The Sower Series Biographies
by Various Authors
Available in both Paperback and Audio Book

Stories of Famous Christians
for ages 9 to 14

The Sower Series biographies offer children a chance to experience the Christ-inspired pathways followed by some heroic men and women. Their impact on our lives, as well as a great deal of factual information, is skillfully presented to the child within the framework of an interest-holding story.
   
Over the years, The Sower Series biographies have established their appeal with a wide range of readers. Parents write in to say how much they enjoyed the books while reading them aloud to their children. Thus it is difficult to assign a given book to a particular grade level. We feel that the following arrangement is sound especially when The Sower Series biographies are being used for book reports or other school related projects.

Author List

Robert Allen
David Collins
Charles Ludwig
Lee Roddy
D. Jeanene Watson
Norma Cournow Camp
Marguerite Fitch
Bennie Rhodes
John Hudson Tiner
Evelyn Witter

Reading Level Guide

5th Grade
Christopher Columbus, Billy Sunday, Mahalia Jackson, Teresa of Calcutta, and The Wright Brothers
6th Grade
Abigail Adams, Johnny Appleseed, George Washington Carver, Francis Scott Key, Abraham Lincoln, and Florence Nightingale
7th Grade
George Friderich Handel, Robert E. Lee, Samuel Morse, Samuel Smith, George Washington, Susanna Wesley, Daniel Webster
8th Grade
Johannes Kepler, Issac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Stonewall Jackson, Robert Boyle, William Jennings Bryan, Jason Lee, and Noah Webster
ABIGAIL ADAMS by Evelyn Witter
  
Abigail Adams wrote:  "On her husband's election to the Presidency: "And now, O Lord, My God, Thou has made Thy servant ruler over the people. Give unto him an understanding heart that he may know how to go out and come in before this great people; that he may discern between good and bad . . . "
  
On Politics: "That cannot be politically right which is morally wrong."
  
On the need for Christian society: "I am no friend of bigotry, yet I think the freedom of inquiry, and the general toleration of religious sentiments, have been, like all other good things, perverted, and, under their shelter, deism, and even atheism, have found refuge."
  
On the issue of slavery: "I have sometimes been ready to think that the passion for Liberty cannot be equally strong in the breasts of those who have been accustomed to deprive their fellow Creatures of theirs. Of this I am certain that it (slavery) is not founded upon that generous and Christian principle of doing to others as we would that others should do unto us."
  
On Living the Christian Life: "The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but the God of Israel is He that giveth strength and power unto His people."

Paperback, 147 pages
ISBN-10: 0-915134-94-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-915134-94-6
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ISBN-10: 0-88062-175-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-175-5
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JOHNNY APPLESEED by David Collins
  
God's Faithful Planter - John Chapman
Young John was restless. It was hard to keep his mind on schooling and the farm chores. By 1792, when he turned eighteen, his feet were itching for travel. His father handed him a parting gift and said "As long as you carry God's Word, your path will be straight." To Johnny, the Bible was a fitting treasure.
  
Although Johnny headed west, the roads he took weren't always straight. Leaving Massachusetts behind, he climbed mountains, followed dusty trails, floated down singing waterways, and wandered all over the newly settled wilderness.
  
In his knapsack he carried his Bible and as many apple seeds as he could stuff in. The only roots he knew were those he planted for others, the rich growing roots of seedling apple trees. He needed always to move, to cover ground, but he left behind a trail of apple trees for those who would later follow that same way.
  
People grew used to the sight of the thin barefooted man with his knapsack on his back and wearing his cooking pot for a hat. Johnny knew pioneer settlers, townsfolk, Indians, and the wild critters of the outdoors. In time, everyone thought of him as Johnny Appleseed.
Paperback, 160 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-134-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-134-2

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ISBN-10: 0-88062-176-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-176-1
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ROBERT BOYLE by John Hudson Tiner
  
Trailblazer of Science
Robert Boyle lived a life of contrasts. He was born to one of the richest families on earth, but he chose to live a simple life. Robert became one of the greatest scientists of all time, but remained a shy, humble person. Despite his quiet nature, he worked forcefully and bravely against persecution and injustice. Robert Boyle's friends were a roll call of the famous: Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys, John Milton, Isaac Newton and many others. Yet, during his life Robert Boyle towered over all of them.
  
Robert's brothers and sisters all received regal titles such as knight, viscount, earl, lord. However, Robert Boyle refused all titles. He preferred to remain what he was, a Christian gentleman.
  
Robert Boyle's father came to Ireland with nothing but a few coins in his pocket and a small trunk of clothes. He became the Great Earl of Cork, a powerful and wealthy Irish landowner.
   
Like his father, Robert Boyle became famous, but in an entirely different way. He became the best known and most respected scientist of his day. Today, after three hundred years, he is still considered one of the top scientist of all time.
  
