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The Legacy of William Carey: A Model for the Transformation of a Culture
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The Legacy of William Carey: A Model for the Transformation of a Culture [Kindle Edition]

Vishal Mangalwadi , Ruth Mangalwadi , Ralph D. Winter

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He was an industrialist. An economist. A medical humanitarian. A media pioneer. An educator. A moral reformer. A botanist. And a Christian missionary. And he did more for the transformation of the Indian subcontinent in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries than any other individual before or since.

Many know of William Carey. Some know about the specifics of his work and ministry. But few understand the profound contemporary significance of his life. Few realize how much we owe the increasing globalization of Christianity to the silent revolution he initiated. Fewer still are aware of his legacy of sensitivity to the variety of issues confronting true gospel witness in any culture.

This biography about the central character in the story of India's modernization and transformation will help you understand Carey's impact. But The Legacy of William Carey is more than a biography. It is a charge to all Christians to respond in kind within our own cultures, and to use Carey's example as our model for taking the light of the Gospel into every corner of society. If we follow in his footsteps, not only will lives be bettered this side of heaven, but hearts will be changed for eternity--and entire cultures transformed for Christ.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1365 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books; 1st U.S. ed edition (12 May 1999)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001YQF3AG
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5.0 out of 5 stars Job Well Done! 12 Aug 2000
By Priscilla Koehn - Published on
Wonderful work done by two individuals who know the country of India well. Not only is it an accurate description of William Carey, but the history of India itself. I am currently reading it for the second time. It is full of alot if information about how truely the power of the Gospel helps set people free in spirit and industrialization. Great gift for those who are our Hindu friends!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The touching account of a man who genuinely blessed India 28 Aug 2013
By Daniel - Published on
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The untold story of the contribution of William Carey to the birth and subsequent life of modern India must be made compulsory reading for every wannabe politician in this country. And not just politicians. Every one who takes the great commission seriously must ask why Carey did not just communicate the biblical story line and move on. Why did he have to be concerned about India's agriculture and horticulture as well as her widows en route to the funeral pyre? Why would he translate a Hindu epic such as the Ramayana into English?

Oh for a few more of such men and a few more like the authors of this wonderful book and the world would be a better place.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars more a tease than a substantial essay, by design 27 April 2006
By R. M. Williams - Published on
The book was a gift, towards the ministries of mercy class i am reading for, as such it moved to the top of my TBR list.

It's a quick and breezy read, writing informally and meant to inspire and motivate more than a deep discussion on the topic. It's a collection of 5 essays, the first 3 by Ruth and centering on the place of women in Indian society and how important Christian was in their freedom for Hindu bondage, with particular attention paid to the issue of sati, or widow burning on her husband's funeral pyre. Chapters 4, and 5 are by Vishal and center on the crucial elements of Carey's Christian vision and how it made India's modernization possible. Chapter 5 is, by far, the best chapter in the book, i'd recommend reading it first. The book is suitable probably to the junior high level of reading and would make an acceptable Sunday School text on either missions, Carey himself or the entry of Christianity into India, this is it's nature target audience.

It touches on a number of significant theological themes but doesn't dwell on them in any depth, that is not the book's goal. But rather a consistent theme emerges that Carey as the genius who brings Christianity to India is responsible for the modernisation and de-emphasis on Hindu religious elements that kept the people both poor and enslaved to idols. There is a secondary theme that is not explicitly developed, but is perhaps more interesting, that is this Christianization is under attack in India and has been since the 1970's by both Hindu restorationists and postmodernists who would undo the accomplishments and force India back into darkness.

I found the book an interesting, if shallow read, i see their passion for Carey and his work as well as their desire for India's cultural renassiance as it incorporates Christian elements in the place of it's Hindi ones. I see how ideas i've met in other contexts can be of value in analysis here, but the book left me with more questions than answers. Mostly to read something more difficult and expansive from Vishal's word processor. I've learned something about Carey, i didn't know his 1st wife went crazy in the mission field and was locked in her room for 12 years. But would be interested in learning more about the influence of Christianity in Hindu India in the 19thC.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing History You Never Hear in Traditional History Courses 25 Sep 2013
By Ted Day Jr. - Published on
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William Carey was an amazing and selfless man who confronted the cultural evils in India in his time with love and compassion, and not by punishment or harsh criticism. His patient work changed Indian culture for the better and improved the lives of the "untouchables".
Vishal Mangalwadi is an excellent author who skillfully weaved William Carey's life story with the doctrinal applications that formed the basis for Carey's life. The life lessons in this book can be very applicable today. I especially liked the fact that Vishal is a native of India and used his first hand knowledge to describe the cultural issues in that country that are not openly discussed today. He is not a foreigner writing about his judgment of Indian culture. He is writing from his own life experiences. Regardless of the spiritual issues set forth in this book, this should be recommended reading fro anyone who wishes to have a better understanding of Asian culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable man 23 Oct 2012
By Coopster - Published on
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A brief but good overview of the life and ministry an English Baptist missionary who had a vision for transforming a society. I was impressed by his wide range of interests and his absolute dedication and determination to help the people of India. The authors are Indian and they have a deep appreciation of William Carey, so, this is not a book written by an Englishman or American touting another Englishman. The story is worth reading.
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Christianity, independently of its effects on a future state of existence (i.e., heaven), has been acknowledged even by avowed skeptics, to be, beyond all other institutions that ever existed, favourable to the temporal interests and happiness of man: And never was there a country where there is a greater need than in India for the diffusion of its genial influence. &quote;
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