Gladys Aylward: No Mountain too High
In the Trailblazers Series!
Few missionaries have experienced the adventure, mystery and danger that Miss Aylward did in her work for the Lord in China. Rescuing children from battle zones during a time when China was war-torn was a secondary goal to her, compared to winning them to Christ.
A woman of great faith who worked against enormous odds to manifest the power of God unto salvation.
Gladys Aylward was born in 1902 in the outskirts of London and was raised in the Anglican church. She was never married, and in 1930 she took a train across Russia to China to help aging missionary Agnes Lawson found an inn. In 1932, the province of Mandarin appointed her “foot-inspector” – a job she used to evangelize villagers all over the province.
Her conduct during a prison riot in 1933 cemented her reputation as a woman of wisdom. She became a Chinese citizen in 1936. During World War 2 she was wounded by Japanese soldiers, only months before leading 100 orphans across a dangerous mountain range to safety. Near death, she recovered by God’s grace to evangelize until the Communists evicted her from China in the late 1940s. “The Small Woman”, as she was called, won international fame in 1957 through the popular movie version of her life, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness. She founded an orphanage in 1958 in Taiwan, where she died in 1970.
Recommended Reading Level:
Read to me: age 7-8
Read myself: age 9-14
“It has all the cannot-put down quality one could wish for in such a story. Absolutely ideal for the age group but those older would also enjoy reading it. The 21 chapters are short and would be excellent to read to younger children who still enjoy a bedtime story. The Gospel is interwoven throughout as the life and ministry of Gladys unfolds.” — The Gospel Magazine
About the Author
Myrna Grant was born in Hamilton, Ontario and now makes her home in Wheaton, Illinois. She holds the Ph.D from Northwestern University in Evanston and taught at Wheaton College for 23 years. Her best-selling book, Vanya, was published in 1974 and has remained in print for over 40 years in English and several foreign translations. Myrna has traveled and lectured widely and continues to write and teach. She is an avid reader and is active in her local Episcopal church.