The subject of this book, Judson, was a pioneer evangelist in Burma in the early 19th century. He endured imprisonment, illness, the loss of two wives and two children, to produce the first Burmese New Testament and establish the foundations of today’s church. The drama of this passionate and disciplined man is told with care, inspiring less awe at a spiritual giant, and more reverence for our sanctifiying, empowering God.
A useful doctrinal and pastoral assessment of Judson is made, outlining his early move to a Baptist belief and fleshing out the man of action. In addition, interspersed through the narrative are pages which tell of Burma’s condition today and call for prayer. The title of the biography is made clear in the final section, describing Judson’s appeals for missionaries. His call is not one of mystical feelings, but of responsible compassion: ‘We are in distress. We see thousands perishing before us. The fields grow whiter every day, and no labourers to reap the harvest.’