Book Review: The Logan Story

The Logan Story: What God Hath Wrought Through the Lives of Wallace and Ruth Logan

Author: Compiled by David Logan and Family
ISBN: 9781897117989
Pages: 191

The Logan Story is not merely a nice story but a glowing testament of God’s grace to the Logan family. The book contains the story of Wallace and Ruth’s lives as well as the personal letters they sent home to family. The Logan’s, along with their seven children lived and served in Zambia, seeing countless people saved.

The book starts with A Man Called Sakuunda then details individual stories and includes personal letters. A Man Called Sakuunda was written soon after Wallace’s death by his son Paul. It told of Wallace’s conversion, and ended with a few instances of God’s goodness on the mission field. This was presented at a World Missions Congress in 1969. People enjoyed it immensely and wished to hear more of what happened in Central Africa. The rest of the book chronicles beautiful stories of God’s provision as well as the letters Wallace and Ruth wrote. Finally there is a photo section that gives visual life to the stories.

This book is not only a missionary story, but an encouragement and a challenge to the believer. The book is well laid out, giving the background to appreciate individual instances. There are many cultural traditions that are explained so the reader can fully understand the story. The personal letters show first-hand the challenges and blessings the Logan’s experienced in their own words. The writing style is transporting and the reader feels as though they are in Central Africa in the 1920’s to 1960’s. There are moments where the reader fears for the family, paddling with their hands in crocodile infested waters or seeing poisonous snakes slither past the children playing; there are moments of laughter as well when Wallace sends his family a mosquito or two along with his letter. I enjoyed reading this and would recommend it to anyone!

Here are a few of my favourite quotes and stories:

(Wallace) described himself as “only a sinner saved by grace.” Realizing this fact, he allowed himself to be pliable
in the Potter’s hands, and fully surrendered his all to his Master. “God first” was his motto, and this was put into practice even in the smallest details of life.

We are not living for time, but for eternity.

Wallace and Ruth were awakened one night by a strange sound: a soft, but rapid, ‘rap, rap, rap’ and then silence. This was repeated several times. Lighting the candle near their bed, they saw, to their horror, the reason for the sound. A poisonous snake was about to climb up the leg of the twin girls’ cot but was stopped repeatedly by the lightning fast ‘rap, rap, rap’ of their cat’s paw striking the snake’s body.
Just as fast, the cat would leap away to avoid the lethal snake bite.
The danger of the situation was that if the snake had made it into the cot, an inadvertent movement of either baby could have drawn a fatal bite.
God used a house cat to distract and delay the snake’s advance and allow Wallace time to get up and destroy the snake.
“He…that keepeth thee will not slumber,” (Ps. 121:3). “The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil” (Ps. 121:7).

Wallace Logan wrote the following on shipboard while sailing back to Africa:
It is hard to express on paper our feelings and gratefulness to our Heavenly Father as we sit on the ship – our whole family sailing back to our loved work for God in Africa.
As the complete family pulled out of New York, how interesting to read the verse on the Choice Gleanings Calendar for that day, April 24, 1953, “Thanks be unto God which always causes us to triumph in Christ.”

 

 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 24; Isaiah 19-20; 2 Thessalonians 3

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. Genesis 1:5

From the beginning, God has made distinctions: between light and darkness, night and day, earth and sky, land and sea, as well as different species of animals. The greatest distinction lies between the Creator Himself and His creation. The essence of holiness is the Almighty’s uniqueness—He is utterly unlike anyone or anything in His universe. How wonderful then that He wants us to be like Him (2 Peter 1:3-4). Rather than another type of animal, humans are actually invited to be like their Maker in His moral and spiritual character. —K. R. Keyser

Here in the body pent, absent from Him I roam,
Yet nightly pitch my moving tent, a day’s march nearer home.
—James Montgomery

Book Review: Daniel: Godly Living in a Hostile World

Daniel: Godly Living in a Hostile World

Author: William Burnett
ISBN: 9781897117736
Pages: 85

Mr. Burnett does not present your average book on Daniel. He purposefully delves into the rich character of Daniel and his friends, with applications to our lives today. He gives a clear and conscise introduction of the historical aspect of Daniel then goes on to cover in detail the first ten chapters. Many of the chapters have a helpful summary at the end to review the main points given. This book brings out beautiful examples of a man dedicated to God that will be an encouragement and a challenge to any reader. It is well written, in a style that is very comfortable.

Daniel: Godly Living in a Hostile World is an encouragement and a challenge. Throughout his life, Daniel exemplifies what a true believer ought to be, completely reliant on God. He goes through many situations where his life for the Lord is made obvious. While the book covers many topics, such as trusting God, standing for truth, trials, value of a testimony, prayer and evangelism, here are a few of my favourite:

However, like Joseph, Daniel and his companions had a firm grasp of the sovereign ways of God, and, despite the situation and its complexities, he refused to compromise his faith. He acted in Babylon as he would have acted under better circumstances in Jerusalem (pg.23).

Sadly, standing for truth has often been done in a wrong spirit. Many Christians have felt that being severe, surly and uncooperative is part of the requirement, and that this is the manner in which to face the world. Nothing could be further from the truth. We need to develop good relationships with our colleagues at work, and with our unsaved friends and neighbours, without compromising our faith, so that when we are against the wall and needing some elbow room, they will give it to us. Daniel was able to persuade Melzar, whose life incidentally was on the line in this matter, to allow him a ten-day testing period of abstaining from the king’s meat. Daniel was granted his request because Melzar had come to love him. So we must conduct ourselves in a manner that will attract people, and earn a character credit rating that will stand us in good stead when it comes to spiritual challenges (Pg. 24).

Daniel believed that God was sovereign, and that this crisis was a time of opportunity rather than a disaster, and he did not panic (pg. 28).

While this book has much to recommend it there is one item I didn’t  agree with. Mr. Burnett includes his personal convictions regarding music. I agree with some of what he said regarding secular music, and the dangers thereof, but cannot agree with the whole of his statements.

I enjoyed the book and would recommend it for others. There are many situations that arise in our lives that I think Daniel would have handled well. We have much to learn from his life of service to God. He stayed humble despite his elevated status, was wholly dedicated to his God, and communed with God closely. This book shows that indeed “there is no new thing under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9) and God is still in control.

Danielle Robins