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Wang Mingdao - Christian Biographies for Young Readers (Carr)

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Reformation Heritage Books
Simonetta Carr


Simonetta Carr’s newest children’s biography introduces us to a father of the Chinese evangelical church, Pastor Wang Mingdao. Mingdao is remembered for standing firm for the true gospel, even though it cost him his earthly freedom. Even after a moment of weakness during persecution, Mingdao found restoration in Christ and kept the faith through twenty-three years of imprisonment. His courage and strength provide a modern example of how Christians can trust the Lord and remain faithful in times of hardship and persecution. This title is part of the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series.


Chapter 1 – A Challenging Childhood            

Chapter 2 –  When God Calls

Chapter 3 – Preaching God’s Free Grace                                              

Chapter 4 – Dark Clouds                     

Chapter 5 – A Difficult Test

Chapter 6 – Freedom

Time Line

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“Simonetta Carr’s wonderfully written and illustrated biography of Wang Mingdao will introduce children and their parents to this twentieth-century hero of the faith and the God he loved more than life itself. It will also open a window into the joys and sufferings of Christians in China through occupations, revolutions, and persecutions and deepen the reader’s appreciation for how God is working all things together for the salvation of His people.”

—Bruce P. Baugus, editor of China’s Reforming Churches: Mission, Polity, and Ministry in the Next Christendom

“Statistics show that the Christian population in China has increased over ten times during the second half of the twentieth century, from four million to almost fifty million. How could Christianity in China grow so much when Western missionary activities had almost entirely ceased? This book on Wang Mingdao’s life offers an answer. It was the power of the gospel of the free grace of God in Jesus Christ that accomplished it, despite hardship and persecutions. Simonetta has done tremendous work again to provide us this valuable volume for our young readers to see God’s invincible love at work in the real world.”

—Yi Wang, church planter-pastor at Christ Reformed Church, Anaheim, California

“For Chinese Christians, Wang Mingdao is a household name. Many have been inspired by his witness and affected by his teachings. Simonetta Carr has done an excellent job researching and writing this book for younger readers. It enriches the scope of the Christian story and helps our young readers to learn from faithful examples of the one holy and catholic church.

—Baiyu Andrew Song, research associate and teaching fellow of the Andrew Fuller Centre for Baptist Studies, Toronto, Canada

About the Author and Illustrator

Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. A former elementary school teacher, she homeschooled her eight children for many years. She has written for newspapers and magazines around the world and has translated the works of several Christian authors into Italian. Presently, she lives in San Diego with her husband, Thomas, and family. She is a member at Christ United Reformed Church, Santee, California.

Matt Abraxas has traveled from California to France, studying different approaches to art. He enjoys creating and teaching art and currently exhibits his work at the SmithKlein Gallery in Boulder, Colorado. Matt lives with his wife, Rebecca, and two sons, Zorba and Rainer, in Lafayette, Colorado.