Summer Reading

Myanmar has been in the news a lot lately. Democracy, ethnic minority rights, and Christian practice has been repressed by the military controlled government. Christians face restrictions on witnessing, job opportunities, and literature distribution. It is hard for them to bring in literature from out of the country.

America’s first foreign missionary couple went to this area (then called Burma) in 1813. Ann Judson kept a journal which was published shortly after her death at thirty-seven in 1826. Her journal influenced an entire generation of Protestant women in America. It gives us an intimate glimpse into her spiritual experiences during great trials and suffering. Using an 1830 copy of the journal, Sharon James has written a biography which shows that what Ann experienced in her relationship with God was always based on scripture and was like those experiences recorded by other Christians during times of revival. My Heart in His Hands reminds us that God never changes–our hearts are also in His hands.  Your own felt experiences might be stimulated by this example of what revival feels like as well as to see Ann’s endurance through much hardship.  Ann’s husband stayed in Burma and carefully translated the Bible into Burmese while working to plant churches.  Order the book at www.cvbbs.com (Sharon James, My Heart in His Hands (Evangelical Press, 1998).

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before "retiring" to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies. My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years. Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, "Warm-hearted Calvinists."

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