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When I compared this series to a similar series, I favored this one for several reasons. The stories are told in a very personable way, allowing the reader to feel like he really knows the person. While itís not told in first-person, the details and emotions make it seem like that person is actually sharing their own story. This series also goes into more detail, including their childhood, so you can see how they were raised and what they were like in their youth. Instead of just telling the facts, you read about funny instances that happened to them, things they probably wrote home about to give their family and friends a laugh. As you read about their life you can see the hand of God leading them, and how they faithfully strive to serve Him, even when it seems impossible. My sample was Amy Carmichael, who was a very obedient woman. When everyone told her to stay, she went anyway, because she knew God was calling her. She traveled, overcoming many disappointments to carry the Word of God to people in India and Japan. These are really uplifting books; seeing how obediently the men and women followed God is truly inspiring.

Several of the biographies are now available as audiobooks on CD. These run about 4-5 hours in length and are a great format to enjoy as a family. Biographies of women are read by a woman and biographies of a man are read by a man. - Stephanie



The most memorable part of attending Bible college was Monday morning chapel hour. It was during these special times that we students got to hear exciting testimonies of visiting missionaries from around the world. I was encouraged to learn how God was using his people to reach a lost world for Christ. As time and providence would have it, I began a career in Christian publishing. This eventually allowed me to serve an overseas literature mission. Out on the mission field, our family got to hear first-hand stories of work in China, India, Africa and the Middle East. Looking back, the most discouraging aspect of my work in literature missions was the fact that the sections in Christian bookstores that held missions related books were the least visited by the church-going public.

While speaking at a homeschool conference, I managed a little time off to walk the book display area. I stopped by the YWAM booth. Here I was introduced to a series of missionary biographies called Christian Heroes: Then & Now. The authors Janet and Geoff Benge are well qualified to write about their favorite missionary heroes having served Youth With A Mission for many years.

One year I took a few of these books home and read them aloud on "Missionary Monday." Based upon the chapel hour of my college days, I desired to instill in my children a respect for missions and an understanding of "How beautiful are the feet of those that bring His good news." On Monday evenings we read a chapter had a brief time of discussion, and ended with prayer for modern day missionaries that we are familiar with through church and newsletters. We began with the stories of Gladys Aylward and Eric Liddell (of Chariots of Fire fame) who both served in China during the early part of this century. We not only learned about the people, history and political struggles of the Chinese, we learned how God in His grace used both gifted and ordinary people to dramatically share His love.

Having a Missionary Monday was no guarantee my children would take up a life of service on a foreign field, but I believe that as we introduced them to the lives of those who have gone before them, they may be more inclined to be thinking and praying about how they may be used of God as they make their gifts, time and talents available to Him.

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Adoniram Judson (CHT&N)

Adoniram Judson (CHT&N)
Item #: 000777
ISBN: 9781576581612
Grades: 5-Adult
Author: Janet Hazel Benge; Geoffrey Francis Benge
Retail: $8.99
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Amy Carmichael (CHT&N)

Amy Carmichael (CHT&N)
Item #: 010142
ISBN: 9781576580189
Grades: 5-Adult
Author: Janet Hazel Benge; Geoffrey Francis Benge
Retail: $8.99
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Amy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems Audiobook (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)

Amy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems Audiobook (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)
Item #: 043910
ISBN: 9781576587232
Grades: 5-Adult
Retail: $21.99
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Betty Greene (1920-1997) Christian Heroes T&N

Betty Greene (1920-1997) Christian Heroes T&N
Item #: 010582
ISBN: 9781576581520
Grades: 5-Adult
Retail: $8.99
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Betty Greene Christian Heroes: Then & Now Unit Study CD

Betty Greene Christian Heroes: Then & Now Unit Study CD
Item #: 045359
ISBN: 9781576582770
Grades: 5-Adult
Retail: $9.99
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Brother Andrew (CHT&N)

Brother Andrew (CHT&N)
Item #: 038404
ISBN: 9781576583555
Grades: 4-7
Retail: $8.99
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C.S. Lewis (CHT&N)

C.S. Lewis (CHT&N)
Item #: 041836
ISBN: 9781576583852
Grades: 5-Adult
Retail: $8.99
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C.T. Studd (CHT&N)

C.T. Studd (CHT&N)
Item #: 037532
ISBN: 9781576582886
Grades: 5-Adult
Author: Janet Benge; Geoff Benge
Retail: $8.99
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Cameron Townsend (CHT&N)

Cameron Townsend (CHT&N)
Item #: 000892
ISBN: 9781576581643
Grades: 5-Adult
Author: Janet Hazel Benge; Geoffrey Francis Benge
Retail: $8.99
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Christian Heroes:Then & Now Bk Set 1-5

Christian Heroes:Then & Now Bk Set 1-5
Item #: 037534
ISBN: 9781576582084
Grades: 5-Adult
Author: Janet Benge; Geoff Benge
Retail: $44.95
Rainbow Price: $29.95

Christian Heroes:Then & Now Bk Set 11-15

Christian Heroes:Then & Now Bk Set 11-15
Item #: 037533
ISBN: 9781576582114
Grades: 5-Adult
Author: Janet Benge; Geoff Benge
Retail: $44.95
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Christian Heroes:Then & Now Bk Set 16-20

Christian Heroes:Then & Now Bk Set 16-20
Item #: 037535
ISBN: 9781576583067
Grades: 5-Adult
Author: Janet Benge; Geoff Benge
Retail: $44.95
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Christian Heroes:Then & Now Bk Set 21-25

Christian Heroes:Then & Now Bk Set 21-25
Item #: 037536
ISBN: 9781576583401
Grades: 5-Adult
Author: Benge Geoff; Benge Janet
Retail: $44.95
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Christian Heroes:Then & Now Bk Set 26-30

Christian Heroes:Then & Now Bk Set 26-30
Item #: 038405
ISBN: 9781576583869
Grades: 5-Adult
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Christian Heroes:Then & Now Bk Set 6-10

Christian Heroes:Then & Now Bk Set 6-10
Item #: 037537
ISBN: 9781576582107
Grades: 5-Adult
Author: Janet Benge; Geoff Benge
Retail: $44.95
Rainbow Price: $29.95

Christian Heroes:Then & Now Book Set 31-35

Christian Heroes:Then & Now Book Set 31-35
Item #: 048621
ISBN: 9781576585351
Grades: 5-Adult
Retail: $44.95
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Clarence Jones (CHT&N)

Clarence Jones (CHT&N)
Item #: 038406
ISBN: 9781576583432
Grades: 4-7
Retail: $8.99
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Corrie Ten Boom (CHT&N)

Corrie Ten Boom (CHT&N)
Item #: 010143
ISBN: 9781576581360
Grades: 5-Adult
Retail: $8.99
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Corrie ten Boom: Keeper of the Angelsí Den Audiobook (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)

Corrie ten Boom: Keeper of the Angelsí Den Audiobook (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)
Item #: 043911
ISBN: 9781576587249
Grades: 5-Adult
Retail: $21.99
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Count Zinzendorf (CHT&N)

Count Zinzendorf (CHT&N)
Item #: 018691
ISBN: 9781576582626
Grades: 5-9
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