Robert Boyle survived rebellions in Ireland, the English Civil War, the Black Death, the Great Fire and political unrest. He succeeded in making many remarkable discoveries during those difficult times. He lived a devout Christian life, using his science to glorify God. Read Robert Boyle - Trailblazer of Science to experience these exciting events.
Paperback, 181 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-155-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-155-7

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ISBN-10: 0-88062-177-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-177-X
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WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN by Robert Allen
  
Golden-Tongued Orator
Every member of Congress was in his place. The gallery was crowded and people stood along the walls and jammed the hallways. William Jennings Bryan was about to speak. He stood tall and strong, a handsome figure, smartly dressed, in western boots.
  
Everywhere Bryan spoke, excited crowds cheered and applauded. He was called the golden-tongued orator yet he was known as the Great Commoner, fighting for the common people against the power of big corporation and monopolies, fighting against evils in society and government.
  
Bryan could help even the children in his audiences to understand the big issues. "When you buy one dollar's worth of starch," he said in a farming town, "you pay sixty cents for the starch and forty cents for the trusts and the tariff."
  
As a schoolboy, Bryan failed to place at all in the first speech contest he entered. Practicing in the fields and woods, speaking with pebbles in his mouth as he heard Demosthenes of ancient Greece had done, planning all year long for upcoming contests, he began to win prizes. While still a youth, he determined to emulate Cicero and use what eloquence and power he might attain, not for himself, but for those who were oppressed. And throughout his life he held to that decision.
  
A great Christian and a great American, William Jennings Bryan left an indelible mark upon America and upon the world.
Paperback, 163 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-160-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-160-1

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ISBN-10: 0-88062-178-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-178-8

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GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER by David Collins
  
George Washington Carver had a special prayer which he repeated for all the people he knew as well as for the many strangers the Lord would bring into his life:
  
May God ever bless, keep, guide and continue to prosper you in your uplifting work for humanity, be it great or small, is my prayer. And may those whom He has redeemed learn to walk and talk with Him, not only daily and hourly, but momently, through the things that He has created.
  
Born to slave parents, young George was orphaned before he could walk. In his youth he fought poverty and throughout his life he battled prejudice. Yet George Washington Carver merges as one of history's most remarkable men!
   
How? "The Lord has guided me," Carver was heard to often say. "He has shown me the way, just as He will show everyone who turns to Him."
    
This book is written as George Washington Carver might have told the story of his life. Hopefully you will experience his joys, sorrows, anxieties, and zeal for learning of God's creation with him. "Without my Savior, I am nothing," declared Carver. With his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, George Washington Carver was greatly used by God to discover countless numbers of scientific wonders and to lead a life which has inspired millions of Christians everywhere!
    
This volume of GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER: MAN'S SLAVE BECOMES GOD'S SCIENTIST joins a collection of inspiring biographies written by one of America's foremost authors of children's literature - David R. Collins. Among his other works are: ABRAHAM LINCOLN: GOD'S LEADER FOR A NATION, FRANCIS SCOTT KEY: GOD'S COURAGEOUS COMPOSER, HARRY S. TRUMAN, LINDA RICHARDS, and CHARLES AUGUSTUS LINDBERGH, JR.
   
"I choose subjects who have had a strong Christian influence in their lives," states Collins. "This influence led them to serve other people and make a better world for all of us." David R. Collins is an English instructor at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School in Moline, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Western Illinois University.
   
In 1975 David Collins was named "Outstanding Educator" by the Illinois Office of Education. In Moline, Collins maintains a busy schedule of church, civic and educational activities. He is a popular speaker and frequently appears at national writers conferences.
Paperback, 131 pages
ISBN-10: 0-915134-90-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-915134-90-8

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ISBN-10: 0-88062-179-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-179-6
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CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS by Bennie Rhodes
  
Discoverer of America
Christopher Columbus' greatest discovery was not the New World. As a young boy Columbus trusted Christ as his Savior and discovered the ways of God. This little-known fact was the reason for his adventurous life.
   
Columbus felt God wanted him to explore the world and find new land and people so that Christ could be proclaimed. Finding boats and money to make the trip turned into a grueling experience in discouragement. Kings and queens promised and failed him. But Columbus was determined. He had promised God!
   
Growing up in Italy was exciting. Shipwreck, pirates, and storms marred his early sailing career. But he became an excellent sailor and businessman.
  
Columbus overcame all problems with God's help, even mutiny and being bound with chains. See through his eyes the dangerous voyage to the New World as you read the words from his diary. Feel the excitement at sighting land and discovering gold. Weep with him over the massacre and troubles. Written as if Columbus is talking, walk beside him in his exciting adventures and let him tell you his unique story.
Paperback, 146 pages
ISBN-10: 0-915134-26-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-915134-26-7

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ISBN-10: 0-88062-180-X
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GEORGE FREDERIC HANDEL by Charles Ludwig
  
Listening to, or participating in, the singing of Handel's Messiah is now as much a part of Christmas celebrations as the buying of gifts. And that experience will be richer yet for people who realize the series of miracles that were required to bring this oratorio into being.
  
