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Though he was orphaned at age 14, repeatedly struck with debilitating illnesses, and unfairly expelled from college, Brainerd allowed nothing to deter him from serving God wholeheartedly.

He traveled thousands of miles by horseback across treacherous terrain to preach the gospel to remote Indians. Their benefit ultimately brought about his early death at the age of 29. This book not only offers a captivating story, but an uplifting buoy for those who are weary, distant, or discouraged.

©2007 Jonathan Edwards (P)2008 christianaudio.com

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  • Anonymous
  • 30-03-09

Narration is perfect

I decided to give this book a try after hearing it mentioned by John Piper in his book, "Desiring God" and reading exerpts on John Piper's website.

I sampled the audio first before I made my purchase and after listening to Nick Cordileone's narration, I knew I had to hear to the whole thing. Nick Cordileone's vocal pitch, pacing and expression are perfect for this book. I can't imagine David Brainerd himself doing a better job. Also, the quality of the recording is extremely good, in spite of the occasional instance of repetition.

Listening to this book has changed my life. The passion young David Brainerd expressed in his journal writings of his love for God and his desire to live his life for the glory of God is profound and awe-inspiring. If the longing of your heart is to know God more deeply, you can't go wrong with this book.

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  • Steven
  • 15-04-13

Perfectly read

What made the experience of listening to Life of David Brainerd the most enjoyable?

Inspiring true story of a young man that was faithful to his calling. Written by a man that knows what that means.

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  • LifetimeRoad
  • 26-10-10

Totally given to God

Nick Cordileone really brings David Brainerd to life! You feel as if you are hearing his voice as he grieves, rejoices, and records the events of his life.
At times I felt great pity for Brainerd who continually abased himself for his own imperfections. I wonder if he really ever felt loved by God as he should have.

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  • Mark Mirza
  • 11-03-16

Kept True w/sensible changes

I have the book and when the recording is compared to it, there are very slight changes, all for the purpose of making some archaic language understandable.
Brilliantly done so that the 17th century flavor is kept.

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  • beckyofthewoods
  • 18-04-15

David Brainerd's Diary changed my life..

What made the experience of listening to Life of David Brainerd the most enjoyable?

This is a long sometimes almost depressing diary of a young missionary to the Native Americans during colonial times. It is worth every minute. The fire that burned in the heart of this young man for the souls and for the heart of God is compelling. The sincerity of David Brainerd and his true passion for his fellowman is humbling. The narration is very well done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-01-13

One of those "life changing" books

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book (along with Foxe's Book of Martyrs and Pilgrims Progress) should be required reading for all Christians. Brainerd's introspective life is a great source of inspiration and promotes a strong desire to live a life pleasing to God, not self.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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  • Katrina Benjamin
  • 04-03-16

AMAZING!!! A must read for the mature Christian!

This is an incredible book. I bought it for several people after finishing it. As someone who is farely mature Christian by the standards of this day and age, I felt myself barely able to relate to his journals because his view of God is so high!

This should be mandatory reading for pastors!

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  • Karen
  • 31-12-17

Great book!

I have now listened to this book twice, and found it to be very profitable both times.

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  • Justin Hamacher
  • 17-09-17

True man of God

Great insight into the heart of a man on fire for the Lord and who was used in a mighty way to expand the Kingdom.

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  • Erin Bradley
  • 14-09-17

Excellent

This is an incredible book and testimony of one of the greatest men of prayer in American history. I would recommend it to anyone, especially those going into the ministry.