A Story of One Short Life, 1783 to 1818

Read by Larry Wilson

(4.6 stars; 8 reviews)

This is a brief biography of Samuel J. Mills who was instrumental in establishing the first missionary society in the United States, and also the first Bible Society that began distribution of millions of Bibles around the world. His final mission was to Africa where he helped found what become the country of Liberia. He died on the return voyage at the age of thirty-five. - Summary by Larry Wilson (1 hr 8 min)


Introduction and Preface 3:45 Read by Larry Wilson
Ancestry--Birth--Boyhood--Conversion 9:10 Read by Larry Wilson
College--The Haystack--Efforts To Spread The Interest in Foreign Missions 8:00 Read by Larry Wilson
Obookiah in Hawaii--in America 8:30 Read by Larry Wilson
The Sandwich Islands with and without the Gospel 3:57 Read by Larry Wilson
Mills at Andover--the American Board 5:34 Read by Larry Wilson
An Apostolic Journey in the United 4:46 Read by Larry Wilson
Mills' Second 4:38 Read by Larry Wilson
The American Bible Society--the United Foreign Missionary Society 7:49 Read by Larry Wilson
The American Colonization Society--Mills, as Its Agent, Visits Africa 9:24 Read by Larry Wilson
The Last Journey 2:48 Read by Larry Wilson



(2 stars)

Although this book was apparently written to encourage Christian children in their faith, I don't think it reached its purpose. It was disorganised, at times confusing, and focussed as much on the different missions as it did on the subject of the book, Samuel Mills. This meant that events some fifty years after his death were discussed, and the sharing of rather dry and boring details. Samuel Mills sounded like a great man and a great Christian. It is certainly worthwhile reading about his life, just not in this book. Thanks to the Librivox narrator for a great read.