While a lad of seven, Handel's barber-surgeon father assured him that he would rather his son's fingers be cut off than that he become a musician. To emphasize this, he burned all of the boy's musical toys in the fireplace. Nonetheless, young George Frideric continued to practice on a muted clavichord hidden in the attic.
  
Later, Handel had to overcome a paralysis of his right arm. Shortly before working on Messiah, he was so pressed for money he feared debtor's prison. Yet Providence brought him to that momentous time in his life. After composing the "Hallelujah Chorus," he exclaimed through tears to a servant, "I did think I did see all heaven before me, and the great God Himself!"
  
At the first London performance of the Messiah, King George II rose to his feet during the singing of the "Hallelujah Chorus," and since he was King, the rest of the audience rose with him. Thus began the custom which continues to this day.
  
Altogether, Handel composed as much music as the combined works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig Beethoven. Much of his music still lives to glorify the God whom Handel served with his great talent.
Paperback, 186 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-048-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-048-2

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ISBN-10: 0-88062-181-8
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MAHALIA JACKSON by Evelyn Witter
  
Born to Sing Gospel Music
Mahalia Jackson was a magnificent talent with her spellbinding contralto voice. She was deeply religious with a quest to help the underprivileged and the disadvantaged.
  
"Blues are the songs of despair," Mahalia often said. "Gospel songs belong to the Lord. Gospel songs are the songs of hope. When you sing gospel you have the feeling there is a cure for what's wrong, but when you are through with the blues you've got nothing to rest on."
   
Before each performance or recording session, Mahalia would sit quietly alone. In describing this time, she said, "I read selected passages from my Bible in order to gather to myself the inner strength I need." Her favorite Biblical quotation was "Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands" from Psalm 66. Mahalia saw this Psalm as her mission in life.
  
It was a mission that required a long, hard climb. But it was a mission she accomplished with enthusiasm. During the years of struggle, Mahalia became an internationally known recording artist and church performer.
  
However, Mahalia never forgot her humble beginnings. Her mother died when she was six and she was reared by a religious aunt who introduced her "to the joy and passion, sweetness and beauty of the Lord's hymns and anthems." Her father did not feel he could raise the six children alone. He preached on Sunday and doubled as a longshoreman and barber on week days. His time was taken with work. His income was low.
Paperback, 186 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-045-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-045-1

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ISBN-10: 0-88062-182-6
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STONEWALL JACKSON by Charles Ludwig
  
Loved in the South; Admired in the North
"Look!" cried General Bee. "There are Jackson and his men standing like a stone wall. Rally behind them!"
  
In the battle that followed, Jackson lifted his left hand high and moved back and forth shouting encouragement to his men. At a critical moment, he spurred his horse, Little Sorrel, into the center of his regiment and shouted, "Reserve your fire until they come within fifty yards. Then fire and give them the bayonet. And when you charge, yell like the furies."
  
Weeks before, the men had practiced the bloodcurdling yell of woh-who-ey. This combination of Apache war whoop, wolf howl and panther scream had a terrifying effect. The Federals broke rank, threw down their weapons and fled.
  
Stonewall's fearlessness had begun years earlier when he climbed the highest tree in pursuit of a coon, and when he was determined to learn, in spite of being called the school dummy and school charity case.
  
Even at West Point his grades nearly scraped the bottom in his first year. But he worked hard and raised his level each year until he graduated in the upper third of his class. An official later remarked, "If the course at West Point had been a year longer, Jackson would have graduated at the head of his class."
  
A Northern newspaper mourned his death: "Stonewall Jackson was a great general, a noble Christian and a pure man."
Paperback, 177 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-157-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-157-1

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ISBN-10: 0-88062-183-4
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JOHANNES KEPLER by John Hudson Tiner
  
Personal Creed:
I believe . . . that the World of Nature, the World of Man, the World of God - all three fit together. We see how God, like a human architect approached the founding of the world according to order and rule and measured everything in such a manner.
  
I believe . . . that together with the Holy Scriptures came the book of Nature. Should the kind Creator who brought forth nature out of nothing deprive the spirit of man . . . of every heavenly delight. I had the intention of becoming a theologian . . . but now I see how God is, by my endeavors, also glorified in astronomy for the heavens declare the glory of God.
  
I believe . . . that our Creator has given us a spirit in addition to the senses, for another reason than merely to provide living for ourselves . . . Man's soul is something quite different from the others part of man, and the soul is kept alive, enriched and grows by that food called knowledge. I am eager to publish my observations in God's honor who wishes to be recognized from the book of Nature. I am a Christian.
  
