Book Review: Lottie Moon

Lottie Moon by Regina SullivanThe full title of this book is Lottie Moon: A Southern Baptist Missionary To China In History And Legend. From the title a reader might assume this book has a substantive amount to do with the amazing life and missions exploits of the missionary Lottie Moon. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

This book not only reads like a sterile thesis project, it IS a sterile thesis project. This manuscript was originally published as the thesis project of the author Regina Sullivan, who later published the project into this unfortunate book. The entire second half of the book consists of the notes, biography and index. It is very light on story and very heavy on research and reference.

The book is more about the history of the Southern Baptist denomination, its institutions and their 19th century struggles. Specifically, the first half of the book logs, in painful detail, how the Foreign Mission Board (now the International Mission Board) struggled to involve women in missions and debated how to send single females to the mission field with the 19th century deep South culture as the setting. An interesting topic, simply not the one I set out to learn about.

Lottie Moon spent nearly 40 years doing amazing pioneering missions work in China during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a teacher and evangelist she did some remarkable things and endured numerous struggles. Regrettably, the reader must go to sources other than this book to discover details of her labors on the mission field.

If you are looking for a history of the Southern Baptist denomination this book is for you. If you want details of Lottie Moon’s missions work, look elsewhere.