The Daring Heart of David Livingstone: Exile,...
The untold story of the great explorer, David Livingstone--his faith and his heroic efforts to end the African slave trade. Saint? Missionary? Scientist? Explorer? The titles applied to David Livingstone since his death are eclectic enough to seem...+
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The untold story of the great explorer, David Livingstone--his faith and his heroic efforts to end the African slave trade.
Saint? Missionary? Scientist? Explorer?
The titles applied to David Livingstone since his death are eclectic enough to seem dubious, and with good reason. In view of his own journals, "saint" is out of the question; even "missionary" is problematic when one considers his conversion record. But despite his fame as a scientist and explorer, titles he certainly earned, these were not the fields through which Livingstone left his most indelible mark on Africa.
Above all, David Livingstone was a vociferous abolitionist.
Yet few think of Livingstone as one of the most influential anti-slavery proponents of the nineteenth century. Somehow, his impact on abolishing what he called "this awful slave-trade" continues to be overlooked as the centerpiece of his African mission.
"The Daring Heart of David Livingstone" is Livingstone's story told in full, from the beginning of his time in Africa to the legislation that saved millions after his death.
By the time he died in the heart of Africa, Livingstone had lost his family, his career, and his fortune. Popular myth says he sacrificed all this simply to find the source of the Nile--but that falls far short of the truth. Livingstone's Christian legacy was his quest to end slavery.
His contribution to abolition, and particularly the Christian faith that fueled his efforts, have been overlooked in the public record for too long. This is David Livingstone's untold story.
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