I believe . . . only and alone in the service of Jesus Christ . . . in Him is all refuge and solace.
Paperback, 202 pages
ISBN-10: 0-915134-11-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-915134-11-3

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ISBN-10: 0-88062-184-7
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FRANCIS SCOTT KEY by David Collins
  
God's Courageous Composer
. . . as we were leaving the enemy flagship a British officer hurried up to us. "I'm sorry gentlemen," he said firmly. "We are about to attack Baltimore. You must remain with us until the battle is over and the city has surrendered."

I swallowed deeply. I felt as if this were a bad dream, a horrible nightmare from which I would soon awaken. Colonel Skinner cast a comforting arm around my shoulder. His eyes were misty. "I know what you're feeling, my friend; but there is nothing we can do." ". . . nothing we can do." The words struck a familiar chord in my memory. I brought back a vision of Grandmother Key as I read to her from the Bible

"Well, Frances, it is raining outside. You cannot go out and play. There is nothing you can do about it. But we can always pray together. Remember, Francis, you can always pray." So, on that night of September 13, 1814, I stood on board the ship Minden in the Chesapeake Bay and prayed.

I took an old envelope from my pocket and scribbled a few words and phrases as the battle for Fort McHenry, and the fate of our new nation began. My head pounded with the sound of exploding cannon shots and shells. I paced along the deck, aware that I was surrounded by hostile sailors. They were hoping for the fort to fall as strongly as I was hoping it would hold. Without warning the firing stopped. The air was still. How I longed to see the fort. Was the flag still flying?

"Doctor Beane, quickly stumbling to the deck, asked: "Has the fort surrendered?" "We don't know," I answered. "We can't know until sunrise." Time crawled. We stood waiting in the darkness. "The sun is coming up," Colonel Skinner shouted. "The dawn is breaking!" Once more I took out my envelopes. I scribbled away, noting the glow of the dawn's early light. The mist had cleared the smoke away. "I can see it!" I exclaimed. "The flag - our flag - it's still there!"

This volume of FRANCIS SCOTT KEY: GOD'S COURAGEOUS COMPOSER, joins a collection of inspiring biographies written by one of America's foremost authors of children's literature - David R. Collins.

Among his other works are: ABRAHAM LINCOLN: GOD'S LEADER FOR A NATION, GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER: MAN'S SLAVE BECOMES GOD'S SCIENTIST, HARRY S. TRUMAN, LINDA RICHARDS, and CHARLES AUGUSTUS LINDBERGH, JR.

"I choose subjects who have had a strong Christian influence in their lives," states Collins. "This influence led them to serve other people and make a better world for all of us." David R. Collins is an English instructor at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School in Moline, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Western Illinois University.

In 1975 David Collins was named "Outstanding Educator" by the Illinois Office of Education. In Moline, Collins maintains a busy schedule of church, civic and educational activities. He is a popular speaker and frequently appears at national writers conferences.
Paperback, 113 pages
ISBN-10: 0-915134-91-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-915134-91-5

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ISBN-10: 0-88062-185-4
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JASON LEE by Charles Ludwig
  
Winner of the Northwest
The four Indians swam rivers, hid from hostile Indians, hunted for food, sometimes lived on only berries and fruit. "My moccasins are worn out," said one, and no wonder. They had traveled nearly 3000 miles on foot. For what? To seek the Book of Heaven from the white man.
  
The story captured the imaginations and hearts of Christendom. Methodists responded by sending Jason Lee to Oregon. Lee loved the Northwest when he read about it, and he loved it even more when he reached the end of the Oregon Trail and saw its rivers and forests and fertile soil and its Indians and rugged pioneer whites.
  
Jason built his mission on the banks of the Willamette, then he lobbied his Mission Board to send more personnel so he could open branch mission houses. He spoke in churches urging people to move to the land of the setting sun and help to build a Christian Oregon. He lobbied Congress to establish Oregon as a Territory.
  
Tragedy stalked Jason, and he died in the noon of life, so he had no opportunity to enjoy triumph. But in after years, when the state needed to select two of its native sons to honor in the Statuary Hall of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., it was obvious to its citizens that one of them should be Jason Lee.
  
Today his statue stands not only in the National Hall, but also on the lawn of Oregonians' own Capitol Building in Salem. And nearby is a statue of a Methodist circuit rider, reminding viewers of the part the Book of Heaven played in the history of the Northwest.
Paperback, 168 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-161-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-161-8

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ISBN-10: 0-88062-186-1
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ROBERT E. LEE by Lee Roddy
  
Robert E. Lee was one of the most truly remarkable men in our nation's history. The author writes, "I searched diligently for a flaw in Lee's character. There was none." What was this general's secret? He was a Christ-bearer. His secret was that he found the source of his strength and commitment in Christ.
  
