Book Review: C.T. Studd, Cricketer And Pioneer

C.T. Studd by Norman GrubbThis biography of missionary C.T. Studd was written by Norman Grubb in 1933.  Grubb was a missionary to Belgian Congo and was the son-in-law of C.T. Studd.  While the subject is amazing the writing style is choppy and difficult to follow.

Studd, born in 1860, was one of the best cricket players in the world.  He abruptly walked away from a promising athletic career and became a Christian missionary.  While some missionaries are content with one difficult assignment Studd accepted three.  He served in China for 15 years, India for six years and the final 20 years of his life in Africa.

He realized as a young man that his life was to be one of simple, childlike faith and that his part was to trust and not to do.  He was to trust in God and God would work through him.  Many said he was making a huge mistake to bury himself in missions.  They pointed out the influence he could have with young men in his own country.  He asserts that the devil must have used a similar argument to Moses.

He once said, “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”  This is clearly how he lived his life.  His life will be an eternal rebuke to easy-going Christianity.  He has demonstrated what it means to follow Christ without counting the cost and without looking back.