Missions History

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Full text Books on selected missionaries

A Concise History of the Christian World Mission: A Panoramic View of Missions from Pentecost to the Present by J. Herbert Kane (Jul 1978)
A History of Christian Missions: Second Edition (Hist of the Church) by Stephen Neill and Owen Chadwick (May 17, 1991)
Christian Mission: A Case Study Approach (American Society of Missiology Series) by Alan Neely (1995)
Classic Texts in Mission and World Christianity (American Society of Missiology Series) by Norman E. Thomas (Mar 1995)
Errand to the World: American Protestant Thought and Foreign Missions by William R. Hutchison (1993)
From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions by Ruth A. Tucker (2004)
Interpreting Contemporary Christianity: Global Processes and Local Identities (Studies in the History of Christian Missions) by Ogbu U. Kalu and Alaine Low (Feb 15, 2008)
Missiology: An Introduction to the Foundations, History, and Strategies of World Missions by John Mark Terry, Ebbie C. Smith, and Justice Anderson (Nov 1998)
The Church Mission Society and World Christianity, 1799-1999 (Studies in the History of Christian Missions) by Kevin Ward and Brian Stanley (Aug 1999)
The Missionary Movement in Christian History: Studies in Transmission of Faith by Andrew F. Walls (Sep 1996)
Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission (American Society of Missiology Series, No. 16) by David Jacobus Bosch (April 1991)