On the coming of the Civil War:
"I fear it is now out of the power of man and in God alone must be our trust. No act could give me so much pleasure as to restore peace to my country. God is our refuge and our strength. Let us humble ourselves before Him. Let us confess our sins and beseech Him to give a higher courage, a purer patriotism and a more determined will; that He will convert the hearts of our enemies; that He will hasten the time when war, with its sorrows and sufferings shall cease, and that He will give us a name and place among the nations of the earth."
  
On the Bible:
"There are things in the old Book which I may not be able to explain, but I fully accept it as the infallible Word of God and receive its teaching as inspired by the Holy Spirit."
  
On his faith in God:
"I believe a kind God has ordered all things for our good. My reliance is in the help of God. At present I am not concerned with results. God's will ought to be our aim, and I am contented that His designs should be accomplished and not mine. We must suffer patiently to the end, when all things will be made right. I can only say that I am nothing but a poor sinner, trusting in Christ alone for salvation."
Paperback, 169 pages
ISBN-10: 0-915134-40-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-915134-40-3

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN by David Collins
  
Personal Creed:
  
I believe . . . in God, the Almighty Ruler of Nations, our great and good and merciful Maker, our Father in Heaven, who notes the fall of a sparrow and numbers the hairs on our heads.
  
I believe . . . in His eternal truth and justice. I recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations are only blest whose God is the Lord.
  
I believe . . . that the Bible is the best gift which God has ever given to men. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.
  
I believe . . . the will of God prevails. Without Him all human reliance is vain. Without the assistance of that Divine Being, I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail. Being a humble instrument in the hands of our Heavenly Father, I desire that all my works and acts may be according to His will; and that it may be so, I give my thanks to the Almighty, and seek His aid.
  
I believe . . . that it is right to recognize and confess the presence of the Almighty Father equally in our triumphs and in those sorrows which we may justly fear are a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins to the needful end of our reformation. I have a solemn oath registered in heaven to finish the work I am in, in full view of my responsibility to my God, with malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right as God gives me to see the right.
Paperback, 150 pages
ISBN-10: 0-915134-93-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-915134-93-9

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DAVID LIVINGSTONE by John Hudson Tiner
  
African Explorer
David Livingstone was one of the greatest explorers who ever lived. His exciting exploits in Africa tell a story of unsurpassed courage and determination.
  
At first, it looked like David Livingstone would spend his life in the little town of Blantyre, Scotland. At age ten he began working in the cotton spinning mill. His workday began at 6 AM. The ending whistle didn't sound until 8 PM. After work he attended school for two hours.
  
He was told he'd never escape the daily toil of the cotton mill. Yet with only slight formal education, he succeeded in gaining admission to college. He studied to be a medical missionary. He attended a lecture by Robert Moffat, who was from Africa. Robert Moffat said, "I have sometimes seen, in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages, where no missionary has ever been."
  
The phrase "the smoke from a thousand villages" caught David's imagination. He decided to go to Africa. Africa was being explored one cautious step at a time. David Livingstone made bold, sweeping trips far beyond the established line. Within a few months he'd gone deeper into Africa than any other missionary.
  
He left the comfortable missionary stations and lived with the African people. He learned their language. He treated their sick, helped them build a better life for themselves and told them about Jesus. He made plans to explore Africa, to preach the Gospel, and learn the scientific secrets of this great country.
  
David Livingstone described in vivid detail the unusual plants and animals of the African landscape. Using the same skills as a navigator on the ocean, he recorded his route into Africa so carefully it can be retraced today. His methods set a standard in the way exploration should be done.
  
As he grew more confident, David made a daring decision. He would cross from one side of Africa to the other. Many people said it couldn't be done. David had learned to think for himself and never give up. He said, "I will open a path into the interior or perish." How he succeeded against all the odds is an exciting story. Read on and let the adventure begin!
Paperback, 200 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-164-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-164-9
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ISBN-10: 0-88062-189-3
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SAMUEL F. B. MORSE by John Hudson Tiner
  
Artist with a Message
The world-famous artist, Samuel Morse, boarded the packet ship Sully in France to sail for New York. He listened as other passengers tossed ideas back and forth. One man asked, "Is the flow of electricity slowed by the length of a wire?" Someone else responded, "No."
  
The thought captured Samuel's imagination. Could signals be sent instantly anywhere along a wire by electricity? Could newspapers in America carry news of events that had taken place that very morning in Europe?
  
But an idea is not enough. It must be expressed in terms of wire, magnets, and batteries. He filled his notebook with dozens of drawings - diagrams of wire circuits, electromagnets, levers, switches, a moving strip of paper.
  
