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Norman Grubb chronicles the life of C.T. Studd, an evangelist, missionary and founder of WEC International. Grubb highlights the numerous accomplishments of Studd as an acclaimed Cambridge University cricketer. As the husband of one of Studd’s daughters, with rare insight, Grubb provides a view of Studd’s professional and spiritual life....

Title : C. T. Studd, Cricketer and Pioneer
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ISBN : 9780875082028
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Number of Pages : 241 Pages
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C. T. Studd, Cricketer and Pioneer Reviews

  • Natalie Vellacott
    2019-05-02 04:29

    This was a good recommendation. We can learn a lot from C.T. Studd's life. My full review is herehttp://christianmissionaryuk.blogspot...I recommend this book for all Christians especially those interested in mission.

  • Norman Falk
    2019-04-21 00:37

    Es la biografía de un joven que dejó todo lo que pareciera ser deseable para cualquier joven y obedeció el llamado de Dios y el impulso de su corazón, metiéndose en las selvas de África y en los interiores de India y China para llevar el evangelio a los no alcanzados. Yo había escuchado mucho de Studd y estuve expectante cuando vi este libro. Con el deseo de asombrarme, ser motivado y aprender al apreciar el carácter y la vida de este hombre de Dios, lo compré. Grubb, en parte supo satisfacer ese deseo, en parte no. Algunas veces se pierde en información secundaria, no construye puentes claros entre un escenario y el otro y a veces no se sabe quién es el que habla; Grubb o Studd. Algunas partes eran demasiadas aburridas, otras sin embargo, encendían el corazón. Adquirí la la versión bolsillo del libro, pero luego me arrepentí: letra chica y párrafos larguísimos (a veces uno por página). Termine el libro (cojeando) para no sentir esa sensación de haber comenzado pero no terminado el libro.De todas formas, aprendí más de la vida de C.T Studd y pude rescatar algunas características sobresalientes, que (en mi opinión) justifican la lectura del libro:1. Oración ferviente2. Constante llenura y dependencia total del Espíritu Santo3. Una confianza inquebrantable en las promesas de Dios4. Una pasión mucho mayor por Dios que por todo lo que el mundo puede ofrecer 5. Una pasión por las almas perdidas 6. Una fe evidenciada en buenas obras (eso es lo que tanto deseaba para los nuevos creyentes) 7. En todo esto, perseverancia

  • Karen L.
    2019-05-13 00:37

    What an incredible missionary life of sacrifice! He spent like his last 16 years of his life in the heart of Africa, separated from his devoted wife most of that time. I love his famous quote," If Jesus Christ is God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make."

  • Melissa
    2019-04-20 07:50

    A biography of C.T.Studd, one of the "Cambridge Seven", and his mission work in China, India, the U.S. and Africa. This book is a bit slow in places - the author selected some very boring or incomprehensible journal entries for certain chapters. Overall an interesting read.C.T.Studd played cricket for England, after which he felt called to mission work with Hudson Taylor. His father had been a bit of a gambler, and you can certainly see the gambler personality coming out in C.T.Studd as you read his biography. He didn't bet on sporting events, but he was a reckless gambler in nearly every endeavor of his life (health, finances, family etc..). Fortunately he gambled on God, so it worked out well.

  • Michael Vincent
    2019-04-25 04:40

    One of my favorite biographies of a man who committed himself to serve God no matter what the cost!

  • Ray
    2019-04-26 00:24

    C.T. Studd was an amzing man used by God to do amazing things. I like the book overall and was encouraged and challenged.The book starts out slow and I actually quit reading after awhile before deciding to give it another chance. I find myself enjoy more direct quotes from Studd as one can sense his passion more directly that way. The narration also seemed to improve toward end of the book.My main concerns: Ditto what Patrick S. said below, I found the fact he left his wife for that many years troubling. I understand she needs to stay home to run the organization but perhaps someone else could be found to do that job after a few years?As well as some of the standards/ideals regarding the "proper values". People got in trouble for wanting a day off! I can only imagine this kind of value is more "normal" back then.I found it EXTREMELY interesting too that they cited World War I soldiers' example of valor as the basis of their revival. I just happened to be listening to Dan Carlin's hardcore history on WWI and A LOT of the soldiers then thought the orders to charge right after the people before them got mowed down because they don't have a way to deal with barbed wire pretty insane. Some of the theological aspects of the book are bit troubling. C.T. Studd was big on asking people to receive the Holy Spirit after they believed, as a separate, albeit immediate event. He cites the examples of apostles as the reason for this. The apostles had to have Pentecost because when they believed, Jesus hasn't returned to heaven so Holy Spirit hasn't come down yet. This is no longer the case so again, I wonder if this might have been the theological "norm" of that age?Word of Faith? The author Norman Grubb said on page 228 "We saw that the men of faith in the Bible, by whom God did impossible things, always fulfilled one condition beforehand - they demonstrated that they had really believed God by openly stating beforehand what He was going to do, in full assurance that He would do it."Now if the author meant people showed their faith by fully believe what God has REVEALED what he is going to do then I am in agreement. Otherwise such statement could be read as whatever we claim, whether it be the will of God or not, will happen if we just say stating it, in other words, Word of Faith.

  • Ken Peters
    2019-05-04 08:25

    Just as I began to feel that I was overdue for reading a missionary biography, I found this book in a thrift store! As one of the more notable pioneer missionaries of the nineteenth century, it's odd that I've never gotten around to reading C.T. Studd's story, but this is partly due to a bias I felt against him as a man who had left his wife and children to pursue missions. Yet he is still spoken of in the same discussions in which William Carey and Hudson Taylor are mentioned, so I thought I should look a little closer. As I read it, it was difficult not to admire Studd's dedication and zeal for people who needed to hear about Jesus. His desire was always to reach those who had no other witness around them and would not hear of Jesus unless someone went to tell them. This zeal took him initially to China, then to India and finally to the Belgian Congo where he had the greatest impact. His love for the people he worked among was obvious, and his wife, in fact (who was unable to go to the Congo for health reasons), zealously led the work at the home base in England. I wouldn't want to follow in all of his footsteps, but I certainly could learn a great deal from this passionate man of God!

