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Trailblazers Series - Set of 22

Trailblazers Series - Set of 22
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    A tireless 45-year-long fight to abolish slavery, a young man who sacrificed his life sharing the hope of salvation with Native Indians, a Dutch woman and her family who risked their lives to save Jews from the Nazis—here are the stories of men and women that children should know about; men and women who are worthy of admiration and emulation.

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    Corrie ten Boom: The Watchmaker's Daughter

    If you like stories of adventure, courage and faith—here's one you won't forget. Corrie loved to help others, especially handicapped children. But her happy lifestyle in Holland is shattered when she is sent to a Nazi concentration camp, where she suffered hardship and punishment but experienced God's love and help in unbearable situations.


    C.S. Lewis: The Story Teller

    Adventures into another world, stories of mystery and wonder, these are what fascinated and excited Clive. He was just a boy but would sit for hours writing stories where animals came to life and lived and spoke just like human beings.

    This little boy grew up to become the world famous writer C. S. Lewis. However, throughout his life he preferred to be called Jack. The reasons for this peculiar change of name and other interesting facts and stories about C. S. Lewis are explained in this biography of one of the best-loved of modern authors.


    David Brainerd: A Love for the Lost

    Life on the American frontier in the early 1700s was very difficult—with the continual threat of disease, attack, and brutally cold winters. The English and Native Americans lived side by side, which often led to conflict. David Brainerd however was a compassionate and fearless missionary to the various Indian tribes in America. Riding on his horse across rivers, over mountains, and through towns, Brainerd carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost, the hurting, and the broken.


    Eric Liddell: Finish the Race

    As a young child Eric Liddell lived in the exotic climate of China. His parents worked there as missionaries, teaching the good news of Jesus. Eric's life from then on brought him to boarding school in England, university in Edinburgh and the fame of Olympic Stardom in Paris. But with that fame came trouble as he struggled to stand up for his Christian faith.

    Eric's strong belief in keeping the Lord's Day as a day of worship was challenged when his 100 metres race was scheduled for a Sunday. Eric's strength of conviction and his subsequent win in the 400 metres have made him a hero and a role model for many young men and women. But his life was so much more than winning tapes and starters' orders—his whole life was a race for God.


    John Bunyan: The Journey of a Pilgrim

    John Bunyan's life was exciting. He left the security of his father's workshop to join the Parliamentary forces fighting against King Charles. However, over time the excitement was replaced with a longing for something more. In the heat of battle John was asked by a friend if he had a 'real faith'. And for the first time John Bunyan heard that the only way to get to heaven is through believing in Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the Cross.

    Bunyan then begins the rest of his life—a life that took him through the Civil war and into other conflicts. A prison cell awaits him but so do opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ.


    John Calvin: After Darkness Light

    It was like a candle had been lit in a dark room... and after the darkness there was light! That's how John Calvin felt. He'd been brought up to believe in lies but now he'd been shown the truth.

    He'd been given books written by people like Martin Luther and had had debates with other reformers, but they'd failed to persuade him that the Reformed way was the Biblical way.

    Eventually, however, over time the light dawned in his heart and mind and God showed John Calvin the truth. John Calvin became the one who took the reformed message and taught it to the world through his preaching and through the printed page.


    John Newton: A Slave Set Free

    John stood and watched as some of the largest waves he had ever seen threw themselves at the ship. Very little stood between the young slave ship captain and death—and he knew it. His panic and fear made him think only of himself and nothing for the hundreds of men, women, and children chained in the hold below. However, God still heard his prayers and the cries of the tortured humanity pleading for mercy and justice.

    The very man selling them into slavery would soon fight for their freedom. John Newton was one of the worst abusers of the African slave as he travelled the oceans to make money from their misery—but in the end his life was changed and so was theirs.


    Jonathan Edwards: America's Genius

    Jonathan Edwards was just an ordinary American boy but he was different too. The country he lived in wasn't the America of today—but a new world full of adventure and opportunity. Battles and Tomahawks were just some of the thrilling adventures that his family lived through.