Anderson, Gerald H. ed Mission Legacies: Biograpical Studies of the Modern Missionary Movement. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.1994
Beaver, R. Pierce, ed. American Missions in Bicentennial Perspective. South Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library. 1976.
Beaver, R. Pierce. American Protestant Women in World Missions. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980.
Bliss, Edwin Munsell The Encyclopaedia of Missions: Descriptive, Historical, Biographical 2003- 1356 pages … reprint the original 1891 edition of the foremost nineteenth-century English-language reference work on Christian missions throughout the world.
Carpenter, Joel A. Earthen Vessels: American Evangelicals and Foreign Missions, 1880-1980
Carpenter, Joel A.& Shenk, Wilbert R., Earthen Vessels: American Evangelicals and Foreign Missions, 1880-1980 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. 1990).
Chaney, Charles L. The Birth of Missions in America. South Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library. 1976.
Cho, David J. New Forces in Missions. Seoul: East-West Center for Mission Research and Development. 1976.
Cook, Harold R. Highlights of Christian Missions. Chicago: Moody Press, 1967.
Creighton, Louise Missions – Their Rise and Development 2007 – 256 pages
Cummins, J. S. Christianity and Missions, 1450-1800 1997 – 381 pages
Dayton, Edward R., ed. Mission Handbook. Monrovia: Missions Advanced Research and Communication Center. 1976.
De Jong, James A., As The Waters Cover the Sea: Millennial Expectations in the Rise of Anglo-American Missions, 1640-1810 (Kampen: J.H.Kok, 1970).
Dennis, James S. Foreign Missions After a Century 2007 – 372 pages
DuBose, F. Classics of Christian Missions. Nashville: Broadman, 1979.
Engel, J.F. and Dyrness, W.A., 2000, Changing the Mind of Missions, Downers Grove: IVP
Engstrom, Ted W. What in the World is God Doing: The New Face of Missions. Waco: Word Books. 1978.
Fiedler, Klaus The Story of Faith Missions (Oxford: Regnum, 1996).
Foster, J., 1965, They Converted our Ancestors, London: SPCK
Foster, J., 1972, The First Advance, London: SPCK
Foster, J., 1974, Setback and Recovery, London: SPCK
Glover, Robert H. and J. Herbert Kane. The Progress of World-Wide Missions. New York: Harper and Brother. 1960.
Goodsell, Fred Field. They Lived Their Faith. Boston: American Board of Commissioners or Foreign Mission. 1961.
Green, Michael. Evangelism in the Early Church. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1970.
Hedlund, Roger Roots of the Great Debate in Mission: Mission in Historical and Theological Perspective. Bangalore, India: Theological Book Trust. 1993
Holtrop, P. N. and Hugh McLeod Missions and Missionaries 2000 – 240
Irvin, D. & S. Sunquist. History of the World Christian Movement. Vol. I: Earliest Christianity to 1453. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2001.
Jongeneel, Jan A.B., Philosophy, Science and Theology of Mission in the 19th and 20th Centuries Frankfurt: Peter Lang, Revised Edition 2002.
Kane, J. Herbert. A Concise History of the Christian World Mission: A Panoramic View of Missions from Pentecost to the Present. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1978.
Kane, J. Herbert. A Global View of Christian Missions from Pentecost to the Present. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1975.
Latourette, K.S., 1975, A History of Christianity (rev. ed., 2 vols.) New York: Harper & Row
Latourette, Kenneth Scott. A History of the Expansion of Christianity. New York: Harper, 1937-1945.
Lewis, Donald M., ed. Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004.
Lewis, J. (ed.), 1994, World Mission: An Analysis of the World Christian Movement, Pasadena: William Carey Library
McGee, Gary B. This Gospel Shall be Preached. Two Volumes. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House. 1986, 1989.
Meyer, Ben F. The Early Christians: Their World Mission and Self-discovery. Wilmington, Del: M. Glazier, 1986.
Moore, Hyatt, ed. Pass the Word: 50 Years of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Huntington Beach, CA: Wycliffe Bible Translators. 1984.
Moreau, A Scott, ed Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions. Grand Rapids: Baker Books.2000
Moreau, A. Scott, Gary Corwin, Gary B. McGee Introducing World Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey – 2004 – 352 pages …
Neill, S.,1970, Colonialism and Christian Missions, London: Lutterworth
Neill, Stephen, Gerald H Anderson and John Goodwin (eds) Concise Dictionary of the Christian World Mission. Nashville and New York: Abingdon Press 1971
Neill, Stephen. A History of Christian Missions. Rev. & 2nd ed. New York: Penguin Books, 1990.
Robert, Dana L. ed. Gospel Bearers, Gender Barriers: Missionary Women in the Twentieth Century. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2002.
Robert, Dana L., American Women in Missions: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice (Georgia: Mercer University Press, 1996).
Robinson, Charles H., History of Christian Missions (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1915).
Robinson, Charles Henry History of Christian Missions 2007 – 556 pages
Ronk, Albert T. History of Brethren Missionary Movements. Ashland: Brethren Publishing Co., 1971.
Schnabel, Eckhard J. The Early Christian Mission Set Religion – 2004 – 1928
Stanley, Brian, Christian Missions & the Enlightenment (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001).
Stanley, Brian, The Bible and the Flag: Protestant Missions and British Imperialism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Leicester: Apollos, IVP, 1990).
Stanley, Brian, The History of the Baptist Missionary Society 1792-1992 (Edinburgh: T & T Clark,1992).
Stock, Eugene, The History of the Church Missionary Society Volumes 1 ? 3, (London: CMS, 1899).
Stott, John (ed) Making Christ Known: Historic Mission Documents from the Lausanne Movement. Grand Rapids, Mich./Carlisle, UK: Eerdmans/Paternoster.1997
Thiessen, John C. A Survey of World Mission. Chicago: Moody Press. 1961.
Thomas, Norman E. (ed) Classic Texts in Mission and World Christianity. Edited, with Introductions. American Society of Missionlogy Series, No. 20. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books.1995
Tucker, Ruth A. From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1983.
Van den Berg, Johannes A., Constrained by Jesus Love: An enquiry into the motives of the Missionary Awakening in Great Britain, 1698-1815 (Kampen: J.H. Kok, 1956).
Wagner, C. Peter. Look Out! The Pentecostals are Coming. Carol Stream, IL: Creation House. 1973.
Walls, A.F., 1996, Missionary Movement in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission Of faith, Maryknoll: Orbis
Walls, Andrew F.The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission – 2002 – 284 pages …
Warneck, Gustav Outline of a History of Protestant Missions from the Reformation to the Present Time (London: Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier, 1901). Reprint 2006
Warren, A., 1970, The Missionary Movement from Britain in Modern History, London: SCM
Winter, Ralph D. and Steven C. Hawthorne, eds. Perspective on the World Christian Movement. South Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library. 1981.
Winter, Ralph D. The Twenty-Five Unbelievable Years, 1945-1969. South Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library. 1981.
Wood, Ian The missionary life : saints and the evangelisation of Europe, 400-1050