When Samuel disembarked in New York, he immediately announced to his brothers, "During the voyage, I made an important invention that will astonish the world. The telegraph is a way to communicate by means of electricity. The dots and spaces make it possible - "
  
"But what of your career as an artist?" his brother interrupted. Samuel said, "I could earn a good living as a painter. But for my invention to succeed, I should give full time to it." And that's what Samuel did - for the next twelve years!
Paperback, 170 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-137-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-137-3

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ISBN-10: 0-88062-190-7
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ISAAC NEWTON by John Hudson Tiner
  
Isaac Newton wrote:
On the sun and other heavenly bodies: "This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intellectual Being."
  
On the Lord of the heavens: "This being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord of all . . ."
  
On atheism: "Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance."
   
On the solar system: "The motions of the planets require a Divine Arm to impress them."
    
On God, his Savior: "The true God is a living, intelligent and powerful being."
    
On the trials of life: "Trials are medicines which our gracious and wise physician gives because we need them; and he proportions the frequency and weight of them to what the case requires. Let us trust His skill and thank Him for His prescription."
  
On God's presence: "His (God's) duration reaches from eternity to eternity; His presence from infinity to infinity."
On the Bible: "I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by men who were inspired. I study the Bible daily."
Paperback, 144 pages
ISBN-10: 0-915134-95-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-915134-95-3

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FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE by David Collins
  
God's Servant at the Battlefield
Florence went against the wishes of her wealthy parents and defied social custom when she took up a career that no respectable woman of that day would even consider. She became a nurse.
  
History knows her now as "The Lady with the Lamp." Night after night she walked among the cots of wounded soldiers, carrying her kerosene lamp to light the darkness and wearing her cape to keep out the cold. She was always ready to bandage the wounds of a bleeding soldier, give a drink of water to a thirsty patient, or write a letter home for a private on his deathbed.
  
Up until Florence's time, the hospitals in England were a disgrace. Could she better conditions? She would have to overcome the resistance of high officials, the apathy of the public, and even the ignorance of doctors.
  
Throughout her life, Florence remembered the entry in her diary when she was still a girl: "God spoke to me and called me to His service."
Paperback, 160 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-126-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-126-7

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LOUIS PASTEUR by John Hudson Tiner
  
Founder of Modern Medicine
Too often scientists build their theories upon wild speculation or unfounded assumptions. Many new ideas turn out to be dead-ends. They neither advance science nor improve daily life. Some people distrust the claims of science. Can science really change the world?
   
Yes, indeed. The scientific discoveries of Louis Pasteur, a Frenchman who lived in the 1800s, have made a difference. He chose scientific questions worthy of attack, those whose solution would benefit ordinary citizens. Pasteurization grew out of his dramatic discovery that tiny living things cause foods like milk to spoil. Gentle heating of the milk destroys the tiny life and keeps the food fresh.
  
He also proved that some microscopic living organisms are helpful to human beings, while others cause illness. His discovery that germs can cause disease is the foundation of modern medicine. It took a great deal of effort to prove the germ theory. Truth, not fleeting fame, motivated Louis Pasteur. He announced his results only after the most careful research in the laboratory and thorough tests in the field.
  
Some scientists resented it when Louis Pasteur showed the error in their favorite theories. Biologist violently opposed his proof that microscopic life could not spring into existence from nonliving elements. Veterinarians belittled his development of vaccines for chicken cholera and anthrax. Surgeons ignored his call for germ-free operating rooms to prevent infections during surgery. Doctors rejected the evidence that germs cause disease. These traditional-minded scientists launched personal attacks against Louis Pasteur. Louis Pasteur, however, didn't settle questions by arguments. He held dramatic public demonstrations so people could judge for themselves.
  
If you listed the top ten scientists of all time, you would include Louis Pasteur near the top of the list. Yet, this great man was very religious, a Christian. Many times, he stated his belief that spiritual and religious values go beyond scientific knowledge.
  
Read Louis Pasteur - Founder of Modern Medicine. It traces in exciting details the events in the life of Louis Pasteur. Learn about his early life as the son of an obscure country tanner. Experience his years of struggle as an unknown scientist. Enjoy his triumph as one of the world's most celebrated heroes.
Paperback, 176 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-159-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-159-5

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SAMUEL FRANCIS SMITH by Marguerite Fitch
  
Author of America
For many years, I lived in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, where Samuel Francis Smith, author of America, had lived one hundred years before me. When the Smith Homestead was threatened to be sold at auction, Newton Public School students brought contributions to my office to help save the Homestead. Our school library contained books about many famous Americans, but none about Samuel Smith. I decided to write a book about him.
  
The Homestead Society gave me permission to research and copy materials in the Homestead. I photocopied and hand copied documents, articles, and comments by people who knew Mr. Smith. The First Baptist Church granted me permission to research church records of the years when Mr. Smith had been both its minister and church clerk. His language was the flowery variety of his time. Officials at both the Homestead and the church told me that no one else had asked to research materials about Mr. Smith.
  
