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The Life of J. Christy Wilson
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“J. Christy Wilson will go down in history as one of the great and courageous missionaries for the gospel in the twentieth century.”
—Billy Graham
Who was J. Christy Wilson Jr.? Many have never heard his name, but Christy Wilson’s life had a ripple effect in modern missions. Read the first full biography of the humble, adventurous man of prayer who helped launch the Urbana missions conference, pioneered ministry in Afghanistan when others thought it impossible, mobilized hundreds of students toward world evangelization, and reintroduced the biblical idea of leveraging one’s profession for the kingdom with the term “tentmaking.” Riveting, uplifting, and frequently amusing, this book will challenge you to reconsider what is possible when we dare to yield to Christ and his purposes in the world.

  • ISBN: 9780878086313
  • Pages: 190
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2016
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

Table of Contents


  1. Family Roots
  2. A Persian Childhood
  3. Blossoming in Princeton and Edinburgh
  4. Launching a Missions Conference
  5. Betty
  6. A Roundabout Route to Afghanistan
  7. A Modern Tentmaker and a Crown Prince
  8. Close Call over Kandahar
  9. A Father’s Joy
  10. Two Watermelons in One Hand
  11. Adventures
  12. An Assist from Eisenhower
  13. A Church Building Destroyed, A Government Overthrown
  14. Becoming Professor Wilson
  15. Ice Cream on the Cake
  16. Disciplines for Spiritual Growth
  17. The Sunset Years
  18. Reflections


Customer Reviews


Ajith Fernando

Dr. Wilson was a giant of the missionary movement in the second half of the twentieth century and one of the most Christlike men I have met. My wife and I had the wonderful privilege of getting to know him and his dear wife Betty during our last sabbatical in 1988. This is a short and easy to read book which makes the reader want to be more like Jesus.

Ajith Fernando, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka

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