Adoniram Judson, Devoted for Life: To the Golden Shore

To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson

To the Golden Shore

There were two worlds, two lives, for each person: this one– brief, narrow, finite; and the hereafter– eternal, limitless, infinite. Fame, to mean anything, should go with one into the next world, where one could enjoy it perpetually.

The motto of every missionary, whether preacher, printer, or schoolmaster, ought to be “Devoted for life.”

I always find biographies on the lives of missionaries to be fascinating, moving, and inspiring, and Courtney Anderson’s biography on Adoniram Judson, To the Golden Shore, is no exception. Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) was sent to Burma (now Myanmar) as the first American foreign missionary in 1812 (at least, the first to be formally sent by an organization; see article below). He traveled there from Salem, Massachusetts, with his wife Ann (or Nancy, as she was commonly called) accompanied by fellow seminary student Luther Rice, and another couple, the Newells. Judson remained in Burma for 33 years before returning to the United States due to health issues facing his family, but after a year he went back to Burma, where he finished his last four years on this earth. Anderson’s account of Judson’s life and work is not only compelling, but also well-researched and well-written. Continue reading “Adoniram Judson, Devoted for Life: To the Golden Shore”