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Project Pearl: The 100 Million Smuggled Bibles That Changed China: The Man Who Secretly Shipped One Million Bibles into China [Paperback]

Brother David , Paul Hattaway
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19 Oct 2007
Project Pearl was the delivery, in June 1981, of one million Bibles into China by a tugboat and barge manned by twenty dedicated missionaries. The delivery was soaked in prayer and took place right under the noses of the People's Liberation Army and the naval patrol boats and coastal radar of China's Guangdong Province. It was organised by Brother David, a big ex-Marine and friend of Brother Andrew ('God's Smuggler'). David's military training proved crucial in this audacious, visionary feat. His story is at the heart of this book. The immediate consequence of Project Pearl was that Chinese printing presses started to turn out Bibles too: the longer term consequence was to stoke the flames of the Chinese revival which are now so wonderfully evident.

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books; First Edition edition (19 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854248537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854248534
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former US Marine and member of Open Doors, Brother David was the primary organiser of the audacious Bible-smuggling operation, Project Pearl, which successfully carried 1 m Bibles into China. He died in May 2007.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome and amazing true story. 3 July 2008
I only bought this book yesterday and haven't been able to put it down. It is exciting and up lifting. The Christians in China are an amazing testament to faith and courage. They make western Christians look like decadent whimps in comparison (well they make me feel one anyway). Brother David shines through as a true saint. This book is wonderful. If I could I would give it 10 stars. Buy it and feel inspired.
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By M J
Project Pearl by Brother David and Paul Hattaway, Monarch Books, 2007 is a great book - the true story of how in June 1981, one million Bibles were smuggled into China on a Christian owned boat/barge. The Book is a great read, thrilling and honest, and details the life of Brother David and his quest to land 1 million smuggled Bibles in China; an event that would eventually changes China's policy on printing Bibles.

The book cover Brother David's life, from school to ministry and includes: his football, academic let downs, unconverted state, military training, working in a printing press, his conversion under Billy Graham in a campaign in LA; becoming a missionary with FEBC in the Philippines (1963), trips to Hong Kong, Vietnam and the realisation from a question: "Are you ready for when China opens?" of what God was calling him to do - "the story of an impossible mission" as Jackie Pullenger wrote.

What began with a trickle of Bibles into Communist China in suitcases in the late 1970s grew into hundreds, thousands and the ultimate million for the House Church Movement; which Christian from around the global became couriers for Christ - taking Bibles into China by the trunk load! The Book is also interspersed with spiritual truths / life lessons from brother David and incorporates much biblical teaching. There is also a good chapter of the ethics of "smuggling" - `better to obey God rather than men' when the law of the land contracts God's higher law.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Amazing Hand of Jesus 15 April 2009
By J. Mueller - Published on Amazon.com
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Here is another rare treasure brought to us with the help of Paul Hattaway about the amazing smuggling of 1 million Bibles into Communist China back in the early 80's. You will be fascinated to see how the mighty hand of God accomplished this humanly impossible task. There are also other short stories about the miracles God has performed for the suffering Chinese that will bless you to tears. Praise the Lord! for He is wonderful, and good, and faithful to those who love Him.

Buy the book and be blessed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great testimony to the power of God 5 Aug 2008
By Nancy Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
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I am still reading the book, haven't gotten nearly finished, but only because I have 3 others going now, too, not because it isn't interesting enough to race through! Gives a great picture of what it was like to be a Christian in the tense days after the Cultural Revolution. The Bamboo Curtain was not too thick for God to penetrate!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have learned about Project Pearl 4 May 2011
By Eyes2Read - Published on Amazon.com
Project Pearl by Brother David is the account of how one million bibles were smuggled into China in the early 1980's. The project was led by Brother David, an ex-marine. Before he became a Christian, Brother David was living a life of gambling and drinking. While attending a Billy Graham crusade he surrendered his life to Jesus and was never the same again. Using his skills acquired while working in the book publishing industry combined with his experience in the Marines, David successfully led Project Pearl and provided much wanted and needed bible to the persecuted Christians in China.

I enjoyed reading this book and was surprised that I had never before heard of Project Pearl. I was also surprised at the role that Calvary Chapel played, especially since I have attended a Calvary Chapel in Morgantown, WV. This book also made me realize how blessed we are that we have easy access to the Bible while many Christians in the persecuted world hunger to receive God's Word.
5.0 out of 5 stars INSPIRING !! 16 Feb 2014
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I couldn't put it down. It is an amazing story of some very 'faith fill' men; a GREAT mission; and a MIGHTY and loving God.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 23 Sep 2013
By veebee - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved this book. Read through it while on chemotherapy. Watching him face his obstacles while I was facing mine and seeing him come through it all, was a great boost to my moral. Powerful!
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