The Daring Heart of David Livingstone — Out Sept. 23

I’m proud to tell you about my latest book, The Daring Heart of David Livingstone: Exile, African Slavery, and the Publicity Stunt that Saved Millions.  I came across Livingstone’s story on one of my trips to Africa.  What captivated me was his passionate interest in ending the slave trade–a purpose he would eventually give his life to see accomplished.  I went looking for a book on this aspect of his life… and I found none.  I’m thrilled to share this with you–the lost story of a man who might stand as one of our heroes of faith and humanity.

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From Inside the Book:

In the century since his death, David Livingstone’s life has been recast, rewoven, and retold as the rugged adventure of a patriotic scientist on the dangerous road to discovery. He has been alternately painted as a real-life Indiana Jones and a one-man Lewis and Clark. Livingstone has been secularized, lionized . . . and misunderstood.

Most consistently overlooked (or ignored) in accounts of Livingstone’s life is the contribution he made to the abolition of the slave trade in Africa–and the Christian faith that drove his efforts. The Daring Heart of David Livingstone removes the veil that history has cast over the faith of a valiant Christian believer.

The quest for the source of the Nile will forever be associated with David Livingstone, and his adventures in the name of scientific ambition certainly make for a compelling story. Equally compelling, however, and far more important, is the story of African liberty, freedom, and redemption that this flawed foreigner left in the wake of his death.

Here, finally, is David Livingstone’s complete story: the story of a man of great faith, fallen in his humanity but driven by his belief in the sanctity of God’s creation. Though few could ever match his wonder at the natural world, it was his horror at human enslavement that propelled him in his most courageous, longsuffering work.

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