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David Joannes: The Mind of a Missionary

I particularly enjoyed reading about how some of the well-known missionaries mentioned in the book had points where their lives crossed. For example, David Livingstone heard Robert Moffat speak. This had a profound impact on Livingstone as he heard Moffat speak about “The smoke of a thousand villages” in Africa, referring to the many unsaved who lived there. Livingstone is known today for his work in Africa. Amy Carmichael was also impacted by Hudson Taylor when she heard him speak.

There are also some notable quotes in the book. The author mentions the famous quote of Jim Elliot “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” And, citing other sources, he mentions Hudson Taylor’s famous saying “I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God, first it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done” and a lesser known Taylor quote “All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His [power and presence with them].” Another lesser known quote comes from missionary James Calvert. When he was about to leave ship he was warned by the captain of the ship that he and his co-workers would die trying to evangelize cannibals in the Fiji Islands. He replied, “We died before we came here.”

The Mind of a Missionary will challenge how you think about missions.

The contents of this book can inform, inspire, and convict. The Mind of a Missionary will challenge how you think about missions. While the author highly values cross-cultural missions, he recognizes that not all believers go into cross-cultural missions: some remain in their home land. Everyone has their part to play. Whether you are a missionary, one who is considering going into cross-cultural missions, or someone who is interested in the subject of missions there is something in this volume for you.

Reviewed by John P. Lathrop


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Category: Fall 2018, Ministry

About the Author: John P. Lathrop is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. He has written for a number of publications and is the author of four books Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers Then and Now (Xulon Press, 2008), The Power and Practice of the Church: God, Discipleship, and Ministry (J. Timothy King, 2010), Answer the Prayer of Jesus: A Call for Biblical Unity (Wipf & Stock, 2011) and Dreams & Visions: Divine Interventions in Human Experience (J. Timothy King, 2012). He also served as co-editor of the book Creative Ways to Build Christian Community (Wipf & Stock, 2013). Amazon Author page. Facebook

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