Missionary Biographies/Autobiographies

Anderson, Gerald H. ed. Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1998.
Anderson, Gerald, ed. Mission Legacies: Biographical Studies of Leaders of the Modern Missionary Movement. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1994.
Bailey, Faith Coxe. Adoniram Judson. Chicago: Moody Press, 1955.
Bergman, Susan. Martyrs: Contemporary Writers on Modern Lives of Faith. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1996.
Brewster, Dan. Only Paralyzed from the Neck Down. Pasadena: William Carey Library, 1997.
Chawla, Navin. Mother Teresa: The Authorized Biography. Rockport: Element Books, 1996, 1992.
Dann, Robert B., Father of Faith Missions: The Life and Times of Anthony Norris Groves (1795-1853) (Milton Keynes: Authentic Media, 2004).
Dick, Lois Hoadley. Isobel Kuhn. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.
Dick, Lois Hoadley. Amy Carmichael: Let the Little Children Come. Chicago: Moody Press, 1984.
Drewery, Mary, William Carey (Sevenoaks: Hodder & Stoughton, 1978).
Duan, Julia. Journey Against One Current: The Spiritual Autobiography of a Chinese Christian. Pasadena: William Carey Library, 1997.
Elliot, Elisabeth, ed. Journals of Jim Elliot. Old Tappan, N.J.: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1978.
Elliot, Elisabeth. Shadow of the Almighty. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.
Elliot, Elisabeth. Through Gates of Splendor. New York: Harper, 1957.
George, Timothy. Faithful Witness: The Life and Mission of William Carey. Birmingham, Ala.: New Hope Publishing, 1991.
Goforth, Jonathan. Goforth of China. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1937.
Gribble, Florence Newberry. Undaunted Hope: The Life of James Gribble. Ashland: Brethren Publishing Co., 1932.
Grubb, Norman P. C.T. Studd: Cricketer & Pioneer. Fort Washington, Pa.: Christian Literature Crusade, 1982.
Hefley, James & Marti. Uncle Cam: The Story of William Cameron Townsend, Founder of the Wycliffe Bible Translators and the Summer Institute of Linguistics. Waco: Word Books, 1974.
Hefley, James & Marti. By Their Blood: Christian Martyrs of the Twentieth Century. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1996.
Kraakevik, James. Partners in the Gospel: The Strategic Role of Partnership in World Evangelization. Wheaton: Billy Graham Center, 1992.
Kuhn, Isobel. Ascent to the Tribes: Pioneering in North Thailand. Chicago: Moody Press, 1956.
Maust, John. New Song in the Andes. Pasadena: William Carey Library, 1992.
Miller, Basil. Mary Slessor: Heroine of Calabar. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1974.
Miller, Basil. William Carey. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1980.
Miller, William. My Persian Pilgrimage. 2nd ed. Pasadena: William Carey Library, 1995.
Olsen, Viggo B. Daktar, Diplomat in Bangladesh. Chicago: Moody Press, 1973.
Olson, Bruce. Bruchko. Rev. & enlarged ed. Orlando: Creation House, 1995.
Pearce, Samuel, Carey (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1923).
Pollock, John Charles. Hudson Taylor and Maria: Pioneers in China. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1962.
Pullinger, Jackie, with Andre Quicke. Chasing the Dragon. Ann Arbor: Servant Books, 1982.
Richardson, Don Lords of the Earth. Ventura: Regal Books, 1977.
Richardson, Don Peace Child. Ventura: Regal Books, 1974.
Richardson, Don. Eternity in Their Hearts. Ventura: Regal Books, 1981.
Scherer, Frances Schlosser. George and Mary Schlosser: Ambassadors for Christ in China. Winona Lake, Ind.: Light and Life Press, 1976.
Steer, Roger. J. Hudson Taylor: A Man in Christ. Wheaton: Harold Shaw Publishers, 1993.
Swift, Catherine. Gladys Aylward: The Courageous English Missionary. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1989.
Swift, Catherine. Eric Liddell. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1990.
Tatford, Frederick A., A.N. Groves ?The Father of Faith Missions? (Bath: Echoes of Service, 1979).
Taylor, Howard. Hudson Taylor?s Spiritual Secret. Grand Rapids: Discovery House Publishers, 1990.
Taylor, J. Hudson. Hudson Taylor: To China with Love. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1986.
Taylor, Mrs. Howard. William Borden. Chicago: Moody Press, 1980.
Tippett, Alan Richard. The Deep Sea Canoe: The Story of Third World Missionaries in The South Pacific. South Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 1977.
Tucker, Ruth A. From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1983.
Vandervort, Eleanor. A Leopard Tamed: the Story of an African Pastor, His People, and His Problems. New York: Harper & Row, 1968.
Walker, Frank Deaville. William Carey: Missionary Pioneer and Statesman. Chicago: Moody Press, 1925.
Wallis, Ethel Emily. The Dayuma Story: Life Under Auca Spears. New York: Harper & Row, 1965.
White, Kathleen. Amy Carmichael. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1986.
William Carey and the Serampore Trio
Wiseman, Ray. Disciples of Joy: Anand Chaudhari?s Spiritual Journey from Brahmin Priest to Minister of Christ. Partners International, 1998.

Additional Missionary Biographies (not just Europeans)

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