Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: Gladys Aylward, Are You Going to Stop? by:Catherine Mackenzie

Gladys Aylward: Are You Going to Stop?
About the Book:
Story of how Gladys Aylward was called by God to go to China as a missionary. As a girl she had always wanted to be taller and to have blonde hair. On arriving in China she realises that the people there all have dark hair and are generally not so tall. Her missionary work is simply described and her escape from the Japanese army, leading many orphan children over the mountains to safety. Told simply for younger children.

About the Author:
Catherine Mackenzie has written several biographies for young teens in the Trailblazers series as well as other titles for younger children. She lives in Scotland and has several nieces and nephews – a perfect practice audience!

My Review:
Gladys Aylward was a young girl in London and even as a young girl she knew she was very different. Not only was she dark haired and dark eyed, she was also very poor. But instead of being down about her situation knowing God could use her in some way she kept on keeping on until she was a young teenager. Since becoming a teenager, she realized that she wanted God to use her in a big way, so she desperately wanted to travel away from home to China to become a missionary.

 Her family being poor and she herself without much schooling under her belt made the goal of becoming a missionary, an unreachable one. But soon the Almighty set many matters in motion to bring everything together so that Gladys could go to China to serve the Lord as a missionary. While there Gladys done many amazing things such as found a way to drum up business for an inn that she and fellow missionary Jeanie had started and eventually Gladys started an orphanage there.

  God calls us all but will we answer the call? There were many times Gladys wasn't sure how our "possible" God could accomplish "impossible" things. But each and every time He showed her His brilliant ways.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me for free for my honest review from the publisher.