A Martyr’s Grace by Marvin J. Newell {book review}


A Martyr’s Grace:  21 Moody Bible Institute Alumni Who Gave Their Lives for Christ  by Marvin J. Newell {book review}

“Have you grace to be a martyr?” D.L. Moody was once asked.

“No,” he replied, “I have not. But if God wanted me to be one, he would give me a martyr’s grace.”

A Martyr's GraceSummary:

They came from around the world. Administrators, teachers, doctors and nurses, church planters and pilots. Regular people in the prime of life.

United by their love for Christ and their studies at the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, these twenty-one men and women set out with the gospel. From the jungles of South America to the parched African plain, and from the dark cloud of communist China to the dangers of the Middle East, they displayed God through service and love.

In A Martyr’s Grace, Marvin Newell tells the individual stories of these faithful men and women who made a difference in the places they served. He also describes—in many cases for the very first time—how Jesus called them home. Their legacies live on in the rainforests, villages, churches, and cities where they died.

What is it that compels ordinary people to sacrifice their lives in this way? Only Christ. They didn’t go expecting to die. But they went—having already given their lives.

My Reaction:

I love this book!  What an awesome idea, to honor those who have given their all to Christ.  Every school that trains missionaries to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ should have such a record of its alumni.

From the unassuming cover (front and back) to the divisions by continent, to the beautiful illustrations, to the biographical information, to the narrative, to the list of sources, this book is clear in its objective and consistent in its message.

Every one of the twenty-one alumni in this book were completely trusting God with the details as they sought to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who had never heard.

I love the title, and the fact that it is a phrase connected with D.L. Moody.  I have no personal ties to Moody Bible Institute.  This book is a great tribute to a great institution used by God to prepare scores of men and women to serve Him.

It is never easy to read of the untimely deaths, especially of young people who are totally committed to serving God.  Something about the way this book is written makes it difficult to put down.  It creates a hunger to know more.  I learned so much from each of the martyrs, and was encouraged by them to pursue a deeper level of commitment in my walk with the Lord.

I highly recommend this book to all readers.

My rating:  5 stars

I received my copy of A Martyr’s Grace from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

MJN3About the Author:

Dr. Marvin J. Newell is Senior Vice President of Missio Nexus, a network of evangelical mission agencies, churches and training centers in North America.

Previously he served as a missionary to Indonesia, a mission administrator, a professor of missions, and director of a missions association.

He is the author of: A Martyr’s Grace, Commissioned: What Jesus Wants You to Know as You Go and Expect Great Things: Mission Quotes that In- form and Inspire.

Marv and his wife Peggy have been involved in missions for 35 years.

This review is also on mpnewsroom.comchristianbook.com and Goodreads.

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