A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet a few gentlemen from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. I was looking down the road a few years and trying to figure out what doctoral work would look like. In the process of conversation the representatives of Southeastern were able to share with me in great detail about the seminary and their president, Daniel Akin, and offered me a copy of his book, “Five Who Changed the World.”
Finally last week I had the opportunity to read through the book. While I am greatly familiar with Christian biographies (I’ve been reading them since I was 16 and helped found and sponsored the Christian Heritage Conference that we held in Mobile for several years), I was blessed to read Akin’s book. Originally each chapter was a missions message delivered in the chapel at Southeastern.
These five messages now written down and combined in book form are challenging and motivating. Though these messages do not contain a great amount of biographical detail they are very motivational and challenging. I was blessed to be drawn to the heart of worshiping God through mission. Each chapter details the life of a missionary (William Carey, Adoniram and Ann Judson, Bill Wallace, Lottie Moon, and Jim Elliot) combined with a passage of Scripture that each missionary illustrated throughout their life.
You can find the book in hard cover on Amazon.com for $15. You can find our more about Daniel Akin and resources he has written and produced here. The original sermons that have been recorded in print in this book can also be found free of charge here on his site.
I highly recommend this brief book to anyone interested in understanding Christian mission. It is a quick read and highly motivational (I was drawn to tears over and over again). I give it 5 stars.