    But Jonathan also loved the small things in life too. In an age of scientific discovery, Edwards saw God's beauty displayed most perfectly through nature. His journals are filled with drawings of plants, animals, and spiders because he knew that each one of them reflected the creativity of its Creator.

    His mind was full of questions and he grappled for the answers.

    Intellectually there were few to beat him. However it wasn't just his amazing intelligence that set him apart from other boys his age—he may have had a thirst for knowledge but he also had a strong desire for the things of God. His genius and abilities teamed up well with his faith and love for the Lord Jesus Christ.

    One day the country that would become the United States of America would look back at this man of brilliance as a founding influence on their land.


    Joni Eareckson Tada: Swimming Against the Tide

    Joni Eareckson plunged beneath the murky water with very little thought. Diving off a rock was like getting on a horse for the pretty young teenager—and Joni had been born in the saddle. Standing on the edge you eased slowly up onto your tiptoes—then you jumped—forcing your body up and out before, gracefully, disappearing beneath the cool, dark, surface. But as Joni plunged into the water something happened to change all that. A tragic accident meant that Joni was paralysed from the neck down.

    However, as the awful realization began to dawn that something was really, really wrong, Joni turned to the one she knew would be there—God.

    Joni's story is not a story about a miraculous healing, it's not even a story about a tragic accident—it's a story of an ordinary girl who showed how God's power transforms lives. Healing may have been the amazing miracle that didn't happen, but Joni's ongoing work with thousands of disabled people throughout the world is a miracle in itself.


    Michael Faraday: Spiritual Dynamo

    Every time you switch on a light, start up a computer or turn on a television, you do it because of discoveries related to the work of Michael Faraday. In a swimming pool you will be guarded from disease because of liquid chlorine in the water: this is because Michael Faraday first liquefied chlorine.

    Faraday built the very first electric motor and later the first generator and transformer of electricity. This was to change long distance communication across the earth leading to the ability to talk to astronauts far out in space.

    But Michael Faraday also suffered from a disorder known as dyslexia. This meant that he had difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols. Faraday however, overcame this problem to become one of the greatest public lecturers in history.


    Patricia St. John: The Story Behind the Stories

    Patricia St. John's life is a story in itself but she grew up to become one of the world's best-loved Christian writers for children.

    After almost being born in the middle of a storm on the Bay of Biscay it was no surprise to see Patricia's life take twists and turns along the way. She had an adventurous spirit, so when the bombs fell during the blitz in London there she was, working as a nurse!

    When looking after thirty children in a boarding school as housemother, her exciting bedtime stories were favorites among the children. They were later to become her classic stories, Tanglewood's Secret and Treasures of the Snow!


    William Wilberforce: The Freedom Fighter

    Wilberforce was a British member of parliament who risked being thought a fool for standing by his principles. He was an example of a politician standing for what is right, rather than what is convenient.


    Robert Moffat: Africa's Brave Heart

    Robert Moffat could think on his feet, and use his hands. He was strong, practical and just the sort of guy you needed to back you up when you were in difficulty. Not only that, he had courage—loads of it, and a longing to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the people of Africa.

    As Robert faced the dangers of drought, wild animals and even the daggers and spears of the people he had come to help, he used his unique collection of gifts and attributes to spread the gospel.

    Africa's brave heart blazed a trail into the unknown starting a work in that continent that continues today.


    Brother Andrew: Behind Enemy Lines

    As a young lad, Andrew van der Bijl, also known as Brother Andrew, was forever getting into mischief. He even risked his life during the Nazi occupation of Holland by setting off fireworks in the faces of German soldiers!

    Years later, God used this same thirst for danger and excitement as Andrew smuggled Bibles into Communist countries. Andrew's bravery helped the persecuted, underground church and brought light to darkened hearts.

    Enemy lines and hostile borders mean nothing to God or to Andrew, who still works to assist the persecuted church across the world through the organization he founded, Open Doors.


