Thirty new titles were added to our collection this week – but they are by no means “new” books! A whole collection of rare and out-of-print missionary biographies digitized by Missiology.org.uk make for some interesting reading. Click on the title to view more information (TWU log in may be required.)
Arthur Neve of Kashmir: [electronic resource] /by A.P. Shepherd.
"It is written of an officer in the army of King Charles I that “he served his king with difficult, dangerous, and expensive loyalty.” These words aptly describe Arthur Neve of Kashmir and the service which he gave so unsparingly for thirty-eight years in Kashmir and beyond. Endowed with gifts which would have won him fame and distinction at home, he yet chose to devote his life to the service of God and humanity in one of the world’s backwaters."
The desire of India: [electronic resource] /by Surendra Kumar Datta
This book was written as a text book to provide information on the state of mission work in India. As such it provides an useful historical summary of the growth of the church in that country prior to World War I.
Eclipse in Ethiopia and its corona glory: [electronic resource] /edited by Esmé Ritchie Rice ; foreword by Rowland V. Bingham.
Tells of the experiences of missionaries of the Sudan Interior Mission during the Italo-Ethiopian war, and is a record of miraculous protection and provision.
Essays on religious and political experience /|[edited by] Richard Feist, Rajesh C. Shukla.
The purpose of this book is to study the nature of religious experiences and work out their spiritual and political implications. This book advances the argument that religious experiences on many occasions have contributed immensely to spiritual and social progress, and that they must not be confused with political prejudices and motivated ideologies of some disgruntled individuals.
A history of Moravian missions: [electronic resource]: with maps /by J.E. Hutton.
The Moravian Mission began with a visitation of the Holy Spirit on August 13th 1727. It sparked a non-stop prayer meeting that lasted for a hundred years and was responsible for sending more than half of the Protestant overseas missionary of the eighteenth century. Includes a reference to Count Zinzendorf and the fellowship at Herrnhut (the “Lord Watch”).
In Uganda for Christ: [electronic resource]: the life story of the Rev. John Samuel Callis B. A., of the Church Missionary Society: with portrait and illustrations /Richard Deare Pierpoint.
“The unaffected story of John Samuel Callis is not that of a man of exceptional genius or extraordinary attainments. He was a fair type of a thoughtful, quiet young Englishman, sincere and pious, consistently living up to his knowledge of God's will. It is this which gives the book its special value.
India's outcastes: [electronic resource]: a new era /by the Rev. W. S. Hunt.
The Outcastes, or Dalits as they are now known, are excluded from the Hindu caste system. This book describes the work of God among the Dalits that has swept thousands of them into the Kingdom of God.
Mary Bird of Persia: [electronic resource] /by Clara C. Rice ; with a foreword by C. H. Stileman.
Mrs. Rice-who has herself laboured for many years in Persia-has drawn for us a very helpful picture of Mary Bird as a pioneer, as a medical worker, as a teacher, as a friend and an inspiration to her fellow-workers, and as a faithful soldier and servant of Christ. She has done well to complete the picture by showing that in each capacity Miss Bird was above all the loving and sympathizing "Friend of the Persians," with a great understanding of the avenues of approach to both rich and poor, loving them all, and winning their confidence and love, with the one aim and object of drawing them to the Saviour of the world.
Mary Slessor: [electronic resource] /by Cuthbert McEvoy.
“Mary Mitchell Slessor, the factory girl who became the most remarkable woman missionary of her age, was born on December 2nd, 1848, in Aberdeen. Amid the shadows of a home darkened by intemperance and poverty, Mary, the second of seven children, found guidance in the example of a saintly mother, who, with rare courage and patience, kept the light of faith shining above the dreary sorrow of her lot. In these facts may be found a clue to the secret of Mary Slessor's extraordinary career.”
The story of Mary Mitchell Slessor’s [1848-1915] work in Calabar, Nigeria was truly remarkable.
This little book tells the story of the work of Clifford Harris [1904-1930] in Persia, modern day Iran.
This is a brief account of the life and work of Pandita Ramaabai Sarasvati [1858-1922], an “Indian social reformer, a champion for the emancipation of women, and a pioneer in education”.
Reflections of a pioneer: [electronic resource] /by W. R. S. Miller
William Miller [1872-1952] was a Church Missionary Society Missionary to the Hausa people of Northern Nigeria. He spent 50 years working in that country and assisted in the translation of the Bible into the Hausa language.
Robert Moffat: [electronic resource]: one of God's gardeners /by Edwin W. Smith.
Robert Moffat [1795-1883] was a Scottish pioneer missionary in South Africa. Edwin Smith’s biography is one the standard biographies.
Rowland Bateman: [electronic resource]: nineteenth century apostle /by R. Maconachie.
Roland Bateman [1860-1916] served as a Bible translator in the Punjab. This book, written by a close friend in the Indian Civil Service, tells the story of his life and work.
This book tells the story of the work of the Church Missionary Society in Nigeria.
Short history of Christian missions: [electronic resource]: from Abraham and Paul to Carey, Livingstone, and Duff /by George Smith.
An overview of missions from Abraham up to 1901. The treatments are necessarily brief, but should prove of interest to students. The fact that it went though eight editions indicates at the very least that it was considered useful in its day.
Archbishop William Ridley was a missionary to British Columbia. This collection of his letters appears by kind permission of the Church Missionary Society.
A woman doctor on the frontier: [electronic resource] /by Charlotte S. Vines.
What were Zenana Missions? Zenana refers “…to the part of a house belonging to a Hindu or Muslim family in South Asia which is reserved for the women of the household.” These women were almost completely isolated from wider society and had no access to any kind of medical care. Male missionaries could not preach the Gospel to them, but female missionary doctors could – hence the growth in the late 19th Century of Zenana medical missions. This little book provides some stories from the life of one of these pioneering ladies. It appears by kind permission of the Church Missionary Society.
Evangelical missions quarterly: [electronic resource]
For nearly half a century, Evangelical Missions Quarterly (EMQ) has served the missionary community worldwide by providing relevant, engaging, thoughtful articles on a vast array of ministry foci—leadership, translation, contextualization, business as mission, member care, length of service, biblical applications, etc. EMQ continues to remain one of the top journals for missiologists, and is for many thought-practitioners, the premier journal for the North American mission community.
Paul's letters and contemporary Greco-Roman literature: theorizing a new taxonomy /by Paul Robertson, Colby-Sawy College.In this volume, Paul Robertson re-describes the form of the apostle Paul s letters in a manner that facilitates transparent, empirical comparison with texts not typically treated by biblical scholars. Robertson theorizes a new taxonomy of Greco-Roman literature that groups Paul’s letters together with certain Greco-Roman, ethical-philosophical texts written at a roughly contemporary time in the ancient Mediterranean. This particular grouping, termed a socio-literary sphere, is defined by the shared form, content, and social purpose of its constituent texts, as well as certain general similarities between their texts authors.