelised, and looked as of course He would look, to us for an explanation, I cannot imagine what explanation we should have to give… Of one thing I am certain–that most of the excuses we are accustomed to make with such good conscience now, we should be wholly ashamed of then.”‘
I award this book the “where’s the sign up sheet for persecution?” crown.