My 1st Book Review - Adoniram Judson

I don't talk about my marriage a whole lot on my blog but if I do it is usually some random facts like how we sing hymns and kid songs together and also how we are awesome and watch documentaries. Well, a while back we spotted a documentary on Myanmar / Burma and knew it was a must for our upcoming travels. 

Well! That documentary showed me that I'm going to go on some super bumpy and scary train rides The guy in the documentary was so scared he was chugging beer. I won't be doing that but it will be interesting. I also saw how they power their Ferris Wheels and you just need to watch this - it's super short. 

After I saw that video I e-mailed my friend to see if this really happens and her reply was "yes, I've ridden them." ha ha! I couldn't believe it. Then, Dave tells me he thinks it will be fun to ride on that! I told him I'd go but if someone died pushing me on a Ferris wheel that I'd feel simply terrible. 

After we watched that documentary I was so glad God didn't send us to Burma on 'Beka's timetable'. It made me realize I need to start studying the culture so I wouldn't be so shocked upon arrival. I want to know their history, what they eat, their customs, the people. etc. I want to be prepared. 

I e-mailed my friend who lives there requesting what to study and she recommended I read about Adoniram Judson - the first missionary to Burma. I read this book and was blown away. Missions had a whole new meaning then. 

Adoniram was the first American missionary ever! He read about Burma in a book and knew that was where God called him. Adoniram also knew that if he got married it meant that his wife might never come back home. You know how men get nervous to ask a girl's father if they can marry her? Well, I just want you to read what Adoniram wrote to Ann's (his girlfriend) parents: 

"I have now to ask, whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of a missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the danger so the ocean; to the fatal influence of the southern climate o f [Burma]; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all this for the sake of him who left his heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God?"

I have no words for that proposal. No words. The Dad said yes and so off to Burma Ann and Adoniram went. 

I want go into a ton of details but I will say that they endured extreme hardships such as 7 month boat rides, deaths, torture, and the list goes on BUT with that came extreme blessings with the biggest blessing of seeing souls saved! Adoniram was passionate about studying Hebrew and Greek and he translated the Bible (from Hebrew & Greek) into Burmese. That happened back in the 1800's and guess what you guys? That exact same Bible translation is being used today? How awesome is that! 

The Judson's also paved the way for missions into Burma. They blazed the trail and if it weren't for them who knows when the gospel of Jesus would have reached the Burmese people. 

If you are looking for a great book I highly highly recommend this one. I actually think this book was written for kids but it's packed with great information! 

Raise your hand if you want to come visit me in Burma next year and ride that Ferris wheel?


  1. What an amazing story! Although I'm glad you will be going in this day and age with more modern conveniences. Also - big fat pass on that Ferris wheel ride. How are those guys on the bottom even bending like that!??!

  2. What on earth is going on in that video? I don't understand how they're bending like that. That's crazy!

  3. Ah! The video isn't working for me - what happens? And that's one crazy proposal - I'm not sure my parents would have agreed so easily.

  4. I first learned their story when I was a kid, and its stuck with me all these years--man, those early missionaries were hardcore. And that proposal is awesome--it shows that he really already knew what he was getting into before they ever started...

  5. I'm so thankful I live in 2014! A 7 month boat ride to Burma is not appealing to me. & girl - I don't even know how those guys bend like that. It's crazy!

  6. ha ha!!! I don't know either but if you come visit we can make a vlog of it.

  7. The men climb up on the Ferris wheel and it is literally 'man powered'. If you go to YouTube and type in 'ferris wheel Myanmar' there are a bunch of crazy videos.

    I don't think my parents would have said yes to a proposal like that. & to be honest, I don't know that I would. That would be a really tough decision and would take a surrendered heart.

  8. They were so hardcore! I want to read more missionary stories now! The proposal is awesome but it is kind of scary. I can't imagine getting that kind of proposal!

  9. I've been wanting to read about Adoniram Judson for months! :) I really enjoyed reading Through Gates of Splendor, even though it's about a different area that where y'all will be. I think it is fascinating to read about missionaries from back in the days before all the modern technology and such...how they had to deal with life and all the struggles that came with it. It's so encouraging though to know that God provides and is always there. (sorry for rambling!) That's great that you've started to study up on Burma. And woah, that ferris wheel thing is crazy, but pretty cool!

  10. I forget who the 'Gates of Splendor' is about?! I love reading about missionaries and I just might start reading some more. I was thinking I have it tough, and yes it is sad to say bye to family, but I'm so thankful there are airplanes, and Skype (when internet is available). Those other people were so hard core and genuine! I like the rambling. It's fun discussion and is really encouraging to me to know that others are learning what God has and is doing!

  11. It's about Jim Elliot and the others who gave their lives while trying to reach a people group in the jungle of Ecuador. Such a good/sad/encouraging read. It will be hard leaving family, so for your sake I hope you get Internet every now and then! :) You and your husband are already covered in lots of prayers!

  12. Oh yeah! I should have known that one! My family likes Jim Elliot and his story a lot. My brother and sister-in-law are both pilots and love missions so our nephew is named Elliot after him. I just got Jim Elliot's biography story today =)

    Have you read End of the Spear? It is about Jim Elliot but more about Steve & Nate Saint. Nate worked with Jim and was one of the men killed. Steve is the son of Nate and he stayed in the jungle. One of the men who killed his Dad actually baptized him! It is a great read and they also have a movie called 'End of the Spear" too.