Wounded by a Japanese bullet as she led nearly a hundred refugee children to safety over the mountains of China, Gladys Aylward’s story is larger than life. This tiny, uncompromising woman, born in 1902 in the East End of London, and who by the age of thirty-two had travelled no further than Bristol, believed she was called by God to the far-off land of China. Undeterred by criticism and contrary advice, she set off alone and trusted in God to supply all her needs. When she died in 1970, she had become a Chinese citizen, and had been the means of help and hope to thousands of children and women.
Her story is retold in this new biography, which incorporates original material and digs beneath the surface into the controversies that surrounded her life and work. The result is an inspiring record of human bravery and God’s sustaining power against all the odds.
The time is ripe for a new generation to hear the astounding story of one of the missionary pioneers of the twentieth century. This is the ideal book to put in their hands, alive with fresh information and wise judgment.
—Dr. Keith J. White, director of Mill Grove, lecturer at Spurgeon's College, and author of several books, including The Art of Faith, A Place for Us, Caring for Deprived Children, and In His Image
Carol Purves is a freelance writer, former teacher, member of the Association of Christian Writers and Society of Authors, and author the best-selling Chinese Whispers: The Gladys Aylward Story, part of this collection.