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C. T. Studd, Cricketer and Pioneer Paperback – 1 Sep 1982
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After reading this book it's clear to me that Studd was a person of great passion and a disciple of Christ. I also was able to read the flaws in the man's walk and how he could be challenging to live or work with. Grubb does a very good job covering the first part of that tone. He lays out Studd's life pretty straightforward. Although, some of the areas he focuses on aren't particularly necessary and are sometimes just there to quote from a letter. While he's willing to highlight and extol Studd's positive qualities, he tends to glance over what are almost troubling items to read. Like the fact that he left his wife and went to serve in Africa or that his wife seemed to have a mental break and he continued to serve in Africa. And while, Studd was upfront with his wife about what to expect with their lives if she married him, it does not seem like the actions of a loving husband and shows wisdom in Paul's desire for some to remain unmarried in their service to the Lord.
There are some amazing stories in this book and I've used some in my teaching. Studd had an amazing impact wherever he went and his work was indeed blessed by God. However, this book sometimes doesn't read quite right. Grubb seems to get caught up in the swell of the love for Studd, which is nice to see with a biographer, however some of the pages just drone on and on. Either that or statements or paragraph are written that have terrible flow and are disjointed. Because of this, this book took a long time to get through - and it's not that long.
All that being said, I did enjoy this book and I have a respect for Studd because of it. The use of primary sources is amazing and the passion Grubb has for his subject is read throughout. Because of some disjointed text flow and an unwillingness to point out heavy flaws in the subject, it's a slower read. The danger in missionary books though is the threat of being bitten to serve. Studd's mentoring and passion for Christ and evangelism is inspiring. I believe this book is the best on the man you'll probably ever find. Final Grade - B-