At Truth & Life Publishers our main commitment is to recover and republish important Christian books written in centuries past that are now unknown or simply unavailable to Christian readers. These include major biblical commentaries, valuable theological treatises, formative practical books on Christian living, significant histories and biographies. We do so in the conviction that the recovery of these lost literary treasures will contribute to the theological and spiritual reformation so much needed in contemporary Christianity.
Understanding the Gospel
Finding Hope in an Age of Hopelessness
Sometimes a treasure can be right at hand and yet go unnoticed. This is certainly the case with the Letter of the apostle Paul to the Christians in Rome. Though part of the Bible, few people have ever read it, let alone seriously pondered its contents. Yet this letter represents a treasure of incalculable value because it explains with clarity and depth the message of the Christian gospel.
To some this may not mean anything; to others it may mean every-thing. It depends on how one views life. If you are a person who takes life as it comes, without asking any fundamental question, without seeking anything beyond the immediate and ephemeral, then the contents of this letter would not interest you. But if you are a person who is not content to live on the surface, but feels the burden of unanswered questions concerning life’s origin, meaning, and destiny, then this letter represents an extraordinary point of reference.
This is particularly true today. The radical crisis that pervades our contemporary world, is evidenced by the breakdown of our society at all levels—moral, social, institutional, financial. It is shaking the consciences of millions who no longer know what to think. Indeed, if there ever was a time in history in which man needed to stop and reconsider everything, that time is today. Tomorrow may be too late. Let us seek for answers, therefore, and seek them in the only place where the truth can be found—not in the word of man, but in the Word of God.
“We live in a day in which even the church is losing the gospel. More and more, professing Christians and churches are turning away from the biblical message for a man-made version which has no power to save sinners. This is why Understanding the Gospel is so vital today. Using Paul’s letter to the Romans as his guide, the author skillfully lays out the salient points of the biblical message of salvation. I highly recommend Understanding the Gospel to all who have an interest in knowing, worshiping, and serving the true God of Scripture.”
– ALAN CONNER
Pastor of Northwest Bible Church
Oklahoma City, OK
Mission to China
The Life of Henrietta Shuck (1817-1844) – First Female Missionary to China
The pages of this book contain one of the most moving narratives in the history of Christian missions—the life of Henrietta Shuck. New documents have been included, containing several letters by her husband, Jehu Shuck.
Born in Virginia, the daughter of Rev. Addison Hall, Henrietta married missionary Jehu Shuck and with him sailed for China in September 1835. After a period of language training in Singapore, the young missionary couple settled in Macao, where they immediately began to work: Jehu evangelizing and publishing gospel literature, Henrietta reaching out to needy children, especially orphans. It took much faith and love to overcome the diffidence of the Chinese, but in time some nationals were converted and a congregation was formed.
A school was opened for Chinese children, some of whom Henrietta adopted into her home. She was horrified at the sight of young girls segregated and subjected to foot-binding, or worst still, of children sold into slavery and prostitution, Henrietta courageously called for an end of these evil practices and exerted herself to improve the condition of children and women in Chinese society. Above all she shared with all the liberating message of the gospel, convinced that all earthly gains amount to nothing if in the end a person loses his own soul.
When, in 1842, the Shucks moved to Hong Kong, they replicated there what they had done in Macao. Soon a church was formed and a school was started, with dozens of children attending. Henrietta fed them, clothed them, and nurtured them all, together with her own four children. She did this lovingly, diligently, tirelessly . . . until suddenly, on November 27, 1844, her health failed, and she died at the young age of twenty-seven.
Two days later her desolate husband wrote to her father: ‘Her mind was engaged in prayer to the last . . . she literally fell asleep in Jesus, yes, almost like Enoch, translated, for having walked with God . . . She seems to have passed away like a glorious meteor, and her light still shines.” Indeed, her light still shines today—in the many vivid letters she wrote to her supporters at home, in the honest pages she penned in her personal journal, and in other valuable documents collected in this previous book. May the Lord use Mission to China to inspire many other men and women to the service of the gospel.