Among other interesting details, I uncovered the fact that most historical sources have an error in the date of writing America, giving it as 1832. As I tell in this book, the words were written in February 1831, and the song was first performed on July 4, 1831. The error, once made, was compounded as such errors in history often are. Smith himself, in later life, was not always accurate concerning this date.
   
Also, it is not entirely clear that Christ Church is actually the site of the lantern signal the night of Paul Revere's ride. There is some validity to the claim of another church, called "Old North" which British soldiers destroyed timber by timber.
  
In 1969 the Homestead was destroyed by fire, and some of the documents I copied from were burned. Some materials were rescued and taken to the Newton Public Library and the Andover-Newton Theological School.
After I moved to California I had time to begin writing. I also volunteered my services to public schools in the Long Beach Unified School District and other systems. I tell children about Samuel Francis Smith. Most of them do not know about him, although they often sing his words. Both students and teachers have asked where they might find a book about him. I hope this book will now fill their need.
   
I make grateful acknowledgment to the many people who helped as I researched. It is not possible to name them all, but high on the list must be members of the Marshall family, descendents of Samuel Smith: Mrs. Robert Marshall; John, Edward, and Daniel Marshall; and Miss Jane Marshall. Special thanks are also due to various individuals of the Samuel Francis Smith Homestead Society, Andover-Newton Theological School Library, Newton Public Library, the Jackson Homestead, and these churches: Christ Church of Boston, The Old North Church of Paul Revere Fame; The Second Church in Boston; Andover Baptist Church; Park Street Church; and First Baptist Church in Newton Centre. For other research materials, I am indebted to Miss Madeline Bradley, Mr. Landis A. Nazzaro, and Mr. John W. Stokes.
  
Editor-writer, Kathleen M. Zaffore, helped me give shape to this story and my daughter, Mrs. Carolyn E. Jackson, helped with photographing and photocopying my research materials. She and many others encouraged me throughout this project and expressed interest in seeing its completion. Now here it is - for them and for all loves of America.
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ISBN-10: 0-88062-049-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-049-9

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BILLY SUNDAY by Robert Allen
  
Home Run to Heaven
The White Sox were leading in the ninth with two men already out. The crack as bat met ball could be heard across the entire field. Watching the ball rise, Bill knew it was far over his head, but still he ran. The bleachers, filled beyond capacity, had spilled many of their spectators over into the field. With an eye still on the ball and the crowd parting before him like the Red Sea before Moses, Billy was sure that the ball would go over the fence. Jumping over a bench someone had hauled onto the field, Bill stopped where he thought the ball would come down.
  
But he had guessed short. It was still going over his head. He jumped as high as he could, shoved his left hand out as far as it could go, and felt the thud as the ball hit his glove. The momentum carried him to the ground, but somehow he held onto the ball.
  
After the game the other players were on him, pummeling him and cheering him all the way to the clubroom. "Thanks, fellows," said Billy, "but it wasn't just me out there this afternoon. It wasn't just Billy who caught that ball; it was Billy and God."
  
A pro ballplayer who was also a Christian? No one ever heard of such a thing! But Billy didn't care. Whatever Billy did, he did with total enthusiasm - playing ball and telling people about Jesus.
  
The first record Billy set in the major leagues was one for the most consecutive strikeouts - thirteen his first thirteen times up to bat. His speed when he finally did start hitting, however, was hard to believe.
Paperback, 160 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-125-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-125-0

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TERESA OF CALCUTTA by D. Jeanene Watson
  
Serving the Poorest of the Poor
Agnes and her family lived in Macedonia in eastern Europe. Agnes eagerly read letters by missionaries from faraway places. She especially enjoyed the letters from Calcutta, India.
  
Eventually Agnes arrived in Calcutta where she taught young, well-to-do girls. They knew her as Sister Teresa. Unsatisfied, Teresa searched for her calling in life. One day she decided to work with "the poorest of the poor." She conducted her first class in a public park. Only five street children attended. Despite the hardships, she stayed with the work. She knew that God had sent her to care for these people who had no one else to love them.
  
Teresa dressed in a simple white sari with a blue border. A safety pin held a cross at her left shoulder. She became a familiar sight in the slum streets of Calcutta.
   
Teresa not only helped the poor, she became one of them. She told the girls she trained, "We will pattern our lives after their poverty. We are poor by choice. We want to be poor like Christ, who, being rich, chose to be born and live and work among the poor."
Paperback, 172 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-012-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-012-3

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GEORGE WASHINGTON by Norma Cournow Camp
  
In his first Inaugural Address:
"It would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being, who rules over the Universe, who presides in the councils of nations and whose providential aids can supply every human defect. We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which heaven itself ordained. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States."
  