  • Gregory Johnston
    2019-05-06 08:25

    While this book is labled a biography, it is also a bit of an autobiography since Grubb quotes at great length from Studd’s own journals. What we get form this book is the portrait of a man who had an unbridled passion for Jesus. He loved his Lord with a heart that gave everything to His service. I first encountered the name of C. T. Studd in 1978 through Barry McGuire’s son “Enter In”. In that song, McGuire describes him as “a humble man, serv(ing) the Lord both night and day. With all his life, he lived to honor Him, and at His fee he learned to pray.” That is indeed the man in this book. From his travels to China, India, and Africa, we see a man who pursues those who have not heard the name of Jesus so that he can give witness to the Savior of the world. Good (auto)biography and very inspirational.

  • Jeremy Utley
    2019-05-20 00:42

    Wow. So many great things about this book. What a man! What a life! What a mighty God he served!! Made me think of 2 Chron 16:9.

  • Patrick S.
    2019-05-20 04:32

    I picked this one up after hearing my pastor talk about it in a sermon. When I read a biography I really like to have primary sources in it and not just the biographer's interpretation of the person's life. It's amazing how much material Grubb obtained and how much the different people saved. 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-

  • Jonathan Roberts
    2019-05-12 00:45

    At first this book was a little hard to get into. It is a pseudo-autobiography in that it is a collection of letters and other writings by CT Studd collected with his son-in-law providing commentary on what was happening. I did not like this at first but as I got going I realized this was a perfect biography, it was what was actually said and done by Studd not some white washed retelling or a fan writing about how great someone was. These were the thoughts and feelings of Studd as told to his family and friends, not knowing that this would ever be collected. So there is an authenticity to this that is really awesome! This man's life was one of complete devotion to Christ, after all what else would you expect from someone whose name is Studd!

  • Tyler
    2019-05-21 04:25

    Another biography where the subject is much more interesting than the book written about him. The book wavers back and forth between devotional reading and information, and has a hard time finding the right balance. That said, there are flashes of compelling writing here. C. T. Studd's life was a truly adventurous one, but the book drags at points. I would have enjoyed more about the books and pamphlets that he wrote, which are still impactful today. So not my favorite book, but I'd be interested to read another one on the same subject.

  • Bill
    2019-05-08 00:50

    Missionary biography telling the inspiring story of C. T. Studd and the founding of the WEC mission agency. C. T. Studd's all-consuming personal commitment to Jesus and his willingness to sacrifice everything for the cause of the gospel are a rebuke to my own comfortable lifestyle. (For cricket fans, the first few chapters about early English cricket are great, particularly the first ever Ashes test, which C. T. Studd played in.)

  • Daniel Ligon
    2019-04-21 07:26

    An interesting story for sure, moderately well written. I can't agree with C. T. Studd's philosophy of Christian life, though. He was much too mystical in his view of God's will and God's workings. In addition, there's no excuse for the fact that he spent the last years of his life in Africa separated from his wife because of her bad health. A Christian man's duty is to provide for his wife (1 Timothy 5:8) and dwell with her (1 Peter 3:7).

  • Mrben
    2019-05-13 07:29

    A fascinating insight into a truly remarkable man. The prose can be stilted at times, because it's mostly constructed from letters written by CT Studd, but this doesn't actually affect the flow of the story at all. The original imprint of this book is from 1933, and even with a postscript from 1982 it doesn't really cover the legacy that Studd left behind. Have a poke around Wikipedia once you've finished to flesh out some of the additional details.

  • J. D. Hilde
    2019-05-19 04:41

    Esto es uno de los personajes cristianos que más me ha impactado con su manera de vivir obedeciendo a Dios, y demostrando que ese obedecer - aunque a veces un tanto amargo o en contra de la propia voluntad/deseo - lleva a aquella vida llena de aventuras apasionantes con un Dios apasionado! Que Dios nos de agallas para vivir en fe como lo hizo este hombre con toda su familia.

  • Graham Page
    2019-04-29 00:39

    Enjoyed this Moody publication written by C.T. Studd's son-in-law Norman P. Grubb. The way the Lord got a hold of him as a young man and moved Studd to a life a service for the Lord. There are some older anachronisms and ideas associated with this book but the heart of service is evident to all.

  • Lisa Jacobson, Club31Women
    2019-05-19 08:31

    Another book by Norman Grubb (who happens to be C.T. Studd's son-in-law) and a terrific story of a strong missionary pioneer. My father-in-law kept recommending that I read it and, when I finally picked it up, was sorry I hadn't done so when he first mentioned it. A fascinating story full of faith, adventure, and godliness. (I confess that I'm glad I wasn't his wife though :)

  • Joy Burroughs
    2019-04-22 04:51

    It was a drag to get through, but I found the information interesting.

  • Carrie Davis
    2019-04-23 01:46

    A movie should be made about this man's life. Talk about an adventure! A great example of sacrificing everything to do what God is calling you to do with your life.

  • Dwight Walker
    2019-05-19 06:28

    great missionary biography

  • Joanna Zeiner
    2019-04-21 08:36

    This book helped transform my life.

  • Matt Pitts
    2019-04-20 05:36

    A stirring biography of a courageous and faith-filled missionary to three of the neediest places in the world: China, India, and Africa.