    Fanny Crosby: The Blind Girl's Song

    This little blind girl grew up to be a talented poet and musician. A teacher once told her "Whatever talent you possess, child, belongs wholly to God and you ought to give him the credit for all that you do." These words thrilled her heart and today thousands of people have sung hymns like Blessed Assurance, Christ the Lord is Risen Today and To God be the Glory because the blind girl's song was sung for Jesus with all of her heart.


    Martin Luther: Reformation Fire

    Martin Luther, born in the year 1483, was the gifted eldest son of a miner. His parents scrimped and saved to give him everything they had never had: a brilliant education, a promising career, a future... yet their plans were not God's plans.

    As Martin was making his way back to university one day, a thunderstorm changed all that. The threat of lightning sent Martin into a panic—and into the monastery to be a monk.

    How did this change in the weather change the course of the world?

    How did it ignite a fire in one man's heart—and eventually reform the church from heresy to hope? Read the story of Martin Luther and you will find out.


    Ulrich Zwingli: Shepherd Warrior

    In a small Swiss village, nestled in the Alps, a young boy was born. The year of his birth was 1484. By the end of his brief life, Ulrich Zwingli would change the religious landscape of his home and the world.

    Even today he continues to influence countless souls through his life and work.

    Zwingli was passionate about the Bible. He was a man of prayer. His faith impacted every area of his life: family, art, music, politics, and warfare.

     


    Lilias Trotter: Daring in the Desert

    Those were the words Lilias Trotter heard from John Ruskins, one of the world's most established art critics. She had to make a choice between her talent and her calling. Both were gifts from God. In May 1879 Lilias knew what she should do. She didn't give up drawing and painting, not at all, but they weren't the most important things in her life from then on. Lilias knew that her life must be devoted to God's work.

    God's work for Lilias was in the desert land of Algeria. Palm trees and camels replaced lampposts and horse drawn carriages. The desert was her home, its people her friends and its Creator her reason for life.

     


    Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Spoke in the Wheel

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the heroes of World War II. From a plot to assassinate Hitler, to eventually being imprisoned and martyred, this a gritty real-life story of perseverance.

    His belief in Christ, and the sacrifice that Christ asked of him, ultimately led to his death but he went to his execution peaceful and confident that he was going to meet the God who had saved him.

    Today he is remembered not only for his work with the German resistance but also for his writings, including his letters from prison and the classic books Life Together and The Cost of Discipleship.


    D.L. Moody: One Devoted Man

    Three words that sum up D.L. Moody's life are Passion, Vision, and Devotion–for God!

    He could easily share the gospel with 20,000 people on a hillside and then do the same thing the next day with just a few people in a church hall.

    D.L. Moody was fiery and fun! Watch out for how he used a pony to get children to church. One life devoted to God really can change the world.


    Elisabeth Elliot: Do the Next Thing

    Do the next thing... Elisabeth Elliot held these words close to her heart... but "the next thing" can be hard to do when you are a young wife grieving over the violent death of a beloved, dynamic, husband. It can be a struggle to do anything next when tragedy hits. Yet in God's strength, Elisabeth did quite a few "next things." After her husband and four other missionaries were martyred, Elisabeth found the courage to care for her child, write, and spread the gospel to the very people who had speared her husband.

    Elisabeth Elliot's life as a missionary in the jungles of Ecuador, and later as a bold spokeswoman for biblical femininity, speaks to our hearts about what the Lord will do when we surrender our all to Him, in a day when people like to live for themselves.


    William Tyndale: The Smuggler's Flame

    William Tyndale lived a life of adventure and danger, dodging the king's men, fleeing from his enemies and meeting with smugglers in the dead of night.

    What brought a well-educated young English man to such a state? Was he an outlaw? Was he a thief? No–he was a Bible smuggler, and a brave one at that.

    Tyndale wanted other English speakers to be able to read God's Word in their own language, but there were many who tried to put a stop to that.

    However, Tyndale's work was God's work and it would not be stopped–even after Tyndale's death. One day there was a translation of the Bible in the English language and it lit a fire in people's hearts that would not be put out.

    Read and learn about how God wants us to be brave and courageous and to stand up for the truth!