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1. A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter
by Miriam Huffman Rockness


Published by Discovery House Publishers (August 1, 2003)
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2. Amy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems
by Janet Benge, Geoff Benge

Amy Carmichael's life (1867-1951) was one of simple, determined obedience to God, regardless of the consequences. Her service in India is a vivid example of one person who will fear God and nothing else. Driven by love, sustained by faith and determination, this young woman from Northern Ireland defied the cruel barriers of India's caste system.
Published by YWAM Pub (May 1998)
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3. Bruchko
by Bruce Olson

An all-time great missionary biography.
Published by Creation House (April 1989)
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4. Candle in the Dark
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Tells the story of William Carey, one of the fathers of modern missions. A study guide is also available.
Published by Vision Video (July 6, 2004)
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5. George Muller of Bristol: His Life of Prayer and Faith
by Arthur T. Pierson


Published by Kregel Publications (December 1999)
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6. God's Smuggler
by Brother Andrew, John and Elizabeth Sherrill

Tells the story of the Dutch missionary Brother Andrew who smuggled thousands of Bibles into the USSR in the 1960s. It's a powerful story, and if you haven't read it, you should!
Published by Chosen Books (35th Annv edition (Septem)
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7. Hudson Taylor
by J. Hudson Taylor

Previously published under the title To China With Love, this book recounts the thrilling story of Hudson Taylor and the eventual formation of the China Inland Mission.
Published by Bethany House (2nd Edition - 1987)
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8. Is That Really You, God?: Hearing the Voice of God
by Loren Cunningham

This book is an absolutely wonderful biography of how YWAM was started and the lessons that its founder learned along the way.
Published by YWAM (August 2001)
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9. Jungle Pilot: The Gripping Story of the Life and Witness of Nate Saint, Martyred Missionary to Ecuad
by Russel T. Hitt

Insightful, often humorous, and deeply challenging biography of an ordinary American with an extraordinary faith in God and commitment to His call to the life of a missionary pilot in Ecuador in the 1950's. In 1956, this warm, deeply spiritual man, a tinkerer with a love for "airplanes and Indians," was killed along with three friends by the tribal people to whom they had committed their lives. This noble life, willingly sacrificed for the love of God, makes a book of which it can rightly be said, "It will change your life." Don't miss reading this one!
Published by Discovery House Publishers (February, 1997 (Updated))
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10. Occupy Until I Come: A. T. Pierson and the Evangelization of the World
by Dana Lee Robert

"Arthur Tappan Pierson (18371911) was the elder statesman of the student missionary movement and the leading evangelical advocate of foreign missions in the late 1800s. Occupy until I Come, the first biography of Pierson in more than a century, explores the life, thought, and legacy of this major figure in American religious history." - from Amazon.com Published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (June 1, 2003)
Published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (June 1, 2003)
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11. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
by Winter, Hawthorne, Dorr, Graham, and Koch

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (Third Edition) is a collection of readings exploring the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic dimensions of world evangelization. Writings from more than 90 mission scholars and practitioners introduce lay people and students to the astounding potential of the global Christian movement. Each of the 125 articles offers practical wisdom enabling Christians to labor together in bold, biblical hope to finish the task of seeing Christ named and followed among all the peoples of the earth.
Published by William Carey Library Publishers (January 1999)
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12. The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun
by Paul Hattaway

Reviewer: Leonardo LCH (Cebu, Philippines)-- "You will be amazed to read the fascinating and heartrending testimony of Bro. Yun, a leader in the Chinese underground church, and how his "faith of abandonment to GOD" leads him into astounding testings and overcoming power to testify of the faithfulness and supernatural power of Christ in daily life: a life that seeks nothing but the glory of God and the salvation of others as a true servant in the Kingdom of Christ and His Church. Just to read the triumphs and tragedies of chapters 11 and 12 alone is more than worth the price of this book. It's a modern-day classic that will, perhaps, challenge your faith and your life as no other book you may ever read. I know now beyond any shadow of doubt that most Christians in the Western and developed world are virtually spiritual pygmies compared to our brethren suffering under persecution and rising to the task of giving testimony to The Gospel with their very lives and their all for Christ, and Christ alone. ~ This is what genuine, - from the heart CHRISTianity is all about. The book is a rare treasure. Don't miss it, OR the Message."
Published by 082546207X (February 1, 2003)
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13. The Hiding Place Radio Theater
by Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom and her family decided to act on their faith and defy their Nazi oppressors. As they left behind their quiet life as shopkeepers, they entered a world of passwords, narrow escapes and the constant threat of capture. 224 action minutes.
Published by Focus On The family (2005)
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14. The Journals of Jim Elliot
by Jim Elliot, Elisabeth Elliot

Jim's volumes of personal journals, written over many years, reveal the inner struggles and victories that he experienced before his untimely death.
Published by Fleming H Revell Co (October 2002)
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15. Through Gates of Splendor
by Elisabeth Elliot

Elisabeth Elliot's classic account of five missionaries, including Elliot's husband Jim, who were killed in Ecuador by Auca Indians.
Published by Tyndale House Publishers (October 1986)
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16. William Carey: Obliged to Go
by Janet Benge, Geoff Benge


Published by Y W A M Pub (December 1998)
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