In his Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1789:
"I do recommend and assign Thursday, the twenty-sixth day of November next to be devoted by the people of these states to the service of the glorious Being, who is the Beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is or that will be; that we may then unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation. And, also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers, and supplications to to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions."
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ISBN-10: 0-915134-25-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-915134-25-0

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DANIEL WEBSTER by Robert Allen
  
Defender of the Union
It was big news. A store was opening in Salisbury. Daniel and his sisters walked to town almost every day that first week just to smell pickles and peppers in open barrels and stare at hard horehound candy in a glass jar on the shelf behind the counter.
  
But it wasn't horehounds that Daniel bought with his first pennies. It was a cotton handkerchief decorated with flags and printed on both sides - with the new Constitution of the United States of America.
   
Daniel's father had gone to the New Hampshire convention. He helped the ninth state to ratify the Constitution and thus to create the United States of America. Daniel showed his handkerchief to everyone but lent it to no one, not even for long enough to wash it. He read it over and over again, and its words influenced him all the rest of his life.
  
The farm boy who loved books became lawyer, congressman, senator, Secretary of State. In the halls of Congress he debated Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun. Before the Supreme Court he argued for freedom from government intrusion for little Dartmouth College. Through every turn in his career, the silver-tongued orator was found always on the same side of every political debate - the side of the United States of America.
Paperback, 159 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-156-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-156-4

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NOAH WEBSTER by David Collins
  
Master of Words
One American seldom receives the attention he rightly deserves. Noah Webster, Jr., does not often come immediately to mind when one considers those who helped the United States during its infancy. He should. His services were many and unique in the earliest stages of America.
  
Even as a boy, Noah was fascinated with language and education. He was troubled by the lack of interest shown by others in formal schooling, and the lack of books and proper facilities bothered him even more.
  
When the fires of the Revolution broke out in the early 1770's, Noah was a student at Yale. Young and impressionable, he was singed by the flames of patriotism. He longed for a chance to join liberty's cause. He wrote down his thoughts about freedom and government, sharing them with leaders who would put together the United States Constitution. Many of his ideas were incorporated into the document.
  
But more than a spokesman for democratic government, Noah Webster was a champion for youth and education. He knew what books needed to be written, wrote them, and fought for their acceptance within the school framework. Through his adult life, he saw the need for developing the mind while enriching the soul.
  
"A man should set goals which would please God and assist his fellow man," observed Noah Webster, Jr.
Surely, Noah took his own advice. As a boy growing up, he turned to the Bible as his code of behavior and his core of learning. It is not surprising that one of Webster's final literary contributions, and in his opinion, his "most glorious achievement," was his own wording of the King James Bible.
   
Today, Webster is with us still. But he merits a place of honor beyond a name stamped on dictionaries around the world. He was a man who served his fellow man and his country with unselfish devotion. More importantly, he served his God with faith and love.
Paperback, 146 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-158-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-158-8

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SUSANNA WESLEY by Charles Ludwig
  
Mother of John and Charles
Susanna, the twenty-fifth child in her family, prayed daily, "Dear God, guide me. Make my life count." But God's answer seemed to be "Wait." So Susanna waited. And in the meantime, she married the young poet, Samuel Wesley.
  
Life with Samuel took Susanna from her life-long home in London to a new home over a hundred miles to the north. Samuel was a minister, but life in the rectory was not easy. There was never enough money to feed and clothe the family properly. Twice their house burned. One king after another reigned on the throne of England. And Samuel spent years writing his commentary on the Book of Job.
  
Through it all, Susanna devoted herself to her children - nineteen were born, but only nine lived to grow up. Would little Samuel ever learn to talk? How could she make time to spend alone with each of her children? When should she teach the children to read? And would her life ever count for something? As a young woman, Susanna once said, "I hope the fire I start will not only burn all of London, but all of the United Kingdom as well. I hope it will burn all over the world."
Paperback, 192 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-110-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-110-6

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THE WRIGHT BROTHERS by Charles Ludwig
  
They Gave Us Wings
This time, they carried the glider almost to the top of Big Kill Devil Hill.
"Ready?" asked Orville.
"Ready," replied Wilbur from his prone position.

  
Safely in the air, Wilbur warped the wings. There was an instant response and Wilbur glowed with joy. But as the glider curved, he became aware of a new instability. He adjusted the controls. There was little response. True, the glider turned. Still - although puzzled, he managed a safe landing.
  
On his fifth flight that day, Wilbur became aware of increasing instability. Then the left wing dipped far too deeply. Frantically he pushed the elevator control. He was too late. The tip of the left wing bit into the sand and he was hurled forward against the canvas elevator.
  
The birds all knew the secret of turning while in flight. But their secret was so deep no one could solve it. People said it was impossible for a heavier-than-air machine to fly. But Wilbur and Orville were determined to show the world that it could be done!
Paperback, 192 pages
ISBN-10: 0-88062-141-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-88062-141-0

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ISBN-10: 0-88062-101-X
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